Appel: LREC 2006 (Second call for papers)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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LREC 2006

5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation


Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center, Genoa - Italy

MAIN CONFERENCE: 24-25-26 MAY 2006

WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 22-23 and 27-28 MAY 2006

Conference web site: 

The fifth international conference on Language Resources and
Evaluation, LREC 2006, is organised by ELRA in cooperation with a wide
range of international associations and consortia, including AAMT,
LDC, NEMLAR Network, SENSEVAL, SIGLEX, TEI, Technolangue French
Program, WRITE and with major national and international organisations
including the European Commission - Information Society and Media
Directorate General, Unit Interfaces.


In the Information Society, the pervasive character of Human Language
Technologies (HLT) and their relevance to practically all fields of
Information Society Technologies (IST) has been widely recognised. Two
issues are considered particularly relevant: the availability of
Language Resources (LRs) and the methods for the evaluation of
resources, technologies, products and applications. Substantial mutual
benefits are achieved by addressing these issues through international

The term language resources refers to sets of language data and
descriptions in machine readable form, such as written or spoken
corpora and lexica, annotated or not, multimodal resources, grammars,
terminology or domain specific databases and dictionaries, ontologies,
multimedia databases, etc. LRs also cover basic software tools for
their acquisition, preparation, collection, management, customisation
and use. LRs are used in many types of
components/systems/applications, such as software localisation and
language services, language enabled information and communication
services, knowledge management, e-commerce, e-publishing, e-learning,
e-government, cultural heritage, linguistic studies, etc.. This large
range of usages makes the LRs infrastructure a strategic part of the
e-society, where the creation of a basic set of LRs for all languages
must be ensured in order to bring all languages to the same level of
usability and availability.

The relevance of the evaluation for language technologies development
is increasingly recognised. This involves assessing the
state-of-the-art for a given technology, measuring the progress
achieved within a programme, comparing different approaches to a given
problem, assessing the availability of technologies for a given
application, product benchmarking, and assessing system usability and
user satisfaction.

The aim of the LREC conference is to provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends,
exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation
methodologies and tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial
uses and needs, requirements coming from the new e-society, both with
respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational
ones. LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and
funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss
problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives
for international cooperation in the areas mentioned above, in support
to investigations in language sciences, progress in language
technologies and development of corresponding products, services and


Examples of the topics which may be addressed by papers submitted to
the conference are given below.

Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs)
    * Methodologies and tools:
· Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for
· Methods, tools, procedures for the acquisition, creation,
  annotation, management, access, distribution, use of monolingual and
  multilingual LRs.
· Methods for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge (e.g.
  terms, ontologies, lexical information, language modelling) from
  LRs, and knowledge transfer among languages.
· Definition and requirements for a Basic and Extended LAnguage
  Resource Kit (BLARK, ELARK) for all languages.
· Documentation and archiving of languages, including minority and
  endangered languages.
· LRs for linguistic research in human-machine communication.
· LRs construction & annotation:
· Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content
· Ontologies and knowledge representation, especially with respect to
· Terminology and NLP tools and methodologies for terminology and
  ontology building or mapping, term extraction, domain-specific
· LRs for machine translation.
· LRs for ubiquitous processing.
· Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain specific LRs.
· Multimedia and Multimodal LRs - Integration of various media and
  modalities in LRs (speech, vision, language).

· LRs exploitation:
· Industrial production of LRs.
· Industrial LRs requirements, user needs and community's response.
· Exploitation of LRs in different types of applications (information
  extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, translation,
  summarisation, web services, semantic web, semantic search, text
  mining, inferencing, etc.).
· Exploitation of LRs in different types of interfaces (dialogue
  systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensorial
  interactions, etc.).

