The 4th Workshop on the Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Friday, 5 June 2009
United States
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 6 March 2009



The 4th Workshop on the Innovative Use of NLP for Building
Educational Applications

Boulder, Colorado; June 05, 2009

Submission Deadline: March 06, 2009


The Innovative Use of NLP in Educational Applications workshops have
interaction and collaboration among researchers in intelligent tutoring
(ITS) using text and speech, scoring of free-response assessments and
proofreading tools. This workshop will continue to explore NLP technologies
with the goal of identifying novel use of NLP techniques and tools for the
development of educational applications.

We are increasing the scope of this workshop to include the following:

1. A demo session for accepted papers that involve a system.
2. Preliminary planning session for the first shared task of the workshop:
grammatical error detection of articles and prepositions for 2010.

Full paper and short paper topics will include, but will not be limited to

1) Automated scoring/evaluation for oral and written student responses
* Content analysis for scoring/assessment
* Grammatical error detection and correction
* Discourse and stylistic analysis
* Plagiarism detection
* Machine translation for assessment, instruction and curriculum

2) Intelligent Tutoring (IT) that incorporate state-of-the-art NLP methods
* Dialogue systems in education
* Hypothesis formation and testing
* Multi-modal communication between students and computers
* Generation of tutorial responses
* Knowledge representation in learning systems
* Concept visualization in learning systems

3) Learner cognition
* Assessment of learners' language and cognitive skill levels
* Systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or emotional
* Tools for learners with special needs

4) Use of corpora in educational tools
* Data mining of learner and other corpora for tool building
* Annotation standards and schemas / annotator agreement

5) Tools for classroom teachers and/or test developers
* NLP tools for second and foreign language learners
* Semantic-based access to instructional materials to identify
appropriate texts
* Tools that automatically generate test questions, such as
multiple choice or short answer
* Processing of and access to lecture materials across topics and
* Adaptation of instructional text to individual learners' grade
* assist in text-based curriculum development
* E-learning tools for personalized course content
* Language-based educational games

6) Issues involving the shared tasks for the 2010 Workshop: Grammatical
detection and correction

7) Issues concerning the evaluation of NLP-based educational tools

8) Descriptions of implemented systems

Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages in electronic,
format (with up to 1 additional page for references). This year, we also
short papers of up to 4 pages (including references). Papers which describe

systems are also invited to give a demo of their system. If you would like
present a demo in addition to presenting the paper, make sure to select
"full paper + demo" or "short paper + demo" in the START submission process.

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
e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead,
citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Please use the 2009 NAACL-HLT style sheet for composing your paper:

And use the following START conference page to submit your paper:


Submission deadline: March 06, 2009
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: April 12, 2009
Workshop: June 05, 2009


Joel Tetreault, ETS, USA (principal contact:
Jill Burstein, ETS, USA
Claudia Leacock, Butler Hill Group, USA


Martin Chodorow, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Bill Dolan, Microsoft, USA
Jennifer Foster, Dublin City University, Ireland
Michael Gamon, Microsoft, USA
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Na-Rae Han, Korea University, Korea
Trude Heift, Simon Frasier University, Canada
Derrick Higgins, ETS, USA
Emi Izumi, NICT, Japan
Ola Knutsson, KTH Nada, Sweden
John Lee, MIT, USA
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Detmar Meurers, University of Tubingen, Germany
Lisa Michaud, Saint Anselm College, USA
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo, Canada
Stephanie Seneff, MIT, USA
Richard Sproat, UIUC, USA
Jana Sukkarieh, ETS, USA
David Wible, National Central University, Taiwan