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5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
5th Workshop Formal Linguistics at USP: Semantics and the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Message 1: 5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
From: Hélène Mazo <mazoelda.org>
Subject: 5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Full Title: 5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Short Title: LREC 2006
Date: 22-May-2006 - 28-May-2006
Location: Genoa, Italy
Contact Person: Hélène Mazo
Meeting Email: mazoelda.org
Web Site: http://www.lrec-conf.org
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Call Deadline: 14-Oct-2005
The fifth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC
2006, is organised by ELRA in cooperation with a wide range of international
associations and organisations.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center, GENOA - ITALY
MAIN CONFERENCE: 24-25-26 MAY 2006
WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 22-23 and 27-28 MAY 2006
In the Information Society, the pervasive character of Human Language
Technologies (HLT) and their relevance to practically all fields of Information
Society Technologies (IST) has been widely recognised.
Two issues are considered particularly relevant: the availability of Language
Resources (LRs) and the methods for the evaluation of resources, technologies,
products and applications. Substantial mutual benefits are achieved by
addressing these issues through international cooperation.
The term language resources refers to sets of language data and descriptions in
machine readable form, such as written or spoken corpora and lexica, annotated
or not, multimodal resources, grammars, terminology or domain specific databases
and dictionaries, ontologies, multimedia databases, etc. LRs also cover basic
software tools for their acquisition, preparation, collection, management,
customisation and use. LRs are used in many types of
components/systems/applications, such as software localisation and language
services, language enabled information and communication services, knowledge
management, e-commerce, e-publishing, e-learning, e-government, cultural
heritage, linguistic studies, etc.. This large range of usages makes the LRs
infrastructure a strategic part of the e-society, where the creation of a basic
set of LRs for all languages must be ensured in order to bring all languages to
the same level of usability and availability.
The relevance of the evaluation for language technologies development is
increasingly recognised. This involves assessing the state-of-the-art for a
given technology, measuring the progress achieved within a programme, comparing
different approaches to a given problem, assessing the availability of
technologies for a given application, product benchmarking, and assessing system
usability and user satisfaction.
The aim of the LREC conference is to provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange
information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and
tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements
coming from the new e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to
technological and organisational ones.
LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies
from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find
new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation in the areas
mentioned above, in support to investigations in language sciences, progress in
language technologies and development of corresponding products, services and
Examples of the topics which may be addressed by papers submitted to the
conference are given below.
Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs)
* Methodologies and tools:
* Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for LRs.
* Methods, tools, procedures for the acquisition, creation, annotation,
management, access, distribution, use of monolingual and multilingual LRs.
* Methods for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge (e.g. terms,
ontologies, lexical information, language modelling) from LRs, and knowledge
transfer among languages.
* Definition and requirements for a Basic and Extended LAnguage Resource Kit
(BLARK, ELARK) for all languages.
* Documentation and archiving of languages, including minority and endangered
* LRs for linguistic research in human-machine communication.
* LRs construction & annotation:
* Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup.
* Ontologies and knowledge representation, especially with respect to HLT.
* Terminology and NLP tools and methodologies for terminology and ontology
building or mapping, term extraction, domain-specific dictionaries.
* LRs for machine translation.
* LRs for ubiquitous processing.
* Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain specific LRs.
* Multimedia and Multimodal LRs - Integration of various media and modalities in
LRs (speech, vision, language).
* LRs exploitation:
* Industrial production of LRs.
* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs and community's response.
* Exploitation of LRs in different types of applications (information
extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, translation, summarisation,
web services, semantic web, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, etc.).
* Exploitation of LRs in different types of interfaces (dialogue systems,
natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, etc.).
Issues in Human Language Technologies (HLT) evaluation
* Methodologies, tools and standardisation:
* Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LRs.
* Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures.
* Benchmarking of systems and products, resources for benchmarking and evaluation,
blackbox, glassbox and diagnostic evaluation of systems.
* From evaluation to standardisation.
* User centered design tools and methods.
* Evaluation of ontologies and knowledge bases by means of LR-related techniques.
* Evaluation in written language processing: (document production and
management, text retrieval, terminology extraction, message understanding, text
alignment, machine translation, morphosyntactic tagging, parsing, semantic
tagging, word sense disambiguation, text understanding, summarization, question
answering, localization, etc.).
* Evaluation in spoken language processing: (speech recognition and
understanding, voice dictation, oral dialogue, speech synthesis, speech coding,
speaker and language recognition, spoken translation, etc.).
* Evaluation of multimedia document retrieval and search systems (including
detection, indexing, filtering, alert, question answering, etc.).
* Evaluation of multimodal systems.
* Usability evaluation of HLT based user Interfaces:
* Usability and user satisfaction evaluation.
