LINGUIST List 27.647

Wed Feb 03 2016

FYI: EVALITA 2016: Call for Tasks

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 03-Feb-2016
From: Malvina Nissim <>
Subject: EVALITA 2016: Call for Tasks
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The Submission deadline is Sunday, 21 February 2016

The 5th evaluation campaign EVALITA 2016 will be held in Naples, as a satellite event of the 3rd Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics - CLiC-it 2016 (December 5-7, 2016).
EVALITA 2016 is an initiative of AILC (Associazione Italiana di Linguistica Computazionale,

As in the previous editions (, EVALITA 2016 will be organized along few selected tasks, which provide participants with opportunities to discuss and explore both emerging and traditional areas of Natural Language Processing and Speech for Italian. The participation is encouraged for teams working both in academic institutions and industrial organizations.


Tasks proposals should be no longer than 4 pages and should include:

- task title and acronym
- names and affiliation of the organizers (minimum 2 organizers)
- brief task description, including motivations and state of the art showing the international relevance of the task
- description and examples of the data needed for the task, including information about their availability and development stage
- expected number of participants and attendees
- names and contact information of the organizers

In submitting your proposal, please bear in mind that we encourage:

- the re-annotation of datasets from previous years with new annotation types or texts from publicly available corpora
- application-oriented tasks, that is tasks that have a clearly defined end-user application showcasing
- both new tasks and re-runs. For new tasks, you will have to specify in the proposal why this would attract a reasonable number of participants, and why is needed. For a re-run, you should defend in your proposal the need for having such task again (new metrics, new types of data, new domains, growing interest, etc.)

The organizers of the accepted tasks should take care of planning, according to the scheduled deadlines (see below):

- the development and distribution of data sets needed for the contest, i.e. data for training and development, and data for testing; the scorer to be used to evaluate the submitted systems should be included in the release of development data
- the development of task guidelines, where all the instructions for the participation are made clear together with a detailed description of data and evaluation metrics applied for the evaluation of the participant results; the collection of participants results
- the evaluation of participants results according to standard metrics
- the solicitation of submissions
- the reviewing process of the papers describing the participants approach and results (according to the template to be made available by the EVALITA-2016 chairs)
- the production of a paper describing the task (according to the template to be made available by the EVALITA-2016 chairs)

Email your proposal in PDF format to with ''Evalita 2016 TASK Proposal'' as the subject line by the submission deadline (21st February 2016).
Please feel free to contact the EVALITA-2016 chairs at in case of any questions or suggestions.


- 21 February 2016: submission of task proposals
- 7 March 2016: notification of task proposal acceptance; call for Interest opens
- 14 March 2016: on-line registration opens
- 30 May 2016: development data available to participants
- 12 September 2016: test data available, registration closes
- 19 September 2016: system results due to organizers
- 26 September 2016: assessment returned to participants
- 31 October 2016: technical reports due to organizers
- 5-7 December 2016: final workshop (one day during CLIC-2016)

Pierpaolo Basile (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro)
Franco Cutugno (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Malvina Nissim (Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Viviana Patti (University of Torino)
Rachele Sprugnoli (Digital Humanities Group, Fondazione Bruno Kessler)


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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