Special session: Generation Challenges

Generation Challenges 2018

The Generation Challenges are an event designed to bring together a  variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of natural language. This year, Generation Challenges will be held during a special session at the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (https://inlg2018.uvt.nl/) in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

This year’s session will roughly follow the format of previous GenChal sessions with presentations of results of shared tasks that are currently running, as well as presentations of proposals for new shared tasks in the Task Proposals Track.

It invites submissions for:

  1. results of last year’s E2E NLG Challenge,
  2. proposals for new shared tasks in the Tasks Proposals Track.

E2E NLG Challenge papers

We invite submissions of papers of up to four (4) pages of content (excluding references) that describe systems participating in the E2E NLG challenge. The system papers will be presented as posters during the GenChal session.

The system papers should be submitted in the same way as regular INLG papers and should follow INLG 2018 style guidelines. The papers will go through peer-review process and should be anonymized upon submission. We aim to accept all system papers that are of sufficient quality.

The authors should indicate on the submission form that their paper is for the GenChal session. Deadlines follow the general INLG schedule.

Call for Shared Task Proposals

We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks in the general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core NLG, or in other research areas in which language is generated. Examples include, but are not limited to: data-to-text or text-to-text generation; combining core NLG and MT, summarisation, dialogue modelling, etc.; generating language from heterogeneous and/or multi-modal data; etc.

Submissions should describe possible future tasks in detail, including information regarding organisers, task description, motivating theoretical interest and/or application context, size and state of completion of data to be used, schedule and evaluation plans.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Submissions in the Task Proposals Track should be no more than 4 (four) pages long excluding citations, and should follow the guidelines and style files indicated on the INLG 2018 submissions homepage (https://inlg2018.uvt.nl).

Papers should be submitted in PDF format by email to workshops.inlg2018@gmail.com.

Submissions will be reviewed by a small steering committee. As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers.

This is not intended to be a selective process, since the aim is to discuss new potential shared tasks with INLG delegates. However, the organisers reserve the right to reject proposals which do not fall within the scope of the GenChal initiative, or which do not follow guidelines.

Accepted submissions will be included in the INLG’18 proceedings.


  •     Proposal paper submission: August 18, 2018
  •     Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2018
  •     Submission of camera-ready papers: October 1, 2018
  •     INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018