[Elsnet-list] CoNLL 2014 2nd Call for Papers

Roser Morante R.Morante at uvt.nl
Wed Jan 22 23:08:17 CET 2014


(Apologies for multiple postings)

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CoNLL-2014
Eighteenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
June 26-27, 2014

http://www.conll.org/

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First Call for Papers
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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.


Important Dates
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* 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)


Topics
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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 
learning, etc.).

* Theoretical analyses of learning-based approaches to natural language 
processing.

* Computational models of human language acquisition, language evolution 
and language change.


Special Topic of Interest: Machine Reading
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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.

Invited speakers
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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
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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
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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 
program co-chairs.

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.


Conference Chairs
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Roser Morante
CLiPS
University of Antwerp

Scott Wen-tau Yih
Microsoft Research


Contact email:  conll2014 at conll.org


Shared Task: Grammatical Error Correction
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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.

Important Dates
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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 
scorer
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)

Contact
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Questions about the CoNLL 2014 shared task can be sent to 
conll14st at gmail.com.


SIGNLL
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See http://www.signll.org  and http://www.signll.org/conll for more 
information about SIGNLL and CoNLL.



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