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LTC 2009 - Call for papers and important information

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to submit a paper to the Language and Technology Conference 2009, Poznañ, Poland, in November 6-8.

Please do notice that the Conference is extended to November 5 by Less-Resourced Languages Workshop (LRL 2009) co-organised by FlaReNet and Elra/Elda (see below).


We hope to see you in Poznañ.

Best regards

Zygmunt Vetulani, LTC 2009 Chair




Call for papers and participation


The 4th LANGUAGE AND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge

for Computer Science and Linguistics (LTC 2009), a meeting organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznañ, Poland in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (co-organizer), will take place on November 6-8, 2009.


Human Language Technologies (HLT) continue to be a challenge for computer science, linguistics and related fields as these areas become an ever more essential element of our everyday technological environment. Since the very beginning of the Computer and Information  Age these fields have influenced and stimulated each other. The European Union strongly supports HLT under the 7th Framework Program. These efforts as well as technological, social and cultural globalization have 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 invite you to join us at LTC in November 2009, as well as at the FlaReNet workshop (LRL 2009) on the theme "Getting Less-Resourced Languages on-Board!".


Zygmunt Vetulani

LTC 2009 Chair

vetulani at amu dot edu dot pl





The conference topics include the following (the ordering is not significative):

  - 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,

  - man-machine NL interfaces,

  - Logic Programming in Natural Language Processing,

  - speech processing,

  - NL applications in robotics,

  - text-based information retrieval and extraction,

  - question answering,

  - tools and methodologies for developing multilingual systems,

  - translation enhancement tools,

  - corpora-based methods in language engineering,

  - WordNet-like ontologies,

  - methodological issues in HLT,

  - language-specific computational challenges for HLTs (especially for languages other than English),

  - HLT standards,

  - HLTs as a support for foreign language teaching,

  - communicative intelligence,

  - legal issues connected with HLTs (problems and challenges),

  - contribution of HLTs to the Homeland Security problems (technology applications and legal aspects),

  - visionary papers in the field of HLT,

  - HLT's for the Less-Resourced Languages

  - HLT related policies,

  - system prototype presentations.


This list is by no means closed and we are open to further proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to feed us with you suggestions and ideas of how to satisfy your expectation concerning the program. 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 LTC Chair by email (vetulani at amu dot edu dot pl).





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


Victoria Arranz (ELRA, France)

Anja Belz (University of Brighton, UK)

Janusz S. Bieñ (Warsaw University, Poland)

Christian Boitet (IMAG, France)

Leonard Bolc (IPI PAN, Poland)

Lynne Bowker (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR, Italy)

Nick Campbell (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Julie Carson-Berndsen (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Khalid Choukri (ELRA, France)

Adam D¹browski (Poznañ University of Technology, Poland)

El¿bieta Dura (University of Skovde, Sweden)

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko³aczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University,Poland)

Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)

Cedrick Fairon (University of Louvain, Belgium)

Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)

Maria Gavrilidou (ILSP, Greece)

Dafydd Gibbon (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

Stefan Grocholewski (Poznañ University of Technology, Poland)

Franz Guenthner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Germany)

Hans Guesgen (Massey University, New Zealand)

Eva Hajièová (Charles University, Czech Republic)

Roland Hausser (Erlangen, Germany)

Eric Laporte (University Marne-la-Vallee, France)

Yves Lepage (University Caen Basse-Normandie, France)

Gerard Ligozat (LIMSI/CNRS, France)

Natalia Loukachevitch (Moscow State University, Russia)

Wies³aw Lubaszewski (AGH/UJ, Poland)

Bente Maegaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark)

Bernardo Magnini (ITC IRST, Italy)

Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS, France)

Jacek Martinek (Poznañ University of Technology, Poland)

Gayrat Matlatipov (Urgench State University,Uzbekistan)

Keith J. Miller (MITRE, USA)

