First Call for Papers

LREC 2012 workshop on:
Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility
(NLP4ITA)

May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
Istanbul, Turkey

http://www.taln.upf.edu/nlp4ita


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=== Introduction ===



This workshop aims to bring together researchers focused

on tools and  resources  for making textual information more accessible to people

with special needs including diverse ranges of hearing and sight disabilities,

cognitive disabilities, elderly people, low-literacy readers and adults being

alphabetized, among others.




=== Motivation and Topics of Interest ===



In recent years there has been an increasing interest in accessibility and
usability issues. This interest is mainly due to the greater importance
of the Web and the need to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people
with diverse disabilities. The role of assistive technologies based on language
processing has gained importance as it can be observed from the growing number
of efforts (United Nations declarations on universal access to information or
WAI guidelines related to content) and research in conferences and workshops
(W4A, ICCHP, ASSETS, SPLAT, etc.).

However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies
are still scarce.

This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different communities to present research findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.


We welcome papers describing tools, resources, models, techniques and evaluation
from all areas of natural language processing tailored to accessibility and
assistive technologies. These include, but are not limited to, the following:


-    Resources: corpora of inaccessible documents, aligned corpora, gold-standards and annotation schemes.
-    Evaluation, complexity and readability methodologies and metrics.
-    Novel modeling and machine learning techniques for improving accessibility.
-    Natural language generation for improving accessibility.
-    NLP for Web accessibility.
-    Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization.
-    User studies on systems and components.
-    NLP tools for accessibility





=== Submission Information ===



We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (6 to 8 pages long).
Papers should follow the LREC format which is available at the LREC 2012 Web Site.
The submission process will be online using the START conference system at

https://www.softconf.com/lrec2012/NLP4ITA

All accepted papers will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.



=== Important dates ===





Feb 24, 2012              Paper submission deadline

March 23, 2012          Notification of acceptance

March 30, 2012             Camera-ready version

May  27, 2012           LREC 2012 Workshops





=== LRE Map 2012 ===

The LRE Map 2012, an initiative promoted for monitoring the
production, use and evaluation of language resources and tools.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked
to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense,
i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have
been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of
your research.


For further information on this new initiative, please refer to
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/?LRE-Map-2012.





=== Organizers ===



Ricardo Baeza-Yates         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Paloma Moreda             (Universidad de Alicante)
Luz Rello             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Lucia Specia              (University of Wolverhampton)





=== Program Committee ===


Sandra Aluisio                     (University of Sao Paulo)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Delphine Bernhard                 (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha             (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Richard Evans                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Caroline Gasperin                 (TouchType Ltd)
Pablo Gerv√°s                     (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Simon Harper                     (University of Manchester)
David Kauchak                     (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme                     (University of Montreal)
Paloma Mart√≠nez                 (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Aurelien Max                     (Paris 11)
Kathleen F. McCoy                 (University of Delaware)
Ornella Mich                     (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)
Ruslan Mitkov                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Paloma Moreda                     (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan                 (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello                         (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion                 (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )
Advaith Siddharthan             (University of Aberdeen)
Lucia Specia                     (University of Wolverhampton)
Juan Manuel Torres Moreno     (University of Avignon)
Markel Vigo                         (University of Manchester)
Leo Wanner                     (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Yeliz Yesilada                     (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus)


=== Contact Address ===

For further information please contact us at:
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Theme: The Web of Data and Web Accessibility


Topics and Content
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The World Wide Web has changed the way we search, access, consume and produce information. While
existing superficial content allows us to browse and interact with the Web, we are far from taking full
advantage of it. Laying beneath the surface of the Web there are a number of phenomena such as trends
and patterns in information structure and in user behaviour that do shape the way we communicate,
consume and browse. As far as accessibility is concerned, Web content plays a central role in an ecosystem
where user agents, authoring tools, crowdsourcing frameworks and testing tools determine how accessible
is the Web. As these components are moving to the cloud, their mere activity and interplay produces
large amounts of data. For instance, thousands of testing reports are being generated every day by
automatic tools and auditors. Moreover, crowdsourcing tools are facilitating a myriad of accessibility
fixes and providing guidance to users.

In parallel, announcements made by UK and US governments, amongst others, to make public data
available are contributing to adding enormous amounts of data to the Web. While some of these data
repositories consist of raw data, some other are explicitly structured and semantically annotated set
of documents. However, users still find it difficult to access to these data mainly because of information
overload and access barriers. So even if the major goal of Open Government initiatives is to foster
transparency, the reality is that citizens struggle to access.

