[Elsnet-list] Call for participation: NLP4ITA Workshop at NAACL 2013

Horacio Saggion horacio.saggion at upf.edu
Mon May 13 18:40:48 CEST 2013

                            Call for Participation
                      NAACL 2013 workshop on:

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

                   *** 14th June 2013 ****


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, ICCHP, ASSETS,
SPLAT, etc.).
However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies
are still scarce.

NLP4ITA 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.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different
communities to present research
findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.

=== Program ===

9:15- 9:30 - Opening Remarks by Workshop Chairs

9:30-10:00 - A User Study: Technology to Increase Teachers' Linguistic
Awareness to
Improve Instructional Language Support for English Language Learners
Jill Burstein, John Sabatini, Jane Shore, Brad Moulder and Jennifer Lentini

10:00-10:35 - Open Book: a tool for helping ASD users' semantic
Eduard Barbu, Maria Teresa Martín-Valdivia and Luis Alfonso Ureña-López

10:30-11:00 - Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 - Tools for non-native readers: the case for translation and
Maxine Eskenazi, Yibin Lin and Oscar Saz

11:30-12:30 - Invited Talk: Information Accessibility: More than just text
Kathleen F. McCoy, University of Delaware, USA

12:30-14:00 - Lunch Break

14:00-14:30 - Lexical Tightness and Text Complexity
Michael Flor, Beata Beigman Klebanov and Kathleen M. Sheehan

14:30-15:00 - A System for the Simplification of Numerical Expressions at
Different Levels of
Susana Bautista, Raquel Hervás, Pablo Gervás, Richard Power and Sandra

15:00-15:30 - A Two-Stage Approach for Generating Unbiased Estimates of
Text Complexity
Kathleen M. Sheehan, Michael Flor and Diane Napolitano

15:30-16:00 - Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 - Final discussion and closing remarks

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates    (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo! Labs)
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! Labs)
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 upf.edu or horacio.saggion at upf.edu

Dr. Horacio Saggion
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Dr. Horacio Saggion
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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