Nicholas Ostler (Linguacubun Ltd., UK)

Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Pavel S. Pankov (National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan)

Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI-CNRS, France)

Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)

Emil P³ywaczewski (University of Bialystok, Poland)

Gabor Proszeky (Morphologic, Hungary)

Adam Przepiórkowski (IPI PAN, Poland)

Reinhard Rapp (University Mainz, Germany)

Zbigniew Rau (PPBW, Poland)

Mike Rosner (University of Malta)

Justus Roux (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Vasile Rus (University of Memphis, Fedex Inst. of Technology, USA)

Rafa³ Rzepka (University of Hokkaido, Japan)

Frédérique Ségond (Xerox, France)

Zhongzhi Shi (Institute of Computing Technology / Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

W³odzimierz Sobkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Hanna Szafrañska (Adam Mickiewucz Foundation, Poland)

Marek Œwidziñski (Warsaw University, Poland)

Ryszard Tadeusiewicz (AGH, Poland)

Dan Tufiº (RCAI, Romania)

Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI,Germany)

Piek Vossen (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Tom Wachtel (Independent Consultant, Italy)

Jan Wêglarz (Poznañ University of Technology, Poland)

Richard Zuber (CNRS, France)





Zygmunt Vetulani - Chair


Marek Kubis

Piotr Kuszyk

Jacek Marciniak

Tomasz Obrêbski

Jêdrzej Osiñski

Justyna Walkowska

(all from the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznañ, Poland)



Contact: ltc at amu dot edu dot pl





The conference language is English.





The conference accepts papers in English. Papers (5 formatted pages) are due by July 31, 2009 (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, however, do observe the following:


1. Accepted fonts for texts are Times Roman, Times New Roman. Courier is recommended for program listings. 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 paper 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.


Detailed guidelines for the final submission of accepted papers will be

published on the conference Web site by September 10, 2009 (acceptance

notification date).



All submissions are to be made electronically via the LTC 2009 web submission system. Acceptance/rejection notification will be sent by September 10, 2009.





Acceptance will be based on the reviewers' assessments (anonymous submission model). The accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings (hard copy, with ISBN number) and on CD-ROM. The abstracts of the accepted contributions will also be made available via the conference page (during its lifetime). Publication requires full electronic registration and payment of the conference fee (full registration) by at least one of the co-authors by October 1, 2009. (In case of more than one accepted paper a special regulation will be applied. This regulation will be announced later on.)


A post-conference volume with extended versions of selected papers will be published.


The LTC 2007 post-conference volume is going to appear in the Springer Verlag series LNAI (vol. 5603).




- Deadline for submission of papers for review:  July 31, 2009.

- Acceptance/Rejection notification: September 10, 2009.

- Deadline for submission of final versions of accepted papers: October 1, 2009.

- Conference: November 6-8, 2009.




Only electronic registration will be possible. Details will be provided later on www.ltc.amu.edu.pl.




Non-student participants:

  - Regular registration (payment by October 4, 2009) 160 EURO

  - Late registration (payment after October 4, 2009) 190 EURO


Student participants:

  - Regular registration (payment before October 4, 2009)  100 EURO

  - Late registration (payment after October 4, 2009)  120 EURO


Extra 40 Euro will be charged for the LRL Workshop participation (5.11.2009, cf below).


Student registrations must be accompanied by a proof of full-time student status valid on the payment date. Registrants are requested to scan and e-mail their proof of student status to ltc at amu dot edu dot pl. The e-mail subject field must have the following format:

  LTC-09-StudentStatus-< Name_of_participant >  

  (e.g. LTC-09-StudentStatus-VETULANI)


The conference fee covers:

  - Participation in the scientific programme.

  - Conference materials.

  - Proceedings on CD and paper.

  - Social events (banquet,...).

  - Coffee breaks.




The payment methods will be detailed here shortly.






