With the development of the Semantic Web technology and the advent of Linked Data,  the connection between Natural Language Generation (NLG) and the Semantic Web (SW) is rapidly strengthening.

On one hand, the two fields relate because SW applications make use of NLG technology. Examples of this are Natural Language Interfaces (NLIs) to access structured data or ontology verbalisers.

On the other hand, similar problems are tackled by both communities and there are in fact strong parallels between some of the current SW work and the different steps involved in generating data, namely, content selection, content planning, lexicalisation, aggregation and surface realisation.  For instance, SW applications aim at providing methods to facilitate the exploration by the user of possibly big datasets; from the NLG point of view this is a content selection problem. Similarly, because it  relates words to data, work on semantic annotation (e.g. wikification, relation extraction) is relevant for lexicalisation while pattern extraction has clear connections with the template extraction phase often resorted to in the surface realisation step of the NLG process.

The goal of this workshop is to promote the discussion and exchange of related research on NLG and the SW. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts, e.g. on work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece or a summary of research activities.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Semantic Web NLG
  • Ontology Summarization
  • Ontology Modularization
  • Fact Ranking
  • Exploration of SW data
  • Content Selection
  • Content Planning
  • Lexicalisation Standards
  • Ontology Lexicalisation, Relation Extraction, Semantic Annotation, Wikification
  • Lexicalisation, Template Extraction, Surface Realisation
Applications of NLG from SW data
  • Ontology Verbalisation
  • Query Verbalisation
  • Entity Presentation
  • Answer Aggregation and Rendering
  • NLG based NL interfaces to KBs
  • Document Generation
  • Summarisation and SW data
  • eLearning
  • Feedback Generation
  • Abstract Submissions

    Authors should submit an abstract of at most 2 pages long (excluding references) following the formatting instructions below. Abstract submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the chairs. As such, papers do not need to be anonymised. The paper submissions should be sent to WebNLG2015@inria.fr

    Invited Speakers

    To be announced.

    Important Dates

    Submissions due: 24 April 2015

    Notification: 30 April 2015

    Final version due: 15 May 2015

    Workshop: 12 June 2015


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    Technical Program Chairs & Organisation

    Muriel Foulonneau, ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)

    Claire Gardent CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)

    Yassine Mrabet ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)

    Laura Perez-Beltrachini CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)