So we can find data produced by the accessibility ecosystem -users and tools- and intentionally uploaded
data. The former, if adequately exploited, can yield invaluable knowledge to better understand web
accessibility as a phenomenon. The latter provide us mechanisms to arrange these data on the web so
that they are accessible for machines although not for humans. As a result, topics of interests include
(but are not limited to):

* Intelligent processing of the massively produced reports by accessibility testing tools.
* Web mining and AI techniques for accessibility testing and repairing.
* Usage patterns of accessibility tools on the cloud.
* How to use data produced by means of crowd-sourcing accessibility fixes.
* How data produced while interacting and traversing the Web can improve accessibility.
* How to create user profiles from log data.
* The characterization of the Web at a macro and micro-scale.
* Accessibility of Linked Data repositories.
* Using Linked Data to better organise knowledge on Web accessibility.
* Web authoring guidelines and tools
* Mobile accessibility
* User modeling and the adaptive web
* Adaptation and transformation of existing Web content
* Design and best practice to support Web accessibility
* Technological advances to support Web accessibility
* End user tools
* Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation techniques, and tools
* Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios
* Innovative techniques to support accessibility
* Universally accessible graphical design approaches
* Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation

Keynote Speakers
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- Professor James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Professor Alan Newell, University of Dundee, "William Loughborough Dinner Keynote" sponsored by SIGWEB

Microsoft Web Accessibility Challenge
-------------------------------------
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, the "Web Accessibility Challenge"
is organised to give an opportunity to researchers and developers of
advanced Web accessibility technologies for showcasing their
technologies to technical leaders in this area not only from academia
and industry but also from end-users. Find more details at
<http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions/challenge>

Google Student Awards
-------------------------------------
The third "Student Awards Programme", sponsored since 2010 by Google,
is organised to give an opportunity to high quality students with
limited funding to attend the W4A Conference. Thanks to generous
sponsorship from Google, two awards, each of up to US$1200, are
available to support students to attend W4A 2012. We now invite
applications from interested students. Find more details at
<http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions/student-awards>

Submissions
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We will accept position and technical papers, and short
communications. Position papers should only be submitted as a
communication of (up to 4-pages) whereas technical papers should be in
full paper format (up to 10-pages). The official language of the Conference is
English. Submission details are available at <http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions>


Important Dates
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All Submissions Close (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
04-Feb-2012

Author Rebuttal Period Ends (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
18-Feb-2012

All Decisions
28-Feb-2012

All Final Versions
16-Mar-2012

More details: <http://www.w4a.info/2012/submissions/important-dates>


General Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Markel Vigo, University of Manchester (UK)

Programme Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Rui Lopes, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Paola Salomoni, University of Bologna (Italy)

Microsoft Challenge Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Jeffrey Bigham, University of Rochester (USA)
Eugene Borodin, SUNY (USA)

Google Student Award ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Anna Cavender, Google (USA)
Shari Trewin, IBM Research (USA)

Special Issue ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research (Japan)
Hironobu Takagi, IBM Research (Japan)

Advocates
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Tiago Guerreiro, Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Shaun K Kane, UMBC (USA)
Sergio Sayago, University of Dundee (UK)
Peter Thiessen, eBuddy (Netherlands)

Programme Committee
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Shadi Abou-Zahra (W3C)
Margherita Antona (ICS-FORTH)
Myriam Arrue (University of the Basque Country)
Melanie Baljko (York University, Canada)
Armando Barreto (Florida International University)
Giorgio Brajnik (Università di Udine)
Andy Brown (University of Manchester)
Luís Carriço (University of Lisbon)
Olga De Troyer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
David Duce (Oxford Brookes University)
Inmaculada Fajardo (University of Valencia)
Renata Fortes (University of Sao Paulo)
Greg Gay (University of Toronto)
Becky Gibson (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies)
Simon Harper (University of Manchester)
Sarah Horton (Author and Consultant)
Matt Huenerfauth (City University of New York)
Caroline Jay (University of Manchester)
Brian Kelly (University of Bath)
Arun Kumar (IBM India)
Katherine McCoy (University of Delaware)
Eleni Michailidou (The Cyprus University of Technology)
Klaus Miesenberger (University of Linz)
Silvia Mirri (University of Bologna)
David Novick (The University of Texas at El Paso)
Zeljko Obrenovic (Technical University Eindhoven)
Mike Paciello (The Paciello Group)
Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University)
IV Ramakrishnan (Stony Brook University)
Gustavo Rossi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata)
Cynthia Shelly (Microsoft Corporation)
David Sloan (University of Dundee)
Hironobu Takagi (IBM Research)
Shari Trewin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Douglas Tudhope (University of Glamorgan)
Konstantinos Votis (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
Takayuki Watanabe (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
Yeliz Yesilada (METU NCC/University of Manchester)


Publications
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Accepted papers and communications will appear in the conference proceedings
contained on the Conference USB key, and will also be accessible to the general
public via the ACM Digital Library website. Selected authors will be invited
to submit extended versions of their paper for publication the International
Journal of Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS)
<http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/10209>. In 2011,
UAIS journal was accepted by ISI. The journal will be indexed from 2009 and
it will receive an Impact Factor for 2011. The Impact Factor for this year will be
released in June 2012.


