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CFP: Question Answering over Linked Data Challenge (QALD) @ ESWC 2017

From: Irini Fundulaki <fundul@ics.forth.gr>
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:35:36 +0200
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To: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>

ESWC 2017, May 28th, 2016 to June 1st​, 2017 Portoroz, Slovenia.

The Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD) challenge aims at  
providing an up-to-date benchmark for assessing and comparing  
state-of-the-art-systems that mediate between a user, expressing his  
or her information need in natural language, and RDF data. It thus  
targets all researchers and practitioners working on querying Linked  
Data, natural language processing for question answering, multilingual  
information retrieval and related topics. The main goal is to gain  
insights into the strengths and shortcomings of different approaches  
and into possible solutions for coping with the large, heterogeneous  
and distributed nature of Semantic Web data.

The key challenge for QA over Linked Data is to translate a user’s  
information need into a form such that it can be evaluated using  
standard Semantic Web query processing and inferencing techniques. The  
main task of QALD therefore is the following:

Given one or several RDF dataset(s) as well as additional knowledge  
sources and natural language questions or keywords, return the correct  
answers or a SPARQL query that retrieves these answers.
In order to focus on specific aspects and challenges, we propose the  
following three tasks:

Task 1: Multilingual question answering over DBpedia
Task 2: Hybrid question answering
Task 3: Large-Scale Question answering over RDF
More details on the evaluation are provided here and on the provided  
resources are here.

More details on the different tasks can be found here:  

Preliminary Schedule

Paper submission deadline:	Friday March 10th, 2017
Challenge paper reviews:	Tuesday April 5th, 2017
Paper Notifications and invitation to task:	Friday April 7th, 2017
Camera ready papers (5 pages document):	Sunday April 23rd, 2017
Release of training data and instructions:	Friday January 13th, 2017
Release of test dataset:	Friday April 7th, 2017
Deadline for submission of system answers:	TBA
Release of evaluation results:	TBA
Submission of camera-ready papers:	April 24, 2014
Camera ready challenge proceedings version:	Friday June 30th, 2017  
(tentative deadline)
Proclamation of winners:	During ESWC2017 closing ceremony


Ricardo Usbeck, University of Leipzig, Germany
Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Institute for Applied Informatics, Germany
Bastian Haarmann, Fraunhofer-Institute IAIS, Germany
Anastasia Krithara, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”

PC Members

Corina Forascu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
Sebastian Walter, CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany
Bernd Müller, ZBMed, Germany
Christoph Lange, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
Dennis Diefenbach, Universit de Saint-Etienne, France
Edgard Marx, AKSW, University Leipzig, Germany
Hady Elsahar, Universit de Saint-Etienne, France
Harsh Thakkar, University of Bonn, Germany
Ioanna Lytra, University of Bonn, Germany
John McCrae, INSIGHT – The Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland
Konrad Höffner, AKSW, University Leipzig, Germany
Kuldeep Singh, University of Bonn, Germany
Saeedeh Shekarpour, Kno.e.sis Center, Ohio Center of Excellence in  
Knowledge-enabled Computing, USA
Sherzod Hakimov, CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany
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