[Elsnet-list] Arabic Resources and Tools Conference, April 2009, Cairo, First call for papers

Bente Maegaard bmaegaard at hum.ku.dk
Tue Dec 16 16:37:19 CET 2008

Arabic Resources and Tools Conference

22-23 April 2009, Cairo, Egypt


First Call for Papers


The second international conference on Arabic Language Resources and
Tools is organised by the MEDAR consortium in Cairo, Egypt. MEDAR
((Mediterranean  Arabic  Language  and  Speech  Technology)  is a
follow-up of NEMLAR, and is supported by the European Commission.



22-23 April 2009.


Conference web site: www.medar.info/conference. See the first Call for
papers here.


Conference aims

Language Resources (LRs) are a central component of the linguistic
infrastructure, necessary for the development of HLT applications and
products, and therefore for industrial development. 


In this conference we will focus on Arabic language technology and on
the necessary language resources and tools for both research and
commercial development of language technology for Arabic. Multilingual
language technology is a particular focus, as well as general
methodologies. The other important aspect for the promotion of Arabic
language technology is cooperation: Cooperation is extremely important
for the advancement of the field, be it cooperation between European,
Arabic and American partners, cooperation between Arabic partners,
cooperation between research and industry etc. MEDAR will present its
first proposal for a Cooperation Roadmap, and will seek discussion and
collaboration for its final version.


The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of
the state-of-the-art for Arabic resources and tools, in particular for
machine translation and multilingual information retrieval, discuss
problems and opportunities, exchange information regarding LRs and
tools, their applications, ongoing and planned activities, industrial
uses and needs, requirements coming from the new e-society, both with
respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.




--Bente Maegaard, Director, Center for Sprogteknologi, University of

Njalsgade 140, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark, URL: www.cst.ku.dk

Tel +45 3532 9074 (dir.), Fax +45 3532 9089


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