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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] England: AIED 2009 Workshop on Question Generation -- CFP

Call for Papers

AIED 2009 Workshop on Question Generation

Held in conjunction with the
2009 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

Brighton, UK, 6-7 July 2009


Contact Email: vrus at memphis dot edu        

Question asking and question generation are important components in advanced
learning technologies such as intelligent tutoring systems, inquiry-based
environments, and game-based learning environments. This workshop is the
second in a series of workshops that began with the NSF Workshop on the
Question Generation Shared Task and Evaluation Challenge held in September
2008 (
www.questiongeneration.org) in Arlington, Virginia, USA. It solicits
the involvement of participants across disciplines ranging from Artificial
Intelligence in Education and Psycholinguistics/Discourse Processes to
Natural Language Generation on cognitive and computational aspects of
question generation.

Question asking has frequently been considered a fundamental cognitive
process in the fields of education and cognitive science. The ideal learner
is an active, self-motivated, creative, inquisitive person who asks deep
questions and searches for answers to such thought-provoking questions. Real
learners on the other hand are less inquisitive, and thus modern learning
environments aim at modeling and scaffolding question asking as a way to
boost learning gains in students. Question Asking/Generation can be
introduced into various learning scenarios (e.g., dialogue-based or
vicarious learning) through a Question Generation component. The Question
Generation component can be semi-automated (e.g., it helps subject matter
experts generate questions as part of the authoring tools used to create
content in the form of curriculum scripts) or fully automated (currently,
this is the case for simple types of questions such as multiple-choice

* Cognitive and computational models of Question Generation
* Question taxonomies
* Question Generation main task(s)
* Question Generation sub-task(s)
* Data collection and preparation
* Representation language(s) for the input and output data
* Annotation schemes and processes
* Forms of evaluation (human-based vs. automatic vs. semi-automatic)
* Evaluation metrics

The workshop will be organized into two sets of sessions.  In the morning
sessions, regular paper presentations on general topics related to Question
Generation will be scheduled.  The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to
discussions and presentations related to Question Generation in Intelligent
Tutoring Systems.

We invite submissions of short papers (4 pages including references) and
long papers (up to 8 pages including references) that address topics
relevant to Question Generation in general and to Question Generation shared
tasks in particular. Authors should submit papers in PDF format using
EasyChair (
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aiedw2009) by
selecting "The 2nd Workshop on Question Generation" under the "New
Submission" menu.  Papers accepted in the workshop proceedings will need to
follow the AIED formatting guidelines for workshop papers, following the IOS
template (
http://www.questiongeneration.org/AIED2009) used for the main

Submission Deadline: April 16, 2009
Author notification: May 5, 2009
Final (camera-ready) Deadline: May 20, 2009

Vasile Rus (University of Memphis, USA)
James Lester (North Carolina State University, USA)

Delphine Bernhard (Darmstadt Technical University, Germany)
Kristy Elizabeth Boyer (North Carolina State University, USA)
Yllias Chali (University of Lethbridge, Canada)
Dan Flickinger (Stanford University, USA)
Corina Forascu (Al. I. Cuza University, Romania)
Donna Gates (Carnegie Mellon, USA)
Natália Giordani (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Art Graesser (University of Memphis, USA)
Michael Heilman (Carnegie Mellon, USA)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Chin-Yew Lin (Microsoft Research Asia, China)
Mihai Lintean (University of Memphis, USA)
Tomasz Marciniak (Yahoo Research, UK)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Jack Mostow (Carnegie Mellon, USA)
Rodney D. Nielsen (University of Colorado, USA)
Jose Otero (University of Alcala, Spain)
Juan Pino (Carnegie Mellon, USA)
Paul Piwek (The Open University, UK)
Rashmi Prasad (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Lucy Vanderwende (Microsoft, USA)