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LINGUIST List 21.4447

Sat Nov 06 2010

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Socioling/Egypt

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Message 1: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development
Date: 05-Nov-2010
From: Sarmad Hussain <sarmadcantab.net>
Subject: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development
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Full Title: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development
Short Title: HLTD 2011

Date: 02-May-2011 - 05-May-2011
Location: Alexandria, Egypt
Contact Person: Sarmad Hussain
Meeting Email: sarmadcantab.net
Web Site: http://www.hltd.org

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics;
Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

Human Language Technology (HLT) is a growing field of research and
development, converging multiple disciplines including computer science,
engineering, linguistics, sociology and cognitive sciences, striving to
develop a natural, easy and effective user interaction. HLT, including
localization, is particularly relevant for addressing access to information by
the disadvantaged communities, including the illiterate, the rural poor, and
the physically challenged population, especially in the developing countries.

The Conference aims to promote interaction among researchers and
professionals working on language technology, language computing
industry, civil society engaged with deployment of language technology to
end-users, and policy makers planning the use of HLT in national
development projects. It aims to provide a single platform to engage these
stakeholders in a dialogue over a wide range of relevant issues, to show-
case state-of-practice in HLT and its use in development, and to identify
needs and priorities of the end-users. It is hoped that the Conference will
highlight HLTD challenges in the developing regions, especially in Asia and
Africa.

Call For Papers

Conference Topics:
Original unpublished research papers are invited for two tracks: (i) HLT
Development track, focusing on engineering challenges and solutions for
HLT, and (ii) HLT Use track, focusing on challenges and models for
dissemination and adoption of HLT. Specific topics include, but are not
limited to, the following areas, with special focuses on Asia and Africa.

HTL Development:
Linguistics and linguistic resources
Language computing standards
Localization
HLT (MT, TTS, ASR, OCR, IR, Dialogue systems)
HLT technology, people and process challenges
Commercialization models
Technology policy

HLT Use:
Education
Health
Governance
Rural development
Accessibility
Culture
Language and culture policy

In addition, proposals are also invited for workshops, tutorials and
product/project demonstrations.

Submission details are available at the Conference website www.HLTD.org.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline:
7th Feb., 2011
Acceptance Notification: 7th Mar., 2011
Camera ready paper: 23rd Mar., 2011
Conference dates: 2nd - 5th May, 2011

Venue:
The Conference will be held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Alexandria, Egypt
(http://www.bibalex.org).

Travel and Registration Grants:
A small number of grants are available on a competitive basis for travel
support and Conference registration fees for authors. Further details are
available from the Conference website.

Technical Committee:
Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East
Office, Egypt
Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh
Dr. Chafic Mokbel, Balamand University, Lebanon
Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai, NECTEC, Thailand
Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa (co-chair)
Mr. Donanl Z. Osborn, African Network for Localization, USA
Dr. Florence Tushabe, Univ., Uganda
Dr. Guy De Pauw, Univ. of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Hammam Riza, Agency for the Assessment and Application of
Technology, Indonesia
Dr. Key-Sun Choi, Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology,
South Korea
Dr. Lamine Aouad, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland
Dr. Lisa Moore, Unicode Consortium, USA
Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt
Dr. Miriam Butt, Univ. of Konstanz, Germany
Dr. Mirna Adriani, Univ. of Indonesia
Dr. Mumit Khan, BRAC Univ., Bangladesh
Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Rajeev Sangal, International Institute of Information Technology,
Hyderabad, India
Dr. Roni Rosenfield, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Dr. Satoshi Nakamura, National Institute of Information and Communication
Technology, Japan
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Univ. of Engr. and Tech., Pakistan (co-chair)
Mr. Solomon Gizaw, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland 
Dr. Steven Bird, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Univ. of London, UK
Dr. Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Technology Initiative, Lagos,
Nigeria 
Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich, NECTEC, Thailand
Dr. Wanjiku Ng'ang'a, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya

Oragnizing Committee:
Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East
Office, Egypt (chair)
Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh
Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa
Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt
Ms. Maria Ng Lee Hoon, International Development Research Centre, SE&E
Asia Office, Singapore
Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Center for Language Engineering, KICS, Univ. of Engr.
and Tech., Pakistan

About the Organizers:
The Conference is jointly organized by the PAN Localization Network (PAN
L10n, www.PANL10n.net) of Asia and the African Network for Localization
(ANLoc, www.africanlocalisation.net). It is supported by Canada's
International Development Research Centre (IDRC, www.idrc.ca).

PAN L10n is network of Asian professionals and organizations, collectively
working to develop local language computing capacity and its use across
developing Asian countries, since 2003. It has been developing linguistic
resources, language technology, human resource capacity and relevant
language computing policy in the region. It has also been active in
disseminating language technology to end users, and investigating effective
training and adoption models. The network is coordinated by the Center for
Language Engineering (www.cle.org.pk), Al-Khawarizmi Institute of
Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan.

ANLoc has the vision to empower Africans to participate in the digital age by
removing 'the last inch' barriers to language usage. The project is working
towards overcoming this by creating a network of African language
localizers who through various projects are developing translation and
localization tools, linguistic resources, standards and software in several
African languages. Building local capacities and disseminating knowledge
are also essential for achieving the mission. The network is coordinated by
Zuza Software Foundation (www.translate.org.za) in South Africa.

PAN L10n and ANLoc are funded by the International Development
Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

About the Host Institution:
The new library of Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, aims to be a center
of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a
place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and
peoples.


For Further Queries:
Asia coordinator: Sarmad Hussain, sarmadcantab.net
Africa coordinator: Dwayne Bailey, dwaynetranslate.org.za
Egypt coordinator: Manal Amin, Manal.Aminarabize.com.eg
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