First Workshop on Current Trends in Text Simplification (CTTS-2021)
(online event), September 21st, 2021 - Europe/Madrid time zone - Central European Summer Time (CEST)
PresentationThe Current Trends in Text Simplification workshop aims at bringing together researchers, developers and industries of assistive technologies, public organizations representatives, and other parties interested in the problem of making information more accessible to all citizens. We will discuss recent trends and developments in the area of automatic text simplification, automatic readability assessment, language resources and evaluation for text simplification, etc.. The workshop will an online event held during the SEPLN2021 conference, on September 21th 2021.
Call for papers
Automatic text simplification (Siddharthan 2014; Shardlow 2014; Saggion, 2017; Paetzold & Specia, 2017) is the process of transforming a text into another text which, ideally conveying the same message, will be easier to read and understand by a broader audience. Research in text simplification has been approached from different angles: rule-based linguistically informed methods (Siddharthan & Mandya 2014; Ferrés et al., 2016), unsupervised corpus-based techniques (Biran et al., 2011; Bott et al., 2012; Paetzold & Specia, 2016), supervised machine learning or statistical machine translation (Specia, 2010; Coster & Kauchak, 2011; Štajner et al., 2015) have all been attempted in text simplification.
Recently, research in text simplification has, like in many other natural language processing areas, increased the use of methods derived from the deep learning paradigm (Glavaš & Štajner, 2015; Paetzold & Specia, 2016; Nisioi et al. 2017; Scarton & Specia, 2018; Martin et al. 2020; Alva-Manchego et al. 2020), and more specifically end-to-end sequence to sequence, and transformer-based learning methods (Zhao et al., 2018; Martin et al., 2020).
In spite of the current advances in the field, there are many important aspects of the simplification problem that need the attention of our community, including but not limited to: the design of appropriate evaluation metrics (Xu et al., 2016; Sulem et al. 2018a, 2018b), the development of context-aware simplification solutions, the creation of appropriate language resources to support research and evaluation (Saggion et al. 2011; Štajner et al., 2019), the deployment of simplification in real environments for real users (Aluisio et al. 2008; Rello et al., 2013, Saggion et al., 2015; Alonzo et al. 2020; Moreno et al. 2020), the study of discourse factors in text simplification, the identification of factors affecting the readability of a text (François et al. 2015; Venturi et al., 2015; Brunato et al. 2018), etc.
The workshop aims at bringing together researchers, developers and industries of assistive technologies, public organizations representatives, and other parties interested in the problem of making information more accessible to all citizens. We will discuss recent trends and developments in the area of automatic text simplification, automatic readability assessment, language resources and evaluation for text simplification, etc.
The workshop aims to receive contributions in the following topics:
- Lexical Simplification (LS)
- Syntactic Simplification (SS)
- Sequence to Sequence Models for LS and SS
- Modular and End-to-end Text Simplification
- Zero-shot Text Simplification
- Controllable Simplification
- Text Complexity Assessment
- Corpora, Lexical Resources, Benchmarks for Text Simplification
- Studies on Text Simplification Evaluation
- Assistive Technologies for improving readability and comprehension including those going beyond text
- Domain Specific Text Simplification (e.g. health, legal)
- Other Related topics in Text Simplification (e.g. eye-tracking simplification studies)
Important DatesSubmission deadline:
Camera-ready papers due: 22nd August
Publication: September 2021
Workshop date: 21st September 2021
- We invite long papers (8 pages for content) and short papers and demos (4 pages for content) with unlimited pages for references. Their final versions in the procedings will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages for long papers and 5 pages for short papers and demos, respectively) and unlimited pages for references.
- CTTS-2021 uses a double-blind reviewing process. Papers must conform to the official CEUR-WS style guidelines, be in PDF format, and be submitted via the Easychair conference management system using this link: Easychair CTTS-2021 Submission page The paper submission deadline for both long and short workshop paper, and demo description is 15th June, 2021.
- Multiple submissions policy: Multiple submissions are allowed, but the authors should indicate clearly whether they have submitted or plan to submit a paper with the same content to another venue.
