Important Dates

* All deadlines are calculated at 11:59 pm
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Pre-submission mentorship application Aug 12 (Fri), 2022
Submission deadline Sep 9 (Fri), 2022
Acceptance notification Oct 10 (Mon), 2022
Camera-ready due Oct 21 (Fri), 2022
Workshop Nov 20

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Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to have Dr Yanran Li as our keynote speaker at the Student Research Workshop (SRW) of AACL-IJCNLP 2022. The following are the details of the keynote talk.


The Development of Empathetic Conversational Systems: Maintain Interdisciplinary Vision and Identify Research Problem


In the past years, the spread of the epidemic has exacerbated people’s psychological pressure. And the world is facing real challenges especially the surge in demand for mental health services, insufficient medical resources, and uneven resource distribution. To address these problems, researchers have investigated main issues on building empathetic conversational systems capable of caring about and supporting humans. In this talk, I would review the development of empathetic conversation systems, especially the revolutionary changes brought by cognitive reasoning. In the meanwhile, I would relate these developments with the interdisciplinary vision for this research field, and explore potential actions that NLP researchers can take to identify research problems from interesting ideas.


Dr. Yanran Li was a senior Research Engineer and a Research Lead at Xiaomi AI Lab. She is also an advisor at School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University. Till now, she has published 20+ publications with 2000+ citations. She often serves a senior PC member for various first-tier international venues, and has served as an area chair of EMNLP 2022. Her research interests include natural language processing, intelligent conversational systems, computational emotion and empathy, as well as computational creativity.