The Financial Narrative Processing (FNP) Workshop Series

In the domain of Finance, there has been a growing interest in the application of automatic and computer-aided approaches for extracting, summarising, and analysing both qualitative and quantitative financial data. In recent years, manual small-scale research in the Accounting and Finance literature has been scaled up with the aid of NLP, ML, and deep learning methods. For the past 5 years, the FNP workshop has proven to be the leaders in Financial NLP, organising more than six international events as well as introducing NLP and AI shared tasks and providing datasets and methodologies needed to push forward the emerging field of Financial NLP.

Check out our Google Scholar Profile for FNP work at Lancaster University as well as the workshop proceedings: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=8Qn7yJ8AAAAJ

Topic of Interest in relation to Financial NLP

We encourage work on topics related to analysing financial narratives using state of the art NLP techniques. This includes but is not limited to morphological analysis, disambiguation, tokenization, part-of-speech tagging, named entity recognition, chunking, parsing, semantic role labelling, sentiment analysis, document quality and advanced readability metrics. Across the years the use of NLP and Machine Learning in the financial domain has encouraged studies around gender and ethnicities imbalance, as well as mental health and wellbeing research. Given the focus of the LREC conference, we also encourage research on under-resourced languages and under-represented financial markets. In recent years, FNP has included research on Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese financial markets.

Our collaboration with the MultiLing workshop (http://multiling.iit.demokritos.gr) has highlighted the importance of summarisation across domains and sources that are related to finance (e.g. company blogs, product reviews, market briefs, etc.); this includes financial multilingual and cross-lingual summarisation using single-document summarisation, multi-document summarisation, summarisation evaluation, headline generation, and cross-domain/cross-topic summarisation.

Given the international nature of the event, we particularly welcome FNP papers reporting non-English and multilingual research, describing the different regulatory regimes within which companies operate internationally. 

Previous Workshops:

1· The 1st Financial Narrative Processing (FNP 2018) workshop at the 11th Edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018), May 2018 in Miyazaki, Japan. 11 papers with around 20 attendees (81% acceptance rate). http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/fnp2018 

2-3· First and Second Workshops on Textual Analysis Methods in Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), Lancaster University, September 2018 and September 2019 in Lancaster, UK. 40 Attendees each.   http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/tamaf2018 and  http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/tamaf2019/

4. The 2nd Financial Narrative Processing (FNP 2019) workshops at the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa’19), Turku, Finland. 11 papers, 21 attendees  (79% acceptance rate) http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/fnp2019

5. The Multiling Summarisation workshops 2011 (TAC, USA), 2013 (ACL, Bulgaria), 2015 (SIGDIAL, Czech), 2017 (ACL, Canada) and 2019 (RANLP, Bulgaria). Including the First Financial Narrative Summarisation Task at Multiling 2019 at RANLP 2019 Varna, Bulgaria. 15-20+ attendees each year. http://multiling.iit.demokritos.gr

6· The 1st Joint Workshop on Financial Narrative Processing and MultiLing Financial Summarisation (FNP-FNS 2020) workshop at The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING’2020), Barcelona, Spain on 12 December 2020, 36 papers and a total of 37 registrations  (80% acceptance rate). http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/fnp2020

7. The 3rd Financial Narrative Processing (FNP 2021) workshops as a stand alone event organised by Lancaster University and Yseop, Lancaster, United Kingdom. 22 papers, 125 registrations and attendees from 87 cities from 35 countries (81% acceptance rate)   http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/fnp2021 

Upcoming

NEW 8. The 4th Financial Narrative Processing (FNP 2022) to be held at 13th Edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2022), Marseille, France on June 2022 http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cfie/fnp2022