@ COLING 2016, Osaka, Japan

with the support of

CELI              RUG

Important Dates

Submission deadline September 25
October 2nd
Notification October 16
October 21st
Camera ready October 30th
Workshop December 12


Workshop co-located with Coling 2016 - Osaka, Japan, 12 December 2016

On social media, users nowadays freely express what is on their mind at any moment in time, at any location, and about virtually anything. These large amounts of spontaneously produced texts open up a unique opportunity to learn more about such users, e.g., predicting demographic variables (age, gender), but also personality types, as well as emotions and opinion expressions.

Indeed, this excellent opportunity has materialized in a large and growing number of recent workshops held at different Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, and Information Retrieval venues, for example WASSA (focusing on sentiment and social media), PAN (focusing on author profiling like personality) and ESSEM (focusing on emotions in AI), including the organization of shared tasks such as at SemEval with a special sentiment track.

While it is evident that interest is wide and high, it is also evident that such aspects of human personality and behavior have been mostly studied in isolation, often in different - but related - communities. We believe that the time is ripe to bring these communities a step closer, to study people’s traits and expressions jointly and in their interplay.

On a conceptual level we can view these aspects on a continuum of stability, where some can be considered stable (e.g., gender), while others are of more transitional nature and contextually prompted (e.g., emotions). They can be seen as characterizing traits of the whole person and should be studied together. As of now, however, little is known on how they interact with one another in computational language modeling, or how they can inform each other in modeling people or improving natural language processing tools.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing who share an interest in personality, opinion and emotion detection, and especially in researching the intertwining of such traits and expressions. We believe that COLING is a particularly well-suited venue for kicking-off a discussion forum on modeling these aspects from a language processing perspective.

We encourage the submission of long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) research papers, including opinion statements. We especially welcome views from different fields on how to treat the different aspects. We welcome submissions related but not limited to the following topics:

Keynote speaker: Saif Mohammad, NRC Canada

Paper Submission

Standard research papers should be a maximum of 8 pages long, plus two pages of references. We also encourage the submission of short papers of maximum 4 pages, plus two pages of references . All papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via the START system. Submissions must be anonymous and follow the Coling 2016 formatting guidelines The deadline for submission is September 25 extended to October 2nd, 23:59 UTC-12:00.

Programme Committee


If have any enquiries/comments about the workshop or the submission procedure, please just contact us via email:
peoples2016coling at gmail dot com
m dot nissim at rug dot nl
patti at di dot unito dot it
b dot plank at rug dot nl

This workshop is organised with the support of CELI Language Technology and the Computational Linguistics group of CLCG, University of Groningen

CELI              RUG