[Elsnet-list] Summer course on "Societal applications and repercussions of language technologies" - Barcelona 11-13 July

Marsal Gavaldà mgavalda at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 04:53:10 CEST 2005


Title: Societal applications and repercussions of language technologies
Date: 11-Jul-2005  -  13-Jul-2005
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Meeting URL: http://www.cuimpb.es/cuimpb/actionServlet?accio=ficha&id=6〈=esp
Meeting Email: ana.camps at cuimpb.es
Contact Person: Ana Camps

Description: 
The Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Centre Ernest Lluch
(http://www.cuimpb.es/) and the City of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
present once again an international summer seminar on Language
Technologies.
This year the focus is on SOCIETAL APPLICATIONS AND REPERCUSSIONS OF
LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES and thus we shall be examining the increasingly
important (and not always positive) role that speech recognition,
natural language processing, machine translation, information
retrieval and related technologies play in the lives of millions of
people.
Official languages are English, Catalan, and Spanish, and simultaneous
translation over wireless headsets will be provided for all sessions.

Program:

Monday, July 11
09:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Can you read spectrograms?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundations of speech recognition I: digital signal
processing, frequency analysis, the vowel triangle.)

10:30 - 13:30 Lecture: Orkut: Google's social network
by Orkut Buyukkokten, engineer at Google, Inc. (Mountain View,
California, U.S.A.).
(Orkut Buyukkokten, creator of the social network orkut.com, will talk
about the motivation behind the development of Orkut, touch on the
technical aspects of implementing and maintaining a system with over
5,000,000 users, and reflect on the lessons learned from observing the
growth of this social network.)

15:30 - 16:15 Workshop: Which word comes ____?
(Foundations of speech recognition II: language models, entropy,
language identification.)

16:30 - 19:30 Lecture: Reflections on machine translation
by Joseba Abaitua, professor at the University of Deusto (Basque
Country, Spain).
(Professor Joseba Abaitua will give a historical introduction to machine
translation, describe some of the techniques employed, show examples
of both successul and unsuccessful MT systems, and reflect on the
effects that the increasing presence of deployed MT systems will have
on society.)


Tuesday, July 12
09:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Do time flies like arrows?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundations of natural language processing: grammars, parse trees,
ambiguity resolution.)

10:30 - 13:30 Lecture: Controversial uses of language and information
technologies
by David L. Sobel, General Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information
Center (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.).
(The activist lawyer David Sobel will talk about some controversial
uses of language and information technologies by intelligence agencies
and private companies, touch on actual and potential societal impacts
of such programs, and lay out some of the steps that society should
take in order to protect itself from misuses of information
tehcnologies.)

15:30 - 16:15 Workshop: Is Socrates mortal?
by Marsal Gavaldà
(Foundation of dialog systems: logical reasoning, natural language
generation, speech synthesis.)

16:30 - 19:30 Lecture: The NOPPA system for guidance for the blind.
by Ari Virtanen, research scientist at the VTT (Technical Research Centre
of Finland).
(Ari Virtanen, director of the NOPPA system for navigation and
guidance for the blind, will present this system that combines speech
recognition, global positioning system data, and real-time status of
public transportation in Helsinki to help blind people get to their
bus, among many other benefits.)


Wednesday, July 13
09:30 - 13:30 Panel discussion with all the speakers, chaired by Joan
Clos, Mayor of Barcelona.


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