AUTOMATIC TEXT SIMPLIFICATION: Methods and Applications in the Multilingual Society

Abbreviated Title: 
ATS-MA
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 
25 May 2014
Event Dates: 
23 Aug 2014 - 24 Aug 2014
Location: 
COLING 2014
City: 
Dublin
Country: 
Ireland
Contact: 
Cristina Vertan
Contact: 
Constantin Orasan
Contact: 
Petya Osenova
Contact Email: 
cristina [dot] vertan [at] uni-hamburg [dot] de
Contact Email: 
C [dot] Orasan [at] wlv [dot] ac [dot] uk
Contact Email: 
petya [at] bultreebank [dot] org

ABOUT

The remarkable development of language technology tools in recent years
in terms of robustness, computational speed and volume of processed
data, together with the increasing number of languages covered, made
possible their usage not only for specific research applications, but
also for real world applications which prove useful in everyday life.
Automatic correction of text, machine translation, extraction of
important information and hands-free devices are just some of these
applications. Language technology now has the maturity to be used for
addressing societal challenges such as helping people with disabilities,
the elderly and migrants.

However, due to the ambiguity and complexity of natural language, its
automatic processing is still very challenging and benefits from
processing shorter and less ambiguous information. The same is true for
people who have difficulties understanding text due to disabilities, or
who have to read texts in a language they do not have a good command of.
In all these cases, automatic text simplification can prove to be very
useful.

In contrast to controlled languages, which practically create a
sublanguage by imposing constraints on the grammar rules, discourse
style, number of words/sentence etc., text simplification eliminates or
replaces parts of sentences or paragraphs, or even reformulates them
according to specific requirements of the target user groups. Among the
most frequent techniques are: lexical substitution, verb forms
replacement (for morphologically rich languages), word order
adjustments, deletion of subordinate clauses, replacement of anaphoric
pronouns by their reference, usage of synonym expressions with higher
frequency as well as compound splitting.

This workshop intends to bring together scientists working in a variety
of fields in which text simplification can be applied, computational
linguists interested in the research problems of text simplification and
of course users who can benefit from the simplified texts.

The innovative aspect of this workshop will be the discussion on text
simplification from two perspectives: On the one hand, how computational
linguistics applications which simplify texts can be used by people in
real world situation, and on the other hand, how to simplify the input
for other NLP-based applications in order to improve their accuracy. We
also intend to develop a roadmap of activities, tools and resources on
text simplification from a multilingual perspective. A special attention
will be paid to contributions describing automatic text simplification
for less-resourced languages.

The workshop will be organised in conjunction with COLING 2014 on 23rd
or 24th August in Dublin, Ireland.

TOPICS

Papers are invited on the following directions:

1. The linguistic challenges in text simplification
- linguistic characteristics of text simplification for specific
purposes (e.g. simplification for people with specific
disabilities)
- creation of linguistic resources for text simplification
- linguistic analysis of language phenomena relevant to text
simplification

2. Automatic Text Simplification for Societal Needs
- for people with disabilities (e.g. autism, dyslexia, etc.)
- for second language learners
- for elderly people
- for better understanding of well defined genres of texts (e.g.
political texts, medical texts, etc.)

3. Automatic Text Simplification for Language Technology
- better performance of language technology tools (e.g. MT,
summarization, respeaking)
- domain adaptation of existing simplification tools
- adaptation of existing simplification tools to other languages

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- User scenarios and requirements from different social categories
- Language Tools for Text Simplification
- Linguistic challenges to:
* perform various levels of simplification (separately or in a
combined mode): phonetic, lexical, morphological, syntactic,
semantic
* process different types of clauses (e.g. illative, concessive,
conditional, consecutive, adjectival, adverbial, etc.)
* identify and remove semantic obstacles for specific categories
of users
* perform acronym/abbreviation expansion
* address the problem of word sense disambiguation
* identify problematic temporal expressions
* process negation
* detect affective language
* identify non-literal language and metaphors
* process anaphoric expressions
- Applications using text simplification (e.g. obstacle free access to
texts, language learning, political sciences)
- Resources used in text simplification
- Evaluation in automatic text simplification

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission Deadline: 25th May 2014
Author Notification Deadline: 16th June 2014
Camera-Ready Paper Deadline: 27th June 2014
Date for the workshop: 23rd or 24th August 2014 (in conjunction with
COLING 2014)

PAPER SUBMISSION

Paper submissions for the workshop are handled by the START system at
the following address: https://www.softconf.com/coling2014/WS-18/
The papers should be submitted using the COLING 2014 style files
available at http://www.coling-2014.org/call-for-papers.php.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEES

- Eric Atwell, Leeds University, UK
- Eduard Barbu, University of Jaen, Spain
- Ann Copestake, University of Cambridge, UK
- Iustin Dornescu, University of Wolverhampton, UK
- Richard Evans, University of Wolverhampton, UK
- Thomas Fran├žois, University of Louvain, Belgium
- David Gil, Deletrea, Spain
- Vesna Jordanova, Imperial College London, UK
- Walther v. Hahn, University of Hamburg, Germany
- Veronique Hoste, University College Gent, Belgium
- Elena Lloret, University of Alicante, Spain
- Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Maite Martin Valdivia, University of Jaen, Spain
- Paloma Moreda, University of Alicante, Spain
- Hitoshi Nishikawa, NTT, Japan
- Maciej Ogrodniczuk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
- Pavel Pecina, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
- Gabor Proszeky, Morphologic, Hungary
- Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
- Advaith Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Lucia Specia, Sheffield University, UK
- Sara Tonelli, FBK, Italy
- Hristo Tanev, JRC, Italy
- Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy, Romania
- Dusko Vitas, University of Belgrade, Serbia