Issues in Human Language Technologies (HLT) evaluation

    * Methodologies, tools and standardisation:
· Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LRs.
· Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures.
· Benchmarking of systems and products, resources for benchmarking and 
  evaluation, blackbox, glassbox and diagnostic evaluation of systems.
· From evaluation to standardisation.
· User centred design tools and methods.
· Evaluation of ontologies and knowledge bases by means of LR-related
· Evaluation in written language processing: (document production and
  management, text retrieval, terminology extraction, message
  understanding, text alignment, machine translation, morphosyntactic
  tagging, parsing, semantic tagging, word sense disambiguation, text
  understanding, summarization, question answering, localization,
· Evaluation in spoken language processing: (speech recognition and
  understanding, voice dictation, oral dialogue, speech synthesis,
  speech coding, speaker and language recognition, spoken translation,
· Evaluation of multimedia document retrieval and search systems
  (including detection, indexing, filtering, alert, question
  answering, etc.).
· Evaluation of multimodal systems.

    * Usability evaluation of HLT based user Interfaces:
· Usability and user satisfaction evaluation.
· Psychophysical and cognitive evaluation.
· User experience assessment.
· Heuristic evaluation.
· Multimodal interaction evaluation.
· Evaluation of usability in mobile services/applications, etc.

General issues
· National and international activities and projects.
· Open architectures for LRs.
· LRs and the needs/opportunities of the emerging industries.
· LRs and contributions to societal needs (e.g. e-society).
· Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international
  policies for LRs.
· Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for international
  cooperation, and their organisational and technological
· Organisational, economical and legal issues in the construction,
  distribution, access and use of LRs.


  LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs (spoken,
written, and other modalities), and of the respective communities. To
this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues which are common
to different types of LRs and language technologies, such as dialogue
strategy, written and spoken translation, domain-specific data,
multimodal communication or multimedia document processing, and will
organise, in addition to the usual tracks, common sessions
encompassing the different areas of LRs.

The 2006 Conference emphasises in particular the importance of

- synergies and integration between (multilingual) LRs and Semantic
  Web technologies,
- new paradigms for sharing and integrating LRs and LT coming From
  different sources,
- communication with neighbouring fields for applications in
  e-government and administration,
- common evaluation campaigns for the objective evaluation of the
  performances of different systems,
- systems and products (also industrial ones) based on large-size and
  high quality LRs.

LREC therefore encourages submissions of papers, panels, workshops, 
tutorials on the use of LRs in these areas.


The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral
presentations, poster presentations and panels.
There is no difference in quality between oral presentations and
poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of
communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the paper
will be considered.


On-line submission form for abstracts is now available.
You should go to the Abstract submission section on the
LREC2006 web site 
and follow the procedure instructions.


Submission of workshop, tutorial and panel proposals should be made by
e-mail to both the following e-mail addresses:
    *      <mailto:lrec at>lrec at
    *       <mailto:lrec2006 at>lrec at

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no longer than three
pages, and include:

    * For workshops:
        * The title
        * A brief technical description of the specific technical
          issues that the workshop will address
        * The reasons why the workshop is of interest
        * The names and affiliations, postal addresses, phone and fax
          numbers, email and web site addresses of the organising
          committee, which should consist of at least three people
          knowledgeable in the field, coming From different
        * The name and the e-mail address of the member of the
          workshop organising committee designated as the contact
        * The desirable duration of the workshop (half day or full day)
        * A summary of the intended call for participation
        * An estimate of the approximate audience size
        * A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special 
          room requirements

The workshop proposers will be responsible for the organisational
aspects (e.g. workshop call preparation and distribution, review of
papers, notification of acceptance, assembling of the workshop
proceedings using the ELRA specifications, etc.).

    * For tutorials:
        * The title
        * A brief technical description of the tutorial content
        * The reasons why the tutorial is of interest
        * The names and affiliations, postal addresses, phone and fax
          numbers, email and web site addresses of the tutorial
          speakers, with brief descriptions of their technical
        * The name and e-mail address of one tutorial speaker
          designated as the contact person
        * The duration of the tutorial (half day is the expected usual
        * An estimate of the approximate audience size
        * A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any
          special room requirements

The tutorial proposers will be responsible for the organisational
aspects (e.g. assembling of the tutorial material, etc.).

