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LREC 2006: second call for papers

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I've been asked to forward this announcement to 
the TEI community on behalf of the organizers:

				LREC 2006

		5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation


			SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS




Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center, GENOA - ITALY

MAIN CONFERENCE: 24-25-26 MAY 2006

WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 22-23 and 27-28 MAY 2006

Conference web site: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006



The fifth international conference on Language 
Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2006, is organised 
by ELRA
in cooperation with a wide range of international 
associations and consortia, including AAMT, ACL, 
AFNLP, ALLC, ALTA, COCOSDA and Oriental COCOSDA, 
EACL, EAMT, ELSNET, ENABLER, EURALEX, Forum TAL, 
GWA, IAMT, ISCA, KnowledgeWeb, LDC, NEMLAR 
Network, SENSEVAL, SIGLEX, TEI, Technolangue 
French Program, WRITE and with major national and 
international organisations including the 
European Commission – Information Society and 
Media Directorate General, Unit “Interfaces”.


CONFERENCE AIMS

In the Information Society, the pervasive 
character of Human Language Technologies (HLT) 
and their relevance to practically all fields of 
Information Society Technologies (IST) has been 
widely recognised. Two issues are considered 
particularly relevant: the availability of 
Language Resources (LRs) and the methods for the 
evaluation of resources, technologies, products 
and applications. Substantial mutual benefits are 
achieved by addressing these issues through 
international cooperation.

The term language resources refers to sets of 
language data and descriptions in machine 
readable form, such as written or spoken corpora 
and lexica, annotated or not, multimodal 
resources, grammars, terminology or domain 
specific databases and dictionaries, ontologies, 
multimedia databases, etc. LRs also cover basic 
software tools for their acquisition, 
preparation, collection, management, 
customisation and use. LRs are used in many types 
of components/systems/applications, such as 
software localisation and language services, 
language enabled information and communication 
services, knowledge management, e-commerce, 
e-publishing, e-learning, e-government, cultural 
heritage, linguistic studies, etc.. This large 
range of usages makes the LRs infrastructure a 
strategic part of the e-society, where the 
creation of a basic set of LRs for all languages 
must be ensured in order to bring all languages 
to the same level of usability and availability.
The relevance of the evaluation for language 
technologies development is increasingly 
recognised. This involves assessing the 
state-of-the-art for a given technology, 
measuring the progress achieved within a 
programme, comparing different approaches to a 
given problem, assessing the availability of 
technologies for a given application, product 
benchmarking, and assessing system usability and 
user satisfaction.

The aim of the LREC conference 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 new 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 the 
areas mentioned above, in support to 
investigations in language sciences, progress in 
language technologies and development of 
corresponding products, services and applications.


CONFERENCE TOPICS

Examples of the topics which may be addressed by 
papers submitted to the conference are given 
below.

Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs)

•	Methodologies and tools:
	•Guidelines, standards, specifications, 
models and best practices for 
	LRs.
	•Methods, tools, procedures for the 
acquisition, creation, annotation, 
	management, access, distribution, use of 
monolingual and multilingual 
	LRs.
	•Methods for the extraction and 
acquisition of knowledge (e.g. terms, 
	ontologies, lexical information, language 
modelling) from LRs, and 
	knowledge transfer among languages.
	•Definition and requirements for a Basic 
and Extended LAnguage Resource 		Kit 
(BLARK, ELARK) for all languages.
	•Documentation and archiving of 
languages, including minority and 
	endangered languages.
	•LRs for linguistic research in human-machine communication.

•	LRs construction & annotation:

	•Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup.
	•Ontologies and knowledge representation, 
especially with respect to HLT.
	•Terminology and NLP tools and 
methodologies for terminology and ontology 
	building or mapping, term extraction, 
domain-specific dictionaries.
	•LRs for machine translation.
	•LRs for ubiquitous processing.
	•Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain specific LRs.
	•Multimedia and Multimodal LRs - 
Integration of various media and 
	modalities in LRs (speech, vision, 
language).

•	LRs exploitation:
	•Industrial production of LRs.
	•Industrial LRs requirements, user needs and community's response.
	•Exploitation of LRs in different types 
of applications (information 
	extraction, information retrieval, speech 
dictation, translation, 
	summarisation, web services, semantic 
web, semantic search, text mining, 
	inferencing, etc.).
	•Exploitation of LRs in different types 
of interfaces (dialogue systems, 
	natural language and 
multimodal/multisensorial interactions, etc.).

