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SICSA Workshop on Argument Mining 2014 last updated July 10, 2014 by Katarzyna Budzynska

SICSA Workshop on Argument Mining 2014

SICSASubmissions of position statement are invited for the SICSA Workshop on Argument Mining: Perspectives from Information Extraction, Information Retrieval and Computational Linguistics, to be held in Dundee, Scotland, 9-10 July 2014.

Argument mining exploits the techniques and methods of natural language processing, or more specifically – text and opinion mining, for semi-automatic and automatic recognition and extraction of structured argument data from unstructured natural language texts. Lying at the intersection of sentiment analysis and computational models of argument, it is attracting increasing attention with an ACL workshop on the topic in Baltimore (ArgMining2014) and a meeting dedicated to the topic in Warsaw (ArgDiaP2014).

The workshop aims to bridge the gap between argument mining and well-established areas of information extraction (IE), information retrieval (IR) and computational linguistics (CS). The workshop will be opened by the talk given by Prof. Marie-Francine Moens, Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven, Belgium (SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow).

The first day of the workshop will be arranged around the short presentations from each contributor on argument mining from their own research perspective. The second day will be divided into working sessions during which participants will draft a joint paper on argument mining and its connections to IE, IR and CS. Our aim will be to use the draft as a basis for a submission to a journal.

In order to participate, attendees are asked to submit an abstract with a short position statement no later than 15 June 2014 30 June 2014 (extended). The event is hosted by the Centre for Argument Technology, and is supported by the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA).

Attendees and contributors

Andrew Aberdein, Florida Institute of Technology, US
Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University, UK
Katarzyna Budzynska, Polish Academy of Sciences & University of Dundee, Poland & UK
Guillaume Cabanac, University of Toulouse, France
Jeremie Clos, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
Anna DeLiddo, Open University, UK
Mathilde Janier, University of Dundee, UK
Joemon Jose, University of Glasgow, UK
Juyeon Kang, Prometil & IRIT, Toulouse, France
John Lawrence, University of Dundee, UK
Clare Llewellyn, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ursula Martin, University of Oxford, UK
Stewart Massie, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
Rolando Medellin, University of Dundee, UK
Saliha Minhas, University of Stirling, UK
Marie-Francine Moens (SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow, invited speaker), Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
Dave Murray-Rust, University of Edinburgh, UK
Alison Pease, University of Dundee, UK
Brian Pluss, Open University, UK
Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
Patrick Saint-Dizier, CNRS-IRIT, Toulouse, France
Jodi Schneider, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Mark Snaith, University of Dundee, UK
Maitreyee Tewari, University of Dundee, UK
Helen Vernon, University of Salford, UK
Simon Wells, University of Aberdeen, UK
Nirmalie Wiratunga, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
Adam Wyner, University of Aberdeen, UK


Wednesday, 9th July
12.30-13.30 Lunch and Welcome

13.30-14.30 Invited talk: Marie-Francine Moens

14.30-15.45 Session I: short presentations (10mins talk + 5mins discussion)
1430-1445 Dave Murray-Rust, Alison Pease & Ursula Martin: Interaction models of argumentation on Polymath
1445-1500 Alison Pease, Andrew Aberdein & Ursula Martin: Small-scale arguments that within large-scale arguments about
1500-1515 Jodi Schneider: An Informatics Perspective on Argumentation Mining
1515-1530 Simon Wells: Argument Mining to Support Behaviour Change
1530-1545 Clare Llewellyn: Argumentation Mining In Social Media

15.45-16.30 Coffee

16.30-18.00 Session II: short presentations (10mins talk + 5mins discussion)
1630-1645 Jeremy Clos, Nirmalie Wiratunga, Joemon Jose, Stewart Massie & Guillaume Cabanac: Towards Argumentative Opinion Mining
1645-1700 Brian Pluss, Anna DeLiddo & Simon Buckingham Shum: From Argument Mapping to Argument Mining, and Back
1700-1715 Adam Wyner: An Argument Workbench
1715-1730 Juyeon Kang & Patrick Saint-Dizier: Argument Compound Mining and Analysis in Technical Texts
1730-1745 John Lawrence & Chris Reed: Mining Arguments From Philosophical Texts Using Topic Based Modelling
1745-1800 Katarzyna Budzynska & Chris Reed: Digital Ethos, Argument Technology and Inference Anchoring in a Dialogue

Thursday, 10th July – Dalhousie Building Room 1G10
10.30-12.30 Session I: working groups (drafting a joint paper)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Session II: working groups
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-17.00 Session III: working groups
17.00-17.15 Closing remarks


Contributors may submit a short position statement (up to 1,000 words) on argument mining from their own research perspective. Abstracts should give full names and contact details for all authors and should be submitted in PDF format by email to Katarzyna Budzynska: budzynska.argdiap at, no later than 15 June 2014 30 June 2014.

Admission is free, however, for organizational purposes please register your intention to attend the workshop. To confirm your attendance, you need to send an email to John Lawrence: johnlawrence at, no later than 2 July.

Important Dates

Abstract deadline: 15 June 2014 30 June 2014
Confirmation of attendance: 30 June 2014 2 July 2014
Workshop: 9-10 July 2014


The workshop is organized by the Centre for Argument Technology and led by Katarzyna Budzynska: budzynska.argdiap at, and John Lawrence: johnlawrence at