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Fri Oct 07 2011

Confs: Cognitive Science, Comp Ling/USA

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        1.     Rashmi Prasad , AAAI Symposium on Question Generation

Message 1: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Date: 05-Oct-2011
From: Rashmi Prasad <rjprasadseas.upenn.edu>
Subject: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
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AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Short Title: QG2011

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

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

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)

Friday, November 4

Session 1. Introduction and invited talk.

9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:30
Invited talk by Patricia Alexander

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Session 2. Paper Presentations: Human perspective

Kallen Tsikalas. Effects of Video-Based Peer Modeling of Question Asking on Early Adolescents' Question Generation and Deep-level Reading Comprehension

Jamie Jirout. Curiosity and the development of question generation skills

11:50-12:05 Wei Chen, Jack Mostow and Gregory Aist. Using Automatic Question Generation to Evaluate
Questions Generated by Children

12:05-12:30 Moderated Discussion

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 3. Paper Presentations: Tutoring and Educational Applications.

Itziar Aldabe, Montse Maritxalar and Ander Soraluze. Question Generation Based on Numerical Entities in Basque

Sarah Luger. Public Sourcing, Knowledge Harvesting, and Automated Generation of Questions for Multiple Choice Exams

Sandra Williams. Generating Mathematical Word Problems

Moderated discussion

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Session 4.
Poster presentations session

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Geert-Jan Kruijff and Miroslav Janicek. Planning and Realizing Questions in Situated Human-Robot Interaction.

Donna Gates, Greg Aist, Jack Mostow, Margaret Mckeown and Juliet Bey. How to Generate Cloze Questions from Definitions: a Syntactic Approach.

Claire Mcconnell, Prashanth Mannem, Rashmi Prasad, Aravnd Joshi. A New Approach to Ranking Over-Generated Questions.

Pascal Kuyten, Hugo Hernault, Helmut Prendinger and Mitsuru Ishizuka. Evaluating HILDA in the CODA project: a Case Study in Question Generation using Automatic Discourse Analysis.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 5

Session 5.
Invited talk by Jack Mostow

Session 6. Question Generation Approaches

10:05 - 10:30
Elnaz Nouri, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski and David Traum. Augmenting Conversational Characters with Generated Question-Answer Pairs

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Xuchen Yao. Context-Sensitive Question Type Disambiguation with Web Mining

Lee Becker, Martha Palmer, Sarel Van Vuuren and Wayne Ward. Evaluating Questions in Context

Julius Goth, Eun Ha and James Lester. Towards a Model of Question Generation for Promoting Creativity in Novice Writers

Moderated Discussion (25 minutes)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 7. Invited Talk by Vasile Rus.

3:00- 3:30
Introduction to break-out working group.
Topics TBA.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Working group discussions

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Plenary Session

Sunday, November 6

Working group discussions/presentations

Coffee Break

11:00 -12:00
Working group presentations

12:00 - 12:30 Concluding discussions

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