[Elsnet-list] LREC 2012 - First Call for Papers

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LREC 2012
8th ELRA Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC, Lütfi Kirdar Centre) 

MAIN CONFERENCE: 23-24-25 MAY 2012
WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 21-22 MAY and 26-27 MAY 2012
Conference web site: http//www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/lrec2012.htm

The eighth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation 
(LREC) will be organised in 2012 by ELRA with the support of a wide 
range of international associations and organisations.

Since the first LREC held in Granada in 1998, LREC has become the major 
event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Language 
Technologies (LT).
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 and innovation in language technologies and 
development of corresponding products, services and applications, and 

Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs): 
text, speech, multimodality
.    Guidelines, standards, best practices and models 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 
.    Integration between (multilingual) LRs and multimedia technologies
.    Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup
Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and applications
.    Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication
.    LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction, 
information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech 
dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning, 
training and education, mobile communication, machine translation, 
speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text 
mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
.    Different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, 
natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice 
activated services, etc.
.    Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application, like 
e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile applications, 
.    Industrial LRs requirements, user needs
Issues in Language Technologies evaluation
.    LT Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
.    Validation, quality assurance, evaluation of LRs
.    Benchmarking of systems and products
.    Usability evaluation of LT-based user interfaces, interactions and 
dialogue systems
.    Usability and user satisfaction evaluation
General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation
.    National and international activities and projects
.    International collaboration and co-operation
.    Multilingual issues
.    Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international 
policies for LRs
.    Language coverage and diversity, Less Resourced languages, 
Endangered languages
.    Open, linked and shared data and tools, Open and collaborative 
.    Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues

Hot Topic: Speech & Multimodal Resources
Speech and Multimodal Resources are the special topics for LREC 2012, 
and submissions dedicated to these modalities are encouraged! Also 
papers integrating speech and/or multimodal with written resources are 
particularly welcome.

Special Highlight: Contribute to building the LREC Language Library!
After the success of the LRE Map introduced in LREC 2010 -- now used in 
many Conferences as a normal step in the submission procedure -- LREC 
2012 recognises that time is ripe to launch another important 
initiative, the LREC Language Library!
The LREC Language Library will also be a collaborative enterprise of the 
LREC Community, an important contribution to the community-built Open 
Resource Infrastructure.
ELRA will prepare an LREC Repository, part of the META-SHARE network, 
hosting a number of resources on all modalities (speech, text, images, 
etc.) in as many languages as possible. When submitting a paper, you 
will be invited to process some pieces of this data, in the appropriate 
language(s) for you, in one or more of the possible dimensions that your 
submission addresses (e.g. POS-tag the data, extract/annotate named 
entities, annotate temporal information, disambiguate word senses, 
transcribe audio, etc.) and put the processed data back in the LREC 
The processed data will be made available to all the LREC participants 
before the conference, to be compared and analysed, and at LREC we will 
organise some event around them with your help!
This collaborative work on annotation/transcription/extraction/... over 
the same data and on a large number of processing dimensions will set 
the ground for a large Language Library, linked to the LRE Map for the 
description of the data, where everyone can deposit/create processed 
data of any sort -- all our "knowledge" about language.

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, 
poster and demo presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote 
address by the winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize.

As usual, 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.

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: 15 October 
Proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials will be reviewed by the 
Programme Committee.
*    Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15  
October 2011

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

Nicoletta Calzolari -- CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale 
"Antonio Zampolli", Pisa -- Italy (Conference chair)
Khalid Choukri -- ELRA, Paris -- France
Thierry Declerck -- DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken -- Germany
Mehmet Ugur Dogan -- TÜBITAK-BILGEM, SLTC, Kocaeli -- Turkey
Bente Maegaard -- CST, University of Copenhagen -- Denmark
Joseph Mariani -- LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay -- France
Asuncion Moreno -- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona -- Spain
Jan Odijk -- UIL-OTS, Utrecht -- The Netherlands
Stelios Piperidis -- Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens -- Greece

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