Appel: LREC 2008

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Sep 25 15:25:26 UTC 2007

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 12:02:09 +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,
Network, SIGLEX, TEI, Technolangue French Program, WRITE and with
major national and international organisations including the European
Commission - Information Society and Media, Unit E.2 "Content and



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

- Ontologies and knowledge representation

- Terminology

- Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web

- Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content

Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and applications


- 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
dialogue 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
considered. *




On-line submission form for abstracts is now available: please go to
the "Abstract submission" section on the LREC2008 web site
( and follow the procedure

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




*Submission of workshop, tutorial and panel proposals* should be made
by e-mail to the following e-mail address: lrec at and will
be reviewed by the Programme Committee.


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


    * *For workshops*:
          o The title
          o A brief technical description of the specific technical
            issues that the workshop will address
          o The reasons why the workshop is of interest
          o 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 institutions
          o The name and the e-mail address of the member of the
            workshop organising committee designated as the contact
          o The desirable duration of the workshop (half day or full
          o A summary of the intended call for participation
          o An estimate of the approximate audience size
          o 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*:
          o The title
          o A brief technical description of the tutorial content
          o The reasons why the tutorial is of interest
          o 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
          o The name and e-mail address of one tutorial speaker
            designated as the contact person
          o The duration of the tutorial (half day is the expected
            usual length)
          o An estimate of the approximate audience size
          o 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



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

· Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: *31 October
2007* * *

· Notification of acceptance of panels, workshops and tutorials
proposals:* * *22 November 2007*

· Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters: *4 February

· Final version of papers for the proceedings: * * *25 March 2008*

· Conference*: 28-30 May 2008*

· Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: *26 and 27 May 2008*

· Post-conference workshops and tutorials: *31 May and * *1 June 2008*
* *

*   *


Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising
meetings should contact well in advance the organisers at the
following e-mail address: lrec at .


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


The composition of the committees as well as instructions and
addresses for registration and accommodation in Marrakech will be
detailed on the conference website at

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