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Summer School Announcement: XII UNL School

Host Institution: UNDL Foundation
Coordinating Institution: UNDL Foundation
Website http://www.unlweb.net/school
Dates: 17-Jun-2013 to 21-Jun-2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Focus: The UNDL Foundation invites applications for the XII UNL School, to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 17th to 21th, 2013. This is an intermediate-level workshop dedicated to the improvement of grammatical resources already existing in the UNL framework. The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in Geneva.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate
Additional Qualifications: Candidates must have successfully completed: - The grammars to UNL-ize and NL-ize the 400 sentences of corpora UCA, available at our website. - The certificates CLEA250, CLEA500 and CLEA750, available at VALERIE (also on our website). - A university degree in Linguistics, Computer Science, or related field.
Full Summer School Description: The purpose of the UNL School is to train people who are interested in participating in the UNL framework. Several courses have been organized by the UNDL Foundation in the recent years. 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.
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Tuition: 0 (USD)
Financial Aid: 12-May-2013

Financial Aid Application:
Registration Dates: 17-Apr-2013 to 12-May-2013
Contact person information: Ronaldo Martins
Phone:+41 (0)22 879 80 90
Fax:+41 (0)22 879 80 91
Apply online: http://www.unlweb.net/school/registration
Registration Instructions: In order to apply, candidates must fill in the form available at the application website before 23:59:59 (UTC) of May 12th, 2013.
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