2 CfP Multimodal Wordnets Workshop @ LREC 2020

Multimodal wordnets workshop @ LREC 2020

Date: 11th May, 2020

Venue: Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France; LREC 2020

Website: http://hitz.eus/multimodalwordnets2020/

Submission Deadline: February 14, 2020 February 24, 2020

Submission page: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2020/MMW2020/

Hashtag: #mmwn20

Nowadays, data can be found in many different formats and multimodal approaches are gaining attention in many natural language processing tasks such as text generation, machine translation or sentiment analysis. Indeed, many research areas are moving  from a single modality to full-fledged multimodality research, e.g. multimodal corpora, multimodal lexicons, etc. For instance, efforts are being made to integrate images, sign languages, sounds, etc. into existing wordnets. As the exchange of information among modalities can be crucial for lexical databases, we want to address this interdisciplinary research area in the first Workshop on “Multimodal wordnets”, co-located with LREC 2020.

The workshop is organized by the Global WordNet Association (GWA). GWA  is a free, public and non-commercial organization that provides a platform for discussing, sharing and connecting wordnets for all languages in the world.  The GWA has created in 2019 a Working Group dedicated to multimodal wordnets in order to extend the development and use of wordnets to other modalities than just text: some well known examples of multimodal approaches and wordnets are ImageNet, an image database structured according to WordNet hierarchy and ASLNet, A Wordnet for American Sign Language, and the Suggested Upper Merged Ontology (SUMO). 

Topics of Interest

The workshop aims at studying the interaction and cross-fertilization between wordnets and existing multimodal resources. We invite submissions with original contributions addressing, but not limited to, the topics listed below.

  • What are the benefits/drawbacks of multimodal wordnets?  How can wordnets help in the transmission and characterization of multimedia information?

  • To what extent is it possible to create wordnets in other modalities?

  • Which new multimodal initiatives and projects are being carried out involving distinct modalities (written, spoken, audio-visual, signs, pictograms, emojis, geographical and spatio-temporal data…)  and knowledge representations (wordnets, lexicons, ontologies, terminologies, dictionaries, corpora, wikipedias, distributional representations, cultural artifacts, books…)? 

  • What are (can be) the practical applications of multimodal wordnets? How to exploit existing multimodal wordnets, such as Visual Genome, ConceptNet, ImageNet, Imagact, etc.? Sense disambiguation on corpora, images, space role labeling, multimodal knowledge acquisition, commonsense reasoning and inference, distributed concept representation, integration of distributional (corpus-based) and knowledge-based embeddings … 

  • Which approaches are being developed to create these multimodal resources?  How can they be best represented? 

  • How to automatically map existing resources? How can we deal with similarity and relatedness across modality? How can we deal with specificity? Image, sound, smell, touch, video are all infinitely specific but words are not.

  • What is the added value of wordnet hierarchies to other modalities? Which is the role of the multimodal wordnets? Which is the expected format of the resources? Which standards to adopt or to develop?

  • How can we feed and feed back the algorithms with multimodal wordnets?

  • Which ethical policies should be followed? (see for instance, https://www.excavating.ai/)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: February 24, 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2020

  • Deadline for camera-ready versions: April 2, 2020 

  • Workshop day: May 11, 2020

Submission details

Submissions will fall into one of the following categories (page limits exclude references):

  • Long papers: 8 pages max; 30 minutes presentation

  • Short papers: 5 pages max; 15 minutes presentation

  • Poster presentations

Papers must be compliant with the stylesheet adopted for the main conference Proceedings: https://lrec2020.lrec-conf.org/en/submission2020/authors-kit/


Follow this link (https://www.softconf.com/lrec2020/MMW2020/) in START Conference Manager to submit your paper. 

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Organizing Committee

  • Itziar Gonzalez-Dios, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

  • Francis Bond, Nanyang Technological University

  • Thierry Declerk, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken

  • Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

  • Alexandre Rademaker,  IBM Research Brazil and EMAp/FGV

  • German Rigau, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

  • Piek Vossen, VU University Amsterdam


Programme Committee (in alphabetical order)


  • Manex Agirrezabal, University of Copenhagen

  • Izaskun Aldezabal, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU 

  • Jan Alexandersson, DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Gorka Azkune, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

  • Sonja Bosch, Department of African Languages, University of South Africa

  • Federico Boschetti, ILC-CNR, Italy

  • Luis Chiruzzo, Universidad de la República de Uruguay

  • Francesca Frontini, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France 

  • Xavier Gómez Guinovart, Universidade de Vigo

  • Fahad Khan, ILC-CNR, Italy

  • Maria Koutsombogera, Trinity College Dublin

  • Robert Krovetz, Lexical Research

  • Claudia Loreto Martínez Araneda, Universidad Católica de la Santísima, Chile

  • John P. McCrae, National University of Ireland

  • Gerard de Melo, Rutgers University

  • Verginica Mititelu, Romanian Academy Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence 

  • Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Australian National University

  • Ahti Lohk, Tallinn University of Technology 

  • Petya Osenova, Sofia University

  • Patrizia Paggio, Copenhagen University

  • Bolette Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

  • Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Technology

  • Eli Pociello, Elhuyar Fundazioa

  • Ronald Poppe, Utrecht University

  • Andrea Amelio Ravelli, University of Florence

  • Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University

  • Chantal van Son, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Aitor Soroa, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU