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Subject: 21.4447, Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Socioling/Egypt

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Date: 05-Nov-2010
From: Sarmad Hussain [sarmad at cantab.net]
Subject: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development
 

	
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Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 13:30:16
From: Sarmad Hussain [sarmad at cantab.net]
Subject: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development

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Full Title: Conference on Human Language Technology for Development 
Short Title: HLTD 2011 

Date: 02-May-2011 - 05-May-2011
Location: Alexandria, Egypt 
Contact Person: Sarmad Hussain
Meeting Email: sarmad at cantab.net
Web Site: http://www.hltd.org 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; 
Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 07-Feb-2011 

Meeting Description:

Human Language Technology (HLT) is a growing field of research and 
development, converging multiple disciplines including computer science, 
engineering, linguistics, sociology and cognitive sciences, striving to 
develop a natural, easy and effective user interaction.  HLT, including 
localization, is particularly relevant for addressing access to information by 
the disadvantaged communities, including the illiterate, the rural poor, and 
the physically challenged population, especially in the developing countries.  

The Conference aims to promote interaction among researchers and 
professionals working on language technology, language computing 
industry, civil society engaged with deployment of language technology to 
end-users, and policy makers planning the use of HLT in national 
development projects.  It aims to provide a single platform to engage these 
stakeholders in a dialogue over a wide range of relevant issues, to show-
case state-of-practice in HLT and its use in development, and to identify 
needs and priorities of the end-users.  It is hoped that the Conference will 
highlight HLTD challenges in the developing regions, especially in Asia and 
Africa. 

Call For Papers

Conference Topics:
Original unpublished research papers are invited for two tracks: (i) HLT 
Development track, focusing on engineering challenges and solutions for 
HLT, and (ii) HLT Use track, focusing on challenges and models for 
dissemination and adoption of HLT.  Specific topics include, but are not 
limited to, the following areas, with special focuses on Asia and Africa. 

HTL Development:
Linguistics and linguistic resources
Language computing standards
Localization
HLT (MT, TTS, ASR, OCR, IR, Dialogue systems)
HLT technology, people and process challenges
Commercialization models 
Technology policy

HLT Use:
Education
Health
Governance
Rural development
Accessibility
Culture
Language and culture policy

In addition, proposals are also invited for workshops, tutorials and 
product/project demonstrations.  

Submission details are available at the Conference website www.HLTD.org.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline:		
7th Feb., 2011 
Acceptance Notification: 7th Mar., 2011 
Camera ready paper: 23rd Mar., 2011 
Conference dates: 2nd - 5th May, 2011

Venue:
The Conference will be held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Alexandria, Egypt 
(http://www.bibalex.org). 

Travel and Registration Grants:
A small number of grants are available on a competitive basis for travel 
support and Conference registration fees for authors.  Further details are 
available from the Conference website.

Technical Committee:
Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East 
Office, Egypt
Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh
Dr. Chafic Mokbel, Balamand University, Lebanon
Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai, NECTEC, Thailand
Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa (co-chair)
Mr. Donanl Z. Osborn, African Network for Localization, USA
Dr. Florence Tushabe, Univ., Uganda 
Dr. Guy De Pauw, Univ. of Antwerp, Belgium 
Dr. Hammam Riza, Agency for the Assessment and Application of 
Technology, Indonesia
Dr. Key-Sun Choi, Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology, 
South Korea
Dr. Lamine Aouad, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland
Dr. Lisa Moore, Unicode Consortium, USA
Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt 
Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt 
Dr. Miriam Butt, Univ. of Konstanz, Germany
Dr. Mirna Adriani, Univ. of Indonesia
Dr. Mumit Khan, BRAC Univ., Bangladesh
Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Rajeev Sangal, International Institute of Information Technology, 
Hyderabad, India
Dr. Roni Rosenfield, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Dr. Satoshi Nakamura, National Institute of Information and Communication 
Technology, Japan
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Univ. of Engr. and Tech., Pakistan (co-chair)
Mr. Solomon Gizaw, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland 
Dr. Steven Bird, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Univ. of London, UK
Dr. Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Technology Initiative, Lagos, 
Nigeria 
Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich, NECTEC, Thailand
Dr. Wanjiku Ng'ang'a, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya 

Oragnizing Committee:
Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East 
Office, Egypt (chair)
Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh
Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa 
Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt 
Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt 
Ms. Maria Ng Lee Hoon, International Development Research Centre, SE&E 
Asia Office, Singapore
Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Center for Language Engineering, KICS, Univ. of Engr. 
and Tech., Pakistan 

About the Organizers:
The Conference is jointly organized by the PAN Localization Network (PAN 
L10n, www.PANL10n.net) of Asia and the African Network for Localization 
(ANLoc, www.africanlocalisation.net).  It is supported by Canada's 
International Development Research Centre (IDRC, www.idrc.ca). 

PAN L10n is network of Asian professionals and organizations, collectively 
working to develop local language computing capacity and its use across 
developing Asian countries, since 2003.  It has been developing linguistic 
resources, language technology, human resource capacity and relevant 
language computing policy in the region.  It has also been active in 
disseminating language technology to end users, and investigating effective 
training and adoption models.  The network is coordinated by the Center for 
Language Engineering (www.cle.org.pk), Al-Khawarizmi Institute of 
Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan.

ANLoc has the vision to empower Africans to participate in the digital age by 
removing 'the last inch' barriers to language usage.  The project is working 
towards overcoming this by creating a network of African language 
localizers who through various projects are developing translation and 
localization tools, linguistic resources, standards and software in several 
African languages. Building local capacities and disseminating knowledge 
are also essential for achieving the mission.  The network is coordinated by 
Zuza Software Foundation (www.translate.org.za) in South Africa.

PAN L10n and ANLoc are funded by the International Development 
Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

About the Host Institution:
The new library of Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, aims to be a center 
of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a 
place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and 
peoples.


For Further Queries:
Asia coordinator: Sarmad Hussain, sarmad at cantab.net
Africa coordinator: Dwayne Bailey, dwayne at translate.org.za 
Egypt coordinator: Manal Amin, Manal.Amin at arabize.com.eg





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