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SLATE 2014 : Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies


Conference Series : Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies
When Jun 19, 2014 - Jun 20, 2014
Where Bragança, Portugal
Submission Deadline Mar 9, 2014
Notification Due Apr 14, 2014
Final Version Due May 4, 2014
Categories    compilers   parsers   NLP   XML

Call For Papers

SLATE 2014 - Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies

19th - 20th June 2014

Auditório Alcínio Miguel
Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Relevant Dates:

Paper submission: March 9, 2014
Authors Notification: April 14, 2014
Final Paper Submission: May 4, 2014
Registration: May 5, 2014
SLATE Symposium: June 19-20

Short paper submission: April 14, 2014
Short paper authors notification: April 26, 2014

We often use languages. First, to communicate between ourselves. Later, to communicate with computers. And more recently, with the advent of networks, we found a way to make computers communicate between themselves. All these different forms of communication use languages, different languages, but that still share many similarities. In SLATE we are interested in discussing these languages.

SLATE is born from a group of researchers that share the fascination by the way languages work, being them natural or artificial. This group organized over a decade two different conferences: XATA, with interest in XML as the de facto language for computer interaction; and CoRTA, with interest in Compilers and related techniques to understand computer languages. SLATE arrives as the generalization of these two conferences into the abstraction of languages.

Being languages such a broad subject, SLATE is organized in three main tracks:

1. HCL Track: Processing Human-Computer Languages
The HCL track is where researchers, developers and educators exchange ideas and information on the latest academic or industrial work on language design, processing, assessment and applications.

2. CCL Track: Processing Computer-Computer Languages
The CCL track main goal is to provide a broad space for discussion about the XML mark-up language: examples of usage and associated technologies.

3. HHL Track: Processing Human-Human Languages
The HHL track is dedicated to the discussion of research projects and ideas involving natural language processing and their industrial application.

A detailed topic list for each one of these tracks is presented below.

HCL Track: Processing Human-Computer Languages

Programming language concepts and methodologies;
Language and Grammars, design, formal specification and quality;
Design of novel language constructs and their implementation;
Domain Specific Languages design and implementation;
Programming tools;
Programming, refactoring and debugging environments;
Dynamic and static analysis: Program Slicing;
Program Comprehension;
Program Visualization and Animation;
Compilation and interpretation techniques;
Code generation and optimization;
Programming Languages teaching methods;

CCL Track: Processing Computer-Computer Languages

Semantic Web and Ontologies;
Methodologies for specification in XML
XML compression, serialization and merging
XML Parsing and Querying;
XML Structuring
XML Transformation
XML Security
Web Services -- Architectures and Practical Cases
Web Technologies and Frameworks
XML Libraries and digital repositories
E-learning systems, standards and interoperability
Serialization languages

HHL Track: Processing Human-Human Languages

Computational morphology, syntax and semantics;
Machine translation and tools for computer assisted translation;
Computational terminology and lexicography;
Speech synthesis and understanding;
Information retrieval, extraction and automatic question answering;
Corpora linguistics;
NLP system and resource evaluation;
Public tools and resources for NLP;
Ontologies and knowledge representation;
Statistical Methods applied to NLP;
Language teaching support tools.

Invited Speakers
José-Luis Sierra – Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Language-driven software development
“Language-driven software development” consists in applying computer language design‑and‑implementation techniques to build conventional software.  In this talk we will review two different language-driven development approaches: domain-specific languages (DLSs), and language-oriented architectures (LOAs). The DSL approach focuses on the provision of languages specialized in different application aspects, which are used by developers, and even by domain experts, during application construction and maintenance. The LOA strategy, in its turn, conceives applications themselves as coordinated collections of language processors, which can be developed using language implementation tools  (parser generators, attribute grammar-based systems, etc.). In addition to presenting these approaches, we will use case studies from the fields of knowledge-based systems, e-Learning, semi-structured data processing, and Digital Humanities as illustrative examples.   

SLATE Publication Policy and Authors Information

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and digital support. They will also integrate the OASIcs series (

Selected papers’ authors should have the opportunity to publish extended versions of their papers in a special issue of ComSIS: Computer Science and Information Systems.

Papers should be written using the OASIcs LaTeX template, using the English language, and should not exceed 16 pages. Please refer to the submissions page in the website for details about the document preparation.

Short paper should also be written using the OASIcs LaTeX template, using the English language, but they should have only 6 to 8 pages. They will be also integrated in OASIcs series.

Contact and Updates

Updates are regularly posted in the symposium webpage and notified through different social networks (check the symposium webpage for details);
Organizers can be contacted using;

Symposium Chair

Maria João Varanda (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal)

Program Co-Chairs

Maria João Varanda (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal - HCL Track)
José Paulo Leal (Universidade do Porto, Portugal - CCL Track)
Alberto Simões (Universidade do Minho, Portugal - HHL Track)

Organization Committee

Maria João Varanda (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal )
José Paulo Leal (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Alberto Simões (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Pedro Henriques (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Nuno Carvalho (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
José Eduardo Fernandes (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal )
Paulo Matos (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal )
Paulo Alves (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal )

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