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Mon Nov 24 2008

FYI: EVALITA 2009 Call for Interest

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        1.    Manuela Speranza, Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian (EVALITA) 2009 Call for Interest

Message 1: Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian (EVALITA) 2009 Call for Interest
Date: 24-Nov-2008
From: Manuela Speranza <mansperafbk.eu>
Subject: Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian (EVALITA) 2009 Call for Interest
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EVALITA 2009 - Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian http://evalita.fbk.eu

EVALITA 2009 - Call for Interest
November 2008

Following the success obtained by Evalita 2007
(http://evalita.fbk.eu/2007), we are pleased to announce Evalita 2009, the
second evaluation campaign of Natural Language Processing tools for
Italian. The general objective of Evalita is to promote the development of
language technologies for the Italian language, providing a shared
framework where different systems and approaches can be evaluated in a
consistent manner.

We invite participation, both from academic institutions and industrial
organizations, on six tasks:

- Part of Speech Tagging
- Parsing
- Lexical Substitution
- Entity Recognition
- Anaphora Resolution
- Textual Entailment

As with other international evaluation campaigns, guidelines describing the
different tasks will be distributed among the participants. Participants
will also be provided with training data and will have the chance to test
their systems with the evaluation metrics and procedures to be used in the
formal evaluation. The results of the evaluation will be disseminated at
the final workshop which will be organized in Reggio Emilia in conjunction
with AI*IA 2009 (to be confirmed).

More detailed information is available on the Evalita website at
To indicate your intention to participate in one or more tasks at Evalita
2009, please go to the Call for Interest at the Evalita website and fill in
the form.

Important dates (check for updates at http://evalita.fbk.eu)
1st January 2009: on-line registration opens
1st February 2009: development data available to participants
20th May 2009: test data available; registration closes
1st June 2009: system results due to organizers
15th June 2009: assessment returned to participants
6 th July 2009: technical reports due to organizers
September 2009: final workshop, Reggio Emilia (to be confirmed)

Bernardo Magnini (FBK-irst) and Amedeo Cappelli (ISTI-CNR and CELCT)

Task Organization:
- PoS-Tagging: Giuseppe Attardi and Maria Simi (Uni. Pisa)
- Parsing: Cristina Bosco, Alessandro Mazzei, Vincenzo Lombardo (Uni.
Torino), Felice dell'Orletta, Alessandro Lenci, Simonetta Montemagni (Uni.
Pisa - ILC-CNR, Pisa)
- Lexical Substitution: Antonio Toral (ILC-CNR, Pisa)
- Entity Recognition: Luisa Bentivogli, Manuela Speranza (FBK-irst,
Trento), Valentina Bartalesi Lenzi, Rachele Sprugnoli (CELCT, Trento)
- Anaphora Resolution: Massimo Poesio (Uni. Trento), Malvina Nissim, Fabio
Tamburini (Uni. Bologna)
- Textual Entailment: Johan Bos (Uni. Roma ''La Sapienza''), Marco
Pennacchiotti (Saarland University), Fabio Massimo Zanzotto (Uni. Roma
''Tor Vergata'')

Contact: Manuela Speranza, mansperafbk.eu (FBK-irst, Trento)

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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