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ECONLP 2018 – 1st Workshop on Economics and Natural Language Processing

@ ACL 2018, Melbourne, Australia, July 20, 2018

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Udo Hahn (chair) Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Ming-Feng Tsai National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Véronique Hoste Ghent University, Belgium


The workshop addresses the increasing relevance of natural language processing (NLP) for regional, national and international economy, both in terms of already launched language technology products and systems, as well as new methodologies and techniques emerging in interaction with the paradigm of Computational Social Science. The focus of the workshop is on the many ways, how NLP alters business relations and procedures, economic transactions, and the roles of human and computational actors involved in commercial activities.

Papers submitted to this workshop should address (not excluding other topic areas of relevance for the workshop theme):

  • NLP-based (stock) market analytics, e.g., prediction of economic performance indicators (trend prediction, performance forecasting, etc.), by analyzing verbal statements of enterprises, businesses, companies, and associated legal or administrative actors
  • NLP-based product analytics, e.g., based on (social) media monitoring, summarizing reviews, classifying and mining complaint messages, etc.
  • NLP-based customer analytics, e.g., customer profiling, tracking product/company preferences, screening customer reviews or complaints, identifying high-influentials, etc.
  • NLP-based organization/enterprise analytics (e.g., tracing and altering social images, risk prediction, fraud analysis, analysis of business, sustainability and auditing reports)
  • Competitive intelligence services based on NLP tooling
  • Relationship and interaction between quantitative (structured) economic data (e.g., time series data) and qualitative (unstructured verbal) economic data (press releases, newswire streams, social media contents, etc.)
  • Information management based on organizing and archiving verbal communication of organizations and enterprises (emails, meeting minutes, business letters, etc.)
  • Credibility and trust models for agents in the economic process (e.g., trading, selling, advertising) based on text/opinion mining communication traces and legacy data
  • Verbally fluent software agents (language bots) as actors in economic processes serving business interests, e.g., embodying models of persuasion, fair trading, etc.
  • Enterprise search engines (e-commerce, e-marketing)
  • Consumer search engines, market monitors, product/service recommender systems
  • Customer-supplier interaction platforms (e.g., portals, helps desks, newsgroups) and transaction support systems based on natural language communication
  • Specialized modes of information extraction and text mining in economic domains, e.g., temporal event or transaction mining
  • Information aggregation from single sources (e.g., review summaries, automatic threading)
  • Ontologies for economics and adaptation of lexicons for economic NLP
  • Corpora and annotations policies (guidelines, metadata schemata, etc.) for economic NLP
  • Economy-specific text genres (business reports, sustainability reports, auditing documents, product reviews, economic newswire, business letters, law documents, etc.) and their implications for NLP
  • Dedicated language resources for economic NLP (e.g., lNER taggers, sublanguage parsers, pipelines for processing economic discourse)

Submission information:

Two types of papers are solicited: Long papers (8 pages) should describe solid results with strong
experimental, empirical or theoretical/formal backing, short papers (4 pages) should describe work in
progress where preliminary results have already been worked out. Accepted papers will appear in the
workshop proceedings. All papers are allowed unlimited but sensible pages for references. Final
camera-ready versions will be allowed an additional page of content to address reviewers' comments.
All submissions should be in PDF format (using ACL 2018 style sheets for the main conference; see and made through the Softconf website set up for this workshop

Key Dates:

Deadline for paper submission: 9 April 2018 (GMT -12)
Notification of acceptance: 7 May 2018
Camera-ready version due: 28 May 2018
Workshop: 20 July 2018

Program Committee:

Khurshid Ahmad Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Sven Buechel
FSU Jena, Germany

Philipp Cimiano
U Bielefeld, Germany

Xiao Ding
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Junwen Duan
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Ronen Feldman Hebrew U of Jerusalem, Israel
Flavius Frasincar
Erasmus U Rotterdam,The Netherlands

Sunita Goel
Siena College, Loudonville, NY, USA

Petr Hájek
U Pardubice, Czech Republic

Qing Li
U of Hong Kong, China

Pekka Malo Aalto U, Finland

Dirk Neumann U Freiburg, Germany

Viktor Pekar U Birmingham, UK
Paul Rayson Lancaster U, UK

Samuel Rönnqvist Åbo Akademi U, Turku, Finland
Kiyoaki Shirai Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan

Ankur Sinha Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

Padmini Srinivasan U of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Chuan-Ju Wang Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Yue Zhang Singapore U of Technology and Design, Singapore