- Templates, guidelines and other policies: The CEUR-ART paper style with 1-Colum will be used. An Overleaf page for LaTeX users is available at https://www.overleaf.com/read/gwhxnqcghhdt. You can also download an offline version with the style files from ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/CEURART.zip. It also contains DOCX template files.
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ProgramThe workshop will consist of the presentation of long papers, two invited talks and a round table discussion session.
| Online event - 21st September
Europe/Madrid time zone - Central European Summer Time (CEST).
|12:00 - 12:15||Welcome & Introduction: Horacio Saggion|
|12:15 - 12:45
Gradient Boosted Trees for Identification of Complex Words in Context
Raksha Agarwal and Niladri Chatterjee
|12:45 - 13:15
Exploration of Spanish Word Embeddings for Lexical Simplification
Rodrigo Alarcon, Lourdes Moreno and Paloma Martínez
|13:15 - 14:30||Lunch Break|
|14:30 - 15:30||Invited Talk 1: Aline Villavicencio
What if the whole is greater than the sum of the parts? Modelling Complex (Multiword) Expressions
(see Abstract and Bio here)
|15:30 - 16:00
DEPSYM: A Lightweight Syntactic Text Simplification Approach using Dependency Trees
Niladri Chatterjee and Raksha Agarwal
|16:00 - 16:30
The Role of Text Simplification Operations in Evaluation
Laura Vásquez-Rodríguez, Matthew Shardlow, Piotr Przybyła and Sophia Ananiadou
|16:30 - 17:00||Coffee Break|
|17:00 - 18:00||Invited Talk 2: Matt Huenerfauth
Human-Computer Interaction and Automatic Text Simplification: Understanding the Perspective of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users
(see Abstract and bio here)
|18:00 - 18:30
Linguistic Capabilities for a Checklist-based evaluation in Automatic Text Simplification
Oscar M. Cumbicus-Pineda, Itziar Gonzalez-Dios and Aitor Soroa
|18:30 - 19:00
When the Scale is Unclear -- Analysis of the Interpretation of Rating Scales in Human Evaluation of Text Simplification
|19:00 - 19:30||Round Table: Sanja Štajner|
|19:30 - 19:45||Closing: Horacio Saggion|
- Matt Huenerfauth (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA).
- Aline Villavicencio (University of Sheffield, UK ; Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
ProceedingsThe proceedings are published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings at:
Vol-2944 Current Trends in Text Simplification 2021
Camera-Ready SubmissionPlease find in the following link the instructions for the submission of the camera-ready papers and the authors agreement forms:
Programme CommitteeRodrigo Alarcón (Universidad Carlos III, Spain)
Sandra Aluísio (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Fernando Alva Manchego (University of Sheffield, UK)
Susana Bautista (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain
Antoine Bordes (Facebook, UK)
Stefan Bott (LoveToKnow Corp., Spain)
Remi Cardon (Université de Lile, France)
Eric De la Clergerie (INRIA, France)
Felice Dell'Orletta (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Italy)
Richard Evans (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Thomas François (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique)
Nuria Gala (Université Aix-Marseille, France)
Goran Glavaš (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Itziar Gonzalez-Dios (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Natalia Grabar (Université de Lile, France)
Raquel Hervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
David Kauchak (Pomona College, USA)
Elena Lloret (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Louis Martin (Facebook, UK)
Lourdes Moreno López (Universidad Carlos III, Spain)
Gustavo Henrique Paetzold (Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Brazil)
Benoît Sagot (INRIA, France)
Carolina Scarton (University of Sheffield, UK)
Matthew Shardlow (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Advaith Siddharthan (The Open University, UK)
Lucia Specia (Imperial College, UK)
Giulia Venturi (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Italy)
Victoria Yaneva (National Board of Medical Examiners, USA)
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|Horacio Saggion||LaSTuS-TALN Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
|Sanja Štajner||Symanto Research, Germany|
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
|Kim Cheng Sheang||LaSTuS-TALN Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
LaSTuS-TALN UPF (C) 2021