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WQG 2009 : AIED 2009 Workshop on Question Generation


When Jul 6, 2009 - Jul 7, 2009
Where Brighton, UK,
Submission Deadline Apr 16, 2009
Notification Due May 5, 2009
Final Version Due May 20, 2009
Categories    NLP   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers


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:


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 ( 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 questions).


* 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 ( 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 ( used for the main conference.


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)

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