[Corpora-List] META-FORUM 2016: Call for Contributions

Georg Rehm georg.rehm at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 15:35:23 CEST 2016

Beyond Multilingual Europe

4/5 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal http://www.meta-forum.eu

Call for Contributions – Deadline: 20 May 2016

META-FORUM 2016 <http://www.meta-forum.eu/> is an international conference on powerful and innovative language technologies for the multilingual information society, the data value chain and the European multilingual Digital Single Market. META-FORUM is a conference series organised by META-NET <http://www.meta-net.eu/>, a European network of excellence that consists of 60 research centres in 34 European countries. After Brussels (2010, 2012), Budapest, (2011), Berlin (2013) and Riga (2015), META-FORUM 2016 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4/5 July.

META-FORUM 2016 is the very first event in the conference series with an open call for contributions – ranging from visionary ideas via concrete applications and industry requirements to recent research results. The target audience of the call are the European Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Speech, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Image and Multimedia Processing, Data and Knowledge communities and other relevant stakeholders. The event will consist of thematic sessions concentrating on high-level strategic topics, research results and technology areas that circle around the overarching goal of fully unleashing the power of language technologies for the benefit of our continent.

META-FORUM 2016 is a forum for all stakeholders around the topic of Multilingual Europe: researchers (from academia, research centres, industry); industry representatives who buy, integrate or design language technologies; European research and innovation projects; members and representatives of the language communities; associations and other organisations working on strategies or technologies for Multilingual Europe; national and international administrations and funding agencies; journalists; European citizens.

We want to discuss several key questions, among others: How can Language Technologies be designed, integrated, customised, in order to realise the Multilingual Digital Single Market? How can they be used to realise effective (multilingual) Data Value Chains? Where are the most severe technology, resource and data gaps? Which kind of problems need to be solved first and most urgently? What will multilingual Europe look like in 2030 or 2040? What kind of visionary applications does the language technology community foresee for 2025 and beyond? Where is the European Language Technology community and landscape headed? Are adjustments needed? Can we expect new paradigm shifts in any specific area or subarea of our field? Can we actively push for them? In which subareas? What is the current role of national or international funding agencies and the current mode of research support? Can we provide recommendations in terms of needed adjustments and increased collaboration? What directions should our community take and what can our community and the related stakeholders do to maximise the impact, visibility and dissemination of our research results? (As background material we would like to refer any interested colleagues to the META-NET Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe 2020 <http://www.meta-net.eu/sra>, published in early 2013.)

We invite the wider community to submit contributions specifically on these but also on other topics around Multilingual Europe and Language Technology. Contributions can be of a rather general, high-level, abstract nature or focus upon specific technical details. We especially invite contributions from young researchers who recently completed their PhD with excellent theses on topics that are highly relevant for a technology-enabled Multilingual Europe or that have the medium to long term potential to bring about smaller or bigger breakthroughs or paradigm shifts. At the same time we also invite contributions from all other members of the wider Language Technology community, including those who have decades of experience working in R&D, especially between research and industry, and who can provide valuable input, feedback and recommendations regarding META-NET’s highly ambitious goal of realising a technology-enabled Multilingual Europe.

At META-FORUM 2016 we will present, discuss and further shape the next version of the Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual Digital Single Market (SRIA), Version 0.5 of which was unveiled at META-FORUM 2015 under the umbrella of the Riga Summit 2015. The upcoming, new version of the SRIA will take into account the work carried out in other currently running European initiatives and provide complementary ideas with regard to the key question how to realise the Multilingual Digital Single Market.


