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LINGUIST List 22.1738

Tue Apr 19 2011

Calls: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.     Rashmi Prasad , AAAI Symposium on Question Generation

Message 1: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Date: 18-Apr-2011
From: Rashmi Prasad <rjprasadseas.upenn.edu>
Subject: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
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Full Title: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation
Short Title: QG2011

Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 06-Nov-2011
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Contact Person: Rashmi Prasad
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.questiongeneration.org/QG2011

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 13-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Asking questions is a fundamental cognitive process that underlies higher-level cognitive abilities such as comprehension and reasoning. Ultimately, question generation allows humans, and in many cases artificial intelligence systems, to understand their environment and each other. Research on question generation (QG) has a long history in artificial intelligence, psychology, education, and natural language processing. One thread of research has been theoretical, with attempts to understand and specify the triggers (e.g., knowledge discrepancies) and mechanisms (e.g., association between type of knowledge discrepancy and question type) underlying QG. The other thread of research has focused on automated QG, which has far-reaching applications in intelligent technologies, such as dialogue systems, question answering systems, web search, intelligent tutoring systems, automated assessment systems, inquiry-based environments, adaptive intelligent agents and game-based learning environments.

QG2011 is the fourth in a series of workshops that began with the NSF Workshop on the Question Generation Shared Task and Evaluation Challenge (www.questiongeneration.org) held in September 2008 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The aim of these workshops is to foster theoretical and applied research on computational and cognitive aspects of QG bringing together participants from diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, and Education.

Organizing Committee:

Arthur Graesser (University of Memphis, USA), James Lester (North Carolina State University, USA), Jack Mostow (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Rashmi Prasad (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Svetlana Stoyanchev (The Open University, UK)

Call for Papers:

Topics of Interest:

We invite submissions that deal with theoretical, empirical, and computational aspects of Question Generation, encouraging completed as well as speculative or in-progress work. Topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

- Cognitive models of QG
- Question taxonomies
- Empirical approaches to QG
- QG tasks and subtasks
- Evaluation methods for QG (human, automatic, semi-automatic)
- Corpus annotation schemes for QG
- Automated question assessment
- Representation language(s) for data/resource sharing between QG systems
- Impact of NLP technologies on QG tasks
- Context-sensitive question type selection or ranking
- Descriptions of implemented systems or components
- Applications of QG (intelligent tutoring systems, dialogue systems, web querying, querying over information repositories, etc.)
- Generation from different inputs, knowledge bases, ontologies, text, queries
- QG system implementations description

Abstracts submitted by May 13 may describe completed as well as speculative or in-progress work dealing with theoretical, empirical, and computational aspects of Question Generation.


We invite submissions of full papers (up to 8 pages, including references) and short papers (up to 4 pages, including references) for poster and/or oral presentations. Presenters of system implementations will be given the option of presenting their work as a demo, a poster, or a combination of both. The authors should submit extended abstracts (approximately 1500 - 2000 words) by May 13, 2011.

Submission questions should be directed to the organizers at: qg2011googlegroups.com

Important Dates:

Paper submission: May 13, 2011
Acceptance notification: June 3, 2011
Symposia: November 4 - 6, 2011

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