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LREC 2008 : The 6th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference


Conference Series : Language Resources and Evaluation
When May 28, 2008 - May 30, 2008
Where Marrakech, Morocco
Submission Deadline Oct 31, 2007
Categories    linguistics   computational linguistics   NLP

Call For Papers

LREC 2008
6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Palais des Congrés 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 LRs
�?�Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
�?�Methodologies and tools for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge
�?�Ontologies and knowledge representation
�?�Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web technologies
�?�Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup
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, etc.
�?� 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
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.
Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo presentations should consist of about 1500-2000
�?�Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: 31 October 2007
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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