Stairway to Microstructures

Filip visited the beautiful Copenhagen to present his latest work at the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis. Apart from spreading a word about claim microstructures, he also met some scary Copenhagen kangaroos.

The bicycle paradise and the proud capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, was the host of this year’s Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). Being a bicycle enthusiast himself, our PhD student Filip did not miss the chance to book a (one-way) flight to Copenhagen to present his latest work.

Filip’s paper was accepted to the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis (WASSA), which was, along with many other interesting workshops, collocated with the main conference. This year’s WASSA offered a diverse range of interesting presentations, from emotion and sarcasm detection to opinion mining and argumentation mining. Filip left his mark by presenting a paper titled Toward Stance Classification Based on Claim Microstructures, which explored the possibility of using more structured claim representations (the so-called microstructures). Besides being far more interpretable than the previous representations, the structured approach also enables the use of first-order logic in making interesting and useful conclusions about the data. Apart from WASSA, there was a whole host of interesting work at the other workshops and the main conference. Filip told us he especially enjoyed the (argumentatively rich) debate held after the Workshop on Argumentation Mining (ArgMining), which raised concerns about public deliberation on argumentation mining.

Obviously, there was just enough time to swing by the Copenhagen’s national museum, seeing Norse code and admiring Viking history, as well as visiting the Copenhagen’s Zoo, (scaredly) glancing at kangaroos. All in all, enjoying leisurely bicycle rides, getting dazed (and confused) from Danish brown ale, and opening tins to actually find the delicious Danish butter cookies inside (instead of grandma’s sewing kit) made this a wonderful experience. 🙂