Paper: Easy as ABC? Facilitating Pictorial Communication via Semantically Enhanced Layout

ACL ID W08-2116
Title Easy as ABC? Facilitating Pictorial Communication via Semantically Enhanced Layout
Venue International Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Pictorial communication systems convert natural language text into pictures to as- sistpeoplewithlimitedliteracy.Wedefine a novel and challenging problem: picture layout optimization. Given an input sen- tence, weseektheoptimalwaytolayout word icons such that the resulting picture bestconveysthemeaningoftheinputsen- tence. To this end, we propose a family ofintuitive“ABC”layouts,whichorganize iconsinthreegroups.Weformalizelayout optimization as a sequence labeling prob- lem, employingconditionalrandomfields asourmachinelearningmethod. Enabled by novel applications of semantic role la- beling and syntactic parsing, our trained modelmakeslayoutpredictionsthatagree well with human annotators. In addition, we conduct a user study to compare our ABClayoutversusthestandardlinearlay- out.Thes...