[Elsnet-list] LREC 2008

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LREC 2008 - 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Palais des Congres Mansour Eddahbi, MARRAKECH - MOROCCO

MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2008

WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 26-27 MAY and 31 MAY- 1 JUNE 2008

Conference web site: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/


The sixth international conference on Language Resources and
Evaluation (LREC) will be organised in 2008 by ELRA in
cooperation with a wide range of international associations and
organisations.

CONFERENCE AIMS

In 10 years - the first LREC was held in Granada in 1998 - LREC
has become the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and
Evaluation for Human Language Technologies (HLT). The aim of LREC
is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new
R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information
regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies
and tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and
needs, requirements coming from the e-society, both with respect
to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and
funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss
problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote
initiatives for international cooperation, in support to
investigations in language sciences, progress in language
technologies and development of corresponding products, services
and applications, and standards.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources
(LRs): text, speech, multimodality

- Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best
   practices for LRs
- Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
- Methodologies and tools for the extraction and acquisition of
   knowledge
- Ontologies and knowledge representation
- Terminology
- Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic
   Web technologies
- Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content
   markup

Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and
applications

- For: information extraction, information retrieval, speech
   dictation, mobile communication, machine translation,
   summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining,
   inferencing, reasoning, etc.
- In different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue
   systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensorial
   interactions, voice activated services, etc.
- Communication with neighbouring fields of applications, e.g.
   e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile
   applications, etc.
- Industrial LRs requirements, user needs

Issues in Human Language Technologies evaluation
- HLT Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
- Validation, quality assurance, evaluation of LRs
- Benchmarking of systems and products
- Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces, interactions
   and dialogue systems
- Usability and user satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation
- National and international activities and projects
- Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and
   international policies for LRs
- Open architectures
- Organisational, economical and legal issues


Special Highlights

LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs - spoken,
written, and other modalities and of the respective communities.
To this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues which
are common to different types of LRs and language technologies.

LRs are currently developed and deployed in a much wider range of
applications and domains. LREC 2008 recognises the need to
encompass all those data that interact with language resources in
an attempt to model more complex human processes and develop more
complex systems, and encourages submissions on topics such as:
- Multimodal and multimedia systems, for Human-Machine
   interfaces, Human-Human interactions, and content processing
- Resources for modelling language-related cognitive processes,
   including emotions
- Interaction/Association of language and perception data, also
   for robotic systems


PROGRAMME

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral
presentations, poster and demo presentations, and panels. There
is no difference in quality between oral and poster
presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of
communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the
paper will be considered.

SUBMISSIONS AND DATES

Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo
presentations should consist of about 1500-2000 words.
- Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: 31
   October 2007


Proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials will be reviewed by
the Programme Committee.
- Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 31
   October 2007

PROCEEDINGS

The Proceedings on CD will include both oral and poster papers,
in the same format. In addition a Book of Abstracts will be
printed.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

- Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del
   CNR, Pisa, Italy (Conference chair)
- Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
- Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
- Jan Odijk, Nuance Communications International, Belgium and
   UIL-OTS, Utrecht, The Netherlands
- Stelios Piperidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing
   (ILSP), Athens, Greece
- Daniel Tapias, Telefonica Moviles Espana, Madrid, Spain


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