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BEA 2008
ACL 2008 Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Dates Jun 19, 2008 (iCal) - Jun 20, 2008
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
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Submissions: Mar 14, 2008
Notification: Apr 7, 2008
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		         ACL 2008 Workshop on

     Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications 
		   Columbus, Ohio; June 19/20, 2008

		 Submission Deadline: March 14, 2008



NLP-based applications have had a profound effect on education in the areas of 
assessment and instruction. Early applications focused on writing for automated
 essay scoring, short-answer response scoring in assessment and intelligent 
tutoring, and grammatical error detection for proofreading. More recently, NLP 
has been introduced into additional educational contexts, including automated 
scoring of speech and text-based curriculum development for reading support. In
 addition, the earlier applications for grammatical error detection have 
greatly improved. Not only has the field improved existing capabilities, but as
 a community we are generating innovative and creative ways to use NLP in 
applications for multiple skill sets, including writing, reading, and speaking.

The need for, and the rapid development of, language-based capability 
development in the United States and other Anglophone countries are driven by 
increased requirements for state/national assessments and a growing population 
of English language learners. In the past five years, steady growth in the area
 of NLP-based applications for education has prompted an increased number of 
workshops which typically focus on one specific aspect of NLP-based educational
 applications. In this workshop, we solicit papers from all subfields.

We intend to bring all subfields together to foster continued interaction and 
collaboration among researchers in both academic institutions and industry. 
This workshop (consistent with previous workshops at ACL 1997, NAACL/HLT 2003, 
and ACL 2005) will continue to expose the NLP research community to these 
technologies with the hope that they continue to identify novel opportunities 
for the use of NLP tools in educational applications. 


For this workshop, we invite submissions including, but not limited to:

1) Automated Scoring/Evaluation for Text and Speech
   * Automated processing of spoken and written lecture materials across 
     genres, e.g., - Content-based analysis - Grammatical error detection - 
     Response-based discourse analysis - Stylistic analysis
   * Knowledge representation in learning systems
   * Machine translation for assessment, instruction, and curriculum development
   * Plagiarism detection tools 
2) Intelligent Tutoring
   * Intelligent tutoring systems that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods
     to evaluate response content, using either text- or speech-based analyses
   * Dialogue systems in education
   * Hypothesis formation and testing in automated tutoring systems
   * Multi-modal communication between human learners and machines
   * Automatically generating tutorial responses 
3) Learner Cognition
   * Automated assessment of students' language and cognitive skill levels
   * Automated systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or 
     emotional states
   * Automatic generation of test questions
   * Tools for learners with special needs 

4) Corpora and annotation standards for building NLP educational tools

5) Use of Response Databases
   * Data mining of student corpora for tool building
   * Visualization of concepts in learning systems 

6) Classroom Tools 
   * NLP tools for second language learners
   * Semantic-based access to instructional materials
   * Tools for teachers and test developers (such as tools that automatically 
     identify text on a given topic, or adapt a text to the grade level of the 
     student, or assist in text-based curriculum development)
   * E-learning tools for personalized course content 

7) Evaluation of NLP-based tools for education 

8) Descriptions of Working Systems 


Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages in electronic, PDF 
format (with up to 1 additional page for references). Previously published 
papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program 
committee.  As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are 
anonymous.  Self-references that reveal the author's identity, 
e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, 
use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Please use the ACL style sheet for composing your paper:

And the following submission page handled by the START conference


Submission deadline: March 14, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 07, 2008
Final papers due: April 21, 2008
Workshop: either June 19 or 20, 2008


Joel Tetreault, ETS, USA (principal contact:
Jill Burstein, ETS, USA
Rachele De Felice, Oxford University, UK


Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Mark Core, ICT/USC, USA
Bill Dolan, Microsoft, USA
Jennifer Foster, Dublin City University, Ireland
Michael Gamon, Microsoft, USA
Na-Rae Han, Korea University, Korea
Derrick Higgins, ETS, USA
Emi Izumi, NICT, Japan
Ola Knutsson, KTH Nada, Sweden
Claudia Leacock, Butler Hill Group, USA
John Lee, MIT, USA
Kathy McCoy, University of Delaware, USA
Detmar Meurers, OSU, USA
Lisa Michaud, Wheaton College, USA
Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington, USA
Stephen Pulman, Oxford, UK
Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada
Stephanie Seneff, MIT, USA
Richard Sproat, UIUC, USA
Jana Sukkarieh, ETS, USA

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Facts about "BEA 2008"
AcronymBEA 2008 +
End dateJune 20, 2008 +
Event typeWorkshop +
Has coordinates39° 19' 56", -84° 21' 3"Latitude: 39.332119444444
Longitude: -84.350872222222
Has location cityColumbus +
Has location countryCategory:USA +
Has location stateOH +
Homepage +
IsAEvent +
NotificationApril 7, 2008 +
Start dateJune 19, 2008 +
Submission deadlineMarch 14, 2008 +
TitleACL 2008 Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications +