Appel: LREC 2014

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Sep 18 10:24:11 UTC 2013

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:02:22 +0200
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[Apologies for multiple postings]

***ELRA and the LREC Programme Committee are very pleased to announce
that the LREC 2012 Proceedings have been accepted for inclusion in the
Conference Proceedings Citation Index of Thomson Reuters. The CPCI is
searchable through the Web of Science
platform and will provide authors with with unprecedented recognition.

LREC 2010 proceedings are currently under review, and chances that they
will be accepted are high! Once published, the proceedings of LREC 2014
will be submitted for inclusion in the CPCI.*

ELRA is glad to announce the 9th edition of LREC, organised with the
support of a wide range of international organisations.

LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for
Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims 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, on-going and planned activities, industrial
uses and needs, requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with
respect both to policy issues and to scientific/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 of investigations in language
sciences, progress in language technologies (LT) and development of
corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.


Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech,
* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs
* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge
* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation
* LRs and Semantic Web
* LRs and Crowdsourcing
* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications
* Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication
* LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction,
  information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech
  dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning,
  training and education, mobile communication, machine translation,
  speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text
  mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and
  multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice-activated services, etc.
* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like
  e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile
  applications, digital humanities, etc.
* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs 

Issues in LT evaluation
* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
* Validation and quality assurance of LRs
* Benchmarking of systems and products
* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems
* User satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation
* International and national activities, projects and collaboration
* Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international
  policies for LRs
* Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced
* Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative 
* Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues.


Big Data, Linked Open Data, LRs and HLT

The ever-increasing quantities of large and complex digital datasets,
structured or unstructured, multilingual, multimodal or multimedia, pose
new challenges but at the same time open up new opportunities for HLT
and related fields. Ubiquitous data and information capturing devices,
social media and networks, the web at large with its big data /
knowledge bases and other information capturing / aggregating /
publishing platforms are providing useful information and/or knowledge
for a wide range of LT applications.
LREC 2014 puts a strong emphasis on the synergies of the big Linked Open
Data and LRs/LT communities and their complementarity in cracking LT
problems and developing useful applications and services.

LRs in the Collaborative Age

The amount of collaboratively generated and used language data is
constantly increasing and it is therefore time to open a wide discussion
on such LRs at LREC. There is a need to discuss the types of LRs that
can be collaboratively generated and used.
Are lexicons, dictionaries, corpora, ontologies (of language data),
grammars, tagsets, data categories, all possible fields in which a
collaborative approach can be applied? Can collaboratively generated LRs
be standardised/harmonised? And how can quality control be applied to
collaboratively generated LRs? How can a collaborative approach ensure
that less-resourced languages receive the same digital dignity as
mainstream languages?
There is also a need to discuss legal aspects related to collaboratively
generated LRs. And last but not least: are there different types of
collaborative approaches, or is the Wikimedia style the best approach to
collaborative generation and use of LRs?

*Share your LRs!*

In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map -- now a normal step
in the submission procedure of many conferences -- LREC 2014 recognises
that the time is ripe to launch another important initiative, the LREC
Repository of shared LRs!
When submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share 
your LRs (data, tools, web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special 
LREC META-SHARE repository set up by ELRA.
Your LRs will be made available to all LREC participants before the 
conference, to be re-used, compared, analysed, ...
This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description,
may become a new "regular" feature for conferences in our field, thus
contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit
and share data.

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations,
poster and demo presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote
address by the winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize.

Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 15 
October 2013
Abstracts should consist of about 1500-2000 words, will be submitted
through START @**and will be

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15 October 2013
Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website
(*click Submission from the Home page*) and will be reviewed by the
Programme Committee.

The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same 

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster
Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less 
interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.

In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.

Nicoletta Calzolari -- CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale 
"Antonio Zampolli", Pisa - Italy (Conference chair)
Khalid Choukri -- ELRA, Paris - France
Thierry Declerck -- DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany
Hrafn Loftsson -- School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University - Iceland
Bente Maegaard -- CST, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Joseph Mariani -- LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay - France
Asuncion Moreno -- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain
Jan Odijk -- UIL-OTS, Utrecht - The Netherlands
Stelios Piperidis -- Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens - Greece

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