LINGUIST List 12.1201

Tue May 1 2001

Calls: Machine Translation, Spanish Lang Processing

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Machine Translation - MT Summit VIII, Spain
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Spanish Lang Processing & Lang Technologies - Workshop, Spain

Message 1: Machine Translation - MT Summit VIII, Spain

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:20:42 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Machine Translation - MT Summit VIII, Spain

 Just two weeks before close of EARLY BOOKING (15 May)

 MT Summit VIII,
 Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
 18-22 September 2001

The European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT)
invites you to participate in the Eighth "Machine Translation
Summit" which is being held in Santiago de Compostela, 
Galicia, Spain from the 18th to the 22nd September 2001.
The MT Summit conferences bring together the global MT 
community to review the state of the art of machine 
translation, computer-aided translation support
tools and multilingual tools, both in the commercial
world and in the research sphere. It is a unique opportunity
to learn about the latest developments in the field, for
researchers, users and vendors to exchange experiences
and to get valuable feedback, and for meeting others
involved in this technology.
There will be a full programme of papers, presentations 
by invited speakers, panel sessions, exhibitions,
demonstrations, and workshops (on the day preceding
the conference and on the final day). There will be 
excursions, a banquet and a folk music performance,
and also some activities for spouses and partners
of delegates.

The conference is taking place in Santiago de Compostela
in North West Spain(Galicia), famous as a pilgrimage
destination since the early Middle Ages, a city full of
ancient buildings, from its eleventh-century cathedral to
its seventeenth and eighteenth century houses, convents
and palaces. The old town has been listed as a 'world
heritage city' by Unesco. The venue for the conference
is the Hostal de los Reyes Cat=F3licos (Hostal dos Reis
Cat=F3licos), originally founded in 1499 as a Royal hospital
for pilgrims, a magnificent building in the Spanish
Renaissance style. It is now both the oldest and one
of the most impressive hotels in the world. The opening
session and the banquet will take place in the Comedor
Real, other sessions will be in the hotel's auditorium and
other rooms, and the exhibition and demonstrations will be
housed in the Chapel. The opening reception will take place
in the Pazo de Raxoi (City Council), an 18th century
building next to the Hostal.

Santiago de Compostela is a major tourist centre attracting
many visitors throughout the year. We have reserved
accommodation in the Hostal itself and in a number of
hotels close by (many restored 17th and 18th century
buildings). All except one are within walking distance
of the Hostal venue. (A bus will be provided for the Hotel
Puerta del Camino). Because of the high demand for
hotel rooms in Santiago and the substantial deposits, we
ask for about half the full hotel charge when booking, and
we encourage you to book early to be certain of
your preference.

For details of the hotels, excursions and workshops see
the MT Summit website ( or
send email to:

Registration should preferably be made via the MT Summit
website. Alternatively, you may ask for a registration form
 Carlos Paz (MT Summit Registration),
 Service de Traduction, European Commission,
 Rue de la Loi 200 - JECL 4/200,
 B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
 (Fax: +32-2-296.59.68; Telephone: +32-2-296.05.59;

Tuesday, 18 September
 Workshops, welcome reception, opening of exhibitions
Wednesday, 19 September
 opening session, first day of conference
Thursday, 20 September
 Second day of conference
Friday, 21 September
 Third day of conference, IAMT general assembly, folk
 music entertainment
Saturday, 22 September
 Workshops, excursion to Coruna, special panel,
Sunday, 23 September
 Excursion to southern Galicia and northern Portugal

The registration fees for the conference (19-22 September) are:
 IAMT members* Non-members
 Before 15 May Euro 250 Euro 285
 After 15 May,
 before 15 July Euro 275 Euro 325
 After 15 July Euro 325 Euro 375
* members of the Asia-Pacific Association for Machine
Translation (AAMT), Association for Machine Translation
in the Americas (AMTA), European Association for
Machine Translation (EAMT)

One Euro is approximately 0.90 US dollar.

Note: The conference fees do not include meals, but there
are numerous good-value restaurants nearby in the city,
which you will have opportunity to enjoy during the

 Before 15 July:
 75% of the registration fee will be refunded
 After 15 July and before 1 September:
 50% of the registration fee will be refunded
 After 1 September:
 no refunds.

Exhibition space will be provided in the Chapel of the
Hostal for up to 25 companies and will be active throughout
the conference. Fees for exhibitors will be Euro 1200 (or
Euro 1000 for early applicants). Contact Joerg Schuetz
( for details, or look at the Summit
website (

WORKSHOPS [for more details see Summit website]
Tuesday 18 September fee
 Towards a Roadmap for MT (half day) Euro 25
 Organiser: Steven Krauwer
 Machine interpretation and machine translation:
 different evaluation methods for different systems?
 (half day) Euro 25
 Organiser: Susanne Jekat
 Example-based machine translation
 (full day) Euro 50
 Organiser: Andrew Way
Saturday 22 September
 Teaching machine translation (all day) Euro 50
 Organisers: Mikel Forcada and Derek Lewis
 Interlinguas and interlingual approaches to MT
 (Fifth Interlingua workshop)(all day) Euro 50
 Organisers: David Farwell and
 Steven Helmreich
 MT evaluation: who did what to whom
 (Fourth ISLE workshop) (all day) Euro 50
 Organisers: Ed Hovy, Maghi King,
 Sandra Manzi and Florence Reeder

OPEN MEETING on terminology exchange and synchronization
 Saturday 22 Sept (all day) Euro 50
 [for more information see ]

Iberia Airlines is offering participants a 25% discount (or
more) on many of its flights (for details see: On registration you will be
sent a password, in order to take advantage of this offer.

