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May 29, 2013
June 14, 2013
August 8, 2013

ACL 2013 Workshop: PITR 2013

The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations

8 August, 2013

The Second Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations was held in conjunction with the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2013 conference, 4 - 9 August, 2013, at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.

This workshop is an ACL Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT) sponsored workshop.


PITR 2013 proceedings are available here.


09:20-10:30 Session 1: Plenary
09:20 Welcome and Introduction
09:30 Invited Talk
Identifying outstanding writing: Corpus and experiments based on the science journalism genre
Annie Louis
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Posters
11:00Poster Teasers
11:20Poster Session
Sentence Simplification as Tree Transduction
Dan Feblowitz and David Kauchak
Building a German/Simple German Parallel Corpus for Automatic Text Simplification
David Klaper, Sarah Ebling, Martin Volk
The C-Score - Proposing Reading Comprehension Metrics as a Common Evaluation Measure for Text Simplification
Irina Temnikova and Galina Maneva
A Language-Independent Approach to Automatic Text Difficulty Assessment for Second-Language Learners
Wade Shen, Jennifer Williams, Tamas Marius and Elizabeth Slesky
Guest Paper from NLP4ITA Proceedings:
A System for the Simplification of Numerical Expressions at Different Levels of Understandability

Susan Bautista, Raquel Hervás, Pablo Gervás, Richard Power and Sandra Williams
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
Session 3: Presentations
14:00Text Modification for Bulgarian Sign Language Users
Slavina Lozanova, Ivelina Stoyanova, Svetlozara Leseva, Svetla Koeva and Boian Savtchev
14:20Modeling Comma Placement in Chinese Text for Better Readability using Linguistic Features and Gaze Information
Tadayoshi Hara, Chen Chen, Yoshinobu Kano and Akiko Aizawa
14:40On The Applicability of Readability Models to Web Texts
Sowmya Vajjala and Detmar Meurers
15:00Report from NLP4ITA
Horacio Saggion
15:30-16:00 Tea break
Session 4: Presentations and Close
16:00The CW Corpus: A New Resource for Evaluating the Identification of Complex Words
Matthew Shardlow
16:20A Pilot Study of Readability Prediction with Reading Time
Hitoshi Nishikawa, Toshiro Makino and Yoshihiro Matsuo
16:40Final Discussion and Close


Many NLP systems generate or reformulate human language but how readable is the output? What makes language easy or difficult to read for different types of readers? How can existing text be manipulated to improve information access? How does writing style affect readability, comprehension, and appreciation of text? The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in these questions amongst computational linguists as attention turns to more sophisticated techniques for textual presentation and to address the widely differing needs of end users. The relevance of this research area has spawned a number of workshops on related topics, for example, SL-PAT 2012 ( and NLP4ITA 2012 (, and a new special interest group, Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (, which sponsors this workshop.

PITR is a cross-disciplinary workshop bringing together researchers in any field concerned with the readability, accessibility and quality of text, particularly computational linguists, psycholinguists and educational researchers. We solicit papers on:


Papers should prepared in ACL format not exceeding 8 pages in length plus up to 2 additional pages for references. Papers should also be anonymised for blind reviewing.

Please submit your paper via the online START Conference Manager system.

Some authors will be invited to give oral presentations. All accepted authors will be expected to present a poster. Last year, the poster session was very lively, giving poster-only authors and oral-presentation authors ample opportunities to discuss their research.


May 3, 2013: Deadline for paper submission
May 29, 2013: Notification of acceptance
June 14, 2013: Camera-ready deadline
August 8, 2013: PITR 2013


Sandra Williams, The Open University, UK.
Advaith Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK.
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA.


Julian Brooke, University of Toronto, Canada.
Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research (Redmond), USA.
Siobhan Devlin, University of Sunderland, UK.
Micha Elsner, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Thomas François, University of Louvain, Belgium.
Caroline Gasperin, TouchType Ltd., UK.
Albert Gatt, University of Malta, Malta.
Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany.
Raquel Hervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Véronique Hoste, University College Ghent, Belgium.
Matt Huenerfauth, The City University of New York (CUNY), USA.
Iustina Ilisei, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
Annie Louis, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Hitoshi Nishikawa, NTT, Japan.
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK.
Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Irina Temnikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
Ielka van der Sluis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Kristian Woodsend, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Last modified: July 2013, S.H.Williams

Keynote Speaker

Annie Louis

Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh
Annie Louis is a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her PhD at University of Pennsylvania with a thesis on text quality prediction. She has also worked on automatic summarization and discourse parsing. She is currently working on discourse and document-level issues in machine translation. Annie has received a EMNLP best paper award and a SIGDIAL Best Student paper award.