CoNLL-2013 Seventeenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning Sofia, Bulgaria August 8-9, 2013
====================================================================== 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 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The shared task of CoNLL will be Grammatical Error Correction, see details below.
Important Dates ---------------
* Paper submission deadline: April 17, 2013, 23:59 PST (GMT-8)
* Notification of acceptance: May 28, 2013
* Camera-ready copy deadline: June 10, 2013
* Conference: August 8-9, 2013 (straight after ACL 2013)
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
* Computational models of human language acquisition, language
evolution and language change.
Special Topic of Interest: Compositional Semantics ---------------------------------------------------
For this edition of CoNLL, we particularly solicit papers that focus on challenges and solutions within Compositional Semantics. Compositional approaches to semantics have their origin in formal logic, but there is now a growing body of work that aims to integrate such approaches into learning-based, statistical frameworks, often building on recent advances in machine learning, such as structured prediction, deep learning or distant supervision. This poses a number of challenging questions, such as how to induce compositional meaning representations from unlabelled, weakly labelled or fully labelled natural language data, or how to reconcile inherently statistical distributional approaches to lexical semantics with the principle of compositionality. Advances in this area also hold substantial promise for downstream applications such as sentiment analysis, question answering or machine translation, making research in Compositional Semantics appealing both from a pure and applied perspective.
Best Paper Award ----------------
As in recent CoNLL conferences, we are delighted to announce that 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-2013 must describe original, unpublished work. Submit a full paper by April 17, 2013, 23:59 PST (GMT-8). 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 2013 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. Papers must conform to the official ACL 2013 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-2013. A paper that is submitted to be included in CoNLL-2013 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 2013 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-2013 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 -----------------
Julia Hockenmaier Department of Computer Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sebastian Riedel Department of Computer Science University College London
Contact email: conll-2013 (at) cs.ucl.ac.uk
Shared Task: Grammatical Error Correction -----------------------------------------
CoNLL 2013 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 participating system in this shared task is given short English texts written by non-native speakers of English. The system detects the grammatical errors present in the input texts, and returns the corrected texts.
More details are available at the shared task home page at:
Important Dates ---------------
* December 17, 2012: announcement of shared task * January 17, 2013: set up of shared task website * February 5, 2013: registration begins and release of training set and
scorer * March 5, 2013: registration deadline * April 28, 2013: test set available * May 01, 2013: systems' outputs collected * May 08, 2013: system results due to participants * May 15, 2013: shared task system papers due * May 24, 2013: reviews due * May 27, 2013: notification of acceptance * June 03, 2013: camera ready version of shared task system papers due * August 8-9, 2013: CoNLL 2013 conference
Shared Task Organizers ----------------------
* Hwee Tou Ng (Chair), National University of Singapore * Joel Tetreault, Nuance Communications * Siew Mei Wu, National University of Singapore * Yuanbin Wu, National University of Singapore
Questions about the CoNLL 2013 shared task can be sent to conll13st at gmail.com.
See http://ifarm.nl/signll/ and http://ifarm.nl/signll/conll/ for more information about SIGNLL and CoNLL. Please direct questions about SIGNLL and the CoNLL website to Erik, the SIGNLL Information Officer:
Erik Tjong Kim Sang University of Groningen (The Netherlands) erikt (at) xs4all.nl