[Elsnet-list] CFP: Arabic NLP-MT Conference, London, U.K.,
23 Oct 2006
Roger Shlomo Harris
rwsh at nationalfinder.com
Tue Jun 13 01:43:25 CEST 2006
Call for Papers
The Challenge of Arabic for NLP/MT
The Machine Translation SIG of the British Computer Society requests papers
for presentation at a one day Conference in London, UK, on Monday 23 October
2006 on the subject of the challenge of the Arabic language for Natural
Language Processing and Machine Translation in particular. This includes a
wide range of possible topics such as electronic dictionaries and corpus
The Conference will be held in the excellent meeting facilities of the
British Computer Society in central London.
If you would like to present a paper please could you submit a 200-400 word
abstract of your proposed paper by 15 July. Please send them to me,
wiggjd at bcs.org.uk, with copies to r.mitkov at wlv.ac.uk and
d.r.lewis at exeter.ac.uk. The Conference language will be English.
We will accept or reject the abstract by the 15 August. After acceptance we
would require your paper to be supplied in hardcopy and electronic form (MS
Word only with Arabic capability) by 15 September for inclusion in the
Proceedings which will be published under the auspices of the British
We are looking for papers to be delivered in 30 to 40 minutes with each
being followed immediately by 5 to 10 minutes of question and answer time.
Facilities are available for the display of computer information for
illustration purposes during the presentation.
We will also be able to provide separate facilities for the demonstration of
software without the presentation of a paper.
We have tentatively divided up the day under the following headings, but
this is flexible,
(i) Introduction: talks on the Arabic language
(ii) The challenges of Arabic for language processing
(iii) Concrete applications I: NLP tasks and applications for Arabic
(iv) Concrete applications II: MT between English and Arabic in focus
With reference to expenses for attending and presenting your paper at the
Conference I regret we are not in a position to pay for any expenses outside
this country. Within the UK we may be able to pay some expenses on an
individual basis. As soon as you like, please let me know what you need, if
anything. We may be able to arrange reasonably priced (for London) hotel
accommodation for you if you need it. Please let me know by 15 July as well.
Please see our website at http://www.bcs-mt.org.uk for the latest
information about the Conference.
Finally, I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible of
any e-mail lists which you think we should address in order to advertise
this Conference more widely.
Thank you for your interest in our Conference.
Natural Language Translation Specialist Group
The British Computer Society
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