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ISINLP 2016 : Improving Social Inclusion using NLP: Tools and resources


When May 23, 2016 - May 23, 2016
Where Portorož, Slovenia
Submission Deadline Feb 7, 2016
Notification Due Mar 11, 2016
Final Version Due Apr 1, 2016
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Improving Social Inclusion using NLP: Tools and resources

An LREC 2016 Workshop

Deadline for abstracts: February 07, 2016
Notification of acceptance: March 11, 2016
Submission of papers (for both presentations and posters): April 1, 2016
ISI-NLP Workshop: May 23, 2016 (morning session)


Social media are an inherent part of life in the 21st century and should be
accessible to anyone.

People who are to some extent functionally illiterate are currently excluded
from properly using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp.

We call for papers describing tools and resources that aim to bridge the
social divide by providing technology that allows more or less functionally
illiterate users to be included in the current and future textual social

Such technologies and resources allow or facilitate the conversion of
non-verbal input (like signs, pictograms) into textual output, or allow to
improve ill-formed input into proper text. In the other direction, the
technologies and resources allow to automatically augment textual
communication by other media, such as pictures, signs, video, and other
forms of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or to simplify and
reduce messages such that the information is disclosed to the targeted
users, and the users are no longer excluded from taking part in social

We invite abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations or posters (with or
without demos) reporting on tools and resources concerning social inclusion,
including but not limited to the following:

-Input methods of non-verbal input
* Speech recognition of non-standard speech
* Pictogram or sign selection methods
-Input normalization:
* Spelling correction
* Grammar correction
* Speech or Text Corpora containing original input (with typical mistakes) +
transcription (normalization)
-Text adaptation
* Simplification and summarization
* Summarization
* Augmentative and Alternative Communication
* Conversion / Translation between non-verbal and verbal communication and vice versa
-Semantic representations
* Lexical semantic resources, such as WordNets
* Interlingua
* Language generation based on simplified / non-verbal input
* Adaptations to voices in text-to-speech
* Generation of non-verbal messages
* What type of (non-verbal) communication is best for a specific group of users (such as level of literacy, type of disability, culture)
* In vivo evaluation
* Legal and ethical issues
* Privacy issues for vulnerable group of users
-Reusability of Social Inclusion-approaches (second language learning, Internet-of-Things)

More information can be found at the ISI-NLP website
( This website will be updated when new
information becomes available.

Organizing committee
Ineke Schuurman (Leuven University, Belgium)
Vincent Vandeghinste (Leuven University, Belgium)
Horacio Saggion (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)


Please submit your paper (4-8 pages, pdf-format) through the LREC START
system no later than Feb 7th. The LREC style guidelines will soon be
provided on LREC's main conference page. As in the main conference, papers
are not anonymous. Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the
Program Committee, if necessary complemented by additional reviewers. The
accepted papers will be published as workshop proceedings and made available
via LREC.

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