[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: Cross-Framework, Cross Domain Parser Evaluation

Stephan Oepen oe at ifi.uio.no
Mon Apr 28 11:03:50 CEST 2008


                          FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

     22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics

   Workshop on Cross-Framework and Cross-Domain Parser Evaluation
                    August 23 --- Manchester, UK
        
              http://lingo.stanford.edu/events/08/pe/
           http://www-tsujii.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/pe08-st/


Background and Motivation
-------------------------

Broad-coverage parsing has come to a point where distinct approaches
can offer (seemingly) comparable performance: statistical parsers
acquired from the PTB; data-driven dependency parsers; `deep' parsers
trained off enriched treebanks (in linguistic frameworks like CCG,
HPSG, or LFG); and hybrid `deep' parsers, employing hand-built grammars
in, for example, HPSG, LFG, or LTAG.  Evaluation against trees in the
WSJ section of the Penn Treebank (PTB) has helped advance parsing
research over the course of the past decade.  Despite some scepticism,
the crisp and, over time, stable task of maximizing ParsEval metrics
over PTB trees has served as a dominating benchmark.  However, modern
treebank parsers still restrict themselves to only a subset of PTB
annotation; there is reason to worry about the idiosyncrasies of this
particular corpus; it remains unknown how much the ParsEval metric (or
any intrinsic evaluation) can inform NLP application developers; and
PTB-style analyses leave a lot to be desired in terms of linguistic
information.

This workshop aims to bring together developers of broad-coverage
parsers who are interested in questions of target representations and
cross-framework and cross-domain evaluation and benchmarking.  From
informal discussions that the co-organizers had among themselves and
with colleagues, it seems evident that there is comparatively broad
awareness of current issues in parser evaluation, and a lively interest
in detailed exchange of experience (and beliefs).  Specifically, the
organizers hope to attract representatives from diverse parsing
approaches and frameworks, ranging from `traditional' treebank parsing,
over data-driven dependency parsing, to parsing in specific linguistic
frameworks.  Quite likely for the first time in the history of these
approaches, there now exist large, broad-coverage, parsing systems
representing diverse traditions that can be applied to running text,
often producing comparable representations. In our view, these recent
developments present a new opportunity for re-energizing parser
evaluation research.


Call for Papers
---------------

The workshop organizers invite papers on all aspects of parser
evaluation, qualitative and quantitative, including but not limited to:

  + in-depth or contrastive evaluation of parsing systems;
  + methology, test data, and technology for parser evaluation;
  + reflections on existing standards and evaluation metrics;
  + correlations between intrinsic and extrinsic parser evaluation;
  + proposals for new target representations or success measures. 

Seeing the general theme of this workshop, submissions that discuss
aspects of cross-framework, cross-domain, or cross-linguistic parser
evaluation are especially welcome.

One of the workshop goals is to establish an improved shared knowledge
among participants of the strengths and weaknesses of extant annotation
and evaluation schemes.  In order to create a joint focus and in-depth
discussion, there will be a `lightweight' shared task.  For a selection
of 50 sentences (of which ten are considered obligatory, the rest
optional) for which PTB, GR, and PropBank (and maybe other) annotations
are available, we will invite contributors to scrutinize existing
gold-standard representations contrastively, identify perceived
deficiencies, and sketch what can be done to address these.  As an
optional component, participants in the shared task are welcome to
include `native', framework-specific output representations and actual
results for a parsing system of their choice (be it their own or not)
in the contrastive study.  In either case, submissions to the shared
task should aim to reflect on the nature of different representations,
highlight which additional distinctions are made in either scheme, and
argue why these are useful (for some task) or unmotivated (in general).

Please see the workshop web pages for detailed submission information:

               http://lingo.stanford.edu/events/08/pe/
  

Lightweight Shared Task
-----------------------

One of the workshop goals is to establish an improved shared knowledge
among participants of the strengths and weaknesses of extant annotation
and evaluation schemes.  In order to create a joint focus and in-depth
discussion, there is a `lightweight' shared task.  For a selection of
34 sentences (of which ten are considered obligatory), for which gold-
standard annotations are provided in several formats (including PTB,
GR, and PropBank) which are potentially useful for parser evaluation,
we invite contributors to scrutinize existing representations
contrastively, identify perceived deficiencies, and sketch what can be
done to address these. 

As an optional component, participants in the shared task are welcome
to include `native', framework-specific output representations and
actual results for a parsing system of their choice (be it their own or
not) in the contrastive study.  In either case, submissions to the
shared task should aim to reflect on the nature of different
representations, highlight which additional distinctions are made in
either scheme, and discuss why these are useful (for some task) or
unmotivated (in general). 

The parser evaluation shared task is not a competition or a bake-off,
but a collaborative effort intended to provide a focus for discussion
on current issues on parser evaluation.  Authors submitting to the
workshop can decide whether they want to participate in the shared task
or submit a more general paper on parser evaluation (or both).
Depending on the volume and distribution of accepted papers, we
anticipate that the presentation and discussion of shared task results
may account for about half of the available time at the workshop.  

Please see the shared task web pages for submission information:

           http://www-tsujii.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/pe08-st/


Important Dates
---------------

  + Initial Call for Papers       March 1
  + Shared Task Release	          March 22
  + Paper Submission Deadline     May 5
  + Notification of Acceptance    June 6
  + Camera-Ready Papers Deadline  July 1
  + One-Day Workshop              August 23


Workshop Organizers and Programme Committee
-------------------------------------------

The workshop aims to appeal to a wide range of researchers across
frameworks, hence it has a relatively large and diverse group of
organizers.  The co-organizers will jointly make all decisions
regarding the workshop form and programme, and it is expected that
most of the co-organizers participate in the actual workshop. 

  + Johan Bos, University of Rome `La Sapienza' (Italy)
  + Edward Briscoe, University of Cambridge (UK)
  + Aoife Cahill, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  + John Carroll, University of Sussex (UK)
  + Stephen Clark, Oxford University (UK)
  + Ann Copestake, University of Cambridge (UK)
  + Dan Flickinger, Stanford University (USA)
  + Josef van Genabith, Dublin City University (Ireland)
  + Julia Hockenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  + Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  + Ronald Kaplan, Powerset, Inc. (USA)
  + Tracy Holloway King, PARC (USA)
  + Sandra Kuebler, Indiana University (USA)
  + Dekang Lin, Google Inc. (USA)
  + Jan Tore Lønning, University of Oslo (Norway)
  + Christopher Manning, Stanford University (USA)
  + Yusuke Miyao, University of Tokyo (Japan)
  + Joakim Nivre, Växjö and Uppsala Universities (Sweden)
  + Stephan Oepen, University of Oslo (Norway) and CSLI Stanford (USA)
  + Kenji Sagae, Tokyo University (Japan)
  + Nianwen Xue, University of Colorado (USA)
  + Yi Zhang, DFKI GmbH and Saarland University (Germany) 

Please see the workshop web pages for additional contact information.

              http://lingo.stanford.edu/events/08/pe/
           http://www-tsujii.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/pe08-st/


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