Ecole: LE for Lesser-Studied Languages

Philippe Blache pb at
Tue Mar 14 12:19:35 UTC 2000

From: Kemal Oflazer <ko at>


                          ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE



                             July 3 - 14, 2000

                             BILKENT UNIVERSITY

                               ANKARA, TURKEY

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

Important Information about travel support for Greek, Portugese, Turkish
and US Participants is available at the end of the announcement.

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 the following courses on the state-of-the-art in
various aspects of language engineering. Currently, the following courses
are planned:

   * Introduction to languages and language engineering,
                    Nicholas Ostler (Linguacubun, UK)
                    Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

   * Text processing ecology,
                    Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

   * Computational tools and resources,
                    Remi Zajac (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

   * Computational morphology and finite state methods,
                    Ken Beesley (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble,

   * Statistical methods and corpus linguistics,
                    Christer Samuelsson (Xerox Research Centre Europe,
                    Grenoble, France)

   * Lexical acquisition,
                    Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
                    Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU, USA)

   * Grammar and grammar writing,
                    Svetlana Sheremetyeva (Computing Research Lab,, NMSU,

   * Machine translation,
                    Harold Somers (CCL,UMIST, UK)

   * Information extraction,
                    Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

   * Information retrieval.
                    Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

The ASI will feature a number of participant workshops. These workshops will
provide a forum for participants to present their work on language
engineering and receive feedback from colleagues. Applicants are strongly
suggested to submit an abstract of their presentation in their application.
Abstracts will be selected for presentation in the workshops after a review
process. Full versions of these presentations will be expected to be
submitted before the ASI starts.

The ASI will also feature discussion panel which will enable participants to
discuss specific issues in language engineering 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 living and lodging
expenses of such participants will be available. Participants from
commercial/industrial institutions may attend provided they cover their
travel and living expenses. Please inquire with natoasi at
for the details of such participation.

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

All courses and presentations will be conducted in English.

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

This information and the application form can be found at
and on mirror sites listed there



Please fill out the application form and send by electronic mail to
natoasi at Application by fax or mail will only be
considered in exceptional circumstances. The deadline for applications is
March 15, 2000. Applicants will be notified of the results of their
application by April 17, 2000.

Applicants are expected to secure financial support for travel to/from
Ankara, Turkey, from outside sources. Support for living and lodging
expenses during the ASI will be available to qualified applicants on a case
by case basis.


NATO provides limited additional funds to ensure the participation of some
young scientists from Greece, Portugal and Turkey, who might otherwise be
prevented from NATO Advanced Study Institutes.  These funds are administered
on NATO's behalf, by a National Administrator in each of the three
countries.  These funds are requested by the ASI on behalf of the accepted
participants and not by individual participants, but individuals looking for
further information regarding these funds can  contact:

in Greece:
     Mrs. M. Bofakou,
     Ministry of Industry, General Secretariat of Research and Technology
     International Organisations Departments,
     Messogion, 14-18, 11527 Athens  Tel: 30-1 775 2222, Fax: 30-1 775 3872

in Portugal
     Dr. L. Floxo
     Instituto de Cooperaçao Cientifica e Tecnologica Internacional
     Rua Castilho, 5-4,
     1250-066 Lisbon  Tel: 351-1, 358 5303, Fax: 351-1 315 4065

in Turkey
     Prof.H. Arici,
     The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, TÜBITAK
     Atatürk Bulvari, 221, Kavaklidere, Ankara Tel: 90-312-426 6846,
     Fax: 90-312- 427 2382

The US NSF may also provide travel awards for a limited number of US student
participants in selected Advanced Study Institutes conducted in NATO
countries other than Canada and US.  The awards consist of round trip
tickets issued directly to participants by a travel agency acting for NSF.
The ASI Organization will contact the NSF on behalf of the selected US

Citizens of Greece, Portugal, Turkey and the US may indicate that they would
like to apply for these additional grants on their application forms.
After the participants are selected, the relevant national offices will be
contacted by the NATO ASI Organization  in due time with the names of the
participants from the respective countries for additional travel support.

(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.
                            NATO ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE

                              July 3 - July 14, 2000

                                 Bilkent University
                                  Ankara, Turkey

                                  APPLICATION FORM

Please use as much space as necessary. Send completed form by electronic
mail to natoasi at  Do not send a hardcopy by mail or fax.
Please take as much space as you feel is necessary.










                          SHORT BIOGRAPHY AND BACKGROUND
Please summarize your educational and work background and experience
especially  pointing out experience and publications (if any)  relevant
to language engineering.

                            STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Please give a short summary of why you would want to  attend the NATO ASI
and  what do you expect to gain from it.

Would you like to submit a paper for consideration for presentation in
Participant Workshops? If so, please provide a title, and an abstract.
Please note that submitting a paper does not have any impact on the
criteria to be used in selecting participants.





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