SwissText 2016

1st Swiss Text Analytics Conference

June 8, 2016
in Zurich

Text Analytics is used in many companies and industrial sectors, for instance for process optimization, for decision support, or to develop new products and services. On the other hand, there are many research groups at Swiss universities who do excellent and successful research in this field. Our goal is to bring together practitioners and researchers, to give an overview of existing solutions and technologies, and to come up with ideas for new and innovative projects using automatic text understanding.

In order to achieve this goal, we invite practitioners, analysts, end users, software vendors, researchers and data scientists to join SwissText 2016 ­ the first national conference for text analytics.



SwissText 2016 is a one-­day conference on automatic text analytics. The conference will see presentations of various types: Surveys will give a broad overview of state­-of-­the-­art technologies and solutions in text understanding; Showcases will present successful projects; and Open Problem Presentations, where practitioners from the industry present “their” open problem.

Please see the Call for Presentations for details (submission are not possible anymore).

Please download the Program Leaflet (pdf) for more details and abstracts of the talks.


There has been tremendous progress in automatic text understanding in the last 3-­5 years. New technologies have been established (e.g. word embeddings), breakthroughs were achieved using deep learning, and new products and services were introduced. In the conference, distinguished experts will present the current state-­of-­the-art in the most relevant fields of automatic text understanding.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of Social Media
  • Semantic Analysis
  • Named Entity Recognition
  • Applications of Word ­Embeddings
  • Machine Translation
  • Text Summarization
  • Text Generation

These presentations will give the audience sufficient information to find out if the field is relevant to their daily work. For this reason, surveys will not dive deep into single technologies, but rather give an overview of the entire field, current trends and solutions from “a bird eyes view”.


Many companies are using text analytics in their daily work, and various innovative products and services are already available. Showcase presentations will describe the most interesting and successful projects and applications.

Open Problem Presentations

One of the main goals of SwissText 2016 is to bridge the gap between research and industry. For this reason, we invite experts from industry to present and discuss “their” open problem. Each presentation will see a short introduction of the problem, followed by a brief discussion with the audience about potential solutions and approaches. At the end, interested experts can join a subgroup to further discuss the problem ­ and maybe initiate a joint project.


09:00 Registration + Coffee/Gipfeli
09:30 Welcome Message: Mark Cieliebak (ZHAW)
10:00 Keynote: Paolo Rosso (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)
10:45 Survey Session 1:
11:10 Break
11:40 Keynote: Jürg Attinger (CTI)
12:10 Survey Session 2:
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Track 1: Track 2:
15:15 Afternoon Break
15:35 Poster Session
16:05 Keynote: Katja Filippova (Google)
16:50 Closing
17:10 Apero





SwissText will be held on the 8th of June 2016 in the ZHAW Eulachpassage in Winterthur (building TN at ZHAW Campus Winterthur, Technikumstrasse 71) The venue is located in the historic heart of the city, a 5 minutes’ walk from Winterthur main railway station and has a directly attached parking deck.

Directions: Google Maps, ZHAW Location map



Registration deadline May 15, 2016
May 31, 2016
Participation Fee CHF 80.–

Conference Registration includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Coffee and refreshment breaks
  • Lunch
  • Conference apero


Conference Chair: Mark Cieliebak

Organizers: Bettina Bhend, Dominic Egger, Simon Müller, Daniel Schutzbach

Programm Committee:

  • Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen
  • Mark Cieliebak, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Dominique Genoud, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
  • Martin Jaggi, ETH Zurich
  • Roberto Mastropietro, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)
  • Fabio Rinaldi, University of Zurich
  • Jürgen Spielberger, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Manfred Vogel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
  • Jürgen Vogel, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
  • Tim vor der Brück, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

The conference is funded by CTI - the Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation, and organized by Datalab, the Data Science Laboratory of ZHAW.

Sponsoring and Exhibition

We offer several attractive sponsoring packages. Please consult the following Call for Sponsors for details.


Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Data Analytics Lab

Institute of Computational Linguistics

School of Engineering

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Additional partners and sponsors are welcome. Please contact us at