[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: 9th SaLTMiL workshop on “Free/open-source language resources for the machine translation of less-resourced languages” at LREC 2014.

Mikel L. Forcada mlf at ua.es
Fri Dec 27 13:39:48 CET 2013

A full-day workshop at LREC 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014.
Reykjavik (Iceland)

SALTMIL: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/
LREC 2014: http://lrec2014.lrec-conf.org/en/
Website: http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/
Paper submission: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2014/SaLTMiL/

The 9th International Workshop of the Special Interest Group on Speech 
and Language Technology for Minority Languages (SaLTMiL) will be held in 
Reykjavík, Iceland, on May 24, 2014, as part of the 2014 International 
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). (For SALTMIL see: 
http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/); it is also framed as one of the 
activities of European project Abu-Matran (http://www.abumatran.eu). 
Entitled "Free/open-source language resources for the machine 
translation of less-resourced languages", the workshop is intended to 
continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language 
resources for minority languages, held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), 
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002), Lisbon (2004), Genoa (2006), 
Marrakech (2008), La Valetta (2010) and Istanbul (2012), and is also 
expected to attract the audience of Free Rule-Based Machine Translation 
workshops (2009, 2011, 2012). The workshop aims to share information on 
language resources, tools and best practice, to save isolated 
researchers from starting from scratch when building machine translation 
for a less-resourced language. An important aspect will be the 
strengthening of the free/open-source language resources community, 
which can minimize duplication of effort and optimize development and 
adoption, in line with the LREC 2014 hot topic ‘LRs in the Collaborative 
Age’ (http://is.gd/LREChot).

The whole-day workshop will consist of short oral papers, a poster 
session preceded by a poster-boaster session (2 minutes, 2 slides per 
poster), and a round table.

Papers are invited that describe research and development in the 
following areas:

FOS LR for rule-based machine translation (dictionaries, rule sets)
FOS LR for statistical machine translation (corpora)
FOS tools to annotate, clean, preprocess, convert, etc. LRs for machine 
Machine translation as a tool for creating or enriching FOS LRs for 
less-resourced languages

Position papers and (web based) demonstrations will also be considered 
for presentation.

The best papers, as evaluated by the programme committee, will be 
presented orally and the remaining paper will be presented in poster 

We expect short papers of max 6,000 words (up to 6 pages) describing 
research addressing one of the above topics, to be submitted as PDF 
documents by using the LREC 2014 START conference management system 

Submissions should be anonymized. When submitting a paper through the 
START page, authors will be kindly asked to share the resources that 
have been used for the work described in their paper or that are the 
outcome of their research. For further information on this initiative, 
please refer to 

Submissions of papers should follow the same style as the papers for the 
main LREC conference (an Author's Kit made of specific guidelines and 
downloadable templates will be published on the conference web site in 
due time). All contributions will be included in the workshop 
proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the SALTMIL website.

The registration fees will be duly announced at the LREC 2014 site. 
Registration in the workshop willl include a coffee break and the 
Proceedings of the Workshop. Registration will be handled by the LREC 
2014 Secretariat.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: February 10, 2014
Notification of acceptance sent: March, 3, 2014
Camera-ready paper due: March 21, 2014

Organizing committee

Joint e-mail address: saltmil2014 at dlsi.ua.es

(1) Dr Francis M Tyers
Institutt for språkvitskap
Det humanistiske fakultet,
N-9037 Universitetet i Tromsø
ftyers at prompsit.com

(2) Dr Kepa Sarasola
Computer Science Faculty
Dept. of Computer Languages
The University of the Basque Country
P.K. 649 20080 DONOSTIA
Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 943 01 81 54
Fax: +34 943 21 93 06
ksarasola at ehu.es

(3) Prof Mikel L. Forcada
Dept. Llenguatges i Sistemes informàtics
Universitat d’Alacant
E-03071 Alacant (Spain)
Tel: +34 96 590 9776
FAx: +34 96 590 9326
mlf at ua.es

Programme Committee

Iñaki Alegria, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Lars Borin, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden.
Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Michael Gasser, Indiana University, USA
Måns Huldén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Krister Lindén, Helsingin Yliopisto, Finland
Nikola Ljubešić, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Croatia
Lluís Padró, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d’Alacant
Kepa Sarasola, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
Kevin P. Scannell, Saint Louis University, USA
Antonio Toral, Dublin City University, Ireland
Trond Trosterud, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway
Francis M. Tyers, Universitet i Tromsø, Norway

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