* Psychophysical and cognitive evaluation.
* User experience assessment.
* Heuristic evaluation.
* Multimodal interaction evaluation.
* Evaluation of usability in mobile services/applications, etc.
* National and international activities and projects.
* Open architectures for LRs.
* LRs and the needs/opportunities of the emerging industries.
* LRs and contributions to societal needs (e.g. e-society).
* Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies
* Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for international cooperation, and
their organisational and technological implications.
* Organisational, economical and legal issues in the construction, distribution,
access and use of LRs.
LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs (spoken, written, and
other modalities), and of the respective communities. To this end, LREC
encourages submissions covering issues which are common to different types of
LRs and language technologies, such as dialogue strategy, written and spoken
translation, domain-specific data, multimodal communication or multimedia
document processing, and will organise, in addition to the usual tracks, common
sessions encompassing the different areas of LRs.
The 2006 Conference emphasises in particular the importance of promoting:
- synergies and integration between (multilingual) LRs and Semantic Web
- new paradigms for sharing and integrating LRs and LT coming from different
- communication with neighbouring fields for applications in e-government and
- common evaluation campaigns for the objective evaluation of the performances
of different systems,
- systems and products (also industrial ones) based on large-size and high
LREC therefore encourages submissions of papers, panels, workshops, tutorials on
the use of LRs in these areas.
The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster
presentations, peer-reviewed demonstrations and panels. There is no difference
in quality between oral presentations and poster presentations. Only the
appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the
content of the paper will be considered.
Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo presentations should
consist of about 1000 words.
A limited number of panels, workshops and tutorials is foreseen: proposals will
be reviewed by the Programme Committee.
For panels, please send a brief description, including an outline of the
intended structure (topic, organiser, panel moderator, tentative list of
For workshops and tutorials, see the dedicated section below.
Only electronic submissions will be considered. Further details about submission
will be circulated in the 2nd Call for Papers to be issued at the end of July
and posted on the LREC web site (http://www.lrec-conf.org).
The Proceedings of the conference will include both oral and poster papers.
Printed Proceedings will be published only on demand. Proceedings on CD will be
provided to all. In addition a book of Abstracts will be printed.
* Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 14 October 2005
* Submission of proposals for oral and poster papers, referenced demos: 14
* Notification of acceptance of panels, workshops and tutorials proposals: 7
* Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters, referenced demos: 16
* Final versions for the proceedings: 20 February 2006
* Conference: 24-26 May 2006
* Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 22 and 23 May 2006
* Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 27 and 28 May 2006
Internet connections and various computer platforms and facilities will be
available at the conference site.
In addition to referenced demos concerning LRs and related tools, it will be
possible to run unreferenced demos of language engineering products, systems and
tools. Those interested should contact the organiser of the demonstrations
(details will be posted on http://www.lrec-conf.org).
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS
Pre-conference workshops and tutorials will be organised on 22 and 23 May 2006,
and post-conference workshops and tutorials on 27 and 28 May 2006. A
workshop/tutorial can be either half day or full day.
Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no longer than three pages, and
* A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that the
workshop/tutorial will address.
* The reasons why the workshop/tutorial is of interest this time.
* The names, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers and email addresses of the
workshop/tutorial organising committee, which should consist of at least three
people knowledgeable in the field, coming from different institutions.
* The name of the member of the workshop/tutorial organising committee
designated as the contact person.
* A time schedule of the workshop/tutorial and a preliminary programme.
* A summary of the intended workshop/tutorial call for participation.
* A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room
The workshop/tutorial proposers will be responsible for the organisational
aspects (e.g. workshop/tutorial call preparation and distribution, review of
papers, notification of acceptance, assembling of the workshop/tutorial
proceedings, etc.). Further details about submission will be circulated in the
2nd Call for Papers and posted on the LREC web site (http://www.lrec-conf.org).
Proceedings will be produced for each workshop/tutorial.
CONSORTIA AND PROJECT MEETINGS
Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising meetings
should contact the ELDA office, lrecelda.org (further details are given at the
end of the document).
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa, Italy
Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
Aldo Gangemi, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione del CNR, Roma, Italy
Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Jan Odijk, ScanSoft, Merelbeke, Belgium and UIL-OTS, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Daniel Tapias, Telefonica Moviles, Madrid, Spain
The composition of the committees as well as instructions and addresses for
registration and accommodation will be detailed on the LREC web site at
http://www.lrec-conf.org and will be announced in the 2nd Call for Papers.