W4A stats
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As of December 2011 average downloads per article at the ACM Digital Library is 424 and average
citations per article is 2.89. To see the stats check the ACM Digital Library site for the W4A
conference at <http://portal.acm.org/event.cfm?id=RE143>

W4A on the Web
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Main site: <http://www.w4a.info>
RSS/ATOM News Feed: <http://www.w4a.info/updates.xml>
Blog: <http://www.w4a.info/2012/blog>

Endorsement
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This years W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its
Special Interest Groups SIGACCESS, SIGWEB and SIGCHI. The Web Accessibility
Challenge is sponsored by Microsoft, and the Student Awards are sponsored by a Google.

DON’T BE DETERRED!
While 'The Web of Data' is this years theme, please don't be deterred if this somewhat unique
area is not yours. We would like to see all quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the
particular field within accessibility. The overriding reason for a paper being accepted is its
high quality in relation to the broad area of Web Accessibility.

 

ACM Hypertext 2012 (Milwaukee, WI, USA)
June 25-28, 2012
<http://www.ht2012.org/>
Call for Workshop Proposals

ACM Hypertext 2012 will be running workshops and tutorials, taking place on June 25th, the day before the start of the main conference. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a more informal setting where participants can exchange ideas on a focused topic and suggest directions for future research. As such, they also offer a good opportunity for researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community.

Acceptance of workshop proposals will be based on the experience and background of the organizers in the topic, and on the relevance of the subject matter with regard to the topics addressed in the main conference.

The deadline for submitting proposals will be January 10, 2012.


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
=======================

Proposals for Workshops should include the following elements:
* Title and acronym;
* Name(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es) and e-mail address(es) of the proposers;
* A description of the topic and motivation of the workshop (not exceeding 500 words);
* A short description of the target audience;
* A first version of the Call for Papers;
* Type of the workshop (full-day or half-day);
* Arrangements for the organization of the workshop, including a brief outline of the workshop describing anticipated format, possible session names, invited talks, panels, demos;
* A short description on how the workshop will be advertised so as to ensure a sufficiently wide range of authors and high quality papers along with an estimation of the number of participants;
* Names, addresses, and home page links of people who have agreed to be part of the program committee of the workshop;
* A brief description of the experience and background of the organizers in the topic, and links to homepages of the workshop chairs.

The organizers are encouraged to provide the following additional information:
* A preliminary list of reviewers
* A list of potential authors
* A list of potential attendees

Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the workshop chairs:
* Arkaitz Zubiaga (City University of New York): < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
* Carlos Solis (Fexco): < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Key dates:
* January 10, 2012: Workshop/Tutorial submissions due
* January 17, 2012: Notification to proposers
* January 25, 2012: The organizers of each workshop send out the Call for Papers
* June 25, 2012: Workshop day


ORGANIZATION OF WORKSHOPS
=========================

After the acceptance of a workshop proposal the organizer(s) should:
* Create and distribute a Call for Papers and a Call for Participation;
* Create a Web page for the workshop, the link of which will be published on the Conference Web site;
* Create a Program Committee;
* Review and select contributions to be included in the workshop proceedings (at least 2 reviewers for each paper);
* Schedule and coordinate the workshop activities.
* Put together accepted papers into electronic workshop proceedings and make them available online.

For details, please visit: <http://www.ht2012.org/>

 

The W3C WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) invites you to share your experiences with metrics for measuring web accessibility beyond basic conformance to standards. In particular, RDWG is looking for valid, reliable, and practical metrics to measure the impact of accessibility issues on people with disabilities. These will be discussed in an online Symposium on 5 December 2011. More information will be available from: http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2011/metrics/

RDWG Symposia bring together researchers and practitioners interested in a particular aspect of web accessibility to advance research in that area. With this Symposium, we will collect current research, synthesize ideas in a teleconference, and provide a roadmap for future work on web accessibility metrics. The Symposium proceedings and report will be available publicly online afterward.

*If you are interested in contributing to this Symposium*, please see the *Call for Papers*.

 

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