SwissText 2018

3rd Swiss Text Analytics Conference

June 12-13, 2018
in Winterthur

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. 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 2018, the third edition of the conference for text analytics.


Building on the success of the previous editions of the conference, SwissText 2018 will be held on two days for the first time.

Like in the previous years, one main goal of the conference is to bring together Swiss practitioners and researchers, to give an overview of existing solutions and applications in the domain of text analytics, and to come up with ideas for new and innovative projects. The additional day will allow for even more networking opportunities this year, and we will have a Swiss Track, where all presentations will have a certain "Swissness"-factor.

In addition, we also invite the international scientific community to participate in the conference. We will have a "classical" Scientific Track, where you can present state-of-the-art technical papers.

Scientific papers will be published in the conference proceedings, together with abstracts of the Swiss Track presentations (see Call for Papers for details).

Keynote Speakers

  • Eneko Agirre Eneko Agirre, Professor, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
    Eneko Agirre is Professor at the University of the Basque Country and member of the IXA Natural Language Processing group. His research focuses on lexical and computational semantics, with applications in information retrieval and machine translation. He has been president of SIGLEX, member of the editorial board of Computational Linguistics, and has received a Google research award.
  • Costas Bekas Costas Bekas, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research – Zurich
    Costas Bekas manages the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research – Zurich. Costas’ research covers high-performance computing, massive scale analytics and cognitive computing. He is a recipient of the PRACE Award (2012) and the ACM Gordon Bell Prize (2013 & 2015).
  • Iryna Gurevych Iryna Gurevych, Professor, Technical University of Darmstadt
    Iryna Gurevych is Professor for Language Processing at Technical University of Darmstadt, and Director of the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab. Her research aims at lexical-semantics, resources and algorithms, and innovative applications of language processing to social sciences and humanities.
  • Hristo Tanev Hristo Tanev, Researcher, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
    Hristo Tanev, PhD, has been working in the domain of Natural Language Processing for more than 25 years already. His work has been concentrated mostly in the area of Question Answering, Terminology Extraction, Grammar Induction, and Event Extraction. Being researcher and developer of working applications, Hristo Tanev's work resulted in several software systems for Question Answering, Event Extraction and Terminology Learning.


SwissText 2018 is a two-­day conference on automatic text analytics. The conference will see keynotes and presentations by distinguished international experts from research and industry, and a poster exhibition of recent research results. It will be also enriched by tutorials and hands-on workshops targetting a broad audience. Furthermore, proceedings are planed for scientific submissions. We are currently preparing the Call for Papers. Please contact us at if you want to get notified when it's published.

The program committee has decided on the submissions, here is the list of accepted papers.


Data Expedition into the Swiss Twitter Community
More infos at Data Expedition Website
Day: Tuesday, 12.06.2018

NLP Clinic
More infos at NLP Clinic Website
Day: Wednesday, 13.06.2018

Future Actions for Swiss German
More infos at Future Actions for Swiss German
Day: Wednesday, 13.06.2018



8:30Registration + Coffee/Gipfeli
9:00 Welcome Message: Mark Cieliebak
9:30 Keynote: Iryna Gurevych (TU Darmstadt)
10:45Parallel Sessions
Track 1   Room: TN E0.46Track 2   Room: TN E0.54Workshop   Room: TS 01.07
Ruiqi Li, Guillem Collell and Marie-Francine Moens:
A Genetic Algorithm for Combining Visual and Textual Embeddings Evaluated on Attribute Recognition
Rémy Blättler, Mark Cieliebak and Jan Deriu:
Bilingual Term Extraction with Big Data
Expedition into the Swiss Twitter Community
SpinningBytes AG
Part 1 of 2
Georgios Balikas and Ioannis Partalas:
On the Effectiveness of Feature Set Augmentation using Clusters of Word Embeddings
Massimo Lusetti, Tatyana Ruzsics, Anne Göhring, Tanja Samardzic and Elisabeth Stark:
Encoder-Decoder Methods for Text Normalization
Diego Saldana:
Automated Detection of Adverse Drug Reactions in the Biomedical Literature Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Biomedical Word Embeddings
Ann-Sophie Gnehm:
Text Zoning for Job Advertisements with Bidirectional LSTMs
12:15Lunch Break
13:45Poster Presentations Data Expedition into the Swiss Twitter Community
SpinningBytes AG