For more information about ELRA (European Language Resources Association),
Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
55-57 Rue Brillat-Savarin,
75013 Paris - France
Tel: + 33 1 43 13 33 33
Fax: + 33 1 43 13 33 30
Web: http://www.elra.info or http://www.elda.org/
The first LREC was organised in Granada (Spain) in 1998: 197 papers and posters
were presented, with about 510 registered participants from 38 different
countries from all continents. Among these, the largest group came from Spain
(81 participants), followed by France (75), USA (73), Germany (47), UK (43) and
Italy (41). Registered participants belonged to over 325 different organisations.
LREC 2000, in Athens, had 129 oral papers and 152 posters presented, with around
600 participants from 51 different countries from all continents. Among these,
the largest group came from Greece (117), followed by USA (70), France (59),
Germany (45), UK (43), Japan (35) and Italy (29). Registered participants
belonged to 319 different organisations.
LREC 2002, which took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), attracted
over 700 representatives, coming from 38 countries around the world. The
following figures illustrate how successful it proved to be: for the main
conference, 460 papers had been submitted and reviewed, of which 365 were
presented at the conference. Most of the areas in HLT were covered (about 280
papers dealt with written resources, about 100 with spoken resources, 25 with
multimodal and multimedia resources, around 50 dealt with evaluation of HLT, and
16 with terminology).
The 4th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference was held in
memory of two dear friends and colleagues we lost in 2003, Angel Martin Municio
and Antonio Zampolli.
LREC 2004, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal), attracted almost 1000
participants, coming from 50 countries from all the continents. Close to 800
submissions for poster and oral presentations were reviewed by the Scientific
Committee: 519 were actually presented, a majority dedicated to written
resources (260), 116 dealt with spoken resources, 40 with terminological issues,
57 with evaluation, 17 were on general issues, and 29 on multimodal-multimedia
ones. In addition, a total of 18 satellite workshops covering various fields
were organised before and after the main conference.
A new award in HLT was launched on that occasion: the ELRA Board created a prize
for ''Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Language Resources and
Language Technology Evaluation'', to honour the memory of its co-founder and 1st
president, Antonio Zampolli. The Antonio Zampolli Prize was awarded for the
first time at LREC 2004 to Fredrick Jelinek, from John Hopkins University,
A similar number of participants is expected at LREC 2006.
If you want to know the state-of-the-art in LT and LRs and their application in
all aspects of e-society , this is the Conference to go to!
Message 2: 5th Workshop Formal Linguistics at USP: Semantics and the Syntax-Semantics Interface
From: Danilo Hernandes <danilo-hernandesuol.com.br>
Subject: 5th Workshop Formal Linguistics at USP: Semantics and the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Full Title: 5th Workshop Formal Linguistics at USP: Semantics and the
Date: 25-Aug-2005 - 26-Aug-2005
Location: São Paulo - SP, Brazil
Contact Person: Ana Muller
Web Site: http://www.fflch.usp.br/eventos/wlt5
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax
Call Deadline: 26-Jun-2005
CALL FOR PAPERS
Formal Linguistics at USP:
SEMANTICS AND THE SYNTAX-SEMANTICS INTERFACE
August 25th - 26th, 2005
Department of Linguistics, University of São Paulo
São Paulo-SP, Brasil
The Department of Linguistics of the University of São Paulo is pleased to
announce the V Workshop - ''Formal Linguistics at USP'', to be held August 25 -
26, 2005 at the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. The workshop
welcomes papers on any topic in semantics, in the syntax-semantics interface and
related domains. The conference language will be English.
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University
Paul Pietrovsky, University of Maryland
Lucia Lobato, Universidade de Brasília
Presentations will be allotted twenty minutes with ten minutes for discussion.
There will be a poster session also opened to undergraduate students that
participate in Iniciação Científica programs.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit an anonymous abstract (of 1 page, 500 words) to anamulerusp.br.
The body of the message should include the title of the paper, the name of the
author(s), his (their) affiliation(s) and whether the abstract is to be
considered as paper, as poster or both.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 26, 2005
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed by the 15th of July.
Conference participants are invited to submit their papers to an issue of the
Revista Letras, UFPR, that will be dedicated to the Workshop.
There will be a registration fee of R$ 20,00.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Ana Müller (USP) (anamulerusp.br), Esmeralda Vailati
Negrão (USP) (evnegraousp.br) and Ana Paula Scher (USP) (anascherusp.br).
Maria José Foltran, UFPR
Roberta Pires Oliveira, UFSC
Esmeralda Vailati Negrão, USP
Ana Paula Scher, USP
The Department of Linguistics is also pleased to announce that, as part of the
activities involving the workshop, the seminar The Semantics of Questions
conducted by Veneeta Dayal will be held from August, 29 to September 2, 2005.
Seminar attendance is open to everyone.
For further information, please contact the organizers or visit the workshop
The Workshop is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics of the University of
São Paulo and by the FAPESP - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo.
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