Deadline extension: LREC 2012 Joint ISA-7, SRSL-3, and I2MRT Workshop on Semantic Annotation and the Integration and Interoperability of Multimodal Resources and Tools

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Final Call for Papers

Joint ISA-7, SRSL-3, and I2MRT LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Annotation 
and the Integration and Interoperability of Multimodal Resources and Tools,
Istanbul, 26-27 May 2012.


Three initiatives join forces in this workshop, which is concerned with 
issues in semantic annotation for language resources, especially in 
relation to spoken and multimodal language data, and with the 
interoperability and integration of multimodal resources and tools.

ISA-7 is the Seventh Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, and 
forms part of a series of workshops of ISO TC 37/SC 4 (Language 
Resources) jointly with ACL-SIGSEM (Computational Semantics). These 
workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic 
information as expressed in text, speech, gestures, graphics, video, 
images, and in multiple modalities combined. Examples of semantic 
annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, 
discourse relations, and semantic roles, for which the ISO organization 
pursues the establishment of annotation standards,  in order to support 
the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

SRSL-3 is the Third Workshop on Semantic Representation of Spoken 
Language in Speech and Multimodal Corpora. In these workshops 
researchers convene who are working on speech and multimodal resources 
for the semantic annotation of related corpora, and take their 
inspiration from the observation that the semantic gap between the 
content conveyed by speech and other modalities and their formal 
representation is a burning issue in a range of tasks such as content 
mining, information extraction, dialogue processing, interactive 
story-telling, assisted health care,and human-robot interaction.

I2MRT (Integration and Interoperability for Multimodal Resources and 
Tools)  is an initiative to address infrastructure aspects of the 
creation and use of interoperable multimodal resources. The main 
objectives of I2MRT are to create awareness of the need to make 
multimodal data visible via standardized methods and accessible via 
registered data centers; to discuss possibilities of harmonization and 
standardization with respect to multimodal annotation schemes and 
possible mappings between encoding schemes; to discuss ways to make 
cutting-edge technologies available to multimodality researchers that 
can currently only be used in specialized labs; and to build a community 
that is committed to work further on these issues.


Submission of papers will be electronically using the START conference 
management page of LREC 2012 for this workshop at

When submitting a paper to the START page, authors will be asked to 
provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, 
including also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have 
been used for the work described in the paper or that are a new result 
of your research. For further information on this new initiative, please 
refer to

This 1.5 day workshop has two tracks, one related to interoperable 
semantic annotation, and one related to multimodal resources and tools. 
For each track, research papers are invited describing original, 
unpublished research. Research papers can be either long (6-8 pages) or 
short (3-4 pages). Short papers are also invited describing ongoing or 
proposed projects or infrastructure-related activities. All submissions 
should be formatted in the same way as submissions for the LREC conference.
Topics for the tracks include, but are not limited to the following:

Track "Interoperable Semantic Annotation":

* methodological aspects of semantic annotation
* semantic annotation and semantic interpretation
* the semantics of semantic annotations
* interoperability of spoken and written corpora
* content identification and segmentation in spontaneous speech
* semantic annotation in  dialogue, with a focus on multimodality
* segmentation of multimodal interaction data into semantic units
* issues in semantic annotation in specific domains, such as time
    and space; relations in discourse and dialogue; semantic roles
    and predicate-argument structures
* developments in recent, current, and planned ISO projects on
    developing semantic annotation standards.

Track "Integration and Interoperability for Multimodal Resources and Tools":

* encoding systems in use in multimodal applications
* metadata concepts to describe multimedia/multimodal resources
* attempts to harmonize encoding schemes and to map between them
* cutting-edge multimedia processing technology that may help
    multimodality researchers to speed up annotation work
* relevance and god examples of usability solutions to efficiently deal with
    the inherently imperfect results of any recognition technology
* possibilities to create strong data hubs with attention for legal and
    ethical aspects of transferring multimedia/multimodal data
* approaches to the creation of a service-oriented architecture in this 


deadline for submitting papers: February 27 EXTENDED to March 9
notification of acceptance:          March 23
camera-ready papers:                 March 30
workshop dates:                           May 26-27 (1.5 days)


Harry Bunt (co-chair)
Manuel Alcántara-Pla (co-chair)
Peter Wittenburg (co-chair)
Thierry Declerck
Dafydd Gibbon
Nancy Ide
Steven Krauwer
Kiyong Lee
Lorenza Mondada
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Oliver Schreer


Jan Alexandersson
Stefan Baumann
Jonas Beskow
Paul Buitelaar
Harry Bunt (co-chair)
Thierry Declerck
Alex Fang
Raquel Fernandez Rovira
Annette Frank
Dafydd Gibbon
Koiti Hasida
Nancy Ide
Michael Kipp
Kiyong Lee
Inderjeet Mani
Jean-Claude Martin
Lorenza Mondada
Martha Palmer
Volha Petukhova
Andrei Popescu-Belis
Rashmi Prasad
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Oliver Schreer
Mark Steedman
Mariet Theune
Isabel Trancoso


For more information please contact either one of the three workshop 

Harry Bunt, harry.bunt at <mailto:harry.bunt at>
Manuel Alcántara Pla, manuel.alcantara at 
<mailto:manuel.alcantara at>
Peter Wittenburg, peter.wittenburg at <mailto:peter.wittenburg at>
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