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LINGUIST List 24.319

Fri Jan 18 2013

Calls: Computational Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 18-Jan-2013
From: Luz Rello <luzrellogmail.com>
Subject: Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility
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Full Title: Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility
Short Title: 2nd NLP4ITA

Date: 13-Jun-2013 - 14-Jun-2014
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Contact Person: Luz Rello
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.taln.upf.edu/pages/nlp4ita_2013

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

NAACL 2013 workshop on:
Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility (2nd NLP4ITA)

Following the success of the 1st NLP4ITA in Istanbul (LREC 2012) we are running the 2nd edition of NLP4ITA at NAACL 2013. The workshop aims to bring together researchers focused on tools and resources for making textual information more accessible to people with special needs including diverse ranges of hearing and sight disabilities, cognitive disabilities, elderly people, low-literacy readers and adults being alphabetized, among others.

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in accessibility and usability issues. This interest is mainly due to the greater importance of the Web and the need to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse disabilities. The role of assistive technologies based on language processing has gained importance as it can be observed from the growing number of efforts (United Nations declarations on universal access to information or WAI guidelines related to content) and research in conferences and workshops (W4A, ICCHP, ASSETS, SPLAT, NLP4ITA, etc.).

However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies are still scarce.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different communities to present research findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.

The workshop will feature an invited speaker.

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers describing tools, resources, models, techniques and evaluation from all areas of natural language processing tailored to accessibility and assistive technologies. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Resources: corpora of inaccessible documents, aligned corpora, gold-standards and annotation schemes
- Evaluation, complexity and readability methodologies and metrics
- Novel modeling and machine learning techniques for improving accessibility
- Natural language generation for improving accessibility
- NLP for Web accessibility
- Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization
- User studies
- NLP tools for accessibility

Submission Information:

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (up to 8 pages long + 2 pages references). Papers should follow the NAACL format which is available at the NAACL 2013 website (http://naacl2013.naacl.org/CFP.aspx). The submission process will be online using the START conference system.

All accepted papers will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 8 March 2013
Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2013
Camera-ready version: 12 April 2013
NAACL 2013 Workshops: 13 or 14 June (to be announced)


Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Luz Rello (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Program Committee:

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo! Research)
Delphine Bernhard (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Giorgio Brajnik (Universidad de Udine)
Richard Evans (University of Wolverhampton)
Jose Manuel Gomez (Universidad de Alicante)
Raquel Hervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
David Kauchak (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme (University of Montreal)
Elena Lloret (Universidad de Alicante)
Paloma Martínez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Aurelien Max (Paris 11)
Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware)
Ornella Mich (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)
Paloma Moreda (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
J.M. Torres Moreno (University of Avignon)
Markel Vigo (University of Manchester)
Yeliz Yesilada (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus)

Contact Address:

For further information please contact us at: luz.relloupf.edu or horacio.saggionupf.edu.

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