Conf: NLP4ITA at LREC, Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility, May 27, 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Apr 18 16:48:38 UTC 2012

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:19:09 +0200
From: Horacio Saggion <horacio.saggion at>
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First call for participation


                     LREC 2012 workshop on:

               Natural Language Processing for
              Improving Textual Accessibility

                  Endorsed by ACL SIG-SLPAT

                May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
                      Istanbul, Turkey





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,
ICCHP, ASSETS, SPLAT, etc.). However, language resources and tools to
develop assistive technologies are still scarce.

NLP4ITA 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.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different
communities to present research findings, discover future challenges,
and discuss potential collaboration.

Invited Talk


Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
Natural Language Processing for Language Disabilities



* First Approach to Automatic Text Simplification in Basque
María Jesús Aranzabe, Arantza Díaz de Ilarraza, Itziar Gonzalez-Dios

* Towards Facilitating the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Texts through Text
Normalization Resources
Alejandro Mosquera, Elena Lloret, Paloma Moreda

* What can readability measures really tell us about text complexity?
Sanja Štajner, Richard Evans, Constantin Orasan, Ruslan Mitkov

* A First Approach to the Creation of a Spanish Corpus of Dyslexic Texts
Luz  Rello, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Horacio Saggion, Jennifer Pedler

* Towards Shallow Grammar Induction for an Adaptive Assistive Vocal
Interface: a Concept Tagging Approach
Janneke van de Loo, Guy De Pauw, Jort F. Gemmeke, Peter Karsmakers,
Bert Van Den Broeck, Walter Daelemans, Hugo Van hamme

* Bermuda, a data-driven tool for phonetic transcription of words
Tiberiu Boros, Dan Stefanescu, Radu Ion



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 Sheffield)

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 Gerv‡s                    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Jose Manuel Gomez               (Universidad de Alicante)
Simon Harper                    (University of Manchester)
David Kauchak                   (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme                     (University of Montreal)
Elena Lloret                    (Universidad de Alicante)
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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