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LINGUIST List 20.357

Tue Feb 03 2009

Calls: Computational Ling,Cognitive Science/France; Applied Ling/Egypt

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Thora Tenbrink, COSIT-Workshop on Presenting Spatial Information
        2.    Helene Mazo, 2nd International Conference on Arabic Resources & Tools

Message 1: COSIT-Workshop on Presenting Spatial Information
Date: 03-Feb-2009
From: Thora Tenbrink <tenbrinkuni-bremen.de>
Subject: COSIT-Workshop on Presenting Spatial Information
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Full Title: COSIT-Workshop on Presenting Spatial Information
Short Title: COSIT-PSI

Date: 21-Sep-2009 - 21-Sep-2009
Location: Aber Wrac'h, France
Contact Person: Thora Tenbrink
Meeting Email: tenbrinkuni-bremen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfbtr8.spatial-cognition.de/cosit09-psi

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2009

Meeting Description:

In recent years, the availability of automatically generated spatial information
of various kinds has developed dramatically. However, recent research has shown
that automatically generated information exhibits fundamentally different
features from information provided naturally by humans when asked about spatial
information, for example, in route directions. Therefore, it is our contention
that substantial work still needs to be done in order to render spatial
information services much more supportive and cognitively suitable.

Call for Papers

The focus of this workshop will be on issues pertaining to granularity,
relevance, and integration. Spatial information is presented to information
seekers on various levels of granularity, ranging from coarse high-level
information concerning geographic areas to detailed low-level information
concerning spatial actions in small-scale space. Not all of this information is
relevant for all purposes, and so decisions concerning granularity are directly
intertwined with issues of relevance across interaction scenarios. In this
workshop, we wish to bring together researchers concerned with the integrated
and flexible presentation of spatial information both by systems and by humans,
addressing the issue from a range of different viewpoints.

Please refer to the website for more detailed information.

Thora Tenbrink, University of Bremen, Germany
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia

Invited speaker:
Sabine Timpf, University of Augsburg, Germany

Short (12-page) papers should be sent by email as a pdf to Thora Tenbrink
uni-bremen.de>, using the Springer LNCS format as for main COSIT
conference paper submissions.
Any updates on the procedure will be accessible online at

Subsequent to the workshop, selected revised and extended paper contributions
will be considered for further publication in an edited collection or a special
issue for a journal.

Important dates:
May 31, 2009 Full paper submission (12 pages)
June 10, 2009 Preliminary notification of acceptance at least as poster
June 15, 2009 Early bird registration (COSIT conference and workshops)
July 15, 2009 Notification of acceptance (details)
August 31, 2009 Revised papers due
September 21, 2009 Workshop date
September 21-25, 2009 COSIT conference
Message 2: 2nd International Conference on Arabic Resources & Tools
Date: 03-Feb-2009
From: Helene Mazo <mazoelda.org>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Arabic Resources & Tools
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Arabic Resources & Tools

Date: 22-Apr-2009 - 23-Apr-2009
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Contact Person: Bente Maegaard
Meeting Email: bentecst.dk
Web Site: http://www.medar.info/conference

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)

Call Deadline: 04-Feb-2009

Meeting Description:

The second international conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools is
organised by the MEDAR consortium in Cairo, Egypt. MEDAR (Mediterranean Arabic
Language and Speech Technology) is a follow-up of NEMLAR, and is supported by
the European Commission. The conference focuses on all aspects of Arabic
resources and tools.

Call for Papers

Extended deadline: 04 February 2009

The conference is held under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of CIT, Dr.
Tarek Kamel.
MEDAR (Mediterranean Arabic Language and Speech Technology) is a follow-up of
NEMLAR, and is supported by the European Commission.
Conference web site: www.medar.info/conference

Dates: 22-23 April 2009.

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral and poster
presentations, referenced demonstrations and panels.

Abstract submission
Submission page: https://www.softconf.com/s08/medar09/
The conference will be using an electronic submission tool. It is available at
the conference website.
Abstracts should be 800-1000 words. Please read the guidelines.

- Important dates: Submission of proposals for papers, posters, referenced
demos: 04 February 2009
- Notification of acceptance: 9 March 2009
- Final versions for the proceedings: 6 April 2009

NB. There will be no extension of deadlines!

The proceedings of the conference will include both normal papers, poster papers
and papers that go with a demonstration.
Proceedings will be electronic, but the abstracts will be printed.

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
processing products, systems and tools. You should contact us (details posted on
www.medar.info) if this opportunity interests you.

Tutorials Tutorials will be organised before the conference. Please check the
conference website.

Conference Programme Committee
- Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (co-chair)
- Khalid Choukri, ELDA, Paris, France (co-chair)
- Mansour Al-Ghamdi, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
- Ibrahim Al-Kharashi, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
- Chris Cieri, LDC, USA
- Mona Diab, Columbia University, USA
- Ossama Emam, IBM Egypt
- Nizar Habash, Columbia University, USA
- Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
- Chafik Mokbel, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon
- Abdelhak Mouradi, ENSIAS, University of Mohammed V Soussi, Rabat, Morocco
- Mohsen Rashwan, Cairo University, Egypt
- Mustafa Yaseen, Amman University, Jordan

Organising Committee
- Mohsen Rashwan, Cairo University, Egypt
- Mohamed Attia, RDI, Cairo, Egypt
- Hélène Mazo, ELDA, France
- Dorte Haltrup Hansen, CST, University of Copenhagen

For more information about MEDAR and NEMLAR, please check our website or contact:

Bente Maegaard (co-ordinator)
Tel: + 45 35 32 90 90
Fax: + 45 35 32 90 89
Email: nemlarhum.ku.dk
Web: www.medar.info

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