[Elsnet-list] UCNLG+Eval: Call for poster papers

Albert Gatt albert.gatt at um.edu.mt
Sun May 8 18:28:54 CEST 2011

EMNLP-11 Workshop on Language Generation and Evaluation


Language Generation and Evaluation (UCNLG+Eval) is a post-conference
workshop at EMNLP-2011, Edinburgh, on 31 July 2011.

Workshop aims
There are many branches of NLP research that involve the generation of
language (summarisation, MT, human-computer dialogue, application
front-ends, data-to-text generation, document authoring, etc.).
However, it is not always easy to identify common ground among the
generation components of these application areas, which has sometimes
made it difficult for generic research in 'Natural Language
Generation' (NLG) to engage with them effectively. Increasingly common
corpus-based approaches across these areas, and in particular in NLG
itself, offer a new perspective on this situation and the
opportunity to explore synergies and differences from the common
grounding of corpus data.

This workshop is the fourth in an occasional series seeking to provide a
forum for discussing NLG and its links with these closely related fields
from a corpus-oriented perspective. The workshops
have the general aims

    * to provide a forum for reporting and discussing corpus-oriented
      methods for generating language;
    * to foster cross-fertilisation between NLG and other fields where
      language is automatically generated; and
    * to promote the sharing of data and methods for the purpose of
      system building and comparative evaluation in all language
      generation research.

Each of these workshops has a special theme: at the first workshop (at
Corpus Linguistics in 2005) it was use of corpora in NLG; at the second
(UCNLG+MT at MT Summit XI in 2007) it was Language Generation
and Machine Translation; at the third it was Language Generation and
Summarisation (UCNLG+Sum at ACL-IJCNLP'09). The special theme of the
2011 workshop is Language Generation and Evaluation, and the event will
showcase recent developments in methods for evaluating computationally
generated language across NLP, continue the discussion of future
directions and host an invited talk on shared-task evaluation campaigns.

Evaluation Special Theme
The past five years have seen big changes in NLG evaluation. The field
has moved from a situation where there were no comparative evaluation
results for independently developed alternative approaches to the
present increasingly rich diversity of data sets, methods and results
for comparative evaluation (intrinsic and extrinsic, human-assessed and
automatically computed). A distinctive and critical feature of these
developments has been the community-led approach to the establishment of
tasks, datasets and evaluation methods. The aim of the special evaluation
theme at UCNLG+Eval is to provide a forum for reporting cutting-edge
research on evaluation, taking stock of recent developments, discussing
and comparing alternative approaches to evaluation and exploring possible
directions for future development.

Call for Posters
The UCNLG+Eval Workshop organisers invite submissions for poster papers
addressing the special theme of evaluating computationally generated text
as well as submissions on all aspects of using corpora in the generation
of language. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Statistical and machine learning approaches to language generation
    * Development and annotation of corpora for language generation
    * Reuse of corpus resources developed for NLU (e.g. treebanks) in
      language generation research
    * Domain-specific vs. general-purpose corpora for language
      generation research
    * Evaluation of automatically generated language
    * Meta-evaluation of evaluation methods for language generation
    * Uses of corpora in the evaluation of automatically generated
    * Proposals for new shared tasks in language generation

Note that by 'language generation research' we mean any field in which
language is automatically generated including research commonly coming
under the headings of NLG, MT, document summarisation and human-computer

The following types of submissions are appropriate for poster

  * small, focused contributions
  * work in progress
  * negative results
  * opinion pieces

Poster Papers Submission information
Submissions should follow the two-column format of the ACL 2011 proceedings.

Poster submissions take the form of short papers of up to four (4) pages
of content, and up to two (2) additional pages with references only.
Only submissions in pdf format will be accepted. Please use the official
ACL 2011 style files (at http://www.acl2011.org/call.shtml). We reserve
the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles,
including letter size and font size restrictions.  Submission is
electronic, using the START system, via a link on the workshop website.

The deadline for submission is 22nd May 2011.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three programme committee members.
Final decisions on the technical programme will be made by the workshop

As reviewing will be blind, papers should not include the authors' names
and affiliations.  Self-references that reveal the authors' identity,
e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided.
Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Acknowledgments sections should be removed before submission.

Papers will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- Clarity
- Originality/Innovativeness
- Soundness/Correctness
- Meaningful comparison
- Substance
- Replicability
- Sharing of resources

A link to the evaluation form used by reviewers is available from the
workshop website.

The proceedings of the workshop will be edited by the workshop organisers
and published by the EMNLP 2011 conference organisers.

Poster Presentations
Accepted poster papers will be presented during a walkabout poster
display session on the day of the workshop. Authors of poster papers
will also be given the opportunity to give a 3 minute 'boaster'
presentation just before the poster session.

Important Dates
22 May 2011    Deadline for poster paper submissions
01 June 2011   Notification of acceptance to authors of poster papers
15 June 2011   Camera-ready copies of poster papers due
31 July 2011   UCNLG+EVAL workshop in Edinburgh

Workshop organisers
Anja Belz, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK
Roger Evans, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK
Albert Gatt, University of Malta, Malta
Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, USA

Programme committee
Aoife Cahill, Stuttgart University, Germany
Charlie Greenbacker, University of Delaware, USA
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, NL
Mirella Lapata, University of Edinburgh, UK
Oliver Lemon, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Daniel Marcu, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Kathy McKeown, Columbia, USA
Karolina Owczarzak, NIST, USA
Ehud Reiter, Aberdeen, UK

Workshop website

Contact email
ucnlg at itri.brighton.ac.uk

Albert Gatt
Institute of Linguistics
Centre for Communication Technology Rm 402B
University of Malta
Tal-Qroqq Msida MSD2080

tel: (+356) 2340 2150
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