ACL 2014 Workshop on Semantic Parsing (SP14)

Room: Salon VI (a.k.a Grand VI)
June 26, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Semantic parsers map sentences to formal representations of their underlying meaning. Recently, algorithms have been developed to learn to recover increasingly expressive representations with ever weaker forms of supervision. These advances have enabled many applications, including question answering, relation extraction, robot control, interpreting instructions, and generating programs.

This workshop, collocated with ACL 2014, aims to achieve two goals. First, to bring together researchers in the field to discuss the state of the art and opportunities for future research. Second, to create a stage for presenting the variety of current approaches, thereby providing a unique opportunity for new entrants to the field.

We would like to thank the speakers, presenters and attendees for making SP14 such a success. Thank you!

Invited Speakers


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9:00 Opening
9:05 Opening invited talk
Semantic Parsing: Past, Present, and Future SLIDES
Raymond Mooney
9:50 Invited talk
Can a Machine Translate Without Knowing What Translation Is?
Kevin Knight
10:20 Exceptional submission talk
Low-dimensional Embeddings of Logic PDF SLIDES
Tim Rocktäschel, Matko Bošnjak, Sameer Singh and Sebastian Riedel
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Exceptional submission talk
Combining Formal and Distributional Models of Temporal and Intensional Semantics PDF SLIDES
Mike Lewis and Mark Steedman
11:10 Exceptional submission talk
Cooking with Semantics PDF SLIDES
Jonathan Malmaud, Earl Wagner, Nancy Chang and Kevin Murphy
11:20 Poster session
12:30 Lunch break
2:10 Invited talk
Semantic Parsing for Cancer Panomics SLIDES
Hoifung Poon
2:50 Invited talk
Robust Semantics for Semantic Parsers SLIDES
Mark Steedman
3:30 Coffee break
4:00 Invited talk
Asking for Help Using Inverse Semantics SLIDES
Stefanie Tellex
4:40 Invited talk
Computing with Natural Language SLIDES
Percy Liang
5:20 Closing

Accepted Submissions

Learning a Lexicon for Broad-coverage Semantic Parsing James Allen Semantic Parsing Using Distributional Semantics and Probabilistic Logic Islam Beltagy, Katrin Erk and Raymond Mooney Large-scale CCG Induction from the Groningen Meaning Bank Sebastian Beschke, Yang Liu and Wolfgang Menzel Semantic Parsing for Text to 3D Scene Generation Angel Chang, Manolis Savva and Chris Manning Leveraging Frame Semantics and Distributional Semantics for Unsupervised Semantic Slot Induction in Spoken Dialogue Systems Yun-nung Chen, William Yang Wang and Alexander Rudnicky Semantic Parsing for Information Extraction Eunsol Choi, Tom Kwiatkowski and Luke Zettlemoyer Parsing and Grounding Referring Expressions in Automatically Constructed 3D Models Nicholas FitzGerald and Luke Zettlemoyer Graph-based Algorithms for Semantic Parsing Jeffrey Flanigan, Samuel Thomson, David Bamman, Jesse Dodge, Manaal Faruqui, Brendan O'Connor, Nathan Schneider, Swabha Swayamdipta, Chris Dyer and Noah A. Smith [Related ACL 2014 publication] A Deep Architecture for Semantic Parsing Edward Grefenstette, Phil Blunsom, Nando De Freitas and Karl Moritz Hermann Symmetry-based Semantic Parsing Chloé Kiddon and Pedro Domingos Leveraging Heterogeneous Data Sources for Relational Semantic Parsing Meghana Kshirsagar, Nathan Schneider and Chris Dyer Context-dependent Semantic Parsing for Time Expressions Kenton Lee, Yoav Artzi, Jesse Dodge and Luke Zettlemoyer [Related ACL 2014 publication] Combining Formal and Distributional Models of Temporal and Intensional Semantics Exceptional Submission Award Mike Lewis and Mark Steedman Cooking with Semantics Exceptional Submission Award Jonathan Malmaud, Earl Wagner, Nancy Chang and Kevin Murphy Representing Caused Motion in Embodied Construction Grammar Ellen K Dodge and Miriam R L Petruck Constructing Semantic Parsing Datasets from Technical Documentation Kyle Richardson and Jonas Kuhn Notes on the MCTest Dataset for the Open-domain Machine Comprehension of Text Matthew Richardson, Christopher J.C. Burges and Erin Renshaw [Related EMNLP 2013 publication] Low-dimensional Embeddings of Logic Exceptional Submission Award Tim Rocktäschel, Matko Bošnjak, Sameer Singh and Sebastian Riedel Software Requirements: A New Domain For Semantic Parsers Michael Roth, Themistoklis Diamantopoulos, Ewan Klein and Andreas Symeonidis From Treebank Parses To Episodic Logic and Commonsense Inference Lenhart Schubert On Maximum Spanning DAG Algorithms for Semantic DAG Parsing Natalie Schluter Intermediary Semantic Representation Through Proposition Structures Gabriel Stanovsky, Jessica Ficler, Ido Dagan and Yoav Goldberg Efficient Logical Inference for Semantic Processing Ran Tian, Yusuke Miyao and Takuya Matsuzaki A New Corpus for Context-dependent Semantic Parsing Andreas Vlachos and Stephen Clark Towards README-EVAL : Interpreting Readme File Instructions James White Freebase QA: Information Extraction or Semantic Parsing? Xuchen Yao, Jonathan Berant and Benjamin Van Durme


Call for Submissions

Submissions are encouraged to discuss visionary and adventurous research directions. Three exceptional submissions will be awarded Google Exceptional Submission Awards. All accepted submissions will be presented as posters. Additionally, a small number of selected submissions will be presented orally.

We seek submissions of 2-4 page (excluding references) abstracts on semantic parsing. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

Each submission must be anonymized and contain a title and abstract text. Abstracts on work published or submitted elsewhere are welcome. Please submit your papers at

To encourage inclusiveness and the presentation of speculative and recent work, inclusion in the conference proceedings is optional. The author's preference should be indicated with the final submission.

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