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Second CFP: 2nd Baltic Conference on Human Language Technologies

Dear colleagues,

please distribute the message below among your students and colleagues.

The latest news is that ISCA is supporting our conference by giving grants to students and young scientists, see http://www.isca-speech.org/grants.html
Please inform your students about this opportunity, as well.

Also please pay attention to excellent program of the Tutorials Day, which provides seven lectures by well-known scholars!

Deadline for abstracts is January 17, but depending on the number of submitted abstracts we may extend it for one week!

With best regards,
Einar Meister

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The Second Baltic Conference on HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES
Tallinn, Estonia, April 4 - 5, 2005


Tutorials Day
Tallinn, Estonia, April 6, 2005


Supported by ISCA http://www.isca-speech.org/workshops.html

Organised in co-operation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology and the Institute of the Estonian Language.

----- AIMS and SCOPE ------

The main aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the sharing of new ideas and recent advances in human language processing and promote interdisciplinary co-operation between the research communities of computer science and linguistics from the Baltic countries and the rest of the world.

The conference is a follow-up of the 1st Baltic Conference on HUMAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES held in Riga, Latvia, April 21-22, 2004.

The conference programme includes invited talks and regular sessions with contributions selected by an international programme committee.

The Tutorials Day provides seven presentations on different topics in written and spoken language processing given by well-known scholars.

----- TOPICS -----

Original contributions dealing with both theory and/or applications of human language processing are invited. Contributions on HLT policy, programs and supported activities in Baltic countries and EU are also welcome.

The conference topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- HLT in Baltic countries - overview, policy, opportunities
- co-operation in HLT in the Baltic Sea area and in the EU
- speech analysis and synthesis
- speech and speaker recognition
- written and spoken language resources and standards
- machine translation
- discourse and dialogue
- information retrieval systems
- multi-modal dialogue systems
- language technology for education, learning and rehabilitation
- new applications of HLT-systems including Internet and mobile devices

----- INVITED SPEAKERS -------

Steven Krauwer (title to be announced)
Sadaoki Furui "Spontaneous speech recognition and summarization"
Nick Campbell "Expressive Speech Synthesis"
Martin Volk "The role of the Web in Machine Translation"
Helge Dyvik "Translations as a semantic knowledge source"
Kristiina Jokinen "Challenges for adaptive conversational agents"

------- SUBMISSION -------

An abstract (150-400 words) should be submitted electronically via submission form available on http://ioc.ee/hlt2005/ or sent by January 17, 2005 to the following e-mail address: hlt2005 at phon dot ioc dot ee

All abstracts will be reviewed by the international programme committee and the acceptance notification will be by February 1, 2005.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Full papers in English (not exceeding four pages) should be submitted electronically before February 28, 2005.

Instructions for authors will be sent with the acceptance notification.

------ REGISTRATION ------

Only electronic registration on the conference web-site http://ioc.ee/hlt2005/ is available.

----- CONFERENCE FEE -------

Regular participants:
Early registration:      80 EUR
Regular registration: 100 EUR
On-site registration:  120 EUR 

Student participants: 50 EUR

NB! Participants from Baltic countries can apply for a discount of 20 %.

------ TUTORIALS FEE ------

Regular participants:
Early registration:     40 EUR
Regular registration:  50 EUR
On-site registration:   60 EUR

Student participants: 30 EUR

------ IMPORTANT DATES ------

Submission of abstracts: January 17, 2005
Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2005
Final paper submission: February 28, 2005
Early registration deadline: March 4, 2005
Regular registration deadline: March 30, 2005
Conference: April 4-5, 2005
Tutorials Day: April 6, 2005
------ VENUE -----

Tallinn is one of the best-retained medieval European towns with its web of winding cobblestone streets, which developed in the 11th to 15th centuries, preserved nearly in its entirety. The Old Town of Tallinn has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The golden era in Tallinn's history lies in the period between the early 15th and mid 16th centuries. Tallinn had attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership in the Hanseatic League. A walk through Tallinn's Old Town brings a heightened understanding of the rich history of the town, as well as a mysterious sense of the atmosphere of the old days, a unique chance to experience the layers of time. http://www.tallinn.info/

------ CONFERENCE VENUE ------

The Conference will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, in The House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads located in the Old Town of Tallinn (Pikk 26). The House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads is nearly the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn.

----- TUTORIALS VENUE ------

The Tutorials Day will be held at the Institute of the Estonian Language, Roosikrantsi 6, located in the centre of Tallinn, in walking distance from the conference venue.

------- PROGRAMME COMMITTEE --------

Steven Krauwer, European Network of Language Excellence (Elsnet), The Netherlands
Björn Granström, KTH, Sweden
Stefan Werner, University of Joensuu, Finland
Tom Br¸ndsted, Aalborg University, Denmark
Einar Meister, Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia
Ülle Viks, Institute of the Estonian Language, Estonia
Mare Koit, University of Tartu, Estonia
Andrejs Vasiljevs, Tilde, Latvia
Inguna Skadina, University of Latvia, Tilde, Latvia
Andrejs Spektors, University of Latvia, Latvia
Ruta Marcinkeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Laimutis Telksnys, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Lithuania
Matti Karjalainen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland


Einar Meister, Institute of Cybernetics
Urmas Sutrop, Institute of the Estonian Language
Toomas Altosaar, Helsinki University of Technology
Margit Langemets, Institute of the Estonian Language
Meelis Mihkla, Institute of the Estonian Language
Tanel Alumäe, Institute of Cybernetics
Kadri Vider, University of Tartu
Lya Meister, Institute of Cybernetics
Monika Perkmann, Institute of Cybernetics

------- CONTACT ADDRESS -------

Einar Meister, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Phonetics and Speech Technology
Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn Technical University
Akadeemia tee 21
12618 Tallinn

Web-site: http://www.ioc.ee/hlt2005
e-mail: hlt2005 at phon dot ioc dot ee
phone: +372 620 4200
fax:  +372 620 4151