ISCOL 2018

The 2018 Israel Seminar of Computational Linguistics


We are happy to announce ISCOL 2018, the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics.
ISCOL 2018 will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at IBM Research - Haifa.

Registration is now open.

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 cooperation, and advancing the collaboration between academia and industry. ISCOL is also a friendly stage for students making their first appearance in this community.

Program Committee

  • Roi Reichart, Technion, Co-chair
  • David Konopnicki, IBM Research AI - Haifa, Co-chair
  • Yosi Mass, IBM Research AI - Haifa
  • Eyal Shnarch, IBM Research AI - Haifa
  • Rotem Dror, Technion
  • Yftah Ziser, Technion

Organizing Committee

  • Shila Ofek-Koifman, IBM Research AI - Haifa
  • George Kour, IBM Research AI - Haifa


08:30-09:00: Coffee and Registration

09:00-09:05: Opening Words

09:05-10:25: Morning Session

session chair: Yosi Mass

  • Alon Jacovi, Oren Sar Shalom and Yoav Goldberg. Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks for Text Classification
  • Liat Ein-Dor, Yosi Mass, Alon Halfon, Elad Venezian, Ilya Shnayderman, Ranit Aharonov, Noam Slonim. Learning Thematic Similarity Metric Using Triplet Networks
  • Mor Geva and Jonathan Berant. Learning to Search in Long Documents Using Document Structure
  • Jonathan Herzig and Jonathan Berant. Decoupling Structure and Lexicon for Zero-Shot Semantic Parsing

10:25-10:55: Invited Talk: Project Debater,
Speaker: Noam Slonim, IBM Research AI

10:55-11:20: Coffee Break

11:20-12:40: Noon Session

session chair: Oren Tsur

  • Elior Sulem, Omri Abend and Ari Rappoport. Simple and Effective Text Simplification Using Semantic and Neural Methods
  • Ori Shapira, David Gabay, Hadar Ronen, Judit Bar-Ilan, Yael Amsterdamer, Ani Nenkova and Ido Dagan. Evaluating Multiple System Summary Lengths: A Case Study
  • Matan Eyal, Tal Baumel and Michael Elhadad. Question Answering as an Automatic Summarization Evaluation Metric for News Datasets
  • Roee Aharoni and Yoav Goldberg. Split and Rephrase: Better Evaluation and a Stronger Baseline

12:40-13:30: Invited Talk: Diplomacy in an age of Digital Communications,
Speaker: Elad Ratson, Director of R&D, Special Digital Diplomacy Envoy, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

13:30-14:30: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Posters Afternoon session

  • Guy Rotman, Ivan Vulić and Roi Reichart. Bridging Languages through Images with Deep Partial Canonical Correlation Analysis
  • Rotem Dror, Gili Baumer, Marina Bogomolov and Roi Reichart. Replicability Analysis for Natural Language Processing: Testing Significance with Multiple Datasets
  • Daniel Hershcovich and Omri Abend. Multitask Parsing Across Semantic Representations
  • Vered Shwartz and Ido Dagan. Paraphrase to Explicate: Revealing Implicit Noun-Compound Relations
  • Leshem Choshen and Omri Abend. Automatic Metric Validation for Grammatical Error Correction
  • Elior Sulem, Omri Abend and Ari Rappoport. BLEU is Not Suitable for the Evaluation of Text Simplification
  • Rivka Malca and Roi Reichart. Neural Transition Based Parsing of Web Queries: An Entity Based Approach
  • Tomer Wolfson, Jonathan Berant, Daniel Deutch, Amir Globerson and Tova Milo. Explaining Queries over Web Tables to Non-Experts
  • Ben Bogin, Mor Geva and Jonathan Berant. Emergence of Communication in an Interactive World with Consistent Speakers
  • Yftah Ziser and Roi Reichart. Deep Pivot-Based Modeling for Cross-language Cross-domain Transfer with Minimal Guidance
  • Ayal Klein, Gabriel Stanovsky, Julian Michael, Luke Zettlemoyer and Ido Dagan. Annotating Question-Answer driven Semantic Dependencies via Crowdsourcing
  • Alon Talmor and Jonathan Berant. The Web as a Knowledge-base for Answering Complex Questions
  • Yosi Mass, Lili Kotlerman, Shachar Mirkin, Elad Venezian, Gera Witzling, Noam Slonim. What did you Mention? A Large Scale Mention Detection Benchmark for Spoken and Written Text
  • Oren Gilon, Genady Beryozkin, Idan Szpektor, Tzvika Hartman and Yoel Drori. A Joint Named-Entity Recognizer for Heterogeneous Tag-sets Using a Tag Hierarchy
  • Omer Goldman, Veronica Latcinnik, Udi Nave, Amir Globerson and Jonathan Berant. Weakly Supervised Semantic Parsing with Abstract Examples
  • Tzuf Paz-Argaman and Reut Tsarfaty. Learning to Navigate in Real Urban Environments Using Natural Language Directions
  • Shoval Sadde, Amit Seker and Reut Tsarfaty. The Hebrew Universal Dependency Treebank: Past, Present and Future
  • Shachar Mirkin, Guy Moshkowich, Matan Orbach, Lili Kotlerman, Yoav Kantor, Tamar Lavee, Michal Jacovi, Yonatan Bilu, Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim. Listening Comprehension over Argumentative Content
  • Orith Toledo-Ronen, Roy Bar-Haim, Alon Halfon, Charles Jochim, Amir Menczel, Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim. Learning Sentiment Composition from Sentiment Lexicons
  • Ran Levy, Ben Bogin, Shai Gretz, Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim. Towards an argumentative content search engine using weak supervision
  • Lior Portnoy, Oren Efraimov, Einat Minkov and Michal Soffer. Characterization of stigma towards diseases based on social media
  • 15:00-15:15: CLARIN - Shuly Wintner

