First Call for Papers

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

May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
Istanbul, Turkey


=== 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

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

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

=== 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)

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