LINGUIST List 32.177

Tue Jan 12 2021

Calls: Comp Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 11-Jan-2021
From: Ildiko Pilan <>
Subject: 16th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
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Full Title: 16th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Short Title: BEA2021

Date: 19-Apr-2021 - 20-Apr-2021
Location: Kyiv (Online), Ukraine
Contact Person: Ildiko Pilan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2021

Meeting Description:

The 16th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA2021) Online event

Monday, April 19, 2021 or Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (TBD) (co-located with EACL 2021)

In its 16th year, the BEA Workshop continues to be a leading venue for NLP innovation for educational applications, and one of the largest one-day workshops in the ACL community. The workshop’s continuous growth illustrates an alignment between societal need and technological advances. The COVID-19 pandemic brings a necessary expansion for remote learning across the educational space from early primary education through secondary, adult education, and for workforce learning. BEA2021 will have a sub-theme and will welcome research that can support remote and hybrid learning contexts.

The 16th BEA workshop will have oral presentation sessions and a large poster session to maximize the amount of original work presented. The workshop will solicit both full and short papers that incorporate NLP methods, including, but not limited to: automated scoring of open-ended textual and spoken responses; game-based instruction and assessment; educational data mining; intelligent tutoring; peer review, grammatical error detection; learner cognition; spoken dialog; multimodal applications; tools for teachers & test developers; and use of corpora. Research that incorporates NLP methods for use with mobile and game-based platforms will be of special interest.

We will be hosting a virtual 1-hour panel on “New Challenges for Educational Technology in the Time of the Pandemic” that will cover such questions as (1) What areas / subjects / aspects of education will be most affected by the pandemic? (2) How can AI / educational technology help tackle these issues? (3) What long-term consequences will the current situation have on education? We have 2 confirmed panelists so far: Prof. Dr Gaëlle Molinari (Faculty of Psychology, Swiss Distance University Institute) and Prof Carolyn Rosé (Language Technologies Institute and HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon University).

Final Call for Papers:

Note: these dates are still preliminary and may change. All deadlines are 11.59 pm UTC-12.
- Paper Submission Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021
- Notification of Acceptance: Thursday, February 18, 2021
- Camera-ready Papers Due: Monday, March 1, 2021
- Workshop: Monday, April 19, 2021 or Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (TBD)

We will be using the EACL Submission Guidelines for the BEA Workshop this year. Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to eight (8) pages of content or short papers of up to four (4) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content for addressing reviewers’ comments. Papers which describe systems are also invited to give a demo of their system. Previously published papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. We have also included conflict of interest in the submission form. We will be using the START system for submissions:

DOUBLE SUBMISSION POLICY: We will follow the official ACL double-submission policy.

Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service
Andrea Horbach, University of Duisburg-Essen
Ekaterina Kochmar, University of Cambridge
Ronja Laarmann-Quante, University of Duisburg-Essen
Claudia Leacock, Grammarly
Nitin Madnani, Educational Testing Service
Ildikó Pilán, Norwegian Computing Center
Helen Yannakoudakis, King’s College London, University of Cambridge
Torsten Zesch, University of Duisburg-Essen

Workshop contact email address:

For further information, please visit:

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