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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: 3rd Language & Technology Conference

www.ltc.amu.edu.pl

3rd Language & Technology Conference:
Human Language Technologies
as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics
October 5-7, 2007, Pozna, Poland 

Dear Colleagues, 
You are kindly invited to participate in the 3rd Language and Technology Conference (L&TC'07), organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna, Poland in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation in October 5-7, 2007. 

At the beginning of the 7th Framework Program, recently launched by the European Commission, Human Language Technologies continue to be a challenge for computer science, linguistics and related fields as these technologies become an ever more essential element of our everyday technological environment. Since Ajdukiewicz, Tarski, Turing and Chomsky (i.e. since the very beginning of the Computer Age) these fields have influenced and stimulated each other. Technological, social and cultural globalization has created a favorable climate for the intensive exchange of novel ideas, concepts and solutions across initially distant disciplines. We aim at further contributing to this exchange and we invite you to join us at L&TC'07 in Pozna, this year. 

I have pleasure to announce that Piek Vossen (University of Amsterdam) accepted our invitation to give the Keynote Speaker Talk at the conference.
Zygmunt Vetulani

L&TC'07 Chair 
vetulani@amu.edu.pl

CONTACT
Address
3rd Language & Technology Conference (L&T'07)
Adam Mickiewicz University
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Department of Computer Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence
ul. Umultowska 87

PL 61-614 Pozna
e-mail: ltc@amu.edu.pl
www.ltc.amu.edu.p

CONFERENCE TOPICS
The conference program will include the following topics (a non-exclusive list): 
* electronic language resources and tools
* formalisation of natural languages
* parsing and other forms of NL processing
* computer modelling of language competence
* NL user modelling
* NL understanding by computers
* knowledge representation
* WordNet technologies, ontologies (cf. L&TC WordNet Special Track)
* man-machine NL interfaces
* Logic Programming in Natural Language Processing
* corpus linguistics
* speech processing
* NL applications in robotics
* text-based information retrieval and extraction, question answering
* question answering
* tools and methodologies for developing multilingual systems
* translation enhancement tools
* methodological issues in HLT
* prototype presentations
* language-specific computational challenges for HLTs (especially for languages other than English)
* HLT standards
* HLT support for foreign language teaching
* communicative intelligence
* legal problems connected with HLTs (problems and challenges) 
* contribution of HLTs to the homeland security problems (application and legal aspects) (cf. L&TC Homeland Security Workshop)
* vision papers in the field of HLT
* HLT related policies
You will have noted that we intend to continue traditional HLT interest areas (cf. L&TC'05 topics). You may also have observed that we have included a new dimension at the frontier between HLTs and the Homeland Security field. We invite authors working in this domain to contribute either on theoretical issues (e.g. legal aspects of development and application of HLTs) or technical developments (applications, software, language infrastructure and tools). Political and mature vision papers in this field are also welcome. (see the Homeland Security Workshop)

This list is by no means closed and we are open to further proposals. The Program Committee is also open to suggestions concerning accompanying events (workshops, exhibits, panels, etc). Suggestions, ideas and observations may be addressed directly to the L&TC Chair by email (vetulani@amu.edu.pl).

L&TC WORDNET SPECIAL TRACK

The WordNet Special Track will be a part of the L&TC'07 event. It will be co-chaired by Karel Pala, Christiane Fellbaum and Piek Vossen. It will focus on development of new WordNets, related tools and WordNet applications in AI. 
The submission deadlines, fees, registration and payment procedures remain the same as for the rest of the L&TC. For the reviewing purposes only, the contributions should be subtitled "Submission to L&TC WordNet Special Track". 
If you desire to know more please do contact Karel Pala by e-mail (pala@fi.muni.cz).

