LREC 2012 Workshop: 1st Cfp Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility (NLP4ITA)

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                          First Call for Papers

                       LREC 2012 workshop on:

              Natural Language Processing for

                Improving Textual Accessibility


                            May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)

                             Istanbul, Turkey


=== Introduction ===

This 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.

=== Motivation and Topics of Interest ===
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, 

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.

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 
-    Natural language generation for improving accessibility.
-    NLP for Web accessibility.
-    Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization.
-    User studies on systems and components.
-    NLP tools for accessibility

=== Submission Information ===

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (6 to 8 pages long).

Papers should follow the LREC format which is available at the LREC 2012 
Web Site.

The submission process will be online using the START conference system at

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

=== Important dates ===

Feb 24, 2012              Paper submission deadline

March 23, 2012          Notification of acceptance

March 30, 2012             Camera-ready version

May  27, 2012           LREC 2012 Workshops

=== LRE Map 2012 ===

The LRE Map 2012, an initiative promoted for monitoring the production, 
use and evaluation of language resources and tools.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to 
provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. 
also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used 
for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research.
For further information on this new initiative, please refer to

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)

Paloma Moreda             (Universidad de Alicante)

Luz Rello             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Lucia Specia              (University of Wolverhampton)

=== Program Committee ===

Sandra Aluisio             (University of Sao Paulo)

Ricardo Baeza-Yates         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)

Delphine Bernhard         (University of Strassbourg)

Nadjet Bouayad-Agha         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Richard Evans             (University of Wolverhampton)

Caroline Gasperin         (TouchType Ltd)

Pablo Gervás             (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Simon Harper             (University of Manchester)

David Kauchak             (Middlebury College)

Guy Lapalme             (University of Montreal)

Paloma Martínez         (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Aurelien Max             (Paris 11)

Kathleen F. McCoy         (University of Delaware)

Ornella Mich             (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)

Ruslan Mitkov             (University of Wolverhampton)

Paloma Moreda             (Universidad de Alicante)

Constantin Orasan         (University of Wolverhampton)

Luz Rello             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )

Advaith Siddharthan         (University of Aberdeen)

Lucia Specia              (University of Wolverhampton)

Juan Manuel Torres Moreno       (University of Avignon)

Markel Vigo             (University of Manchester)

Leo Wanner             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Yeliz Yesilada             (Middle East Technical University Northern 
Cyprus Campus)

=== Contact Address ===

For further information please contact us at: luz.rello at or 
horacio.saggion at

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