[Corpora-List] 2nd CFP: ACL Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications

Joel Tetreault tetreaul at cs.rochester.edu
Fri Feb 15 23:28:33 CET 2008



ACL 2008 Workshop on

Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications

Columbus, Ohio, USA; June 19/20, 2008


Submission Deadline: March 14, 2008



NLP-based applications have had a profound effect on education in the areas of assessment and instruction. Early applications focused on writing for automated essay scoring, short-answer response scoring in assessment and intelligent tutoring, and grammatical error detection for proofreading. More recently, NLP has been introduced into additional educational contexts, including automated scoring of speech and text-based curriculum development for reading support. In addition, the earlier applications for grammatical error detection have greatly improved. Not only has the field improved existing capabilities, but as a community we are generating innovative and creative ways to use NLP in applications for multiple skill sets, including writing, reading, and speaking.

The need for, and the rapid development of, language-based capability development in the United States and other Anglophone countries are driven by increased requirements for state/national assessments and a growing population of English language learners. In the past five years, steady growth in the area of NLP-based applications for education has prompted an increased number of workshops which typically focus on one specific aspect of NLP-based educational applications. In this workshop, we solicit papers from all subfields.

We intend to bring all subfields together to foster continued interaction and collaboration among researchers in both academic institutions and industry. This workshop (consistent with previous workshops at ACL 1997, NAACL/HLT 2003, and ACL 2005) will continue to expose the NLP research community to these technologies with the hope that they continue to identify novel opportunities for the use of NLP tools in educational applications.


For this workshop, we invite submissions including, but not limited to:

1) Automated Scoring/Evaluation for Text and Speech

* Automated processing of spoken and written lecture materials across

genres, e.g., - Content-based analysis - Grammatical error detection

- Response-based discourse analysis - Stylistic analysis

* Knowledge representation in learning systems

* Machine translation for assessment, instruction, and curriculum


* Plagiarism detection tools

2) Intelligent Tutoring

* Intelligent tutoring systems that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP

methods to evaluate response content, using either text- or

speech-based analyses

* Dialogue systems in education

* Hypothesis formation and testing in automated tutoring systems

* Multi-modal communication between human learners and machines

* Automatically generating tutorial responses

3) Learner Cognition

* Automated assessment of students' language and cognitive skill levels

* Automated systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or

emotional states

* Automatic generation of test questions

* Tools for learners with special needs

4) Corpora and annotation standards for building NLP educational tools

5) Use of Response Databases

* Data mining of student corpora for tool building

* Visualization of concepts in learning systems

6) Classroom Tools

* NLP tools for second language learners

* Semantic-based access to instructional materials

* Tools for teachers and test developers (such as tools that

automatically identify text on a given topic, or adapt a text to the

grade level of the student, or assist in text-based curriculum


* E-learning tools for personalized course content

7) Evaluation of NLP-based tools for education

8) Descriptions of Working Systems


Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages in electronic, PDF format (with up to 1 additional page for references). Previously published papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Please use the ACL style sheet for composing your paper: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/acl08/stylefiles.html

And the following submission page handled by the START conference system: https://www.softconf.com/acl08/ACL08-WS10/


Submission deadline: March 14, 2008 Notification of acceptance: April 07, 2008 Final papers due: April 21, 2008 Workshop: either June 19 or 20, 2008


Joel Tetreault, ETS, USA (principal contact: JTetreault at ets.org) Jill Burstein, ETS, USA Rachele De Felice, Oxford University, UK


Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, CUNY, USA Mark Core, ICT/USC, USA Bill Dolan, Microsoft, USA Jennifer Foster, University of Washington, USA Michael Gamon, Microsoft, USA Na-Rae Han, Korea University, Korea Derrick Higgins, ETS, USA Emi Izumi, NICT, Japan Ola Knutsson, KTH Nada, Sweden Claudia Leacock, Butler Hill Group, USA John Lee, MIT, USA Kathy McCoy, University of Delaware, USA Detmar Meurers, OSU, USA Lisa Michaud, Wheaton College, USA Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington, USA Stephen Pulman, Oxford, UK Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada Stephanie Seneff, MIT, USA Richard Sproat, UIUC, USA Jana Sukkarieh, ETS, USA

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