 John Hutchins (general chair): EAMT/IAMT president
 Bente Maegaard (programme chair)
 Joerg Schuetz (exhibitions)
 Harold Somers (workshops)
 Carlos Paz (registration and local arrangements)
 Anthony Clarke (finance): EAMT treasurer
 Viggo Hansen (publicity): EAMT secretary
 Colin Brace (website)
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Message 2: Spanish Lang Processing & Lang Technologies - Workshop, Spain

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:26:24 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Spanish Lang Processing & Lang Technologies - Workshop, Spain

The Second International Workshop on
Spanish Language Processing and Language Technologies

The Computing Research Laboratory and the Spanish Society for Natural
Language Processing (SEPLN) are pleased to announce plans for the Second
International Workshop on Spanish Language Processing and Language
Technologies (SLPLT-2). The workshop is scheduled to take place Friday,
September 14, and Saturday, September 15, 2001, in Jain, Spain,
immediately following and as part of the 17th Conference of the Spanish
Society for Natural Language Processing (September 12-14, 2001). It will
precedes the Machine Translation Summit VIII which will be held in
Santiago de Compostella, Spain, September 18-21, 2001.

The goal of the International Workshops on Spanish Language Processing
and Language Technologies is to promote the creation of an
infrastructure for carrying out research and development in the
computational processing of spoken and written Spanish. They do this by
bringing together researchers and developers from Europe and the
Americas to present the most recent advances in the field and to catalog
available resources for research and development as well as by promoting
cooperative efforts among participants from the different geographical
regions. The size of the workshop is limited to approximately 80
participants (at least 20 from each region) and the structure of
activities emphasizes broad descriptions of research and development
activities and infrastructure accompanied by ample discussions. Also
integral to their success are a number of social events, which will
provide a more informal context for establishing networks of contacts.


The program consists of morning and afternoon panel sessions each day. 
In addition, there will be a reception after the first day's activities
and a banquet after the second.

Friday, September 14

9:30-1:30: Research Activities and Interests

Summary reports of the research activities and interests from a number
of R&D centers from each of the three regions (including text and dialog
analysis, text generation and speech recognition and synthesis). There
will be a 30-minute break at 11:30.

1:30-3:30: LUNCH

3:30-7:00: Technologies and Applications

Summary reports on current or planned R&D efforts related to the
development of specific applications (including Information Retrieval,
Information Extraction, Machine Translation, Query and Dialog Systems,
Expert and Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Speech Recognition and
Synthesis, Text Summarization, Text Processing, Document Handling,
etc.). There will be a 30-minute break at 5:00.

8:00-9:30: RECEPTION

Saturday, September 15

9:30-1:30: Research and Development Infrastructure

Summary reports on existing and planned infrastructure resources for
supporting Spanish language processing R&D (including corpora;
databases--geographical place names, company names, person names;
knowledge bases--ontologies, thesauri, dictionaries; processing
tools--tokenizers, POS-taggers, syntactic analyzers, lexica, text
generators, corpus analysis tools, speech processing tools, etc.). There
will be a 30-minute break at 11:15.

1:30-3:30: LUNCH

3:30-7:00: Funding Opportunities and Future Directions

Reports from funding agencies on pending initiatives and position papers
on future needs for Spanish language processing technologies and the
kinds of research needed to meet those needs. There will be a 30-minute
break at 5:00.

10:00: BANQUET


We are requesting that those interested in participating submit a five
page (2000-2500 words) paper addressing one of the above panel topics
and a brief two page (800-1000 words) biographical sketch. Each
submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program
committee each representing one of the regions. Submissions will be
accepted in Spanish or in English and the presentations are expected to
be in whichever language is used for the written submission. Both
Spanish and English are official languages for the workshop.

Submissions will be accepted in either electronic form or hard copy
although the former is preferred. Format instructions will follow those
for submissions to SEPLN-2001 (refer to:
Please send submissions to:

David Farwell
Computing Research Laboratory
Box 30001/3CRL
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003


Important Dates

15 May:		Submission deadline
15 June:	Notification of acceptance
15 July:	Submission of final drafts

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee includes:

General Chair and North American Coordinator:
David Farwell			New Mexico State University
European Coordinator:
Antonio Ferrandez Rodrmguez	Universidad de Alicante
Latin American Coordinator: 
Dina Wonsever			Universidad de la Repzblica, Montevideo
Local Organizing Chair:
Patricio Martmnez Barco		Universidad de Alicante

Program Committee

The program committee includes:

J. Gabriel Amores	Universidad de Sevilla
Alejandro Bassi		Universidad de Chile
Veronica Dahl		Simon Fraser University
Lori Levin		Center for Language Technology, CMU
Antonia Martm		Universidad de Barcelona
Lmdia Moreno		Universidad Politicnica de Valencia
Plutarco Naranjo	SIGNUM, S.A., Ecuador
Manuel Palomar		Universidad de Alicante
Horacio Rodrmguez	Universidad Politicnica de Cataluqa
Horacio Saggion		University of Sheffield
Ana Garcma Serrano	Universidad Politicnica de Madrid
Randall Sharp		University of British Columbia
Davide Turcato		Gavagai Inc., Vancouver, Canada
Alfonso Ureqa Lspez	Universidad de Jain
Evelyne Viegas		Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
Felisa Verdejo		Universidad Nacional de Educacisn a Distancia
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