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Notice

AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Winter School in Language and Speech Technologies, 23-27 Jan 2012, SPAIN


2012 INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES - WSLST 2012 (formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies) Tarragona, Spain

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

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AIM:

WSLST 2012 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures on language and speech technologies at 
different levels. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and 
background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help 
students initiate and foster their research career.

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (http://grammars.grlmc.com/sslst2011/).

ADDRESSED TO:

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: 
Computer Science and Linguistics. Other students (for instance, from Mathematics, Electrical 
Engineering, Philosophy, or Cognitive Science) are welcome too.

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep 
themselves updated on developments in the field.

There will be no overlap in the class schedule.

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:

- Eneko Agirre (Donostia/San Sebastin), Semantic Processing of Text: Word Sense Disambiguation, 
Entity Linking and Semantic Similarity [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- William J. Byrne (Cambridge), Weighted Finite State Transducers in Statistical Machine 
Translation [introductory/advanced, 6 hours]
- Marcello Federico (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), Statistical Language Modeling [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
- Ralph Grishman (New York), Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]
- John Nerbonne (Groningen), Using Edit-Distance to Understand Linguistic Variation [introductory/advanced, 4 hours]
- Geoffrey K. Pullum (Edinburgh), The Formal Properties of Human Languages: Description with a View to Implementation [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- Jian Su (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore), Coreference Resolution and Discourse Relation Recognition [advanced, 4 hours]
- Christoph Tillmann (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Simple and Effective Algorithms and Models for Non-hierarchical Statistical Machine Translation [intermediate, 6 hours]
- David R. Traum (U Southern California), Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management [introductory, 10 hours]
- Dekai Wu (Hong Kong U of Science and Technology), Syntactic and Semantic Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done on line at

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/Registration.php

FEES:

They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 2011).

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - 
Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; account holder?s address: 
Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

Please mention WSLST 2012 and your full name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site.

Remarks:

- Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.
- People claiming early registration will be requested to prove that they gave the bank transfer 
order by the deadline.
- Students may be refunded only in the case when a course gets cancelled due to the unavailability
of the instructor.

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local 
organization, however, it is much recommended to do it earlier.

ACCOMMODATION:

Information about accommodation will be available on the website of the School.

CERTIFICATES:

Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their 
duration.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Announcement of the programme: September 26, 2011 
Starting of the registration: September 26, 2011 
Early registration deadline: November 13, 2011 
Starting of the School: January 23, 2012 
End of the School: January 27, 2012

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu@urv.cat

WEBSITE:

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

POSTAL ADDRESS:

WSLST 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Diputaci de Tarragona
Universitat Rovira i Virgili