Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Westin Peachtree Hotel
Thursday, 13 June 2013 to Friday, 14 June 2013
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 8 March 2013

1st CFP-NAACL 2013 Workshop 2nd NLP4ITA - Natural Language Processing for Improving Textual Accessibility


1st Call for Papers
NAACL 2013 workshop on:

Natural Language Processing for
Improving Textual Accessibility
(2nd NLP4ITA)


=== Introduction ===

Following the success of the 1st NLP4ITA in Istambul (LREC 2012) we are
running the 2nd edition of NLP4ITA at NAACL 2013. The 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

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.
- NLP tools for accessibility

=== Submission Information ===

We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (up to 8 pages long + 2 pages references).
Papers should follow the NAACL format which is available at the NAACL 2013 Web Site (
The submission process will be online using the START conference system.

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

The workshop will feature an invited speaker.

=== Important dates ===

Paper submission deadline: 8th March 2013
Notification of acceptance: 31st March 2013
Camera-ready version: 12th April 2013
NAACL 2013 Workshops: 13th or 14th June (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

=== Organizers ===

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo!)
Luz Rello (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

=== Program Committee ===

Sandra Aluisio (University of Sao Paulo)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Yahoo! Research)
Delphine Bernhard (University of Strassbourg)
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Giorgio Brajnik (Universidad de Udine)
Richard Evans (University of Wolverhampton)
Jose Manuel Gomez (Universidad de Alicante)
Raquel Hervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
David Kauchak (Middlebury College)
Guy Lapalme (University of Montreal)
Elena Lloret (Universidad de Alicante)
Paloma Martínez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Aurelien Max (Paris 11)
Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware)
Ornella Mich (Foundazione Bruno Kessler)
Paloma Moreda (Universidad de Alicante)
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton)
Luz Rello (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Horacio Saggion (Universidad Pompeu Fabra )
J.M. 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: or