L&TC HOMELAND SECURITY WORKSHOP

L&TC Homeland Security workshop will be a part of the L&TC'07 event. It will be co-chaired by Emil Pywaczewski and Zbigniew Rau. It will focuss on applications of Language Technologies in security research (security of citizen) and the related legal aspects. 
The submission deadlines, fees, registration and payment procedures remain the same as for the rest of the L&TC. For the reviewing purposes only, the contributions should be subtitled "Submission to L&TC Homeland Security Workshop".If you desire to know more, please do contact the workshop secretary Jarosaw Szymaniak (jaroslaw.szymaniak@ppbw.pl).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Zygmunt Vetulani (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna, Poland) - chair

Victoria Arranz (ELRA, France)
Anja Belz (University of Brighton, UK)
Janusz Bie (Warsaw University, Poland)
Christian Boitet (IMAG, France)
Leonard Bolc (IPI PAN, Poland)
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR, Italy)
Nick Campbell (ATR, Japan)
Julie Carson-Berndsen (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Khalid Choukri (ELRA, France)
Adam Dbrowski (Pozna University of Technology, Poland)
Elbieta Dura (University of Goeteborg/Lexware Labsg, Sweden)
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Koaczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna, Poland)Cedric Fairon (University of Louvain, Belgium)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)
Aleksander Gerd (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)
Dafydd Gibbon (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Stefan Grocholewski (Pozna University of Technology, Poland)
Franz Guenthner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Mnchen, Germany)
Roland Hausser (Erlangen, Germany)
Wacaw Iszkowski (PIIT, Poland) 
Margaret King (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Orest Kossak (Technical University Lviv/Ericpol Telecom, Ukraine)
Eric Laporte (University Marne-la-Vallee, France)
Gerard Ligozat (LIMSI/CNRS, France)
Natalia Loukachevitch (Research Computing Center of Moscow State University, Russia)
Wiesaw Lubaszewski (AGH/UJ, Poland)
Bente Maegaard (Centre for Language Technology, Denmark)
Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS, France)
Jacek Martinek (Pozna University of Technology, Poland)
Vclav Matousek (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Chech Rep.)
Keith J. Miller (MITRE, USA)
Nicholas Ostler (Linguacubun Ltd., UK)
Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Czech Rep.)
Pavel S. Pankov (National Academy of Sciences, Kyr (Oklahoma State University, USA)
Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI-CNRS, France)
Emil Pywaczewski (University of Bialystok, Poland)
Adam Przepirkowski (IPI PAN, Poland)
Reinhard Rapp (University Mainz, Germany)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Justus Roux (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Vasile Rus (University of Memphis, Fedex Inst. of Technology, USA)
Frdrique Sgond (Xerox, France)
Marek widziski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Ryszard Tadeusiewicz (AGH, Poland 
Dan Tufis (RCAI, Romania)
Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Germany)
Piek Vossen (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Tom Wachtel (Independent Consultant, Italy)
Jan Wglarz (Pozna University of Technology, Poland)
Richard Zuber (CNRS, France)


PAPERS SUBMISSION

The conference and publication language is English. Papers (5 formatted pages) are due by May 20, 2007 (midnight, any time zone) and should not identify the author(s) in any manner. In order to facilitate submission we have decided to reduce the formatting requirements as much as possible at this stage. Please, do observe the following: 
1. Accepted fonts are Time Roman, Times New Roman and Courier (recommended for programs); character size for the main text should be 10 points, with 11 points leading (line spacing).
2. Text should be presented in 2 columns, 8,42 cm each with 0,95 cm between columns (gutter).
3. The document size is 5 pages formatted according to (1) and (2) above.
4. The use of PDF format is strongly recommended, although MS Word will also be accepted.
5. Papers should be submitted using the EasyChair submission system.
6. A security copy should be sent by e-mail to ltc@amu.edu.pl. 
You may also use the templates (ELRA/LREC based format) for MS Word or Latex. 

Detailed GUIDELINES for the final submission of accepted papers will be published at the conference site before June 16, 2007 (acceptance notification date). 
All submissions are to be made electronically via the EasyChair submission system. The security copy sent to ltc@amu.edu.pl will NOT be considered for reviewing unless exceptional emergency cases.

