LINGUIST List 26.729

Wed Feb 04 2015

Summer Schools: EUROLAN 2015 / Sibiu, Romania

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Date: 01-Feb-2015
From: Corina Forascu <>
Subject: EUROLAN 2015 / Sibiu, Romania
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EUROLAN 2015 / Sibiu, Romania

Host Institution: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Coordinating Institution: Al. I. Cuza University of Iaşi

Dates: 13-Jul-2015 - 25-Jul-2015
Location: Sibiu, Romania

Focus: EUROLAN 2015 will provide a comprehensive overview of Linguistic Linked Open Data, including introduction to the formalisms for representing linguistic resources using Semantic Web technologies such as the Resource Description Format (RDF) and the Ontology Web Language (OWL), as well as means to extract knowledge from language resources and exploit it using Semantic Web query languages and reasoning capabilities.

Invited Lecturers
Paul Buitelaar (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University, Australia)
Christian Chiarcos (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Dan Cristea ("Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania)
Gerard de Melo (Tsinghua University, China)
Asuncion Gomez-Perez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York, USA)
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Dan Tufiș (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)
Michael Zock (Université Aix-Marseille, France)

Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

Linguistic Linked Open Data is a topic of emerging importance in the field of natural language processing (NLP). Increasingly, researchers are rendering major linguistic resources, including annotated corpora, lexicons, databases, and ontologies, in a format to enable their exploitation in the Semantic Web. Linking the contents of these resources to each other as well as to common
ontologies can enable access to and discovery of detailed linguistic information, which would be otherwise impossible, and which could, in turn, foster a major leap in NLP research and development.

At the same time, the movement toward open data is growing in the field of NLP. For years, research has been constrained by limited access to corpora, lexicons, and other language resources due to licensing requirements. Researchers and data holders alike are now seeking ways to provide open access to these data in order to promote unfettered use, reuse, and enhancement of
common datasets throughout the field.

Specific topics treated in the school include, but are not limited to:
- Introduction to the semantic web, linked data and knowledge graphs
- Extracting and integrating knowledge on the web from text, semi-structured and structured data
- Ontologies and reasoning
- Query systems using SPARQL
- Design of domain specific query languages
- Linguistic annotations as linked data
- Annotation interoperability
- Taxonomy extraction
- BabelNet as linked data
- Lexicographic linked data

Tutorial sessions coupled with hands-on sessions on the school’s topics will be held Monday through Friday in each week and on Saturday morning, July 18. The full schedule will be available on the school’s website soon.

In addition to the excellence of its academic program, the EUROLAN sequence of summer schools is well known for the camaraderie among professors and students, who may enjoy common activities and events at lunches, in the evenings and in the weekend. Sibiu offers possibilities for extra-curricular activities, many of which will be organized for members of the school. These
include theater events, visits to some of the many Sibiu museums (including the Astra Traditional Folk Civilization Open Air Museum), Romanian Folk entertainment, cultural events arranged by the Sibiu Cultural Agenda 2015, and of course, evenings in local clubs and discos. A full day excursion to one of the magnificent sites in the areas around Sibiu, which include the Salt Lakes Ocna Sibiului, Dumbrava forest and Cisnădioara, and the Adventure Park Arka, will be arranged for Sunday July 19. An alternative would be to visit the Bran Castle (see, for instance,, world-wide known as Dracula's Castle, named after the prince Vlad Țepeș (Vlad "The Impaler"), who inspired Bram Stoker's story of Dracula.

Satellite events
A Doctoral Consortium and a Workshop with a topic related to the EUROLAN-2015 theme will be organised. For the workshop a call for organization will be issued.

Accommodation for EUROLAN students is in the ULBS student dormitories. Prices are 25Ron (~6€)/person/night in rooms with 4 beds, 35Ron (~8€)/person/night in rooms with 3 beds, and 40 Ron(~9€)/person/night in rooms with 2 beds. Other more luxurious options are of course possible too.

Dan Cristea: dcristeaATinfoDOTuaicDOTro
Dana Simian: danaDOTsimianATulbsibiuDOTro

Scientific Steering Committee
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York USA)
Dan Cristea (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)
Dan Tufiș (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)

Organising Committee
Dana Simian (local chair), Emil Alexe, Livia Ilie, Alina Pitic, Florin Stoica, Laura Stoica (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu),
Verginica Barbu Mititelu, Dan Tufiș (Romanian Academy, Bucharest),
Dan Cristea, Corina Forăscu, Lucian Gâdioi, Daniela Gîfu, Adrian Iftene, Diana Trandabăț (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi)

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Tuition: 350 EUR

Tuition Explanation: The registration fee will be approximately EUR350, and it includes conference
materials, participation in all tutorials and practical sessions, participation to the workshop, coffee breaks and the welcome party.

The registration fee must be paid before June 7, 2015, for the early fee, or July 12, 2015, for the late fee. All other payments (accommodation, farewell party, excursion, meals) can be paid either together with the registration fee, or on-site, in lei (Ron) or Euros.

Registration: 07-Jun-2015 to 12-Jul-2015

Contact Person: Corina Forascu

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
All info about registration will be available at:

Important Dates:
Early registration deadline: 7 June 2015
Final (late) registration deadline: 12 July 2015

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