Proposals for panels should contain the following information:
    * The title
    * A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that 
      the panel will address
    * The reasons why the panel is of interest
    * Name of the panel organiser/s; affiliation and postal address; phone 
      and fax numbers; e-mail address; web site address
    * The name and the e-mail address of the designated contact person


The Proceedings of the conference will cover both oral and poster

The Conference package that will be provided to all will include
Proceedings on CD-ROM and a printed book of Abstracts and Conference
Programme. Hardcopy Proceedings will be printed on demand only.

    * Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 14 
      October 2005
    * Submission of proposals for oral and poster papers: 14 October 2005
    * Notification of acceptance of panels, workshops and tutorials 
      proposals: 7 November 2005
    * Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters: 16 January 2006
    * Final versions for the proceedings: 20 February 2006
    * Conference: 24-26 May 2006
    * Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 22 and 23 May 2006
    * Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 27 and 28 May 2006

Internet connections and various computer platforms and facilities
will be available at the conference site. It will be possible to run
non-reviewed demos of language engineering products, systems and
tools. Those interested should contact the organiser of the
demonstrations. Ddetails will be posted on


Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising
meetings should contact the ELDA office at lrec at


Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa, 
Italy (Conference Chair)
Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
Aldo Gangemi, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione del CNR, 
Roma, Italy
Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Jan Odijk, ScanSoft, Merelbeke, Belgium and UIL-OTS, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Daniel Tapias, Telefonica Moviles, Madrid, Spain

The composition of the committees as well as instructions and
addresses for registration and accommodation will be detailed on the
LREC web site at


For more information about ELRA (European Language Resources
Association), please contact:

Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
55-57 Rue Brillat-Savarin,
75013 Paris - France
Tel: + 33 1 43 13 33 33
Fax: + 33 1 43 13 33 30
Email: choukri at
Web: <> or

Some facts and figures about previous LRECs

The first LREC was organised in Granada (Spain) in 1998: 197 papers
and posters were presented, with about 510 registered participants
from 38 different countries from all continents. Among these, the
largest group came from Spain (81 participants), followed by France
(75), USA (73), Germany (47), UK (43) and Italy (41). Registered
participants belonged to over 325 different organisations.

LREC 2000, in Athens, had 129 oral papers and 152 posters presented,
with around 600 participants from 51 different countries from all
continents.  Among these, the largest group came from Greece (117),
followed by USA (70), France (59), Germany (45), UK (43), Japan (35)
and Italy (29).  Registered participants belonged to 319 different

LREC 2002, which took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain),
attracted over 700 representatives, coming from 38 countries around
the world. The following figures illustrate how successful it proved
to be: for the main conference, 460 papers had been submitted and
reviewed, of which 365 were presented at the conference. Most of the
areas in HLT were covered (about 280 papers dealt with written
resources, about 100 with spoken resources, 25 with multimodal and
multimedia resources, around 50 dealt with evaluation of HLT, and 16
with terminology).

The 4th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
was held in memory of two dear friends and colleagues we lost in 2003,
Angel Martin Municio and Antonio Zampolli.  LREC 2004, which took
place in Lisbon (Portugal), attracted almost 1000 participants, coming
from 50 countries from all the continents. Close to 800 submissions
for poster and oral presentations were reviewed by the Scientific
Committee: 519 were actually presented, a majority dedicated to
written resources (260), 116 dealt with spoken resources, 40 with
terminological issues, 57 with evaluation, 17 were on general issues,
and 29 on multimodal-multimedia ones. In addition, a total of 18
satellite workshops covering various fields were organised before and
after the main conference.  A new award in HLT was launched on that
occasion: the ELRA Board created a prize for Outstanding
Contributions to the Advancement of Language Resources and Language
Technology Evaluation, to honour the memory of its co-founder and
1st president, Antonio Zampolli. The Antonio Zampolli Prize was
awarded for the first time at LREC 2004 to Fredrick Jelinek, from John
Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

A similar number of participants is expected at LREC 2006.

If you want to know the state-of-the-art in LT and LRs and their
application in all aspects of e-society , this is the Conference to go

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