Issues in Human Language Technologies (HLT) evaluation

•	Methodologies, tools and standardisation:

	•Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LRs.
	•Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures.
	•Benchmarking of systems and products, 
resources for benchmarking and 
	evaluation, blackbox, glassbox and 
diagnostic evaluation of systems.
	•From evaluation to standardisation.
	•User centred design tools and methods.
	•Evaluation of ontologies and knowledge 
bases by means of LR-related 
	techniques.
	•Evaluation in written language 
processing: (document production and 
	management, text retrieval, terminology 
extraction, message 		understanding, 
text alignment, machine translation, 
morphosyntactic 		tagging, parsing, 
semantic tagging, word sense disambiguation, text 
		understanding, summarization, 
question answering, localization, etc.).
	•Evaluation in spoken language 
processing: (speech recognition and 
	understanding, voice dictation, oral 
dialogue, speech synthesis, speech 
	coding, speaker and language recognition, 
spoken translation, etc.).
	•Evaluation of multimedia document 
retrieval and search systems 
	(including detection, indexing, 
filtering, alert, question answering, 
	etc.).
	•Evaluation of multimodal systems.

•	Usability evaluation of HLT based user Interfaces:
	•Usability and user satisfaction evaluation.
	•Psychophysical and cognitive evaluation.
	•User experience assessment.
	•Heuristic evaluation.
	•Multimodal interaction evaluation.
	•Evaluation of usability in mobile services/applications, etc.

General issues

	•National and international activities and projects.
	•Open architectures for LRs.
	•LRs and the needs/opportunities of the emerging industries.
	•LRs and contributions to societal needs (e.g. e-society).
	•Priorities, perspectives, strategies in 
national and international 		policies 
for LRs.
	•Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives 
of/for international 		cooperation, and 
their organisational and technological 
implications.
	•Organisational, economical and legal 
issues in the construction, 
	distribution, access and use of LRs.

Special Highlights

LREC targets the integration of different types 
of LRs (spoken, written, and other modalities), 
and of the respective communities. To this end, 
LREC encourages submissions covering issues which 
are common to different types of LRs and language 
technologies, such as dialogue strategy, written 
and spoken translation, domain-specific data, 
multimodal communication or multimedia document 
processing, and will organise, in addition to the 
usual tracks, common sessions encompassing the 
different areas of LRs.

The 2006 Conference emphasises in particular the importance of promoting:

-	synergies and integration between 
(multilingual) LRs and Semantic Web 
	technologies,
-	new paradigms for sharing and integrating 
LRs and LT coming from 		different sources,
-	communication with neighbouring fields 
for applications in e-government 
	and administration,
-	common evaluation campaigns for the 
objective evaluation of the 
	performances of different systems,
-	systems and products (also industrial 
ones) based on large-size and high 
	quality LRs.

LREC therefore encourages submissions of papers, 
panels, workshops, tutorials on the use of LRs in 
these areas.


PROGRAMME

The Scientific Programme will include invited 
talks, oral presentations, poster presentations 
and panels.
There is no difference in quality between oral 
presentations and poster presentations. Only the 
appropriateness of the type of communication 
(more or less interactive) to the content of the 
paper will be considered.


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

On-line submission form for abstracts is now available.
You should go to the “Abstract submission” 
section on the LREC2006 web site 
(http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/) and follow 
the procedure instructions.


WORKSHOPS, TUTORIALS AND PANELS

Submission of workshop, tutorial and panel 
proposals should be made by e-mail to both the 
following e-mail addresses:

-	[log in to unmask]
-	[log in to unmask]

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be 
no longer than three pages, and include:

•	For workshops:
	- The title
	- A brief technical description of the 
specific technical issues that the 	workshop 
will address
	- The reasons why the workshop is of interest
	- The names and affiliations, postal 
addresses, phone and fax numbers, 
	email and web site addresses of the 
organising committee, which should 
	consist of at least three people 
knowledgeable in the field, coming from 
	different institutions
	- The name and the e-mail address of the 
member of the workshop 		organising 
committee designated as the contact person
	- The desirable duration of the workshop (half day or full day)
	- A summary of the intended call for participation
	- An estimate of the approximate audience size
	- A list of audio-visual or technical 
requirements and any special room 
	requirements

The workshop proposers will be responsible for 
the organisational aspects (e.g. workshop call 
preparation and distribution, review of papers, 
notification of acceptance, assembling of the 
workshop proceedings using the ELRA 
specifications, etc.).

•	For tutorials:
	- The title
	- A brief technical description of the tutorial content
	- The reasons why the tutorial is of interest
	- The names and affiliations, postal 
addresses, phone and fax numbers, 
	email and web site addresses of the 
tutorial speakers, with brief 
	descriptions of their technical background
	- The name and e-mail address of one 
tutorial speaker designated as the 
	contact person
	- The duration of the tutorial (half day is the expected usual length)
	- An estimate of the approximate audience size
	- A list of audio-visual or technical 
requirements and any special room 
	requirements

The tutorial proposers will be responsible for 
the organisational aspects (e.g. assembling of 
the tutorial material, etc.).


