Appel: PITR 2013

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jan 29 21:14:07 UTC 2013

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:30:23 +0000
From: Sandra.Williams <Sandra.Williams at>
Message-ID: <0EA5DABA-C94E-42FF-B245-D1C4D1E649A7 at>

Apologies for cross-posting.

ACL 2013 Workshop: PITR 2013
The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for
Target Reader Populations

Date of Workshop: 8 August, 2013

Deadline for submissions: April 28, 2013

The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for
Target Reader Populations Workshop will be be held in conjunction with
the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2013 conference, 4 -
9 August, 2013, at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Many NLP systems generate or reformulate human language but how readable
is the output? What makes language easy or difficult to read for
different types of readers? How can existing text be manipulated to
improve information access? How does writing style affect readability,
comprehension, and appreciation of text? The last few years have seen a
resurgence of interest in these questions amongst computational
linguists as attention turns to more sophisticated techniques for
textual presentation and to address the widely differing needs of end
users. The relevance of this research area has spawned a number of
workshops on related topics, for example, SL-PAT 2012
(<>) and NLP4ITA 2012
(, and a new
special interest group, Speech and Language Processing for Assistive
Technologies (, which sponsors this

PITR is a cross-disciplinary workshop bringing together researchers in
any field concerned with the readability, accessibility and quality of
text, particularly computational linguists, psycholinguists and
educational researchers. We solicit papers on:

- Reformulation of existing text (text-to-text systems)
- Generation of readable language from data (data-to-text systems)
- Generation of text in specific styles and registers for readability
- Evaluation of language simplification strategies
- Evaluation of the readability of computer-generated text
- Evaluation of the readability of machine translation output
- Prediction of aspects of text style related to readability
- Prediction of the readability of documents
- Readability issues in specialist texts such as questionnaires, exam
  questions, safety instructions, etc.
- Novel evaluation strategies for assessing text readability
- Novel readability metrics
- Techniques for simplifying lexis
- Techniques for simplifying syntax
- Techniques for simplifying discourse properties (making text more
  transparent, etc.)
- Techniques for manipulating textual layout to improve accessibility
- Techniques for making descriptions of numerical quantities more
- Techniques for making technical terminology more accessible
- Techniques for making descriptions of logical statements more
- Techniques for explaining complex ideas through accessible text
- Systems aimed at adults with poor literacy
- Systems aimed at children learning to read
- Systems aimed at 2nd language learners
- Systems aimed at people with language deficits (aphasia, deafness,
  neurodegeneration, etc.)
- Systems aimed at non-experts accessing technical material


Papers should prepared in ACL format not exceeding 8 pages in length
plus up to 2 additional pages for references. Papers should also be
anonymised for blind reviewing. Whilst only certain authors will be
invited to give oral presentations, all accepted authors will be
expected to present a poster. Last year, the poster session was very
lively, giving poster-only authors and oral-presentation authors ample
opportunities to discuss their research.


April 28, 2013: Deadline for paper submission
May 24, 2013: Notification of acceptance
June 7, 2013: Camera-ready deadline
August 8, 2013: PITR 2013


Sandra Williams, The Open University, UK. 
Advaith Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK. 
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA.


Julian Brooke, University of Toronto, Canada.
Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research (Redmond), USA.
Siobhan Devlin, University of Sunderland, UK.
Micha Elsner, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Thomas Francois, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Caroline Gasperin, TouchType Ltd., UK.
Albert Gatt, University of Malta, Malta.
Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany.
Raquel Hervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Véronique Hoste, University College Ghent, Belgium.
Matt Huenerfauth, The City University of New York (CUNY), USA.
Iustina Ilisei, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
Annie Louis, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Hitoshi Nishikawa, NTT, Japan.
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK.
Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Irina Temnikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
Ielka van der Sluis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Kristian Woodsend, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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