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LINGUIST List 22.2012

Tue May 10 2011

Calls: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.     Rashmi Prasad , AAAI Symposium on Question Generation

Message 1: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Date: 10-May-2011
From: Rashmi Prasad <rjprasadseas.upenn.edu>
Subject: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
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Full Title: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Short Title: QG2011

Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 06-Nov-2011
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Contact Person: Rashmi Prasad
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.questiongeneration.org/QG2011

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-May-2011

Meeting Description:

AAAI Symposium on Question Generation QG 2011
November 4 - 6, 2011 in Arlington, VA, USA

Asking questions is a fundamental cognitive process that underlies higher-level cognitive abilities such as comprehension and reasoning. Ultimately, question generation allows humans, and in many cases artificial intelligence systems, to understand their environment and each other. Research on question generation (QG) has a long history in artificial intelligence, psychology, education, and natural language processing. One thread of research has been theoretical, with attempts to understand and specify the triggers (e.g., knowledge discrepancies) and mechanisms (e.g., association between type of knowledge discrepancy and question type) underlying QG. The other thread of research has focused on automated QG, which has far-reaching applications in intelligent technologies, such as dialogue systems, question answering systems, web search, intelligent tutoring systems, automated assessment systems, inquiry-based environments, adaptive intelligent agents and game-based learning environments.

QG2011 is the fourth in a series of workshops that began with the NSF Workshop on the Question Generation Shared Task and Evaluation Challenge (www.questiongeneration.org) held in September 2008 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The aim of these workshops is to foster theoretical and applied research on computational and cognitive aspects of QG bringing together participants from diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, and Education.

Organizing Committee:

Arthur Graesser (University of Memphis, USA), James Lester (North Carolina State University, USA), Jack Mostow (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Rashmi Prasad (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Svetlana Stoyanchev (The Open University, UK)

Call for Papers:

Extended abstract submission deadline: May 20, 2011

This symposium will foster theoretical and applied research on computational and cognitive aspects of QG bringing together participants from diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, and Education.


We invite submissions that deal with theoretical, empirical, and computational aspects of Question Generation, encouraging completed as well as speculative or in-progress work. Topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

- Cognitive models of QG
- Role of QG in learning
- Role of QG in problem solving
- Question taxonomies
- Empirical approaches to QG
- QG tasks and subtasks
- Evaluation methods for QG (human, automatic, semi-automatic)
- Corpus annotation schemes for QG
- Automated question assessment
- Representation language(s) for data/resource sharing between QG systems
- Impact of NLP technologies on QG tasks
- Context-sensitive question type selection or ranking
- Applications of QG (intelligent tutoring systems, dialogue systems, web querying, querying over information repositories, etc.)
- Generation from different inputs - knowledge bases, ontologies, text, queries
- Descriptions of implemented QG systems or components


We invite submissions of full papers (up to 8 pages, including references) or a short papers (up to 4 pages, including references) for poster and/or oral presentations. Presenters of system implementations will be given the option of presenting their work as a demo, a poster, or a combination of both.

Please submit an extended abstract (approximately 1500-2000 words for long papers and 800 - 1000 words for short papers) by May 20, 2011. Please indicate whether you intend to present a system. We welcome submissions describing work in progress and intended research plans.

Extended abstracts must be submitted as PDF files. Submission to QG 2011 should be done through the EasyChair system (https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=qg2011). Authors who do not have accounts EasyChair will be prompted to set up a new account before they can make their submission.

Submission questions should be directed to the organizers at qg2011googlegroups.com

Important Dates:

Extended abstract submission: May 20, 2011
Acceptance notification: June 3, 2011
Final paper submission: September 9, 2011
Symposia: November 4 - 6, 2011

Programme Committee:

Gregory Aist, Iowa State University, USA
Itziar Aldabe, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, North Carolina State University, USA
Delphine Bernhard, UniversitÇ de Paris, France
Johan Bos, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Rafael Calvo, University of Sydney, Australia
Yllias Chali, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Vinay Chaudhri, SRI International, USA
Wei Chen, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Dan Flickinger, Stanford University, USA
Michael Heilman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Tsukasa Hirashima, Hiroshima University, Japan
Stephanie Jean-Daubias, UniversitÇ de Lyon, France
Fazel Keshtkar, University of Memphia, USA
Hidenobu Kunichika, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Mihai Lintean, University of Memphis, USA
Jon Mason, InterCog, Australia
Juan Pino, University of Cambridge, UK
Paul Piwek, The Open Univesity, UK
Vasile Rus, University of Memphis, USA
Jeremiah Sullins, University of Memphis, USA

Submission details and further information are on http://questiongeneration.org/QG2011

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