[Corpora-List] Press Release: Dr. Stelios Piperidis to Serve as New ELRA President

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Press Release - Immediate - Paris, France, 6 October 2008

ELRA INTRODUCES NEW BOARD Dr. Stelios Piperidis to Serve as New ELRA President

Paris, France, 6 October 2008- The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) announces today the results of the ELRA Board election. This election has taken place during the 1 October 2008 Board Meeting, held right after the ELRA Annual General Assembly. The newly elected President is Dr. Stelios Piperidis.

Dr Piperidis is a Director of Research at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) / Research Centre “Athena”. He has been the Head of the Department of Language Technology Applications of ILSP since its inception in 1994. At the same time he is lecturing at the National Technical University of Athens on Logic, Semantics and Human Language Technology where he is also supervising postgraduate students’ research projects. He was the Project Scientific Coordinator of the Translearn/LRE, MUSA/IST and REVEAL THIS/IST projects. In 2001, he was appointed national expert delegate, member of the Management Committee of the eContent programme of the European Union. He currently serves on several national and international editorial, assessment and advisory panels and boards. He is co-founder and Board member of Cognitron LLC and Knowledge-Language and Culture Entrepreneurial Cluster in Athens. His research interests include statistical and deductive methods in natural language processing and understanding, language resources and automatic linguistic knowledge elicitation, machine translation and philosophy of language. He has published more than 100 articles in international scientific books, journals and proceedings of many international conferences, while he has given several invited tutorial and keynote speeches.

Further to a change in the ELRA statutes, the ELRA Board is now composed of 9 members:

* Robrecht Comeyne, Secretary

* Martine Garnier-Rizet, Vice-President

* Theo van den Heuvel, Board Member

* Jimmy Kunzmann, Treasurer

* Asuncion Moreno, Board Member

* Stelios Piperidis, President

* Gabor Prószéky, Board Member

* Gregor Thurmair, Vice-President

* Hans Uszkoreit, Board Member

Khalid Choukri remains the General Secretary of the Association.

After serving 3 terms, which is the maximum allowed by the ELRA statutes, Bente Maegaard (former ELRA President), Nicoletta Calzolari (Vice-President) and Pasi Tapanainen (Board Member) have left the Board. ELRA is grateful to the 3 of them for the work they did for the Association.

*** About ELRA *** The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is a non-profit making organisation founded in 1995, with the support of the European Commission and the European HLT key-players, whether industrial or academics. The mission of the Association is to promote language resources (henceforth LRs) and evaluation for the Human Language Technology (HLT) sector in all their forms and all their uses, in a European context. Consequently the goals are: to coordinate and carry out identification, production, validation, distribution, standardisation of LRs, as well as support for evaluation of systems, products, tools, etc. - related to language resources. To find out more about ELRA, please visit our web site: www.elra.info Contact: Helene Mazo mazo at elda.org

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