The 2017 Israel Seminar of Computational Linguistics

The Annual Meeting of the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics, ISCOL 2017, was held on Monday, September 25, in the Computer Science Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Edmond J. Safra Campus in Givat Ram.

Thank you for attending!

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


09:00-09:05: Opening Words

09:05-10:25: Morning Session (Session Chair: Michael Elhadad)

  • Compositional Semantic Parsing of Instructions in Unseen Domains
    Ofer Givoli and Roi Reichart
  • Neural Semantic Parsing over Multiple Knowledge-bases
    Jonathan Herzig and Jonathan Berant
  • A Consolidated Open Knowledge Representation for Multiple Texts
    Rachel Wities, Vered Shwartz, Gabriel Stanovsky, Meni Adler, Ori Shapira, Shyam Upadhyay, Dan Roth, Eugenio Martinez Camara, Iryna Gurevych and Ido Dagan
  • Deep Learning for Preprocessing Historical Hebrew Texts: Error Correction, Vocalization and Abbreviation Expansion
    Avi Shmidman, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel and Yoav Goldberg

10:25-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:00: Invited Talk by Inbal Arnon (Session Chair: Omri Abend)

More Than Words: Psycholinguistic and Computational Investigations of the Building Blocks of Language

12:00-14:00: Poster Session and Light Lunch (see list of posters)

14:00-14:40: An Open Discussion on the Future of the Mila Center: Alon Itai (chair), Shuly Wintner

14:40-16:00: Afternoon Session (Session Chair: Yoav Goldberg)

  • Too Many Corrections: Semantic Reference-less Evaluation for Grammatical Error Correction
    Leshem Choshen and Omri Abend
  • Integrating Deep Linguistic Features in Factuality Prediction over Unified Datasets
    Gabriel Stanovsky, Judith Eckle-Kohler, Yevgeniy Puzikov, Ido Dagan and Iryna Gurevych
  • ConStance: Modeling Annotation Contexts to Improve Stance Classification
    Kenneth Josseph, Lisa Friedland, William Hobbs, David Lazer and Oren Tsur
  • Found in Translation: Reconstructing Phylogenetic Language Trees from Translations
    Ella Rabinovich, Noam Ordan and Shuly Wintner

16:00-16:30: Coffee Break

16:30-17:30: Evening Session (Session Chair: Jonathan Berant)

  • Controlling Linguistic Style Aspects in Neural Language Generation
    Jessica Ficler and Yoav Goldberg
  • Unsupervised Query-Focused Multi-Document Summarization
    Guy Feigenblat, Haggai Roitman, Odellia Boni and David Konopnicki
  • Query Focused Abstractive Summarization: Adapting Sequence-to-Sequence Models with Query Relevance
    Tal Baumel, Matan Eyal and Michael Elhadad

Poster Presentations:

  1. Towards String-to-Tree Neural Machine Translation
    Roee Aharoni and Yoav Goldberg
  2. A Transition-Based Directed Acyclic Graph Parser for Universal Conceptual Cognitive Annotation
    Daniel Hershcovich, Omri Abend and Ari Rappoport
  3. Interactive Abstractive Summarization for Event News Tweets
    Ori Shapira, Hadar Ronen, Adler Meni, Yael Amsterdamer, Judit Bar-Ilan and Ido Dagan
  4. Semantic Helper for Text Compose
    Boris Pevzner
  5. Acquiring Predicate Paraphrases from News Tweets
    Vered Shwartz, Gabriel Stanovsky and Ido Dagan
  6. Learning Agreement with Deep Neural Networks
    Jean-Philippe Bernardy and Shalom Lappin
  7. Mutual Convergence of Mutlimodal Linguistic Properties in Spoken Dialogue Systems
    Eran Raveh, Ingmar Steiner, Iona Gessinger and Bernd Möbius
  8. Unsupervised Event Detection in Twitter
    Yuval Shachaf, Gennadi Lembersky and Roy Klein
  9. Evaluating Semantic Parsing against a Simple Web-based Question Answering Model
    Alon Talmor, Mor Geva and Jonathan Berant
  10. Semantic Structure-Based Evaluation Metrics for Sentence Simplification
    Elior Sulem, Omri Abend and Ari Rappoport
  11. Recognizing Mentions of Adverse Drug Reaction in Social Media Using Knowledge-Infused Recurrent Models
    Gabriel Stanovsky, Daniel Gruhl and Pablo Mendes
  12. Automatic Detection of Translation Direction
    Ilia Sominsky and Shuly Wintner
  13. Thomson Reuters Self-Service Classification
    Ehud Azikri and Hila Zarosim
  14. Interactive Semantic Parsing on Semi-Structured Tables
    Tomer Wolfson
  15. Floating Agenda Parser
    Dor Muhlgay and Jonathan Berant
  16. Reinforcing Abstractive Text Summarization with Reading-Comprehension
    Matan Eyal, Tal Baumel and Michael Elhadad
  17. Improving Claim Stance Classification with Lexical Knowledge Expansion and Context Utilization
    Roy Bar-Haim, Lilach Edelstein, Charles Jochim and Noam Slonim
  18. Multi-Label Classification on Patient Notes
    Tal Baumel, Jumana Nassour-Kassis, Noemie Elhadad and Michael Elhadad
  19. Crafting a Lexicon of Referential Expressions for NLG Applications
    Ariel Gutman, Alexandros Andre Chaaraoui and Pascal Fleury
  20. Where's My Head? Task Definition, Dataset and Initial Results for Fused Head Recovery
    Yanai Elazar and Yoav Goldberg
  21. Contextualization and Regularization of Word Embeddings for Machine Comprehension
    Shimi Salant and Jonathan Berant
  22. Semantically Motivated Hebrew Verb-Noun Multi-Word Expressions Identification
    Chaya Liebeskind and Yaakov Hacohen-Kerner
  23. Detection of Native Language Based on Micro Messages
    Yohay Nahari, Maayan Matook and Oren Tsur
  24. Causal Factors of Language Change Under Control - the Case of Frequency Bias in Laws of Semantic Change
    Haim Dubossarsky, Eitan Grossman and Daphna Weinshall
  25. Rare Word Embeddings with Sub-word Similarity Based Search: Better Representations without More Knowledge, Data, or Training
    Clayton Greenberg, Mittul Singh, Youssef Oualil, and Dietrich Klakow

Time and Location

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Brindell and Milton Gottlieb Auditorium (A300),
The Rothberg Family buildings,
Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering,
Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem

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Program Committee

Omri Abend, HUJI
Jonathan Berant, TAU

Organization Committee

Omri Abend, HUJI
Daniel Hershcovich, HUJI
Elior Sulem, HUJI
Leshem Choshen, HUJI


We also acknowledge the support of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences.

Important dates

Submission deadline: August 17
Notification: August 25
ISCOL: September 25

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