April 1st, 2021 - Lucca, Italy - Online Event

Text2Story 2021

Fourth International Workshop on Narrative Extraction from Texts
held in conjunction with the 43rd European Conference on Information Retrieval

Call for papers

Call for papers

Although the understanding of natural language has improved over the last couple of years - with research works emerging on the grounds of information extraction and text mining - the problem of constructing consistent narrative structures is yet to be solved. In the fourth edition of the Text2Story workshop, we aim to foster the discussion of recent advances in the link between Information Retrieval (IR) and formal narrative representations from texts. Specifically, we aim to provide a common forum to consolidate the multi-disciplinary efforts and foster discussions to identify the wide-ranging issues related to the narrative extraction task. To this regard, we encourage the submission of high-quality and original submissions covering the following topics:

  • Narrative Representation Language
  • Story Evolution and Shift Detection
  • Event Identification
  • Temporal Information Extraction
  • Temporal Relation Identification
  • Temporal Reasoning
  • Causal Relation Extraction and Arrangement
  • Event Detection, Profiling, Ordering and Linking
  • Narrative Summarization
  • Multi-modal Summarization
  • Automatic Timeline Generation
  • Storyline Visualization
  • Temporal Aspects of Storylines
  • Comprehension of Generated Narratives and Timelines
  • Evaluation Methodologies for Narrative Extraction
  • Resources and Dataset showcase
  • Big data applied to Narrative Extraction
  • Personalization and Recommendation
  • User Profiling and User Behavior Modeling
  • Sentiment and Opinion Detection in Texts
  • Argumentation Mining
  • Credibility
  • Models for detection and removal of bias in generated stories
  • Ethical and fair narrative generation
  • Fact-Checking
  • Bias in Text Documents
  • Bots Influence
  • Information Retrieval Models based on Story Evolution
  • Temporal Information Retrieval and Narrative Extraction
  • Narrative-focused Search in Text Collections
  • Event and Entity importance Estimation in Narratives

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: January 11th, 2021 January 18th, 2021 January 25th, 2021 February 8th, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification Date: February 5th, 2021 February 12th, 2021 February 26th, 2021
  • Camera-ready copies: February 28th, 2021 March 12th, 2021
  • Workshop: April 1st, 2021


We invite two kinds of submissions:

  • Research papers (max 7 pages + references)
  • Demos and position papers (max 5 pages + references)
  • Work in progress and project description papers (max 4 pages + references)
  • Nectar papers with a summary of own work published in other conferences or journals that is worthwhile sharing with the Text2Story community, by emphasizing how it can be applied for narrative extraction, processing or storytelling, adding some more insights or discussions; novel aspects, results or case studies (max 3 pages + references)

All papers must be formatted according to the LNCS format style. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through our Easy Chair link.


Organizing Committee

Program Committee

  • Álvaro Figueira (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Andreas Spitz (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
  • António Horta Branco (University of Lisbon)
  • Arian Pasquali (CitizenLab)
  • Brenda Santana (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Bruno Martins (IST and INESC-ID - Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon)
  • Daniel Gomes (FCT/Arquivo.pt)
  • Daniel Loureiro (University of Porto)
  • Demian Gholipour (University College Dublin)
  • Denilson Barbosa (University of Alberta)
  • Deya Banisakher (Florida International University)
  • Dhruv Gupta (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
  • Dwaipayan Roy (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
  • Evelin Amorim (INESC TEC)
  • Florian Boudin (Université de Nantes)
  • Gaël Dias (Université de Caen Normandie)
  • Grigorios Tsoumakas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Henrique Lopes Cardoso (University of Porto)
  • Ismail Sengor Altingovde (Middle East Technical University)
  • Jeffery Ansah (Corvid AI)
  • Jeremy Pickens (OpenText)
  • João Paulo Cordeiro (INESC TEC; Universidade da Beira do Interior)
  • Kiran Bandeli (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • Ludovic Moncla (INSA Lyon)
  • Marc Spaniol (Université de Caen Normandie)
  • Nina Tahmasebi (University of Gothenburg)
  • Nuno Moniz (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Pablo Gamallo (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • Paulo Quaresma (Universidade de Évora)
  • Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI))
  • Ross Purves (University of Zurich)
  • Satya Almasian (Heidelberg University)
  • Sérgio Nunes (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Udo Kruschwitz (University of Regensburg)
  • Yihong Zhang (Osaka University)
  • Yating Zhang (Alibaba)
  • Sebastião Miranda (Priberam)

Proceedings Chair

  • João Paulo Cordeiro (INESC TEC; Universidade da Beira do Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
  • Conceição Rocha (INESC TEC)

Web and Dissemination Chair

  • Arian Pasquali (CitizenLab)
  • Behrooz Mansouri (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (INESC TEC)
  • Jeffery Ansah (Corvid AI)

Invited Speakers

Storytelling through infographics

Speaker: José Alves and Célia Rodrigues, Jornal Público

Abstract: Infographics have always been one of the references of Público's newspaper, with a national and international recognition. Visualizing information, whether qualitative or quantitative, is a must-have skill in an era of undoubted reinforcement of digital media. Our work takes more and more relevance with the growing of visual journalism. From print to digital, a lot has changed. New tools, new ways of thinking, new approaches but the basics remain the same... how to give the reader the best information in a clear and well designed way.

