[CLG logo] Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics
ISCOL 2014
University of Haifa, 7 September, 2014

General information

ISCOL 2014, the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics, will be held on Sunday, September 7th, 2014, at the University of Haifa, Hecht Auditorium (ground floor of Eshkol Tower). See campus map.

Recent ISCOL meetings took place in 2013 at Ben Gurion University, 2011 at Bar Ilan University and 2010 at Tel Aviv University.


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09:30-10:00 Welcome and registration
10:00-11:40 Session on Text Classification and Machine Translation
Shuly Wintner, The Features of Translationese
Gennadi Lembersky, The Effect of Translationese on Statistical Machine Translation
Roee Aharoni, Moshe Koppel and Yoav Goldberg, Automatic Detection of Machine Translated Text and Translation Quality Estimation
Elior Sulem, Omri Abend and Ari Rappoport, Addressing Cross-Linguistic Divergences for Machine Translation Using Cognitive Annotation: A French-English Case Study
11:40-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-13:15 3 presentations
Tal Baumel, Raphel Cohen, Jumana Nasour and Michael Elhadad, Query-focused Summarization: Summarization is Easy, Retrieval is Hard
Kfir Bar, Nachum Dershowitz and Yaacov Choueka, Automatic Transliteration of Judeo-Arabic Texts into Arabic Script
David Carmel, Avihai Mejer, Yuval Pinter and Idan Szpektor, Improving Term Weighting for Community Question Answering Search Using Syntactic Analysis
13:15-14:15 Lunch Break
14:15-15:15 Poster Session
Tzeviya S. Fuchs and Dror Mughaz, Sentence Classification on Hebrew Texts According to Polarity
Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, Petter Haugereid, Nurit Melnik and Shuly Wintner, A Deep Computational Grammar of Hebrew
Kayla Jacobs, Alon Itai and Shuly Wintner, Hebrew Acronyms: Identification, Expansion, and Disambiguation
Lili Kotlerman, Ido Dagan and Oren Kurland, Clustering Moderate-size Collections of Short Texts
Lili Kotlerman, Ido Dagan, Bernardo Magnini and Luisa Bentivogli, Textual Entailment Graphs
Jey Han Lau, Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin, Modelling Speakers' Grammaticality Judgements
Omer Levy, Ido Dagan and Jacob Goldberger, Focused Entailment Graphs for Open IE Propositions
Ran Levy, Yonatan Bilu, Daniel Hershcovich, Ehud Aharoni and Noam Slonim, Context Dependent Claim Detection
Chaya Liebeskind, Ido Dagan and Jonathan Schler, Semi-automatic Construction of Cross-period Thesaurus
Amnon Lotan, Asher Stern, Ido Dagan and Jonathan Berant, A Syntax-based Rule-base for Textual Entailment
Oren Melamud, Ido Dagan, Jacob Goldberger, Idan Szpektor and Deniz Yuret, Probabilistic Modeling of Joint-context in Distributional Similarity
Amir More and Reut Tsarfaty, A Transition-based Framework for Morphological, Syntactic and Joint Morphosyntactic Parsing for Morphologically Rich Languages
Dror Mughaz, Yaakov Hacohen-Kerner and Dov Gabbay, Identifying Birth and Death Years of Authors of Undated Documents using Citations and various Constraints
Roy Schwartz, Roi Reichart and Ari Rappoport, Minimally Supervised Classification to Semantic Categories using Automatically Acquired Symmetric Patterns
Itay Shoor, Tsvi Kuflik, Einat Minkov, Susan M. Grant-Muller, Ayelet Gal-Tzur and Silvio Nocera, Extracting Social Media data for the use of transportation stakeholders
Gabriel Stanovsky, Jessica Ficler, Ido Dagan and Yoav Goldberg, Intermediary Semantic Representation through Proposition Structures
Reut Tsarfaty, Eli Pogrebezky and David Harel, Semantic Parsing Using Content and Context: A Case Study from Requirements Elicitation
Evgenia Wasserman Pritsker, Einat Minkov and William W. Cohen, Learning Context Selection Models for Knowledge-based WSD
Hila Weisman, Peter Izsak and Victor Shafran, Empirical Studies in Multi-Channel Clustering
15:15-16:00 Invited Talk, Eli Shamir (Hebrew University), Transformation Schemes for Context-Free Grammars: Structural, Algorithmic and Linguistic applications
16:00-16:50 2 presentations
Tomer Cagan, Stefan Frank and Reut Tsarfaty, Generating Subjective Responses to Opinionated Articles in Social Media: An Agenda-Driven Architecture and a Turing-Like Test
Asher Stern and Ido Dagan, Recognizing Implied Predicate-Argument Relationships in Textual Inference
16:50-17:10 Coffee Break
17:10-17:35 1 presentation
Omer Levy and Yoav Goldberg, Linguistic Regularities in Sparse and Explicit Word Representations
17:35-18:20 Invited Talk, Noam Slonim (IBM), IBM Debating Technologies


Participation in the Seminar is free and open for all. However, in order for us to plan ahead, please fill in the registration form.

Instructions for authors

Authors of oral papers are kindly requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation (preferably in PDF format); 5 more minutes will be dedicated to discussions. Authors of posters are requested to prepare A1 portrait posters; we will provided facilities to hang them. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate A0 or landscape posters. Presentations and posters should be in English, although the language of interaction will be Hebrew unless non-Hebrew-speakers are present.

Call for papers

Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing are active research and development fields in Israel today, both in the academia and in the industry. ISCOL is a venue for exchanging ideas, reporting on works in progress and established results, forming cooperation, and advancing the collaboration between academia and industry. ISCOL is also a friendly stage for students for their first appearance in this community.

We invite presentations on recent work in all areas of computational linguistics, natural language processing and all closely related fields. We accept work underway, provided that it represents recent and original work of interest to our audience. Presentations of work pertaining to Hebrew or Arabic are especially encouraged.

This year, in addition to the lectures and poster sessions, there will be a special session on Improving Statistical Machine Translation through Text Classification, sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology.

Please submit extended abstracts (1-2 pages) using the EasyChair system.

Important dates

Program and organization committee


The Seminar is supported by The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science and by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology.

Maintained by shuly@cs.haifa.ac.il, modified Monday September 29, 2014.