[Elsnet-list] The Second Baltic Conference on HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES

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The Second Baltic Conference on HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES
Tallinn, Estonia, April 4 - 5, 2005


Tutorials Day
Tallinn, Estonia, April 6, 2005


Supported by ISCA http://www.isca-speech.org/workshops.html

Organised in  co-operation with  the Institute  of Cybernetics at
Tallinn  University  of  Technology  and  the  Institute  of  the
Estonian Language.

----- AIMS and SCOPE ------

The main aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the
sharing of new ideas and recent advances in human language
processing and promote interdisciplinary co-operation between the
research communities of computer science and linguistics from the
Baltic countries and the rest of the world.

The conference is a follow-up of the 1st Baltic Conference on
HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES held in Riga, Latvia, April 21-22,
2004. The conference programme includes invited talks and regular
sessions with contributions selected by an international
programme committee. The Tutorials Day provides seven
presentations on different topics in written and spoken language
processing given by well-known scholars.

----- TOPICS -----

Original contributions dealing with both theory and/or
applications of human language processing are invited.
Contributions on HLT policy, programs and supported activities in
Baltic countries and EU are also welcome.

The conference topics include, but are not limited to, the
- HLT in Baltic countries
- overview, policy, opportunities
- co-operation in HLT in the Baltic Sea area and in the EU
- speech analysis and synthesis
- speech and speaker recognition
- written and spoken language resources and standards
- machine translation
- discourse and dialogue
- information retrieval systems
- multi-modal dialogue systems
- language technology for education, learning and rehabilitation
- new applications of HLT-systems including Internet and mobile

----- INVITED SPEAKERS -------

Steven Krauwer "How to survive in a multilingual EU"
Sadaoki Furui "Spontaneous speech recognition and summarization"
Nick Campbell "Expressive Speech Synthesis"
Martin Volk "The role of the Web in Machine Translation"
Helge Dyvik "Translations as a semantic knowledge source"
Kristiina Jokinen "Challenges for adaptive conversational agents"

------- SUBMISSION -------

An abstract (150-400 words) should be submitted electronically
via submission form available on http://ioc.ee/hlt2005/ or sent
by January 17, 2005 to the following e-mail address:
hlt2005 at phon.ioc.ee

All abstracts will be reviewed by the international programme
committee and the acceptance notification will be by February 1,
2005. Accepted papers will be published in the conference
proceedings. Full papers in English (not exceeding four pages)
should be submitted electronically before February 28, 2005.

Instructions for authors will be sent with the acceptance

------ REGISTRATION ------

Only electronic registration on the conference web-site
http://ioc.ee/hlt2005/ is available.

----- CONFERENCE FEE -------

Regular participants:
    Early registration:      80 EUR
    Regular registration:   100 EUR
    On-site registration:   120 EUR
Student participants:       50 EUR

NB! Participants from Baltic countries can apply for a discount
of 20 %.

------ TUTORIALS FEE ------
Regular participants:
    Early registration:      40 EUR
    Regular registration:    50 EUR
    On-site registration:    60 EUR
Student participants:       30 EUR

------ IMPORTANT DATES ------

Submission of abstracts:       January 17, 2005
Notification of acceptance:    February 1, 2005
Final paper submission:        February 28, 2005
Early registration deadline:   March 4, 2005
Regular registration deadline: March 30, 2005
Conference:                    April 4-5, 2005
Tutorials Day:                 April 6, 2005

------ VENUE -----

Tallinn is one of the best-retained medieval European towns with
its web of winding cobblestone streets, which developed in the
11th to 15th centuries, preserved nearly in its entirety. The Old
Town of Tallinn has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage
List. The golden era in Tallinn's history lies in the period
between the early 15th and mid 16th centuries. Tallinn had
attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through
its membership in the Hanseatic League. A walk through Tallinn's
Old Town brings a heightened understanding of the rich history of
the town, as well as a mysterious sense of the atmosphere of the
old days, a unique chance to experience the layers of time.

------ CONFERENCE VENUE ------

The Conference will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, in The House of
the Brotherhood of Blackheads located in the Old Town of Tallinn
(Pikk 26). The House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads is nearly
the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn.

----- TUTORIALS VENUE ------

The Tutorials Day will be held at the Institute of the Estonian
Language, Roosikrantsi 6, located in the centre of Tallinn, in
walking distance from the conference venue.

------- PROGRAMME COMMITTEE --------

Steven Krauwer, ELSNET / Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Bjorn Granstrom, KTH, Sweden
Stefan Werner, University of Joensuu, Finland
Tom Brondsted, Aalborg University, Denmark
Einar Meister, Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia
Ulle Viks, Institute of the Estonian Language, Estonia
Mare Koit, University of Tartu, Estonia
Andrejs Vasiljevs, Tilde, Latvia
Inguna Skadina, University of Latvia, Tilde, Latvia
Andrejs Spektors, University of Latvia, Latvia
Ruta Marcinkeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Laimutis Telksnys, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Lithuania
Matti Karjalainen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland


Einar Meister, Institute of Cybernetics
Urmas Sutrop, Institute
of the Estonian Language
Toomas Altosaar, Helsinki University of Technology
Margit Langemets, Institute of the Estonian Language
Meelis Mihkla, Institute of the Estonian Language
Tanel Alumae, Institute of Cybernetics
Kadri Vider, University of Tartu
Lya Meister, Institute of Cybernetics
Monika Perkmann, Institute of Cybernetics

------- CONTACT ADDRESS -------

Einar Meister, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Phonetics and Speech Technology
Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn
Technical University
Akadeemia tee 21 12618 Tallinn Estonia

Web-site: http://www.ioc.ee/hlt2005
e-mail:   hlt2005 at phon.ioc.ee
phone:    +372 620 4200
fax:      +372 620 4151

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