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        1.     Albert Gatt , Generation Challenges 2011

Message 1: Generation Challenges 2011
Date: 03-Feb-2011
From: Albert Gatt <albert.gattum.edu.mt>
Subject: Generation Challenges 2011
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Full Title: Generation Challenges 2011
Short Title: GenChal 2011

Date: 28-Sep-2011 - 30-Sep-2011
Location: Nancy, France
Contact Person: Albert Gatt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal11

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Over the past four years, there has been a lot of activity in connection with shared tasks in Natural Language Generation (NLG). Three 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.) and GIVE (Koller 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 and second Generation Challenges umbrella events encompassing diverse sets of shared tasks, took place in 2009 (TUNA, GREC and GIVE) and 2010 (GREC and GIVE); and other shared tasks are being prepared. More information about all of these activities can be found via the links on the Generation Challenges homepage:


Call for Papers:

In order to continue to provide a common forum for these activities, we are organising Generation Challenges 2011 (GenChal'11), an umbrella event designed to bring together a variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of natural language. Evaluation results and participating systems will be presented at the Generation Challenges 2011 Special Session at the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG'11). 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, 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:

The GenChal11 meeting will be held at ENLG11 in Nancy, France, 28-30 Sep 2011, 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 part of GenChal11:

1. Surface Realisation Task: (White, van Genabith, Hogan, Stent & Belz): Generation of sentences from shallow and deep input represenations. Call for Expressions of Interest has been posted (http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Anja.Belz/sr-task-announcement.txt). Call for Participation in preparation.

2. The GIVE-2.5 Challenge (Koller et al.): Generation of natural-language instructions to aid human task-solving in a virtual environment. The GIVE-2.5 Task will be the same as the GIVE-2 Taks. The call for participation and the software infrastructure have been posted (see http://www.give-challenge.org/research/), i.e. development can begin immediately.

3. Helping Our Own (HOO) (Kilgarriff & Dale): Text-to-text generation task aiming to improve the quality of texts, in particular those written by non-native speakers. Call for Participation in preparation.

4. QG11 (Rus et al.): Generating questions about the information content of sentences and paragraphs. For general information see http://www.questiongeneration.org. Call for Participation to be posted. Results summary to be presented at GenChal'11, detailed results session at separate QG Workshop.

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'11 guidelines using the style files provided via the ACL 2011 homepage. Papers should be sent in PDF format by email to nlg-stecitri.brighton.ac.uk. Task Proposal papers should be submitted no later than 10 June 2011.

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 ENLG'11 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 : 03 June 2011
Notification of acceptance : 17 June 2011
Submission of camera-ready papers: 15 July 2011
ENLG'11: 28-30 September 2011

NB: Submission deadlines for the GenChal'11 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 homepage: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal11
Generation Challenges email: nlg-stecitri.brighton.ac.uk

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