Appel: Building Educational Applications Using Natural Language Processing

Alexis Nasr alexis.nasr at LINGUIST.JUSSIEU.FR
Tue Feb 11 08:31:03 UTC 2003

Building Educational Applications Using Natural Language Processing
HLT/NAACL 2003 Workshop
May 31, 2003
Edmonton, Canada


Overview 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.

Call for Papers

We are especially interested in submissions including, but not limited

* 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 3
Notification of acceptance for papers:  Mar 24
Camera ready papers due:        Apr 7
Workshop date:  May 31


Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service (jburstein at
Claudia Leacock, Educational Testing Service (cleacock at

Program Committee:

Gregory Aist, Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS),
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 (RIACS),
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 or cleacock at no later than March 3, 2003.
Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions
regarding the workshop.

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