    15:15-16:15: Afternoon Session

    session chair: Ido Dagan

    • Rotem Dror, Gili Baumer, Segev Shlomov and Roi Reichart. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Testing Statistical Significance in Natural Language Processing
    • Amir More, Amit Seker, Victoria Basmova and Reut Tsarfaty. Joint Transition-Based Models for Morpho-Syntactic Parsing:  Parsing Strategies for MRLs and a Case Study from Modern Hebrew
    • Eli Shamir. Reshaping the context-free model: linguistic and algorithmic aspects

    16:15-18:00: Reception - Posters Evening Session

    • Yanai Elazar and Yoav Goldberg. Adversarial Removal of Demographic Attributes from Text Data
    • Yanai Elazar and Yoav Goldberg. Where’s My Head? Definition, Dataset and Models for Numeric Fused-Heads Identification and Resolution
    • Asaf Amrami and Yoav Goldberg. Word Sense Induction with Neural biLM and Symmetric Patterns
    • Shauli Ravfogel, Yoav Goldberg and Francis M. Tyres. Can LSTM Learn to Capture Agreement? The Case of Basque
    • Hila Gonen and Yoav Goldberg. Language Modeling for Code-Switching: Evaluation Setup and an Effective Training Protocol
    • Ran Yad Shalom and Yoav Goldberg. Seinfeld Laugh Corpus: A Method for Generating A Humor Annotated Corpus
    • Avi Shmidman, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel and Yoav Goldberg. Automatic Prefix Identification for Hebrew: New Corpus and Method
    • Chaim Metzger and Joshua Waxman. Deep Learning of Biblical Cantillation Based on Linguistic Features
    • Joshua Waxman. Mi va-Mi haHolechim: A Graph Database of Scholastic Relationships in the Babylonian Talmud
    • Adam Amram, Anat Ben David and Reut Tsarfaty. Representations and Architectures in Neural Sentiment Analysis for Morphologically Rich Languages: A Case Study from Modern Hebrew
    • Jonathan Mamou, Oren Pereg, Moshe Wasserblat, Ido Dagan and Yoav Goldberg. Multi-Context Term Embeddings for Term Set Expansion
    • Dmitry Kravchenko. Emotion detection in tweets using ensemble of classifiers and neural networks
    • Mor Geva, Idan Szpektor, Eran Ofek, Brit Arnon and Jonathan Berant. DISCOFUSE: A New Dataset for Discourse-based Sentence Fusion
    • Evgenia Wasserman Pritsker, Tsvi Kuflik and Einat Minkov. Contribution of User Generated Content and Other Social Media Information to Recommendation
    • Dror Mughaz, Raz Ishay and Avi Burshtein. New Method for Finding Similar Words
    • Dror Mughaz, Or Itach and Tomer Trabelsy. Screening Features by Clustering with Prior Knowledge
    • Chen Gafni. A universal approach to automatic text-to-pronunciation conversion
    • Meir Kuzari. Semantic calculus, semantic parsing and NLDB
    • Ella Rabinovich, Benjamin Sznajder, Artem Spector, Ilya Shnayderman, Ranit Aharonov, David Konopnicki and Noam Slonim. Learning Concept Abstractness Using Weak Supervision
    • Eyal Shnarch, Carlos Alzate, Lena Dankin, Martin Gleize, Yufang Hou, Leshem Choshen, Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim. Will it Blend? BlendingWeak and Strong Labeled Data in a Neural Network for Argumentation Mining
    • Charles Jochim, Francesca Bonin, Roy Bar-Haim and Noam Slonim. SLIDE - a Sentiment Lexicon of Common Idioms


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Call for Papers

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

Please submit your extended abstracts (up to 2 pages, including references) through EasyChair here.

Note: You may submit work that was already published elsewhere. As there are no formal proceedings to ISCOL, submissions are not taken into account with respect to publication in other venues.

The submission deadline is August 17, 2018.
Notifications of paper acceptance and format of presentation (oral/poster) will be sent by September 02, 2018.

Registration Link

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Time and Location

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

IBM Research - Haifa, auditorium
Haifa University Campus,
Mount Carmel Haifa, Israel
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Important dates

Submission deadline: August 17, 2018

Notification: September 02, 2018

ISCOL: October 10, 2018

Poster Guidelines

  • Poster presenters should plan to be on hand with their poster during the session.
  • Posters should be printed before the conference, with or without foam backing.
  • Maximum size is 70 x 100 cm (vertical).

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Oral presentations will be 20 mins long, including time for Q&A.
  • Please send your presentation till a day before the conference to this e-mail:, so it can be loaded to the computer used during the conference.

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