Submissions to LT&C special tracks or workshops follow the same general procedure as any other submission except that papers must be subtitled in the appropriate way (for reviewing only), cf. sections about L&TC WordNet Special Track and L&TC Homeland Security Workshop, above.

PUBLICATION POLICY

Acceptance will be based on the reviewers' assessments (anonymous submission model, blind reviewing). Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings (hard copy, with ISBN number) and on CD-ROM. The abstracts of the contributions accepted will also be made available via the conference page (during its lifetime). Publication requires electronic registration and payment of the conference fee (full registration) by at least one co-author. A post-conference volume with extended versions of selected papers is planned for publication in the Springer Verlag Series "Lecture Notes in AI" (LNAI).

IMPORTANT DATES/DEADLINES
Deadline for submission of papers for review  -  May 20, 2007
Acceptance/Rejection notification  -  June 15, 2007 
Submission of final versions of accepted papers.  -  July 15, 2007

REGISTRATION
Registration will be exclusively via the Internet (www.ltc.amu.edu.pl). In case of problems, please do contact the Chair or the Secretary. All participants, irrespective of category or mode of payment, are requested to register in order to qualify for the receipt of conference documents. Electronic registration must be completed by September 3, 2007 for those who wish having their names included in conference documents. 

The following two steps are mandatory for full registration of regular attendees: 
1 Electronic registration using ConfTool.
2. Payment of the conference fee.
Only full registration entitles people to participation in the conference.

FEES

Early registration (payment before May 20, 2007) 
- Regular non-student participants :  100 EURO
- Regular student participants:  60 EURO

Regular registration (payment before July 16, 2007)
- Regular non-student participants :  130 EURO
- Regular student participants:  70 EURO

Late registration (payment after July 15, 2007)
- Regular non-student participants :  160 EURO
- Regular student participants:  100 EURO

Registration will be exclusively via the Internet (www.ltc.amu.edu.pl). 
To be entitled to student rates the participant must present a student card valid on October 5, 2007. 

Detailed payment instructions will be announced shortly on the conference website.
The conference fee covers: 
- Participation in the scientific programme
- Conference materials
- Proceedings on CD and paper
- Social events (banquet
Coffee during session breaks

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

By credit card (recommended):
Please do follow the following 6 step procedure:
1. If not registered yet, do it now using ConfTool
2. Download the form: [credit card form DOC] or [credit card form PDF]
3. Print the form
4. Complete the form
5. Sign the form
6. Send the signed form by fax to: +48 61 8279701 (Fundacja Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu)
By bank transfer to the account: 

Fundacja Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu 
ul. Rubie 46 
PL 61-612 Pozna
PL 92 1020 4027 0000 1502 0034 2394
PKO BP S.A. II O/Pozna
SWIFT: BPKO PL PW

You may download and print bank transfer information: [bank transfer form DOC] or [bank transfer form PDF]

Important: if payment by bank transfer, all transfer fees must be covered by the participant.

Important: make sure you have included the name of the conference and your family name as part of the payment reference

EXHIBITIONS
Book exhibition is planned. Participants to the conference will have opportunity to present their research activities in form of books and papers, not necessarily related to the conference topics. (Please contact the organizers if you wish more information).

SPECIAL EVENTS
Besides the standard conference presentation of papers, the Organizers are open to various kinds of initiatives (expos, demos, satellite workshops, panels, awards). A program of special events is now under construction. You are welcome to contact us with your suggestions.

SPECIAL AWARDS FOR STUDENTS
Special awards will be granted to the three best student papers. In 2005 the Jury, composed of the Program Committee members present at the conference, awarded this distinction to: 
Ronny Melz (University of Leipzig),
Hartwig Holzapfel (University of Karlsruhe),Marcin Woliski (IPI PAN, Warsaw).

FOR KNOWING MORE AND TO FOLLOW NEWS ABOUT THE L&TC: 
visit the conference www.ltc.amu.edu.pl or write to ltc@amu.edu.pl