19.2311, Calls: Computational Ling/USA;Computational Ling/Czech Republic

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Subject: 19.2311, Calls: Computational Ling/USA;Computational Ling/Czech Republic

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Date: 20-Jul-2008
From: Peter Wittenburg < Peter.Wittenburg at mpi.nl >
Subject: e-Humanities ? an Emerging Discipline 

Date: 18-Jul-2008
From: Adam Rambousek < xrambous at fi.muni.cz >
Subject: Eleventh International Conference on TSD 2008


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Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 23:30:11
From: Peter Wittenburg [Peter.Wittenburg at mpi.nl]
Subject: e-Humanities ? an Emerging Discipline
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Full Title: e-Humanities - an Emerging Discipline 

Date: 07-Dec-2008 - 12-Dec-2008
Location: Indianapolis, USA 
Contact Person: CLARIN CLARIN
Meeting Email: clarin at clarin.eu
Web Site: http://www.clarin.eu/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 22-Aug-2008 

Meeting Description:

e-Humanities - an emerging discipline
Workshop at the 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science
Indianapolis, USA
December 7-12, 2008 

2nd Call for Papers

Aim of the workshop In the Humanities the availability of new digital technology
and increasing amounts of digitized data has triggered the development of
several novel research methods. The capability of creating and using large
digital collections of structured and unstructured resources and the emergence
of powerful algorithms for processing the data from multiple perspectives is
already affecting all Humanities disciplines. However, to reap the full benefit
of e-Science approaches, a number of issues that are
specific for the Humanities must be addressed. It is the aim of this workshop to
do just this.

In the past many resources have been made available in digital form. These
include texts, multimedia documents, but also a wide range of meta-data, from
annotations of documents, via lexicons and taxonomies to grammatical
descriptions of many natural languages. Since these resources have been created
independently, in the absence of standards for character encoding, file formats,
annotation systems, access rights and IPR, these resources do not interoperate.
Yet, the full benefits of e-Humanities can only be had if independently created
resources can be combined, as if they formed one large resource. Therefore,
substantial work remains to be done to reach a situation in which each scholar
can peruse the combined resources with the same ease as if they formed one
homogeneous resource.

So far only a fraction of the existing documents that are of interest to the
Humanities has been digitized. The same holds for knowledge sources such as
lexicons and grammars. Thus, we are seeing, and we will be seeing, projects
aimed at digitizing additional resources. To avoid the need for expensive repair
measures to enable interoperability after the completion of these projects,
standards for all levels -from character encoding to the semantics of meta-data-
must be developed. Standardization activities are under way, but they are far
from completion.

The distributed character of the resources, in combination with local expertise
that is needed to keep them up-to-date, naturally leads to a Data Grid. The
enormous amounts of computations necessary for advanced automatic pattern
detection and other machine learning techniques gives rise to the need for using
Grid Computing. Both aspects of the Grid-based processing are likely to pose
special requirements related to the type of data, the type of questions that
scientists ask, and the access rights.

The specific questions addressed in the Humanities and the specific types of
data that are of interest require the development of dedicated algorithms. Even
if these algorithms can be adapted from related disciplines, there is still a
large amount of work to be done before the toolbox for e-Humanities research is
reasonably complete and before existing tools can easily be combined to workflow
chains by the humanities scholar who is not an expert.

e-Humanities can only be successful if it is possible to provide computer tools
that support scholars in their research, rather than forces them to spend lots
of time learning how to use new tools, or even worse, developing new tools. To
prepare researchers for using the emerging e-Humanities tools, novel courses
must be developed for undergraduate and graduate programs. However, even the
best possible education cannot compensate for bad design of the tools.
Therefore, the e-Humanities toolbox must come with an excellent user interface.

Papers submitted for presentation on the workshop should report original
research that has not been published elsewhere. In addition, we invite position
papers that make solid contributions to the design of a research roadmap for the

All papers submitted for presentation in the workshop will be reviewed by at
least three members of the Program Committee.

Against the background of the general aim of the workshop we invite papers in
all areas indicated above. Thus, the following topics will be covered:
- advanced e-Humanities research scenarios supported by language resources and
- advanced collaboration scenarios for geographically distributed collaborative
- text and media integration, interoperability
- advanced computational modelling
- development of novel tools for Humanities research
- flexible knowledge weaving technology
- data and compute Grids
- advanced user interfaces supporting advanced e-Humanities methods
- education and training for e-Humanities researchers
- accessibility, legal and ethical issues involved in e-Humanities scenarios
-- impact of e-Humanities on the research process and changes of the role of the
- other topics that fit in the general goal of the workshop

The full-day workshop will comprise two invited lectures, oral and poster
presentations. The workshop will conclude with a discussion that should
contribute to the roadmap for future research in the field.

