Info: Dr. Stelios Piperidis to Serve as New ELRA President

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Oct 14 13:36:48 UTC 2008

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 14:57:25 +0200
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Press Release - Immediate - Paris, France, 6 October 2008

Dr. Stelios Piperidis to Serve as New ELRA President

Paris, France, 6 October 2008- The European Language Resources
Association (ELRA) announces today the results of the ELRA Board
election. This election has taken place during the 1 October 2008
Board Meeting, held right after the ELRA Annual General Assembly. The
newly elected President is Dr. Stelios Piperidis.

Dr Piperidis is a Director of Research at the Institute for Language
and Speech Processing (ILSP) / Research Centre “Athena”. He has been
the Head of the Department of Language Technology Applications of ILSP
since its inception in 1994. At the same time he is lecturing at the
National Technical University of Athens on Logic, Semantics and Human
Language Technology where he is also supervising postgraduate
students’ research projects. He was the Project Scientific Coordinator
of the Translearn/LRE, MUSA/IST and REVEAL THIS/IST projects. In 2001,
he was appointed national expert delegate, member of the Management
Committee of the eContent programme of the European Union. He
currently serves on several national and international editorial,
assessment and advisory panels and boards. He is co-founder and Board
member of Cognitron LLC and Knowledge-Language and Culture
Entrepreneurial Cluster in Athens.  His research interests include
statistical and deductive methods in natural language processing and
understanding, language resources and automatic linguistic knowledge
elicitation, machine translation and philosophy of language. He has
published more than 100 articles in international scientific books,
journals and proceedings of many international conferences, while he
has given several invited tutorial and keynote speeches.

Further to a change in the ELRA statutes, the ELRA Board is now
composed of 9 members:

    * Robrecht Comeyne, Secretary
    * Martine Garnier-Rizet, Vice-President
    * Theo van den Heuvel, Board Member
    * Jimmy Kunzmann, Treasurer
    * Asuncion Moreno, Board Member
    * Stelios Piperidis, President
    * Gabor Prószéky, Board Member
    * Gregor Thurmair, Vice-President
    * Hans Uszkoreit, Board Member

Khalid Choukri remains the General Secretary of the Association.

After serving 3 terms, which is the maximum allowed by the ELRA
statutes, Bente Maegaard (former ELRA President), Nicoletta Calzolari
(Vice-President) and Pasi Tapanainen (Board Member) have left the
Board.  ELRA is grateful to the 3 of them for the work they did for
the Association.

*** About ELRA ***

The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is a non-profit
making organisation founded in 1995, with the support of the European
Commission and the European HLT key-players, whether industrial or
academics. The mission of the Association is to promote language
resources (henceforth LRs) and evaluation for the Human Language
Technology (HLT) sector in all their forms and all their uses, in a
European context. Consequently the goals are: to coordinate and carry
out identification, production, validation, distribution,
standardisation of LRs, as well as support for evaluation of systems,
products, tools, etc. - related to language resources.
To find out more about ELRA, please visit our web site:
Helene Mazo
mazo at

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