Appel: LREC 2008

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Mon Jul 9 17:20:32 UTC 2007

Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 13:08:38 +0200
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LREC 2008 - 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference


Palais des Congrès Mansour Eddahbi, MARRAKECH - MOROCCO

MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2008

WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 26-27 MAY and 31 MAY- 1 JUNE 2008

Conference web site:

The sixth international conference on Language Resources and
Evaluation (LREC) will be organised in 2008 by ELRA in cooperation
with a wide range of international associations and organisations.


In 10 years - the first LREC was held in Granada in 1998 - LREC has
become the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for
Human Language Technologies (HLT). The aim of LREC 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
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 support to investigations in language
sciences, progress in language technologies and development of
corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.


Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources
(LRs): text, speech, multimodality
- Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for
- Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
- Methodologies and tools for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge
- Ontologies and knowledge representation
- Terminology
- Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web
- Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content
  markup Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and
- For: information extraction, information retrieval, speech
  dictation, mobile communication, machine translation, summarisation,
  web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning,
- In different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems,
  natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice
  activated services, etc.
- Communication with neighbouring fields of applications, e.g.
  e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile
  applications, etc.
- Industrial LRs requirements, user needs Issues in Human Language
  Technologies evaluation
- HLT Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
- Validation, quality assurance, evaluation of LRs
- Benchmarking of systems and products
- Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces, interactions and 
  dialog systems
- Usability and user satisfaction evaluation
General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation
- National and international activities and projects
- Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international
  policies for LRs
- Open architectures
- Organisational, economical and legal issues

Special Highlights

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.

LRs are currently developed and deployed in a much wider range of
applications and domains. LREC 2008 recognises the need to encompass
all those data that interact with language resources in an attempt to
model more complex human processes and develop more complex systems,
and encourages submissions on topics such as:

- Multimodal and multimedia systems, for Human-Machine interfaces,
  Human-Human interactions, and content processing

- Resources for modelling language-related cognitive processes,
  including emotions

- Interaction/Association of language and perception data, also for
  robotic systems


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


Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo
presentations should consist of about 1500-2000 words.

- Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: 31 October

Proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials will be reviewed by the 
Programme Committee.

- Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 31
  October 2007


The Proceedings on CD will include both oral and poster papers, in the
same format.
In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.


Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, 
Pisa, Italy (Conference chair)
Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Jan Odijk, Nuance Communications International, Belgium and UIL-OTS, 
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Stelios Piperidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), 
Athens, Greece
Daniel Tapias, Telefónica Móviles España, Madrid, Spain

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