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. We intend to
publish extended versions of the most interesting papers and the result of the
panel discussion in the form of a book, or as a special issue of a leading
journal in the field.

Important dates
Deadline for Submission of full papers: 22 August 2008
Notification of Acceptance: 5 September 2008
Final submission of camera-ready papers: 10 October 2008
Final Program published on the Web: 10 October 2008
Conference and Workshop: 7-12 December 2008

Submissions of papers with a maximum length of eight pages must use the
conference format instructions and only PDF documents without page numbering
will be accepted.

(CLARIN (http://www.clarin.eu/) and DARIAH (http://www.dariah.eu/) will take
care of continuity)

Peter Wittenburg MPI, Nijmegen (chair)
Laurent Romary MPDL, Berlin
Sheila Anderson AHDS, London
Peter Doorn DANS, Den Haag
Tamas Varadi Academy of Science, Budapest
Steven Krauwer University Utrecht
Program Committee
Nicoletta Calzolari CNR, Pisa
Martin Wynne OTA, Oxford
Gerhard Budin U. Vienna
Tamas Varadi Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Stelios Piperidis ILSP, Athens
Carlos Levinho Museo d'Indio, Rio
Sven Strömquist U. Lund
Kiril Simov Academy of Sciences, Sofia
Bente Maegaard U. Copenhagen
Jost Gippert U. Frankfurt
Eva Hajicova CU Prague
Dan Tufis Academy of Sciences, Bukarest
Walter Daelemans U. Antwerp
Kee-Sun Choi KAIST, Daejon
Helen Aristar-Dry Eastern Michigan U.
Gary Simons SIL, Atlanta
Sadaoki Furui Tokyo Institute of Technology
Marc Kemps-Snijders MPI, Nijmegen
Laurent Romary MPDL Berlin
Sheila Anderson AHDS, London
Steven Krauwer Utrecht University
Peter Wittenburg MPI, Nijmegen
Chu Ren Huang HK Poly U. HK and Acad. Sinica, Taipei
Peter Doorn DANS, Den Haag
Sue Ellen Wright Kent State University, Ohio
Linda Barwick Paradisec, Sydney University
Paul Doorenbosch Dutch Royal Library, Den Haag
Heike Neuroth SUB Göttingen
Peter Gietz DAASI, Tübingen
Fotis Jannidis TU Darmstadt
Tony Hey Microsoft Research

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Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 23:30:16
From: Adam Rambousek [xrambous at fi.muni.cz]
Subject: Eleventh International Conference on TSD 2008
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Full Title: Eleventh International Conference on TSD 2008 
Short Title: TSD 2008 

Date: 08-Sep-2008 - 12-Sep-2008
Location: Brno, Czech Republic 
Contact Person: Dana Hlavackova
Meeting Email: tsd2008 at tsdconference.org
Web Site: http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2008/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2008 

Meeting Description:

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University,
Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. 
The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.
The TSD Series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in
both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries
and their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by
Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. 

Call for Papers

Submission of Demonstration Abstracts

Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software and hardware
or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The authors of
the demonstrations should provide the abstract not exceeding one page as plain
text. The submission must be made using an online form available at the
conference www pages.

The accepted demonstrations will be presented during a special Demonstration
Session (see the Demo Instructions at www.tsdconference.org).  Demonstrators can
present their contribution with their own notebook with an Internet connection
provided by the organisers or the organisers can prepare a PC computer with
multimedia support for demonstrators.

Important Dates:
July 31 2008: Submission of demonstration abstracts
August 7 2008: Notification of acceptance for demonstrations sent to the authors
September 8-12 2008: Conference date

The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the Proceedings of TSD 2008 but
they will be published electronically at the conference website.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

text corpora and tagging
transcription problems in spoken corpora
sense disambiguation
links between text and speech oriented systems
parsing issues
parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual issues
multi-lingual dialogue systems
information retrieval and information extraction
text/topic summarization
machine translation
semantic networks and ontologies
semantic web
speech modeling
speech segmentation
speech recognition
search in speech for IR and IE
text-to-speech synthesis
dialogue systems
development of dialogue strategies
prosody in dialogues
emotions and personality modeling
user modeling
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
applied systems and software
facial animation
visual speech synthesis

Papers on processing languages other than English are strongly encouraged.

Program Committee:
Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Attila Ferencz, Romania
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, GB
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Patrick Hanks, Czech Republic
Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
Fabio Pianesi, Italy
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB
Victor Zakharov, Russia


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