Ecole: LE for lesser studied languages

Philippe Blache pb at
Tue Jan 18 13:36:47 UTC 2000

From: Kemal Oflazer <ko at>

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                            PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

                        NATO ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE

                               July 3-July 14, 2000

                               BILKENT UNIVERSITY,

                                ANKARA, TURKEY

Co-directors: Kemal Oflazer (Bilkent University), Sergei Nirenburg (New
Mexico State University), Oleg Kapanadze (Tbilisi State University)

We are pleased to announce that the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on
"Language Engineering for Lesser-studied Languages" will be held on
the campus of Bilkent University in Turkey, July 3rd through July
14th, 2000.  The ASI program will comprise courses on all aspects of
language engineering, participant workshops and discussion panels.
Currently, the following courses are planned:

_ Introduction to languages and language engineering,
_ Text processing ecology,
_ Computational tools and resources,
_ Computational morphology and finite state methods,
_ Statistical methods and corpus linguistics,
_ Lexical acquisition,
_ Grammar and grammar writing,
_ Machine translation,
_ Information extraction,
_ Information retrieval.

Participant workshops will provide a forum for participants to present
their work on language engineering and receive feedback from
colleagues.  Discussion panels will enable participants to discuss
specific issues with experts in the field.

The ASI will admit a limited number of qualified participants from
NATO countries (1) Partner countries (2), and Mediterranean dialogue
countries (3).  Depending on the specific circumstances, funding for
room and board expenses of such participants will be available.
Participants from commercial/industrial institutions and from other
countries may attend provided they cover their registration, travel
and living expenses.

Since there are a limited number of participant slots, admission to
the ASI will be strictly on a competitive basis taking into account
the participant's background, their potential contribution and the
benefit they may draw from the meeting.

Detailed information about the course schedule, lecturers and the
application procedure  will be announced shortly.  This information
will also be available on the World Wide Web at and on mirror sites to be

We acknowledge the additional support provided by Bilkent University,
Computing Research Lab, NMSU, and EACL- European Chapter of the Association
for Computational Linguistics.

(1) NATO countries: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA.

(2) Partner Countries eligible for support: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzistan, Latvia,
Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tadjikistan,
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (*), Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan. ((*) Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its
constitutional name.)

(3) Mediterranean Dialogue Countries eligible for support: Egypt, Israel.

Kemal Oflazer                   e-mail: ko at
Bilkent University              tel: (90-312) 266-4133 (Sec)
Dept. of Computer Engineering                 290-1258 (Office)
Bilkent, ANKARA, 06533 TURKEY        (90-532) 447-8978 (Mobile)
                                fax: (90-312) 266-4126

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