[Elsnet-list] [CfP] REMINDER: Workshop on multiling. resources, technolog.&eval for Balkan&Slavic Lang.

vertan at informatik.uni-hamburg.de vertan at informatik.uni-hamburg.de
Mon Jun 15 15:01:56 CEST 2009

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Last Call for Papers

DEADLINE 20th June 2009 (0:00  GMT+2)

Workshop on: Multilingual resources, technologies and evaluation for  
Balkan and Slavic

- associated with the RANLP 2009 (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2009/)-

17 September 2009, Borovets, Bulgaria

Workshop page: http://www.c-phil.uni-hamburg.de/view/Main/RanlpBalkan09

The economical and political changes during the last years in Europe  
have led to a major shift  of activities in the language technology  
area. On one side the access for all citizens to global information  
has become a real demand, on the other side the specific European  
context with a big number of national and minority languages and the  
exponential number of documents appearing every day, makes this  
desiderata a real challenge.

Language Processing is now seen as the main technology being able to  
give people access to information (no matter where it was produced) in  
their own languages. Despite important developments, the  
infrastructure in terms of languages resources (data and tools) for  
less spoken languages , (especially Balkan and Slavic languages) are  
still far behind the achieved standard for major west European ones.

As most part of the current LT-Applications rely on data-driven  
methods, one major drawback in the development of language resources  
for these languages is the lack of training and evaluation data , as  
well as reference systems for comparing results.
Well-known corpora like JRC-ACQUIS and OPUS, although a significant  
step forward,:
- still do not cover all languages in Balkan area
- are collection of documents in specialised language and therefore  
decrease the
performance of systems trained on this data when testing on other  
domains and registers.
In order to shorten this bottleneck, it is necessary to develop,  
promote and make available data which can be used for training and  
evaluation. In addition, it is important to know which systems have  
been developed for which applications, on which data were tested and  
with which evaluation results.

The aim of the current workshop is to make a first step in this  
direction. We encourage submission of original, unpublished work  
related to Balkan and Slavic languages  in the following areas:
- data-set profiling for Balkan and Slavic languages
- development of multilingual resources (parallel and comparable  
corpora, lexica, etc)
- multilingual and cross-lingual applications (IR, IE)
- machine translation
- evaluation of machine translation  and cross-lingual IR/IE systems
- evaluation protocols and measures
- usage of language independent models for the considered languages

Submissions will be made through the START System of the main conference at


no later that June 20th (0:00 GMT+2),

and should follow the formatting instructions specified on
http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2009/ under "Submission Info". Submissions  
should be ANONYMOUS and should not be longer as 8 A4-pages (full  

For further information pleae contact Cristina Vertan at:
  vertan AT informatik DOT informatik DOT uni-hamburg DOT de

Important Dates
  Paper Submission 20 June 2009
  Notification of Acceptance 20 July 2009
  Submission of final papers 13 August 2009

Elena Paskaleva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)

Programme committee (already confirmed)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)
Walther v. Hahn (University of Hamburg)
Cvetana Krstev (University of Belgrad)
Vladislav Kubon (Chales university Prague)
Petya Osenova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Elena Paskaleva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
Gabor Proszeky  (Morphologic, Hungary)
Adam Przepiùrkowski (IPAN, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Milena Slavcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Marco Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy of Sciences)
Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)
Dusko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Cristina Vertan
University of Hamburg / Department of Computer Science
Natural Language Systems Division
Vogt-Kölln Strasse 30
22527 Hamburg

phone: +4940428832519 / + 4940428384767
fax: +4940428832515


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