LINGUIST List 16.615

Wed Mar 02 2005

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Finland; Computational Ling/USA

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        1.    Jan Lindstrom, International Conference on Conversation Analysis
        2.    jill burstein, 2nd Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using Natural Language Processing

Message 1: International Conference on Conversation Analysis

Date: 01-Mar-2005
From: Jan Lindstrom <>
Subject: International Conference on Conversation Analysis

Full Title: International Conference on Conversation Analysis
Short Title: ICCA-06

Date: 11-May-2006 - 14-May-2006
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Contact Person: Eveliina Korpela
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Meeting Description:

The next International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) will be held
at the University of Helsinki, May 11-14, 2006.


International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA-06)

May 10-14, 2006 Helsinki

Abstract deadline: September 2, 2005

The theme of the conference is
Comparative Perspectives in Conversation Analysis

In recent years, conversation analytic research has increasingly focussed on
comparison between different kinds of data. Comparative research can involve
e.g. comparison of interactional practices in everyday versus institutional
talk, in different kinds of institutional encounters, different languages and
cultures, different varieties of a language etc.

Conversation analytic papers on other themes are also welcome.

The following types of proposals are invited:

* single paper
* poster
* panel session
* workshop

Plenary speakers:

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
Paul Drew
Charles Goodwin & Marjorie Harness Goodwin
Auli Hakulinen & Marja-Leena Sorjonen

Scientific committee:

Anssi Perakyla (chair)
Maria Egbert (DK)
Makoto Hayashi (US)
John Heritage (US)
Anna Lindstrom (SE)
Harrie Mazeland (NL)
Lorenza Mondada (F)
Arja Piirainen-Marsh (FI)
Jakob Steensig (DK)
Tony Wootton (UK)

For more information about the conference
and submission of abstracts, please visit the conference web site:

Message 2: 2nd Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using Natural Language Processing

Date: 02-Mar-2005
From: jill burstein <>
Subject: 2nd Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using Natural Language Processing

Full Title: 2nd Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using Natural
Language Processing

Date: 29-Jun-2005 - 29-Jun-2005
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America
Contact Person: Jill Burstein
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

Two major research areas in educational applications, automated evaluation of
students' free-responses and intelligent tutoring systems (ITS), have developed
fairly autonomously within the NLP community. We made progress toward bridging
this gap in the First Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using NLP in
2003, where researchers in a wide variety of educational applications met at
NAACL 2003 in Edmonton to share their research - both in the speech- and
text-based communities. Papers dealt with automated evaluation of essay-length
texts and classification of brief responses that students enter into a tutoring
system. Other research that was reported included exploring the value of using
grammar checking within a tutoring system, comparing speech- and text-based
tutoring systems, and automatically generating multiple-choice questions.

There continues to be a significant and fast-growing body of research toward
developing educational applications that incorporate NLP. This has become
apparent as, since the First Workshop in 2003, subsequent workshops have been
held by scientists working in this field (InSTIL/ICALL 2004 Symposium on
Computer Assisted Learning and the eLearning International Workshop, COLING 2004 ). We hope that this workshop will
continue to facilitate communication between researchers who work on all types
of instructional applications, for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate school. Our
goal is to continue to expose the NLP research community to these technologies
with the hope that they may see novel opportunities for use of their tools in
educational applications.

For this workshop, we will invite submissions including, but not limited to:

Speech-based tools for educational technology
Innovative text analysis for evaluation of student writing with regard to: a)
general writing quality, or b) accuracy of content for domain-specific responses
Content-based scoring
Intelligent tutoring systems that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods to
evaluate response content, using either text- or speech-based analyses Dialogue
systems in education
Evaluation of NLP-based tools for education
Use of student response databases (text or speech) for tool building
Multi-modal communication between human learners and machines
-Automated assessment of students' language and cognitive skill levels
-Automated systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or emotional states
-Semantic-based access to instructional materials
-Automated universal access to educational materials
-Knowledge representation in learning systems
-Visualization of concepts in learning systems
-Automated processing of spoken and written lecture materials
-Hypothesis formation and testing in automated tutoring systems
-Machine translation for education-related tools
-Tools for teachers and test developers
-E-learning tools for personalized course content
-Text analysis methods to handle particular writing genres, such as legal or
business writing, or creative aspects of writing

Organizing Co-Chairs:

Jill Burstein
Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road, MS 10R
Princeton, NJ 08541>

Claudia Leacock
Pearson Knowledge Technologies
4940 Pearl Drive East
Boulder, CO 80301

Program Committee:

Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
Paul Deane, Educational Testing Service, USA
Art Graesser, University of Memphis, USA
Derrick Higgins, Educational Testing Service, USA
Karen Kukich, National Science Foundation, USA
Michael Levinson, Queens University, CANADA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Karen Lochbaum, Pearson Knowledge Technologies, USA
Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute/University of Southern California, USA
Thomas Morton, Educational Testing Service, USA
Jack Mostow, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
Carolyn Penstein Rose, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
Frederique Segond, Xerox Research Centre Europe, FRANCE
C-C Shei, University of Swansea, UK
Randall Sparks, Pearson Knowledge Technologies, USA
Jana Sukkarieh, Oxford University, UK
Lee Schwartz, Microsoft Corp., USA
Susanne Wolff, Princeton University, USA
Magdalena Wolska, Universitat des Saarlandes, GERMANY
Keiji Yasuda, ATR, JAPAN
Ming Zhou, Microsoft Asia, Beijing, CHINA

Special Student Short Papers: We invite student submissions for Regular Papers,
but also plan to accept 2 - 4 student Short Papers for the workshop. These
Short Papers may be on more preliminary research, or research that is based on
class projects. The length of the papers will be a maximum of 4 pages. At the
workshop, these short papers will be delivered in a 15 minute timeframe, instead
of 30 minutes.

Submission Deadlines:

Submissions Due: April 5, 2005
Acceptance Notification to Authors: May 9, 2005
Camera-Ready Papers Due: May 20, 2005

Instructions for Submission:

Submissions should be in PDF, PostScript, or MS Word. Please let us know if this
is not possible for you. Regular Papers should not exceed 8 pages, and student
Short Papers should not exceed 4 pages. More detailed information about format
of submissions can be found here:
Please e-mail your submission to AND,
no later than April 5, 2005 by noon EST. Indicate in your submission e-mail if
the paper is intended to be a Regular Paper, or a student Short Paper. Please
feel free to contact the organizers with any questions regarding the workshop.

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