Joint Conference SwissText & KONVENS 2020
5th Swiss Text Analytics Conference (SwissText) & 16th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS) - Joint Conference 2020

The 5th edition of the Swiss Text Analytics Conference will take place jointly with KONVENS on 23-25 June in Zurich.

The 5th edition of SwissText will join forces with KONVENS (“Konferenz für die Verarbeitung Natürlicher Sprache” – Conference for Natural Language Processing) and the joint conference will take place at the main campus of the University of Zurich from June 23 to 25, 2020. 



  • Tuesday 23rd: workshops, tutorials, GermEval evaluation campaign (see here for the 2019 edition)
  • Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th: main conference (scientific track, applied track, demo track, posters, …)

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Important Dates

  • 23. 6. 2020: Workshops, Tutorials, GermEval
  • 24. – 25.6.2020: Main Conference

Keynote Speakers 2019

Lisa Gibbs, Director of News Partnerships at The Associated Press, AP’s Automation and Artificial Intelligence Strategy Group

Lisa Gibbs is Director of News Partnerships at The Associated Press and the newsroom’s point person on AP’s Automation and Artificial Intelligence Strategy Group. She oversaw AP’s first significant text automation initiative from 2014, which uses automation software to generate roughly 3700 corporate earnings stories every quarter. Current projects span a range of technologies, including image recognition, machine learning for verification of social media and event detection.

Hinrich Schütze, Professor of Computational Linguistics and Director of the Center for Information and Language Processing at LMU Munich

Hinrich Schütze is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Director of the Center for Information and Language Processing at LMU Munich in Germany. Before moving to Munich in 2013, he taught at the University of Stuttgart. He received his PhD in Computational Linguistics from Stanford University in 1995 and worked on natural language processing and information retrieval technology at Xerox PARC, at several Silicon Valley startups and at Google 1995-2004 and 2008/9. He is a coauthor of Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing (with Chris Manning) and Introduction to Information Retrieval (with Chris Manning and Prabhakar Raghavan).

Mona Diab, Full Professor of Computational Linguistics and NLP in the Department of Computer Science at George Washington University

Mona Diab is Principal Scientist at Amazon AWS AI Deep Learning in Seattle, WA, USA. She is also Professor of Computational Linguistics and NLP in the Department of Computer Science, George Washington University (GW), and founder and Director of the NLP lab CARE4Lang at George Washington University. Her research interests include cross linguistic modelling and multilingual processing, computational lexical semantics, social media processing, information extraction & text analytics, machine translation, resource building, and computational socio-pragmatics. Mona has more than 200 scientific publications and she serves as acting editor for several of the community’s top scientific journals such as TACL and CSL.

Impressions 2019

Presentations 2019

Welcome Message
Mark Cieliebak

NLP Activities at Tamedia
Didier Orel, Titus Plattner and Marcel Blattner

Empathic Response Generation in Chatbots
Timo Spring, Jacky Casas, Karl Daher, Elena Mugellini and Omar Abou Khaled
University of Bern and HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Neural Text Normalization with Adapted Decoding and POS Features
Tatyana Ruzsics, Massimo Lusetti, Anne Göhring, Tanja Samardzic and Elisabeth Stark
University of Zurich

Text-to-Speech (TTS) for Seven Swiss German Dialects
Christof Traber, Schamai Safra, Bleicke Holm, Dominic Schnyder and Philipp Lichtenberg
SlowSoft GmbH

Customer-driven architecture for a Chatbot
Laura Gander, Antonella Bolt and Ursula Stäuble

Neural Machine Translation for Increased Human Translation Efficiency at Migros Bank
Stephan Wick and Samuel Läubli
Migros Bank AG and TextShuttle AG

Your Click Matters: Enhancing Click-based Image Retrieval performance through Collaborative Filtering
Deepanwita Datta, Manajit Chakraborty and Aveek Biswas
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Università della Svizzera italiana, University of California San Diego

MedMon: social media analytics for an healthcare application
Fabio Rinaldi, Philipp Kuntschik, Gottowik Jürgen, Mathias Leddin, Raul Rodriguez Esteban, Albert Weichselbraun, Tilia Ellendorff, Nico Colic and Lenz Furrer
University of Zurich, HTW Chur, Roche

Shared Task on German Text Summarization
Dominik Fretel, Lukas Neukom, Manfred Vogel, FHNW

Nikola Nikolov

Pascal Fetch

Shantipriya Parida

Valentin Venzin

Low Resource Scenarios: Challenges and Opportunities
Mona Diab
Amazon / George Washington University

Closing Statement
Mark Cieliebak

Venue 2020

The conference will take place at the main campus of the University of Zurich

Address: University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, Zurich

Directions: Google Maps


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