[Elsnet-list] CoNLL Shared Task 2009: Call for Proposals

Joakim Nivre joakim.nivre at lingfil.uu.se
Fri Aug 29 16:08:17 CEST 2008

CoNLL Shared Task 2009: Call for Proposals

SIGNLL (ACL's Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning)
invites proposals for the CoNLL Shared Task 2009. Since 1999, CoNLL
(the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning) has
included a shared task in which training and test data are provided
by the organizers, which allows participating systems to be evaluated
and compared in a systematic way. Descriptions of the participating
systems and an evaluation of their performance are presented both at
the conference and in the proceedings. Previous shared tasks have
been devoted to chunking (1999, 2000), clausing (2001), named entity
recognition (2002, 2003), semantic role labeling (2004, 2005),
dependency parsing (2006, 2007), and joint parsing of syntactic and
semantic dependencies (2008). For CoNLL 2009, to be held in conjunction
with NAACL HLT in Boulder, Colorado, May 31 to June 5, 2009, proposals
are invited for any shared task involving natural language learning,
including not only natural language processing tasks and applications
but also the modeling of human language learning.

Proposals should contain the following information:
- Names and affiliations of the members of the organizing committee
     (including a designated contact person)
- Description of the shared task, including its relevance for the
     study of computational natural language learning
- Description of the process for selecting, acquiring and preparing the
     data for training and evaluation, including conditions of availability
- Description of the procedure for evaluating the performance of
     participating systems, including the availability of evaluation software
- Any other relevant information

Proposals should be in PDF format, maximum 2 pages, and sent by e-mail
to conll09st at stp.lingfil.uu.se no later than September 21. Proposals will
be reviewed by the SIGNLL steering committee and proposers will be notified
about the selection before October 15. Questions regarding the proposals
can be sent to conll09st at stp.lingfil.uu.se.

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