14.684, Calls: Building Educational Applications/NLP

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Subject: 14.684, Calls: Building Educational Applications/NLP

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Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:37:23 +0000
From:  jburstein at ets.org
Subject:  Building Educational Applications Using NLP

Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:02:31 +0000
From:  galia at lml.bas.bg
Subject:  Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

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Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:37:23 +0000
From:  jburstein at ets.org
Subject:  Building Educational Applications Using NLP

HLT-NAACL 2003 Workshop: Building Educational Applications Using NLP

Short Title: Building Educational Appl
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Date: 31-May-2003 - 31-May-2003
Call Deadline: 17-Mar-2003

Web Site: http://www.etstechnologies.com/NAACL

Contact Person: jill burstein
Meeting Email: jburstein at ets.org
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

There is an increased use of NLP-based educational applications for
both large-scale assessment and classroom instruction.  This has
occurred for two primary reasons.  First, there has been a significant
increase in the availability of computers in schools, from elementary
school to the university. Second, there has been notable development
in computer-based educational applications that incorporate advanced
methods in NLP that can be used to evaluate students' work.
Educational applications have been developed across a variety of
subject domains in automated evaluation of free-responses and
intelligent tutoring. To date, these two research areas have remained
autonomous. We hope that this workshop will facilitate communication
between researchers who work on all types of instructional
applications, for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate school. Since most
of this work in NLP-based educational applications is text-based, we
are especially interested in any work of this type that incorporates
speech processing and other input/output modalities.  We wish to
expose the NLP research community to these technologies with the hope
that they may see novel opportunities for use of their tools in an
educational application.

Invited Speaker: Thomas Landauer, University of Colorado, Boulder, and
Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) Building Educational
Applications Using Natural Language Processing

Call for Papers

We are especially interested in submissions including, but not limited to:

* Speech-based tools for educational technology
* Innovative text analysis for evaluation of student writing with
regard to: a) general writing quality, or b) accuracy of content for
domain-specific responses
* Text analysis methods to handle particular writing genres, such as
legal or business writing, or creative aspects of writing
* Intelligent tutoring systems that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP
methods to evaluate response content, using either text- or
speech-based analyses
* Dialogue systems in education
* understanding student input
* generating the tutors' feedback
* evaluation
* Evaluation of NLP-based tools for education
* Use of student response databases (text or speech) for tool building
* Content-based scoring

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline:
Mar 17
Notification of acceptance for papers:
Mar 31
Camera ready papers due:
Apr 8
Workshop date:
May 31


Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service (jburstein at ets.org)
Claudia Leacock, Educational Testing Service (cleacock at ets.org)

Program Committee:
Gregory Aist, Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science
Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, City University of New York
Ron Cole, University of Colorado, Boulder
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago
John Dowding, Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University
Art Graesser, University of Memphis
Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh
Karen Kukich, National Science Foundation
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh
Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute/University of Southern
Thomas Morton, University of Pennsylvania
Carolyn Penstein Rose, University of Pittsburgh
Susanne Wolff, Princeton University
Klaus Zechner, Educational Testing Service

Format for Submission

Information about submissions can be found at the URL below.  Please
follow the instructions for full papers and use only Adobe's Portable
Document Format (PDF) or MS-Word documents.

Since the review process will be blind, please do not include any
author information on the actual paper. Please include an additional
title page with the following information: Paper title, names and
contact information for all authors, and the paper's abstract.


Please e-mail your final .pdf or MS-Word submission to
jburstein at ets.org or cleacock at ets.org no later than March 17, 2003.
Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions
regarding the workshop.

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Date:  Mon, 10 Mar 2003 11:02:31 +0000
From:  galia at lml.bas.bg
Subject:  Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

Short Title: RANLP-03
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Date: 10-Sep-2003 - 12-Sep-2003
Call Deadline: 20-May-2003

Web Site: http://www.lml.bas.bg/ranlp2003

Contact Person: Galia Angelova
Meeting Email: galia at lml.bas.bg
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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             International Conference RANLP-2003
                    10-12 September 2003
                      Borovets, Bulgaria


Further to the successful and highly competitive 1st, 2nd and 3rd
conferences on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP),
we are pleased to announce the fourth RANLP conference to be held this

The conference will take the form of addresses from invited keynote
speakers plus individual papers. All papers accepted and presented
will be available as a volume of proceedings at the conference. There
will also be an exhibition area for poster and demo sessions.

The conference will be preceded by tutorials (7-9 September 2003) and
a workshop on ''Information Extraction for Slavonic and other Central
and Eastern European Languages'' (8-9 September 2003).


We invite papers reporting on recent advances in all aspects of
Natural Language Processing. We encourage the representation of a
broad range of areas including but not limited to: pragmatics,
discourse, semantics, syntax, and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology,
and morphology; mathematical models and complexity; text understanding
and generation; multilingual NLP; machine translation, machine-aided
translation, translation aids and tools; corpus-based language
processing; POS tagging; parsing; electronic dictionaries; knowledge
acquisition; terminology; word-sense disambiguation; anaphora
resolution; information retrieval; information extraction; text
summarisation; term recognition; text categorisation; question
answering; visualisation; dialogue systems; speech processing;
computer-aided language learning; language resources; evaluation; and
theoretical and application-oriented papers related to NLP of every


The list of conference keynote speakers includes
      Shalom Lappin (King's College)
      Stephen Pulman (Oxford University)
      Hans Uszkoreit (University of Saarland)
      Yorick Wilks (Sheffield University)


      Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)


      Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg)
      Galia Angelova (LMD, CLPP, BAS, Sofia)
      Amit Bagga  (Avaya Labs Research)
      Kalina Boncheva  (Sheffield University)
      Sylviane Cardey  (University of FrancheComte, Besancon)
      Eugene Charniak (Brown University, Providence)
      Hamish Cunningham (Sheffield University)
      Robert Dale  (Macquarie University)
      Hercules Dalianis  (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
      Walter Daelemans  (University of Antwerp)
      Alexander Gelbukh (National Polytechnic University, Mexico)
      Walther von Hahn  (University of Hamburg)
      Jan Hajic  (Charles University, Prague)
      Sanda Harabagiu  (University of Texas, Dallas)
      Graeme Hirst  (University of Toronto)
      Ed Hovy  (ISI, University of Southern California)
      Martin Kay  (Stanford University)
      Alma Kharrat  (Microsoft)
      Manfred Kudlek  (University of Hamburg)
      Shalom Lappin  (King's College, London)
      Anke Luedeling  (Humboldt University, Berlin)
      Nuno Mamede  (INESC, Lisbon)
      Carlos Martin-Vide  (University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
      Beata Megyesi  (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
      Rada Mihalcea  (University of North Texas)
      John Nerbonne  (University of Groningen)
      Nicolas Nicolov  (IBM)
      Kemal Oflazer  (Sabanci University, Istanbul)
      Constantin Orasan  (University of Wolverhampton)
      Chris Paice  (Lancaster University)
      Manuel Palomar  (University of Alicante)
      Gerarld Penn  (University of Toronto)
      Fabio Pianesi  (IRST, Trento)
      Stelios Piperidis (ISLP, Athens)
      Gabor Proszeky  (MorphoLogic, Budapest)
      Stephen Pulman  (Oxford University)
      Jose Quesada  (University of Seville)
      Dragomir Radev  (University of Michigan)
      Lucia Rino  (Sao Carlos Federal University)
      Anne de Roeck  (Open University)
      Laurent Romary  (INRIA, Lorraine)
      Richard Sproat  (AT&T Labs Research)
      Keh-Yih Su  (Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan)
      Isabel Trancoso (INESC, Lisbon)
      Jun'ichi Tsujii  (University of Tokyo)
      Hans Uszkoreit  (University of Saarland)
      Piek Vossen  (Irion Technologies BV.)
      Yorick Wilks  (Sheffield University)
      Michael Zock  (CNRS)


Authors should email notification of submission with the completed
form below to ranlp03 at lml.bas.bg and galia at lml.bas.bg and
R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk with subject line: ''RANLP2003 notification of
submission''. After submitting the information below you will receive
by email a paper ID code which should be used in all correspondence.

  # NAME:  Name of author for correspondence
  # TITLE: Title of the paper
  # TYPE : paper / poster / demo
  # KEYS : Keywords
  # EMAIL: Email of author for correspondence
  # PAGES: Number of pages (including bibliographical references)
  # FILE : Name of PDF file (avoid RANLP2003.pdf and the like!!!)
  # ABSTR:
  #        Abstract of the paper
  #        ...
  # OTHER: Under consideration for other conferences? (please specify)
  # NOTE : Anything you would like to add


Submissions should be A4, two-column format and should not exceed
seven pages (poster and demo submissions should be no longer than 5
pages), including cover page, figures, tables and references. Times
New Roman 12 font is preferred.  The first page should state the title
of the paper, the author's name(s), affiliation, surface and email
address(es), followed by keywords and an abstract and continue with
the first section of your paper. Papers should be submitted
electronically in **PDF** format. For up to three free conversions to
PDF see . In exceptional
circumstances hard copies/MS-Word/PS versions may be accepted.

Send your electronic PDF submission to ranlp03 at lml.bas.bg with a copy
to R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk.

Submissions will be reviewed by 3 members of the Programme
Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines
regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for
inclusion in the proceedings. Guidelines for producing camera-ready
versions and Demo text can be found at the conference web site:

      Paper Submission Due: ***20 May 2003***
      Notification of Acceptance: 15 July 2003
      Camera-ready Paper Due: 5 August 2003
      Tutorials: 7-9 September 2003
      IESL Workshop: 8-9 September 2003
      Conference: 10-12 September 2003


The picturesque resort of Borovets is located in the Rila mountains
and is one of the most famous winter resorts in South-East Europe, a
frequent meeting place for the elite in world skiing. The resort is
1350 m above sea level, at the foot of peak Moussala (2925 m) - the
highest on the Balkan Peninsula. The resort of Borovets is 73 km from
Sofia and 126 km from Plovdiv (see the map at the conference site),
which means that both Sofia and Plovdiv with their international
airports can serve as arrival/departure points. In addition to regular
public transport, the organisers will provide daily shuttle buses from
Sofia airport to the conference location at an inexpensive rate. A
taxi from Sofia to Borovets is relatively cheap, so it is also
possible to take a taxi from the international airport in Sofia to the
conference venue.

Further information can be obtained from Galia Angelova (OC Chair)
galia at lml.bas.bg

Tha main local organizer is the Linguistic Modelling Department,
Central Laboratory for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of
Sciences (http://www.lml.bas.bg). The workshop on ''Information
Extraction for Slavonic and other Central and Eastern European
Languages'' aims at gathering researchers from EU and the candidate
countries and is supported by the European Commission under contract

If you would like to receive information, please subscribe to the
conference mailing list by sending an e-mail to ranlp03 at lml.bas.bg

Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (OC Chair)
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK (PC Chair)
Nicolas Nicolov, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center, USA
Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria

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