There are four colocated workshops with IWCS, that take place mostly in parallel on the 16th of June. Most of their program takes place on Zoom, but these sessions are all available through our Gather as well. Since only paying participants have access, we cannot link directly to the Zoom meetings, but you can find these links in your email. This should make it more convenient to visit multiple workshops. Specific programs are available on the linked websites.
The IWCS proceedings are available for online browsing and download. The workshop proceedings are available here. The proceedings are made available for convenience before they appear on the aclanthology.
|16 June - Workshops|
|13:00 - 16:00||ISA-17 Day 1||Zoom|
|14:00 - 20:00||SemSpace 2021||Zoom|
|14:30 - 20:00||NALOMA'21||Zoom|
|16:00 - 20:00||MMSR I||Zoom & Gather (MMSR I)|
|20:00 - 20:30||IWCS 2021 Welcome||Zoom|
17 June - IWCS Day 1
|12:00 - 15:00||ISA-17 Day 2||Zoom|
|15:00 - 16:00||Keynote 1: Mirella Lapata
The Democratization of Semantic Parsing via Zero-Shot Cross-lingual Learning
Note: at the end, we will watch the teaser videos of Session 1 together
|16:00 - 17:00||Main session 1 - see below for details||Gather (Posters)|
|17:00 - 18:00||Open space (unconferencing) - explanation below||Gather (Open Space)|
|18:00 - 19:00||Semantic surprise event - explanation below||Gather (Surprise Event)|
18 June - IWCS Day 2
|15:00 - 16:00||Keynote 2: Rachel Rudinger
When Pigs Fly and Birds Don't: Exploring Defeasible Inference in Natural Language
Note: at the end, we will watch the teaser videos of Session 2 together
|16:00 - 17:15||Main session 2 - see below for details||Gather (Posters)|
|17:15 - 18:00||The Future of Computational Semantics - explanation below||Gather (Future of CompSem)|
|18:00 - 18:30||Ending ceremony (including outstanding paper awards!)||Zoom|
Open Space (unconferencing) - Day 1 at 17:00 CET (Gather)
This session is based on the Open Space workshop at IWCS 2013 and is similar to the "Birds of a Feather" sessions at *ACL conferences. The idea is to allow participants to discuss any topic in computational semantics they are passionate about, in small groups of people who care about the same topic. There is a separate room for this in Gather, follow the instructions on the floor to locate it. In the room, simply find your favorite topic and join the table. You can join any meeting you like, and are also free to leave meetings to see what's going on at different ones. Each table will have a designated chair/moderator and a shared whiteboard to facilitate the discussion. Have fun!
Semantic Surprise Event - Day 1 at 18:00 CET (Gather)
Surprise! We will organize a fun, short quiz. A few questions will be related to IWCS, but most of it will be general knowledge, so everybody can have a good time. This is meant as the main social event. Participation is done in teams, but there is no need to form a team in advance, the room will have instructions on how to create them. So, yes, you can just join individually and perhaps meet some new people! There is a separate Gather room for this session, follow the instructions on the floor to locate it. The room has clear instructions on how to participate, so don't worry if it's not all clear to you now. We hope to see you there!
The Future of Computational Semantics - Day 2 at 17:15 (Gather)
This session will be a panel! The panel discussion will be kicked off by Harry Bunt, Katrin Erk and Martha Palmer. But there's a twist: the panel members are not fixed! Everybody in the audience is allowed to join, at which point one of the current panel members has to leave. Just stand in line, so the chair of the session knows to let you in. Hopefully, this will lead to a diverse discussion, in which everybody can get their voice heard. Again, there's a separate Gather room for this, which contains clear instructions on how to participate.
The panel will start off by discussing the following. Large language models used in neural network systems show good performance. Are we done with symbolic representations? Do we still need semantically annotated corpora? Or are there components missing to ensure explainability, switching to new domains, or multi-modal meanings? What are the next steps we should take?
Some practical things: panel members stand on a "spotlight" tile, meaning they can address the whole room, but they cannot hear people in the audience. So it's okay to watch the panel in a small group and talk about it at the same time, you will not disturb them! In Gather, it's clear what seats are for groups and what seats are for individuals. You can also use Gather chat if you're not comfortable joining the panel, the moderator will pay attention to that.