Appel: 2nd NLP4ITA (NAACL Workshop)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sun Jan 20 11:16:56 UTC 2013

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:12:25 +0100
From: Horacio Saggion <horacio.saggion at>
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                      1st Call for Papers
                      NAACL 2013 workshop on:

                Natural Language Processing for
               Improving Textual Accessibility
                        (2nd NLP4ITA)



=== Introduction ===

Following the success of the 1st NLP4ITA in Istambul (LREC 2012) we are
running the 2nd edition of NLP4ITA at NAACL 2013.  The 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.
- NLP tools for accessibility

=== Submission Information ===

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (up to 8 pages
long + 2 pages references).
Papers should follow the NAACL format which is available at the NAACL
2013 Web Site (
The submission process will be online using the START conference system.

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

The workshop will feature an invited speaker.

=== Important dates ===

Paper submission deadline: 8th March 2013
Notification of acceptance: 31st March 2013
Camera-ready version: 12th April 2013
NAACL 2013 Workshops: 13th or 14th  June (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Luz Rello                       (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion                 (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

=== Program Committee ===

Sandra Aluisio          (University of Sao Paulo)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates     (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo! Research)
Delphine Bernhard       (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha     (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Giorgio Brajnik         (Universidad de Udine)
Richard Evans           (University of Wolverhampton)
Jose Manuel Gomez       (Universidad de Alicante)
Raquel Hervás           (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
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)
Paloma Moreda           (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan       (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello               (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )
J.M. 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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