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LINGUIST List 16.1950

Fri Jun 24 2005

Confs: Computational Ling/Barcelona, Spain

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        1.    Marsal Gavalda, Societal Applications and Repercussions of Language Technologies

Message 1: Societal Applications and Repercussions of Language Technologies
Date: 20-Jun-2005
From: Marsal Gavalda <marsalgavalda.org>
Subject: Societal Applications and Repercussions of Language Technologies

Societal Applications and Repercussions of Language Technologies

Date: 11-Jul-2005 - 13-Jul-2005
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Contact: Ana Camps
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.cuimpb.es/cuimpb/actionServlet?accio=ficha&id=6&lang=esp

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Centre Ernest Lluch
(http://www.cuimpb.es/) and the City of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
present once again an international summer seminar on Language

LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES and thus we shall be examining the increasingly
important (and not always positive) role that speech recognition, natural
language processing, machine translation, information retrieval and
related technologies play in the lives of millions of people.

Official languages are English, Catalan, and Spanish, and simultaneous
translation over wireless headsets will be provided for all sessions.

Monday, July 11
09:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Can you read spectrograms?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundations of speech recognition I: digital signal processing,
frequency analysis, the vowel triangle.)

10:30 - 13:30 Lecture: Orkut: Google's social network
by Orkut Buyukkokten, engineer at Google, Inc. (Mountain View,
California, U.S.A.).
(Orkut Buyukkokten, creator of the social network orkut.com, will talk
about the motivation behind the development of Orkut, touch on the
technical aspects of implementing and maintaining a system with over
5,000,000 users, and reflect on the lessons learned from observing the
growth of this social network.)

15:30 - 16:15 Workshop: Which word comes ____?
(Foundations of speech recognition II: language models, entropy, language

16:30 - 19:30 Lecture: Reflections on machine translation
by Joseba Abaitua, professor at the University of Deusto (Basque Country,
(Professor Joseba Abaitua will give a historical introduction to machine
translation, describe some of the techniques employed, show examples of
both successul and unsuccessful MT systems, and reflect on the effects
that the increasing presence of deployed MT systems will have on society.)

Tuesday, July 12
09:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Do time flies like arrows?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundations of natural language processing: grammars, parse trees,
ambiguity resolution.)

10:30 - 13:30 Lecture: Controversial uses of language and information
by David L. Sobel, General Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center
(Washington, D.C., U.S.A.).
(The activist lawyer David Sobel will talk about some controversial uses
of language and information technologies by intelligence agencies and
private companies, touch on actual and potential societal impacts of such
programs, and lay out some of the steps that society should take in order
to protect itself from misuses of information tehcnologies.)

15:30 - 16:15 Workshop: Is Socrates mortal?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundation of dialog systems: logical reasoning, natural language
generation, speech synthesis.)

16:30 - 19:30 Lecture: The NOPPA system for guidance for the blind.
by Ari Virtanen, research scientist at the VTT (Technical Research Centre
of Finland).
(Ari Virtanen, director of the NOPPA system for navigation and guidance
for the blind, will present this system that combines speech recognition,
global positioning system data, and real-time status of public
transportation in Helsinki to help blind people get to their bus, among
many other benefits.)

Wednesday, July 13
09:30 - 13:30 Panel discussion with all the speakers, chaired by Joan
Clos, Mayor of Barcelona.

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