Bio (José Alves): José Alves started in 1996 in the world of magazine infographics. Ten years in specialized magazines and fourteen years in national information newspapers. From leisure to news, pinching specialized topics, the support is no longer just paper, but has been animation and online for some time.

Bio (Célia Rodrigues): Célia Rodrigues is an infographic designer at the newspaper Público, since its foundation in 1990. She has a Sociology and Planning BSc. from ISCTE and a Postgraduate Degree in Information Visualisation from FCSH, Universidade Nova. Célia has additional training in photojournalism, by Cenjor, and visualisation and data journalism by the Knight Center for Journalism. Since June 2018, Célia is the coordinator of the infographics section of Público.

A conversation with Leila Zia

Speaker: Leila Zia, Head of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation

Bio: Leila Zia is the Head of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation, the foundation that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. Her research interests include quantifying and addressing the gaps of knowledge in Wikipedia and Wikidata, understanding Wikipedia's readers, and studying the contributor diversity on the Wikimedia projects. She has served as the general co-chair of The Web Conference 2019 (formerly known as WWW) and she currently serves as the program committee co-chair of The Web Conference 2021. She received her PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering.


Click here to download the presentations slides. The recorded presentations will be available on our YouTube channel.
Displaying agenda in event timezone (Italy local time).

09h00 – 09h15 Introduction
(Ricardo Campos)
Session Chair: Ricardo Campos
09h15 – 10h00 Keynote 1: Storytelling through infographics
(José Alves, Célia Rodrigues, Jornal Público)
Session Chair: Sumit Bhatia
10h00 – 10h30 A Model of Interpretation of Embedded Stories
(Pablo Gervás)
10h30 – 11h00 Coffee Break
Session Chair: Adam Jatowt
11h00 – 11h30 The Nectar of Missing Position Prediction for Story Completion
(Yusuke Mori, Hiroaki Yamane, Yusuke Mukuta and Tatsuya Harada)
11h30 – 12h00 A Pilot Study on Annotating Scenes in Narrative Text using SceneML
(Tarfah Alrashid and Robert Gaizauskas)
Session Chair: Jannik Strotgen
12h00 – 12h30 THEaiTRE 1.0: Interactive generation of theatre play scripts
(Rudolf Rosa, Tomáš Musil, Ondrej Dusek, Dominik Jurko, Patrícia Schmidtová, David Marecek, Ondřej Bojar, Tom Kocmi, Daniel Hrbek, David Košťák, Martina Kinská, Marie Nováková, Josef Doležal, Klára Vosecká, Tomáš Studeník and Petr Žabka)
12h30 – 13h00 Demonstrating Narrative Bindings: Linking Discourses to Knowledge Repositories
(Hermann Kroll, Denis Nagel, Morris Kunz and Wolf-Tilo Balke)
13h00 – 14h15 Lunch Break
Session Chair: João Magalhães
14h15 – 14h45 Brat2Viz: a Tool and Pipeline for Visualizing Narratives from Annotated Texts
(Evelin Amorim, Alexandre Ribeiro, Inês Cantante, Alípio Jorge, Brenda Santana, Sérgio Nunes, Purificação Silvano, António Leal and Ricardo Campos)
14h45 – 15h05 Modeling Social Media Narratives about Caste-related News Stories
(Prashanth Vijayaraghavan and Lavanya Vijayaraghavan)
Session Chair: Mark Finlayson
15h05 – 15h25 Narrative Trends of COVID-19 Misinformation
(Thomas Marcoux and Nitin Agarwal)
15h25 – 15h55 Stories from Blogs: Computational Extraction and Visualization of Narratives
(Muhammad Nihal Hussain, Hayder Al Rubaye, Kiran Kumar Bandeli and Nitin Agarwal)
Session Chair: Bruno Martins
15h55 – 16h25 A Different Story: How Conservative Narratives Diverge Between Twitter and Parler
(Regina Catipon and Onur Savas)
16h25 – 16h45 Coffee Break
Session Chair: Alípio Jorge
16h45 – 17h30 Keynote 2: A Conversation with Leila Zia
(Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation)
Session Chair: Sérgio Nunes
17h30 – 18h00 Which entities are relevant for the story?
(Pooja Oza and Laura Dietz)
18h00 – 18h15 Wrap up & Awards
(Ricardo Campos, Alípio Jorge, Adam Jatowt, Sumit Bhatia, Mark Finlayson)


Due to concerns about COVID-19, ECIR 2021 and Text2Story 2021 will be held entirely online.

Free registration at ECIR 2021 by March 25 is required to attend the workshop (don't forget to select the Text2Story workshop).


This project is financed by the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund through the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 and by National Funds through the Portuguese funding agency, FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia within project PTDC/CCI-COM/31857/2017 (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-03185)