LINGUIST List 14.2276

Fri Aug 29 2003

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Message 1: LangTech 2003 - Update

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 17:05:07 +0200
From: LangTech 2003 <langtech2003elda.fr>
Subject: LangTech 2003 - Update


********** Approaching deadline for early-bird registration! **********

Register before 8th September to benefit from reduced registration
fees applicable to attendees and exhibiting companies and join us at
LangTech 2003, the industrial and commercial forum for speech and
language technology.

LangTech 2003,
24-25 November 2003
Paris, M�ridien Montparnasse Hotel

SMEs wishing to take advantage of the 'elevator pitch" sessions and
enter the competition to win the LangTech award for the best
industrial presentation should also contact us at langtech2003elda.fr
before 8th September.

On 24th November 2003, the French Minister for Research and New
Technologies, Mrs Claudie Haigner�, and the European Commissioner for
Enterprise and the Information Society, Mr Erkki Liikanen, have been
invited to open the forum.

The conference programme is currently being finalised, but we are
happy to announce today that Mr Paul Ricci, ScanSoft CEO and Chairman,
will be the keynote speaker on the first day. Further updates on the
programme will be disseminated shortly and made available on the web
site, http://www.lang-tech.org.

Furthermore, a number of companies have already confirmed their
participation in the LangTech 2003 exhibition, including ScanSoft
(USA), Systran (France), Babel Technologies (Belgium), Atlas (Spain),
Morphologic (Hungary), Vecsys (France), DFKI (Germany), CEA LIST
(France).

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ELDA, the Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency, is
organising the 2nd edition of the LangTech forum. LangTech 2003 is
dedicated to commercial and technical aspects of speech and language
technologies and is therefore a market-oriented forum.

Both industrial and academic representatives involved in the
development, deployment and exploitation of spoken and written
language technologies will be present at LangTech 2003.

This exciting and informative event will be held in Paris, at Meridien
Montparnasse Hotel, on November 24-25 2003.

LangTech 2003 will capitalise on previous achievements, and address
the state of play from an industrial and R&D perspective. Above all,
it will demonstrate the potential for language and speech technologies
to help improve business processes, highlighting the business needs
and stimulating opportunities. LangTech will cover areas related to
voice technologies and applications, knowledge management and the
semantic web, as well as multilingual aspects of developed
technologies. Indeed, speech and language technologies are already
widely used for example in. machine translation, document retrieval,
voice-control, speech recognition and digital content localisation.

In addition to key presentations from leading industrial players, an
exhibition will be organised during the two-day conference, where
cutting-edge companies can showcase their products, services and
applications. LangTech 2003 will also include "elevator pitch"
sessions, where SMEs and start-ups involved in HLT will be able to
present their companies and products, as well as panels to discuss the
key issues affecting the market.

Join us at LangTech 2003, and take full advantage of the LangTech 2003
exhibition area to showcase your products, meet your clients, and
promote your activities. You can contact us, at langtech2003elda.fr.

If you would like to submit a proposal for the SME sessions, you will
find more information and guidelines on the LangTech 2003 web site, at
http://www.lang-tech.org.

The SME presentations aim to attract potential customers and/or
investors, and are judged by a panel of experts: the best SME
presentations will receive an award at the end of the forum.

Registration forms both for attendees and exhibitors are available on
the web. Registrations received before September 8, 2003 will benefit
from a discounted early bird delegate fee of Euro 525, a discount of
100 Euro! (Academic rate: Euro 325, Special price for Delegates from
Accession countries)

We also offer our partners sponsorship opportunities. For more
information, please contact us at langtech2003elda.fr.

Background:

The pace of commercial deployment and near-market maturity of speech
and language technologies over the last few years led to the initial
LangTech 2002 forum last September in Berlin in order to showcase
advancements and bring developers, entrepreneurs and researchers
together with integrators, investors and corporations.

LangTech 2002 was attended by some 330 participants from over 30
countries and across five continents. The programme featured
presentations given by representatives of over 70 companies, from 20
nations. Most importantly, nearly two-thirds of LangTech attendees
came from industry or commercial concerns. The programme also included
keynote speeches from major industrial players, as well as 23 SME
elevator pitch sessions which aimed to attract customer and/or venture
capital interest. There was also an exhibition in which 20 European
companies participated. Complete information on LangTech 2002 can be
viewed from the following website: http://www.lang-tech.org.
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