Videos of talks are now available!

Slides from the invited talks are now available!

List of accepted papers, invited speakers, and schedule now available!

Call for Papers:

Question answering is a central task in natural language processing (NLP).  Unlike other NLP tasks, it also is easy for non-experts to understand when question answering systems perform well (or fail).  The goal of this workshop is to bring the community together to discuss the state of the art of question answering and interactively compete with top human trivia masters. To this end, we welcome submissions on topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Systems designed for specific factoid / non-factoid / community QA tasks

  • Training algorithms or modules that can benefit a variety of QA systems

  • Analysis of particular types of questions that are challenging for existing systems

  • New QA datasets / tasks

  • Methods for evaluating QA systems

Paper Submission Instructions:

We solicit previously unpublished work following the NAACL 2016 formatting guidelines.

Papers should have at most 6 pages of content, not including references. There is no constraint on the size of the reference list. Submissions should be anonymous and not disclose in any way the identity of the author(s).

Papers should be submitted to http://softconf.com/naacl2016/HCQA16

by March 29, 2016 April 11, 2016

Accepted papers will be presented as either posters or talks.

Shared Task: Question Answering Competition

In addition to invited talks from experts, selected oral talks from submissions, and a poster session, we are also organizing a dual computer-human tournament to test entrants’ question answering systems against each other and against the top human trivia masters.  The final match between the top computer system and the top human team will be part of the workshop. See this page for training data, deadlines, and other details.

An example of human (Ken Jennings) vs. computer question answering (Photo Credit: Noah Smith)