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


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 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
*       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 10
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), NASA
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), NASA
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 10, 2003.  Please feel free to contact
the organizers with any questions regarding the workshop.

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