CRAC: Computational Models of Reference, Anaphora, and Coreference

Workshop description

Background There has been a lot of research activity in anaphora / coreference resolution in recent years, but once the DAARC series ended, there were no events in Computational Linguistics entirely dedicated to this type of work. The Coreference Beyond Ontonotes (CORBON) workshops held in 2016 (with NAACL) and 2017 (with EACL) partially addressed this need, but their focus was primarily on under-investigated coreference phenomena. The CRAC series of workshops is intended to be an event of interest to the entire anaphora / coreference / reference community.

Objectives The aim of the proposed workshop(s) is to provide a forum where work on all aspects of computational work on anaphora resolution and annotation, including both coreference and types of anaphora such as bridging references resolution and discourse deixis, can be presented. We also intend to attract work on reference (e.g., deictical reference to objects displayed in a multimodal interface).

Topics The workshop will welcome submissions describing both theoretical and applied computational work on anaphora, coreference and reference, including work in languages other than English, and on less-researched types of anaphora such as bridging references. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Travel awards

A limited number of travel awards are available to student authors of accepted CRAC papers who are affiliated with U.S. institutions.

Submission instructions

We solicit previously unpublished work, presented either as long or short papers, following the style guidelines for NAACL 2018, produced with the official LaTeX template. To be included in the final proceedings, accepted papers have to be made available both as LaTeX sources and PDF.

Camera-ready version of long papers should have at most 9 pages of content plus 2 additional pages for references. Short papers are limited to 5 pages of content plus 2 pages for references.

Papers should be submitted using the START platform:

Important dates

The important dates for CRAC are the same as for every other NAACL 2018 workhop:


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Shared Task

The proposed (series of( workshop(s) will be accompanied, like CORBON, by a shared task. The shared task(s) in 2018 will be on anaphora resolution using ARRAU (Uryupina et al, to appear), a corpus designed to

For more details, see the shared task page .

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