[Elsnet-list] CoNLL 2014 2nd Call for Papers
R.Morante at uvt.nl
Wed Jan 22 23:08:17 CET 2014
(Apologies for multiple postings)
Eighteenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
June 26-27, 2014
First Call for Papers
CoNLL is the yearly conference organized by SIGNLL (the ACL Special
Interest Group on Natural Language Learning). This year, CoNLL will be
collocated with ACL 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The shared task of
CoNLL will be Grammatical Error Correction, see details below.
* Paper submission deadline: March 14, 2014, 23:59 EST (GMT-6)
* Notification of acceptance: April 21, 2014
* Camera-ready copy deadline: May 4, 2014
* Conference: June 26-27, 2014 (straight after ACL 2014)
CoNLL is an international conference for research on natural language
learning. We invite the submission of papers on all aspects of
computational approaches to natural language learning, including, but
not limited to:
* Development and empirical evaluation of machine learning methods
applied to any natural language or speech processing task in supervised,
semi-supervised or unsupervised settings (e.g. structured prediction,
graphical models, deep learning, relational learning, reinforcement
* Theoretical analyses of learning-based approaches to natural language
* Computational models of human language acquisition, language evolution
and language change.
Special Topic of Interest: Machine Reading
For this edition of CoNLL, we particularly solicit papers that focus on
machine reading, "the automatic, unsupervised understanding of text"
(Etzioni et al. 2006), which involves processes such as text analysis,
knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, learning, inference,
optimization, reasoning, and information fusion. The field is evolving
rapidly thanks to the research performed in projects such as TextRunner
(Banko, Cafarella, and Etzioni 2007), the Watson system of IBM (Ferrucci
et al. 2010), ReVerb (Fader et al 2011), or NELL (Mitchel 2010) and
the DARPA Machine Reading program (Strassel et al. 2010). We solicit
papers related to all aspects of Machine Reading with special interest
in papers that report research on inference.
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon
University) and Prof. Morten H. Christiansen (Cornell University) have
accepted to be invited speakers at CoNLL-2014.
Best Paper Award
As in recent CoNLL conferences, we are delighted to announce that
Microsoft and Google will sponsor a Best Paper Award for the authors of
the highest quality paper. The most important aspects in judging the
quality of a paper will be: originality, innovativeness, relevance, and
impact of the presented research.
Main Session Submission Details
A paper submitted to CoNLL-2014 must describe original, unpublished
work. Submit a full paper by March 14, 2014, 23:59 EST (GMT-6). Papers
may have up to eight (8) pages of content, with two (2) additional pages
of references, and will be presented orally or as a poster presentation
as determined by the program committee. The decisions as to which papers
will be presented orally and which as poster presentations will be based
on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. There will be no
distinction in the proceedings between full papers presented orally and
those presented as poster presentations.
We require the use of the ACL 2014 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word
Style files tailored for this year's conference. Papers must conform to
the official ACL 2014 style guidelines. Authors who are unable to use
these style files or submit a PDF file electronically should contact the
Authors may also optionally submit a second document containing
supporting information such as proofs or algorithmic details. Reviewers
will have access to the supporting information and may refer to it at
their discretion. Any information that is critical to understanding the
paper should be included within the paper itself.
Since reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations, and there should be no self-references that
reveal the authors' identity. In the submission form, you will be asked
for the following information: paper title, authors' names,
affiliations, and email addresses, contact author's email address, a
list of keywords, abstract of no more than 300 words, and information on
whether the paper has been or will be simultaneously submitted to other
conferences (and if so which conferences). The contact author of an
accepted paper under multiple submission will need to promptly inform
the program co-chairs whether he or she intends the accepted paper to
appear in CoNLL-2014. A paper that is submitted to be included in
CoNLL-2014 must be withdrawn from other conferences.
Authors of accepted submissions are to produce a final paper to be
published in the proceedings of the conference, which will be available
at the conference for participants, and distributed afterwards by ACL.
Final papers must also follow the ACL 2014 style and should have at most
8 pages of content plus at most 2 extra pages for references only. At
least one author must register for the conference and present the paper.
Please do not submit a paper if you do not plan to attend the conference.
As in previous years, CoNLL-2014 will include a shared task which is
organized by a separate committee. The details of the shared task are
included in this CFP (see below). Please note the different submission
details and deadlines for the shared task.
University of Antwerp
Scott Wen-tau Yih
Contact email: conll2014 at conll.org
Shared Task: Grammatical Error Correction
CoNLL 2014 will continue the CoNLL tradition of having a high profile
shared task in natural language processing. This year's shared task will
be grammatical error correction, a continuation of the CoNLL shared task
in 2013. A participating system in this shared task is given short
English essays written by non-native speakers of English. The system
detects the grammatical errors present in the input essays, and returns
the corrected essays. The shared task in 2014 will require a
participating system to correct all errors present in an essay (i.e.,
not restricted to just the five error types required in 2013). The
organization of the CoNLL 2014 shared task will be led by Hwee Tou Ng at
the National University of Singapore.
November 22, 2013: announcement of shared task
December 5, 2013: set up of shared task website
December 27, 2013: registration begins and release of training set and
January 22, 2014: registration deadline
March 16, 2014: test set available
March 19, 2014: systems' outputs collected
March 26, 2014: system results due to participants
April 2, 2014: shared task system papers due
April 11, 2014: reviews due
April 14, 2014: notification of acceptance
April 21, 2014: camera ready version of shared task system papers due
June 26-27, 2014: CoNLL-2014 conference (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Questions about the CoNLL 2014 shared task can be sent to
conll14st at gmail.com.
See http://www.signll.org and http://www.signll.org/conll for more
information about SIGNLL and CoNLL.
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