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FYI: 7th Biennial Summer School - Eurolan 2005

Author: Dan Cristea

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: 7th Biennial Summer School - Eurolan 2005 - The Multilingual Web:
Resources, Technologies, and Prospects
Short Title: EUROLAN 2005

Date: 25-Jul-2005 - 06-Aug-2005
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Contact: Dan Cristea
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Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

A truly global society will rely heavily on access to information that can accommodate multiple cultures and languages. To enable this, researchers in language technology are developing resources and applications to support a multilingual web that will ensure the requisite trans-lingual capabilities.

The EUROLAN 2005 summer school will provide two weeks of intensive study of the technologies and resources currently under development to support multilingual processing, as well as the applications that exploit them to enable multilingual access to information disseminated via the web.
Internationally known scholars and researchers involved in leading-edge work in relevant areas will serve as professors at the school, giving half- and full-day seminars and hands-on labs to provide students with in-depth understanding and experience. Topics to be covered in the school include the following:

- creation and exploitation of multilingual resources, including corpora, lexicons, wordnets, and ontologies;
- multilingual alignment of syntax, semantics, discourse, and other language phenomena;
- annotation of various phenomena in multiple languages, including word senses, time annotations, anaphora;
- annotation transfer, enabling importing in new languages of knowledge encoded in the mark-up for English, etc.;
- cross-lingual applications, including machine translation, information retrieval, extraction and summarization, document indexing, etc.;
- the multilingual 'knowledge web', its philosophy, state of the art, needs, and vision for the future.

The venue of EUROLAN 2005 is University Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. An excursion to the medieval town of Sighisoara and Bran ('Dracula') Castle is planned for the weekend at the school's mid-point.

Whatever the venue, the EUROLAN summer schools are well known for the degree of camaraderie that develops among students and professors alike - just ask any previous participant! Students in the school learn an enormous amount, but at the same time enjoy the warmth of new friendships with both fellow students and professors.

Program Committee:
Dan Cristea, 'Al. I. Cuza' University of Iasi, Romania
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield, UK
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

Satellite events:

1. Workshop on 'Cross-Language Knowledge Induction'

Organized by:

Carlo Strapparava, Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica,
Trento, Italy
Diana Zaiu Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada

2. to be announced

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