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Subject: [ E-CFP ] 2nd CFP: PITR 2013 Workshop
From: <Sandra.Williams_(on)_open.ac.uk>
Date received: 12 Apr 2013
Deadline: 28 Apr 2013
Start date: 08 Aug 2013

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ACL 2013 Workshop: PITR 2013 ?The Second Workshop on Predicting
and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations

?Date of Workshop: 8 August, 2013

Deadline for submissions: April 28, 2013

The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability
for Target Reader Populations Workshop will be be held in
conjunction with the Association for Computational Linguistics
(ACL) 2013 conference, 4 - 9 August, 2013, at the National Palace
of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.

CALL FOR PAPERS Many NLP systems generate or reformulate human
language but how readable is the output? What makes language easy
or difficult to read for different types of readers? How can
existing text be manipulated to improve information access? How
does writing style affect readability, comprehension, and
appreciation of text? The last few years have seen a resurgence
of interest in these questions amongst computational linguists as
attention turns to more sophisticated techniques for textual
presentation and to address the widely differing needs of end
users. The relevance of this research area has spawned a number
of workshops on related topics, for example, SL-PAT 2012
(slpat.org) and NLP4ITA 2012 (www.taln.upf.edu/nlp4ita/), and a
new special interest group, Speech and Language Processing for
Assistive Technologies (slpat.org), which sponsors this workshop.
PITR is a cross-disciplinary workshop bringing together
researchers in any field concerned with the readability,
accessibility and quality of text, particularly computational
linguists, psycholinguists and educational researchers. We
solicit papers on:  Reformulation of existing text (text-to-text
systems)  Generation of readable language from data
(data-to-text systems)  Generation of text in specific styles
and registers for readability  Evaluation of language
simplification strategies  Evaluation of the readability of
computer-generated text  Evaluation of the readability of
machine translation output  Prediction of aspects of text style
related to readability  Prediction of the readability of
documents  Readability issues in specialist texts such as
questionnaires, exam questions, safety instructions, etc.  Novel
evaluation strategies for assessing text readability  Novel
readability metrics  Techniques for simplifying lexis 
Techniques for simplifying syntax  Techniques for simplifying
discourse properties (making text more transparent, etc.) 
Techniques for manipulating textual layout to improve
accessibility  Techniques for making descriptions of numerical
quantities more accessible  Techniques for making technical
terminology more accessible  Techniques for making descriptions
of logical statements more accessible  Techniques for explaining
complex ideas through accessible text  Systems aimed at adults
with poor literacy  Systems aimed at children learning to read 
Systems aimed at 2nd language learners  Systems aimed at people
with language deficits (aphasia, deafness, neurodegeneration,
etc.)  Systems aimed at non-experts accessing technical material

SUBMISSIONS Papers should prepared in ACL format (see
http://acl2013.org/site/call.html) not exceeding 8 pages in
length plus up to 2 additional pages for references. Papers
should also be anonymised for blind reviewing.

Please submit your paper via the online START Conference Manager
system: https://www.softconf.com/acl2013/PITR2013/

Some authors will be invited to give oral presentations. All
accepted authors will be expected to present a poster. Last year,
the poster session was very lively, giving poster-only authors
and oral-presentation authors ample opportunities to discuss
their research.

IMPORTANT DATES April 28, 2013: Deadline for paper submission
?May 24, 2013: Notification of acceptance ?June 7, 2013:
Camera-ready deadline ?August 8, 2013: PITR 2013

ORGANISERS Sandra Williams, The Open University, UK. ? Advaith
Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK. ? Ani Nenkova,
University of Pennsylvania, USA.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE Julian Brooke, University of Toronto, Canada.
?Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research (Redmond), USA.
?Siobhan Devlin, University of Sunderland, UK. ?Micha Elsner,
University of Edinburgh, UK. ?Thomas Francois, University of
Louvain, Belgium. ?Caroline Gasperin, TouchType Ltd., UK. ?Albert
Gatt, University of Malta, Malta. ?Pablo Gervás, Universidad
Complutense de Madrid, Spain. ?Iryna Gurevych, Technische
Universitat Darmstadt, Germany. ?Raquel Hervás, Universidad
Complutense de Madrid, Spain. ?Véronique Hoste, University
College Ghent, Belgium. ?Matt Huenerfauth, The City University of
New York (CUNY), USA. ?Iustina Ilisei, University of
Wolverhampton, UK. ?Annie Louis, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
?Hitoshi Nishikawa, NTT, Japan. ?Ehud Reiter, University of
Aberdeen, UK. ?Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
?Irina Temnikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK. ?Ielka van der
Sluis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. ?Kristian
Woodsend, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Dr Sandra Williams Department of Computing The Open University
Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA s.h.williams_(at)_open.ac.uk

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391),
an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in
Scotland (SC 038302).

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