Part 2 of 2
14:15Poster Session and Exhibition
Open Time to visit the Exhibition and Posters
16:00Keynote: Eneko Agirre (UPV)
16:45 End of Day 1


8:30Registration + Coffee/Gipfeli
9:00Welcome Message: Mark Cieliebak
9:30Keynote: Costas Bekas (IBM)
10:45Parallel Sessions
Track 3   Room: TN E0.46 Track 4   Room: TN E0.54 Track 5   Room: TN E0.58
Noëmi Aepli and Simon Clematide:
Parsing Approaches for Swiss German
Ethan Brown and Saurabh Jain:
Recommendations from Unstructured Data for Investment Banking
Sibylle Peuker:
"What can I ask you?” - The User Experience of Conversational Interfaces
Donat Agosti:
Text and Data Minining Workflow to Make Scientific Publications Accessible
Albert Weichselbraun, Philipp Kuntschik, Norman Süsstrunk, Fabian Odoni, Sandro Hörler and Adrian M.P. Brasoveanu:
Optimizing Information Acquisition and Decision Making Processes with Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Visual Analytics.
Khalil Mrini, Marc Laperrouza and Pierre Dillenbourg:
Building a Question-Answering Chatbot Using Forum Data in the Semantic Space
Markus S.T. Pilzecker:
Automatic Hyperlinking on a Juridicial Corpus via an RDFized Terminology
Lorenz Bernauer and Patrick Bernauer:
Auto-generated Email Responses: Boost your Email Efficiency
Jacky Casas, Nathan Quinteiro Quintas, Elena Mugellini and Omar Abou Khaled:
Rupert the Nutritionist, the Efficient Conversational Agent
12:15Lunch Break
13:30Poster Presentations
13:45Hate Speech Hackathon

Room: TN 02.29
Workshop: NLP Clinic
Swiss Alliance for Data-intensive Services

Room: TS 03.08
Workshop: Future Actions for Swiss German
University of Zurich and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Room: TS 01.07
15:30Poster Session and Exhibition
Open Time to visit the Exhibition and Posters
16:00 Keynote: Hristo Tanev (ECJRC)
16:45Closing Statement

The full program and presentation abstracts are available in the Program Booklet.




SwissText will be held on the 12th and 13th of June 2018 in the ZHAW Eulachpassage in Winterthur (same location as last year).
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.

Address: Building TN at ZHAW Campus Winterthur, Technikumstrasse 71

Directions: Google Maps, ZHAW Location map



Registration deadline May 20, 2018
Single Day Early Bird Participation Fee, until 30.4.2018 CHF 130.–
Full Conference Early Bird Participation Fee, until 30.4.2018 CHF 240.–
Single Day Participation Fee CHF 160.–
Full Conference Participation Fee CHF 280.–

Discount for students on request. Send email to

Conference Registration includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Please when registering select workshops, since only a limited number of places are available
  • Coffee and refreshment breaks
  • Lunch
  • Conference apero
  • Proceedings


Conference Chair: Mark Cieliebak

Organizers: Fernando Benites, Jan Deriu, Amrita Prasad, Don Tuggener, Dirk von Grünigen, Ada Wan, Pamela Hunziker

The conference is co-organized by Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services.

Program Committees

The detailed list can be found here.


Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency


Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Data Analytics Lab

Machine Learning and Optimization Laboratory

Institute of Computational Linguistics

School of Engineering

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Institute for Information and Communication Technologies

Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences

Additional partners are always welcome. Please contact us at

Mailing List

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