[Corpora-List] Generation Challenges 2012: Final call for task proposals

Albert Gatt albert.gatt at um.edu.mt
Fri Apr 13 12:01:47 CEST 2012

Final Call for Task Proposals

GENERATION CHALLENGES 2012 --------------------------

To be held in conjunction with INLG 2012, 30 May-01 June 2012, Starved Rock, IL, USA.

Over the past five years, there has been a lot of activity in connection with shared tasks in Natural Language Generation (NLG). Six separate sets of shared tasks each with its own data and team of organisers have so far been run: TUNA (Gatt et al.), GREC (Belz et al.), GIVE (Koller et al.), QG (Rus et al.), HOO (Dale and Kilgarriff) SR (Belz, White et al.). The Pilot Attribute Selection for Generating Referring Expressions (ASGRE) Challenge took place in 2007 (TUNA); the Referring Expression Generation (REG) Challenge in 2008 (TUNA, GREC); the first, second and third Generation Challenges umbrella events encompassing diverse sets of shared tasks, took place in 2009 (TUNA, GREC and GIVE), 2010 (QG, GREC and GIVE) and 2011 (HOO, SR); other shared tasks are being prepared. More information about all of these activities can be found via the links on the Generation Challenges 2012 homepage: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal12.

In order to continue to provide a common forum for these activities, we are organising Generation Challenges 2012 (GenChal'12), an umbrella event designed to bring together a variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of natural language. For some of the tasks, evaluation results and participating systems will be presented at the Generation Challenges 2012 Special Session at the 7TH International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'12). The session will follow the format of previous GenChal results sessions, with presentations of results by the organisers of the different shared tasks, as well as presentations of proposals for new shared tasks in the Task Proposals Track. As at GenChal'10 and GenChal'11, we envisage having a poster session where participants in the various shared tasks will have the opportunity to present their approaches and results. In addition, we are planning to have break-out sessions for individual tasks, providing further opportunity for current and future task participants to exchange ideas and feed back to the organisers.

1. Shared Tasks:

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The GenChal'12 meeting will be held at INLG'12 in Starved Rock, IL, USA, 30 May-01 June 2012, but the timetables of the individual tasks are not completely aligned, and they will be organised independently (for details, please refer to the Call for Participation for each task). The following is the list of tasks that are running in 2012:

1. Surface Realisation Task 2012: (White, Wanner, Bohnet, Hogan, Stent, Belz et al.): Generation of sentences from shallow and deep input represenations. There will be an update report presented at GenChal'12.

2. Helping Our Own (HOO) (Dale): Text-to-text generation task aiming to improve the quality of texts, in particular those written by non-native speakers. Call for Registration has been posted: http://clt.mq.edu.au/research/projects/hoo/hoo2012/callforregistration.html. The official HOO results session will be hosted at BEA'12. A summary report will be presented at GenChal'12.

2. QG'12 (Rus et al.): Question Generation task aiming to generate questions given answers in the form of Natural Language text. Although the QG task will not be running in 2012, there will be an update report presented at GenChal'12.

2. Track on Proposals for Future Tasks: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks in the general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core NLG, or in other research areas in which language is generated, e.g. text-to-text generation (including MT and summarisation), combining core NLG and MT, or combining core NLG and text summarisation. Submissions should describe possible future tasks in detail, including information regarding organisers, task description, motivating theoretical interest and/or application context, size and state of completion of data to be used, and evaluation plans.

3. Instructions for Paper Submissions: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Submissions in the Task Proposals Track should be no more than 4 (four) pages long excluding citations, and should follow the ACL'12 guidelines using the style files provided via the ACL 2012 homepage. Papers should be sent in PDF format by email to nlg-stec at itri.brighton.ac.uk. Task Proposal papers should be submitted no later than 15 April 2012. Note that this deadline has been extended.

Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Generation Challenges Steering Committee (see below). As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers. This is not intended to be a selective process, but the organisers reserve the right to reject papers which do not fall within the scope of the GenChal initiative, or which do not follow guidelines.

Accepted submissions will be included in the INLG'12 proceedings, but the page limit for camera-ready versions has not yet been finalised (the final limit will depend on how many submissions there are).

6. Dates: - - - - -

Paper submission 15th April 2012 Notification of acceptance 20th April 2012 Submission of camera-ready papers 27th April 2012 INLG'12 30 May-01 June 2012

NB: Submission deadlines for the GenChal'12 Shared Tasks differ and can be found in the calls for participation for the tasks.

7. Generation Challenges Steering Committee: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Anja Belz, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK Albert Gatt, University of Malta and University of Aberdeen, UK Alexander Koller, Saarland University, Germany Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia Kevin Knight, ISI, University of Southern California, USA Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK Johanna Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs, USA Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, USA

8. Organisation: - - - - - - - - -

Anja Belz, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK Albert Gatt, University of Malta and University of Aberdeen, UK Alexander Koller, Saarland University, Germany Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, US

Generation Challenges 2012 homepage: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal12 Queries can be emailed directly to Albert Gatt (albert.gatt at um.edu.mt) or Anja Belz (a.s.belz at brighton.ac.uk). -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 8775 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20120413/4ac188dd/attachment.txt>

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