Hyde Park Corner. We will arrange "A Hyde Park style Speakers' Corner" for non-reviewed presentations and     positions. A limited number of presentations (depending on the available space) will be accepted. The content must meet the conference scope and aims. Both form and content must conform to Polish and International Law. Texts will be presented on the sole responsibility of the authors/presenters and will not be published or reproduced in the Conference documents.


Book exhibition (call for exhibitors in preparation).

Authors are invited to bring hard copies of their papers and books. We plan to make special presentations of the achievements of the conference participants, irrespective of whether they are directly related to the conference topic.


Other 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.




Poland, The City of Poznañ. More information soon.




As at the 2nd and 3rd Language and Technology Conferences (2005, 2007) special awards will be granted to the best student papers. Regular or PhD students (on the date of paper submission) are eligible.


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 Woliñski (IPI PAN, Warsaw).  


In 2007 this distinction went to Daria Fišer (University of Ljubljana)



LRL WORKSHOP: Getting Less-Resourced Languages on-Board!


Name: Getting Less-Resourced Languages on-Board!


Date: 5.11.2009, half-day (13h30 – 18h00) + cocktail



Language Technologies (LT) provide an essential support to the challenge of Multilingualism. In order to develop them, it is necessary to have access to Language Resources (LR) and to assess LT performances. To this regard, the situation is very different across the different languages. Little or sparse data exist for languages in countries or regions where limited efforts have been devoted to such issues in the past, also known as Less-Resourced Languages (LRL). The workshop aims at reporting the needs, at presenting achievements and at proposing solutions for the future, both in terms of LR and of LT evaluation, especially in the European, Euro-Mediterranean and regional frameworks. This will allow to identity the factors that have an impact on a potential and shared roadmap towards supplying LR and LT for all languages.



-           Experience in the production, validation and distribution of LR for less-resourced languages

-           Experience in the evaluation of LT for less-resourced languages

-           Infrastructures for making available LR and LT in less-resourced languages

-           Alternative approaches (comparable corpora, pivot languages, language clustering


-           To be completed



Co-Chairs: Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI-CNRS), Khalid Choukri(ELRA & ELDA), Zygmunt Vetulani (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)


LRL Workshop Program Committee (tentative): (in constitution)


Paper submission deadline: August 15.


Sponsors: FLaReNet, ELRA


Inscriptions: as for the general LTC (+ cc to workshop chairs)


Fees: inscription fees to the LTC + extra 40 Euros or 80 Euros for the Workshop-only attenders.


Paper/abstract submission: as for the general LTC(EasyChair) + to the LTL workshop chairs


Presentation: publication in the LTC proceedings (paper + CD)


Reviewing: up to the workshop chairs + scientific committee


Program: The workshop will comprise presentations (including keynote talks) and a panel session, including a EC representative (tentative). In addition, selected speakers will be invited to

present their papers to a larger audience at the main LTC conference.








Participants from some non-EU countries may need visas to enter Poland. Visa delivery is exclusively in competence of the appropriate Visa Authorities (of Poland or other Schengen countries). If you have any doubts, we recommend you to check your situation with the nearest Polish Consulate in your country of residence. If necessary, we can confirm that we have accepted your paper for presentation at the conference and that you are expected to present your paper personally. Upon request, we may also write a confirmation letter (in Polish) directly to the Polish Consulate indicated by you. To do this we will need a request letter (e-mail) from you in which you will provide us with the address of the Consulate you wish us to contact.


To get information about countries whose citizens are not required to have a visa when entering Poland and to find important telephone numbers you may also visit the web site of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.msz.gov.pl/index.php?document=2 (see Consular Information http://www.msz.gov.pl/Consular,Information,2345.html).





The 4-th Language and Technology Conference

Adam Mickiewicz University

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Department of Computer

Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence

ul. Umultowska 87

PL 61-614 Poznañ


E-mail: ltc at amu dot edu dot pl


WWW: http://www.ltc.amu.edu.pl/