The conference on Natural Language Processing and Chinese Computing (NLPCC) is the annual conference of CCF TCCI (Technical Committee of Chinese Information, China Computer Federation). The first, second and third NLPCC conferences were successfully held in Beijing (2012)，Chongqing (2013) and Shenzhen (2014). This year’s NLPCC conference will be held in Nanchang on October 9 - 13, 2015.
NLPCC 2014 will follow the NLPCC tradition of holding several shared tasks in natural language processing and Chinese computing. This year’s shared tasks focus on both classic problems and newly emerging problems, including Chinese word segmentation and POS tagging, document summarization, question answering and entity linking.
Participants from both academia and industry are welcomed. Each group can participate in one or multiple tasks and members in each group can attend the NLPCC conference to present their techniques and results. A few selected groups will be invited to submit papers to the main conference and the accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings published by Springer LNAI.
1. Overview of the Shared Tasks
There are four shared tasks in this year’s NLPCC conference and the details of each task can be found in the document of task guidelines. Here we give a very brief overview of each task.
◆ Chinese Word Segmentation and POS Tagging for Weibo Text
This task aims to evaluate the techniques of Chinese word segmentation and POS tagging for Weibo texts. This task focuses on two fundamental problems of Chinese language processing: word segmentation and POS tagging.
◆ Open Domain Question Answering
This task aims to evaluate the open domain QA techniques in both English and Chinese languages.
◆ Entity Recognition and Linking in Chinese Search Queries
This task aims to evaluate the current advances of techniques in aligning named entities in short search queries to entities in a reference Chinese knowledge base.
◆ Weibo-Oriented Chinese News Summarization
This task aims to evaluate the single document summarization techniques for releasing and propagating news on social media web sites, such as Sina Weibo.
2. How to Participate
If you have any question about the shared tasks, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.
3. Important Dates
2015/3/15：announcement of shared tasks and call for participation；
2015/4/10：sample data release;
2015/5/10：test data release;
2015/5/17：systems’ results submission deadline;
2015/5/29：evaluation results release and call for system reports and conference papers;
2015/6/30：conference paper submission deadline;
2015/7/31：conference paper accept/reject notification;
2015/8/10：camera-ready paper submission deadline;
4. Shared Task Organizers
Nan Duan, Microsoft Research Asia
Yansong Feng, Peking University
Xipeng Qiu, Fudan University
Xiaojun Wan, Peking University
Kun Zhang, Sogou