Proposals for panels should contain the following information:

	•The title
	•A brief technical description of the 
specific technical issues that the 
	panel will address
	•The reasons why the panel is of interest
	•Name of the panel organiser/s; 
affiliation and postal address; phone and 
	fax numbers; e-mail address; web site 
address
	•The name and the e-mail address of the designated contact person


PROCEEDINGS

The Proceedings of the conference will cover both oral and poster papers.
The Conference package that will be provided to 
all will include Proceedings on CD-ROM and a 
printed book of Abstracts and Conference 
Programme. Hardcopy Proceedings will be printed 
on demand only.


IMPORTANT DATES

	•Submission of proposals for panels, 
workshops and tutorials: 14 October 
	2005
	•Submission of proposals for oral and poster papers: 14 October 2005
	•Notification of acceptance of panels, 
workshops and tutorials proposals: 	7 
November 2005
	•Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters:  16 January 2006
	•Final versions for the proceedings:  20 February 2006
	•Conference: 24-26 May 2006
	•Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 22 and 23 May 2006
	•Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 27 and 28 May 2006

Internet connections and various computer 
platforms and facilities will be available at the 
conference site. It will be possible to run 
non-reviewed demos of language engineering 
products, systems and tools. Those interested 
should contact the organiser of the 
demonstrations (details will be posted on 
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/).


CONSORTIA AND PROJECT MEETINGS

Consortia or projects wishing to take this 
opportunity for organising meetings should 
contact the ELDA office at [log in to unmask]


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica 
Computazionale del CNR, Pisa, Italy (Conference 
Chair)
Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
Aldo Gangemi, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie 
della Cognizione del CNR, Roma, Italy
Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Jan Odijk, ScanSoft, Merelbeke, Belgium and UIL-OTS, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Daniel Tapias, Telefonica Moviles, Madrid, Spain


The composition of the committees as well as 
instructions and addresses for registration and 
accommodation will be detailed on the LREC web 
site at http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/.



ELRA

For more information about ELRA (European 
Language Resources Association), please contact:

Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
55-57 Rue Brillat-Savarin,
75013 Paris - France
Tel: + 33 1 43 13 33 33
Fax: + 33 1 43 13 33 30
Email: [log in to unmask]
Web: http://www.elra.info or http://www.elda.org/


		Some facts and figures about previous LRECs

The first LREC was organised in Granada (Spain) 
in 1998: 197 papers and posters were presented, 
with about 510 registered participants from 38 
different countries from all continents. Among 
these, the largest group came from Spain (81 
participants), followed by France (75), USA (73), 
Germany (47), UK (43) and Italy (41). Registered 
participants belonged to over 325 different 
organisations.

LREC 2000, in Athens, had 129 oral papers and 152 
posters presented, with around 600 participants 
from 51 different countries from all continents. 
Among these, the largest group came from Greece 
(117), followed by USA (70), France (59), Germany 
(45), UK (43), Japan (35) and Italy (29). 
Registered participants belonged to 319 different 
organisations.

LREC 2002, which took place in Las Palmas de Gran 
Canaria (Spain), attracted over 700 
representatives, coming from 38 countries around 
the world. The following figures illustrate how 
successful it proved to be: for the main 
conference, 460 papers had been submitted and 
reviewed, of which 365 were presented at the 
conference. Most of the areas in HLT were covered 
(about 280 papers dealt with written resources, 
about 100 with spoken resources, 25 with 
multimodal and multimedia resources, around 50 
dealt with evaluation of HLT, and 16 with 
terminology).

The 4th edition of the Language Resources and 
Evaluation Conference was held in memory of two 
dear friends and colleagues we lost in 2003, 
Angel Martin Municio and Antonio Zampolli.
LREC 2004, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal), 
attracted almost 1000 participants, coming from 
50 countries from all the continents. Close to 
800 submissions for poster and oral presentations 
were reviewed by the Scientific Committee: 519 
were actually presented, a majority dedicated to 
written resources (260), 116 dealt with spoken 
resources, 40 with terminological issues, 57 with 
evaluation, 17 were on general issues, and 29 on 
multimodal-multimedia ones. In addition, a total 
of 18 satellite workshops covering various fields 
were organised before and after the main 
conference.
A new award in HLT was launched on that occasion: 
the ELRA Board created a prize for “Outstanding 
Contributions to the Advancement of Language 
Resources and Language Technology Evaluation”, to 
honour the memory of its co-founder and 1st 
president, Antonio Zampolli. The Antonio Zampolli 
Prize was awarded for the first time at LREC 2004 
to Fredrick Jelinek, from John Hopkins 
University, Baltimore, USA.

A similar number of participants is expected at LREC 2006.

If you want to know the state-of-the-art in LT 
and LRs and their application in all aspects of 
e-society , this is the Conference to go to!

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