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LINGUIST List 24.258

Tue Jan 15 2013

Confs: Computational Linguistics/Macau

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Jan-2013
From: Ronaldo Martins <r.martinsundlfoundation.org>
Subject: XI UNL School
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XI UNL School

Date: 11-Mar-2013 - 11-Mar-2013
Location: Macau, Macau
Contact: Ronaldo Martins
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.unlweb.net/school

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

XI UNL School - Macau 2013
Venue: University of Macau, Macau

The UNDL Foundation and the University of Macau invite applications for the XI UNL School, to take place at the University of Macau, in Macau, from March 11 to 15, 2013. The workshop is dedicated to the development of the grammatical resources for the processing of the languages below. The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in Macau.


The workshop is dedicated to the development of the grammatical resources for the processing of the languages below:

- Bahasa Indonesia
- Bengali
- Burmese
- Cantonese
- Chinese
- Japanese
- Khmer
- Korean
- Laotian
- Malay
- Mongolian
- Nepalese
- Portuguese (Macau)
- Sinhalese
- Tagalog
- Tetum
- Thai
- Vietnamese

Important Dates:

3 February 2013: Deadline for the applications
10 February 2013: Notification of accepted candidates
11-15 March 2013: XI UNL School


Candidates must be native speakers of any of the languages referred to above and must be approved in CLEA250, CLEA500 and CUP500. These certificates may be pursued online at VALERIE - the Virtual Learning Environment for UNL - available at http://www.unlweb.net/valerie. Previous experience in natural language processing, respectable academic records and previous experience in any of the existing projects at the UNLweb (such as Le Petit Prince and UNL MIR) will also be valued.


In order to apply, candidates must send a CV to r.martinsundlfoundation.org before February 3rd, 2013.


The UNDL Foundation will select only one candidate per language, according to the following criteria:

- Compliance with the requisites
- Highest academic degree
- Strongest experience in natural language processing
- Strongest experience at the UNLweb


The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in Macau. These include:

- Round-trip plane, bus or train ticket from/to Macau
- 7 nights at a mid-range hotel in Macau
- 7 per diem of USD50.00 (USD350.00 in total)

Workshop Activities (11-15 March 2013):

During the workshop, the participants are expected to provide the syntactic and semantic modules of the grammar necessary to generate the workshop corpus from UNL into their native language, and from their native language into UNL. The grammar is expected to comply with the formalism described at http://www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Grammar_Specs and will be provided through the UNLdev, a web-based integrated development environment for creating and editing dictionary entries and grammar rules for natural language processing. The UNDL Foundation will provide all the training and support necessary for the accomplishment of the tasks.


The UNDL Foundation will issue a Certificate of Participation, upon evaluation, for all the participants.

The UNL and the UNDL Foundation:

The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the UN.

Local Organization:

Ana LuĂ­sa Varani Leal
Assistant Professor
University of Macau - FSH - Department of Portuguese

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

Ronaldo Martins, PhD
Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation

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