[Elsnet-list] LREC 2018 First Call for Papers

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*LREC 2018**, **11th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation**-
**Phoenix Seagaia Resort**, **Miyazaki, Japan***
**7-12 *May 2018*
**Main Conference: 9-10-11 May 2018**
**Workshops and Tutorials: 7-8 & 12 May 2018**
Conference web site: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2018/lrec2018.htm
Twitter: @LREC2018


*The European Language Resource Association (ELRA) is glad to announce 
the 11th edition of LREC, organised with the support of international 
organisations – many from Asia: the Asian Federation of Natural Language 
Processing (AFNLP), Oriental COCOSDA, the Association of Natural 
Language Processing - Japan, the Chinese Information Processing Society 
of China, the Linguistic Data Consortium, ...

LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for 
Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims 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, communicate on-going and planned activities, 
identify industrial uses and needs, and address requirements from 
e-science and e-society, with respect to scientific, technology, policy 
and organisational issues.

For this edition, LREC goes East in order to support a stronger 
interaction and synergy with the Asian NLP community and to help 
promoting Asian Language Resources and Language Technologies.

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

*Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, sign, 
gesture, image, in single or multimodal/multimedia data *
* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability
* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge
* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation
* LRs and Semantic Web
* LRs and Crowdsourcing
* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

*Exploitation of LRs in 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, sentiment analysis/opinion mining, etc.
* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and 
multimodal/multisensory interactions, voice-activated services, etc.
* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like 
e-government, e-participation, e-culture, e-health, mobile applications, 
digital humanities, social sciences, etc.
* Industrial LRs requirements
* User needs, LT for accessibility
Issues in LT evaluation*
* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
* Validation and quality assurance of LRs
* Benchmarking of systems and products
* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems
* User satisfaction evaluation
**General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation*
* International and national activities, projects and initiatives
* Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international 
policies for LRs
* Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced 
* Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative 
* Replicability and reproducibility issues
* Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues


**Asian Language Resources*
Special attention will be devoted to highlight the wide variety of 
initiatives for the creation, use and evaluation of Asian Language 
Resources and Technologies. Special attention will be paid to 
Less-Resourced Languages in the Asian area, including (local) Sign 

*International Contribution to Olympics 2020*
LREC 2018 would like to promote all LTs that would support better 
interactions and communications between the Olympics 2020 visitors and 
the local hosts. This involves all speech- and text-based computer 
interactions, speech/sign to speech/sign translations, human-human 
communications mediated by computers, etc. Assessment of the above 
mentioned technologies is also an important area within LREC 2018.

*Language Resources in the Online World*
In a time in which more and more (language) data are generated, either 
by human beings or by machines, and directly streamed, the question 
arises how LRs and LTs can cope with this development. A first challenge 
is to address and to provide for correctives to hate speeches, 
cyberbullying, fake news, etc. Can LT provide means to process and 
respond in a timely manner to such language data streamed in a huge 
amount at high speed? In this context, language technologists have to 
intensify cooperation with humanities, especially social and political 
sciences, psychology but also economics, and more.

In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map – now a normal step in 
the submission procedure of many conferences – LREC recognises the 
importance of sharing resources and making them available to the community.
When submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share 
your LRs (data, tools, web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special 
LREC repository set up by ELRA. Your LRs will be made available to all 
LREC participants before the conference, to be re-used, compared, 
analysed. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their 
description, contributes to creating a common repository where everyone 
can deposit and share data.
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.
We will also organise an Industrial Track.

Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 
*September 25, 2017*
* LREC2018 asks for extended abstracts of no less than 3000 words 
(references excluded), which must strictly follow the LREC stylesheet 
which will be available on the conference website. Extended abstracts 
should be submitted through START and will be peer-reviewed.
Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: *September 
25, 2017*
* Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website 
and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.
The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same 
format. Final papers will range from 4 to 8 pages, with no difference in 
quality between shorter and longer submissions.
There is also 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.
The importance of LREC in Natural Language Processing is reflected by 
the H5-Index citation ranking in Google Scholar 
<http://ow.ly/r57X308nyve>: LREC is ranked 3rd among Computational 
Linguistics conferences. In addition, since 2010, LREC Proceedings are 
included in the Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index 

Nicoletta Calzolari – CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale 
“Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa - Italy (Conference chair)
Khalid Choukri – ELRA, Paris - France
Christopher Cieri – Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia - USA
Thierry Declerck – DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany
Koiti Hasida – The University of Tokyo, Tokyo - Japan
Hitoshi Isahara – Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi - Japan
Bente Maegaard – Centre for Language Technology, University of 
Copenhagen, Copenhagen - Denmark
Joseph Mariani – LIMSI-CNRS, 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
Takenobu Tokunaga – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo – Japan

Sara Goggi, CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio 
Zampolli”, Pisa, Italy
Hélène Mazo, ELDA/ELRA, Paris, France

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