We’re inviting the community to submit

- Visionary concepts

- Research, development or innovation results

- Position papers

- Novel ideas and new technological approaches

- Medium to long term strategic approaches (including roadmaps)

- Promising breakthroughs

on the overall topic of Multilingual Europe, especially in the context of the Multilingual Digital Single Market and effective crosslingual data value chains. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Machine Translation and multilingual as well as crosslingual


- Speech synthesis, speech generation, automatic speech recognition

- Text analytics, information extraction, relation extraction, semantic

analysis, parsing

- Integrated image and multimedia processing in connection with text and


- Data-, Big-Data-, Smart-Data-related technologies (including analytics

and generation)

- Knowledge technologies, semantic technologies, Semantic Web, Linked


- Personal assistants, dialogue systems, and other interactive


- Platforms, infrastructures and services for Multilingual Europe

- Language resources for Multilingual Europe (data sets, corpora,

lexicons, ontologies, under-resourced languages etc.)

- Interoperability and standardisation

- Strategic aspects, roadmaps, visionary concepts, position papers,

research and technology gaps

- Language Technology startups, new business models

- The relationship between Language Technology and IT topics with high

visibility such as, among others, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet

of Things (Industrie 4.0 etc.), robotics, mobile devices, apps, eHealth,

Smart Cities etc.

We invite contributions on the topics mentioned above and any related topics of interest that are relevant for META-NET’s overall goal of establishing Multilingual Europe through sophisticated language technologies, especially with regard to realising the Multilingual Digital Single Market, designing and implementing effective crosslingual data value chains, and visionary Language Technology applications for the year 2025 and beyond.


- Researchers who work in academia, research centres or industrial


- Industry representatives who use, design, buy, integrate language


- European or national projects (basic research, applied research,

transfer, innovation)

- Language service providers and language experts

- Language communities

- Associations and other organisations working on Multilingual Europe

- Representatives from national or international administrations and

funding agencies


- Publication of the call for papers: 20 April 2016

- Submissions due: 20 May 2016

- Notification of acceptance: 04 June 2016

- Conference: 04/05 July 2016

- Final version of accepted papers: 31 July 2016

- Publication of META-FORUM 2016 proceedings volume: autumn of 2016


We use easychair to handle the submission process for META-FORUM 2016. Please submit your papers at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=metaforum2016 before the deadline of 20 May 2016. All submissions will be peer-reviewed; the review process will not be anonymous.

Accepted contributions will be presented as shorter lightning talks, oral presentations, part of panel discussions, software demonstrations or as posters. Please indicate your preference.

Contributions should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS stylesheets <https://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>. Contributions should be submitted in PDF format.


All accepted submissions will be published in a conference proceedings volume after the event; we expect the book to be available by autumn/winter 2016.

Submission types

Please indicate your submission type when submitting your contribution:

- Papers – paper submissions have a length of between three and eight

pages (including references and appendices).

- Posters – poster submissions have a length of one or two pages

(including references and appendices). Ideal topics for poster submissions

are presentations of projects (e.g., EU projects or national projects) or

self-contained topics that would be too specific for an oral presentation.


Registration for META-FORUM 2016 is already possible and, as usual, free of charge: http://www.meta-net.eu/events/meta-forum-2016/registration


A list of hotels in the vicinity of the venue is available on http://www.meta-forum.eu.


META-FORUM 2016 will take place at Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (CRFIL). More information and a map are available on http://www.meta-forum.eu.


The PC consists of the META-NET Executive Board and partners of the CRACKER consortium.

Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, UK Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal Aljoscha Burchardt, DFKI, Germany Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway Marcello Federico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy Josef van Genabith, DFKI, Germany Marko Grobelnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia Barry Haddow, University of Edinburgh, UK Jan Hajic, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic Philipp Koehn, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and University of Edinburgh, UK Monica Monachini, ILC, Italy Stelios Piperidis, R.C. "Athena", Greece Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany Mike Rosner, University of Malta, Malta Lucia Specia, University of Sheffield, UK Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI, Germany Tamás Váradi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary Andrejs Vasiljevs, Tilde, Latvia François Yvon, LIMSI, France


Antonio Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal Aljoscha Burchardt, DFKI, Germany Thea Busch, DFKI, Germany Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany Nieves Sande, DFKI, Germany Ana Tavares, University of Lisbon, Portugal


Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany – georg.rehm at dfki.de


The first funded phase of META-NET was successfully completed in 2013 through the EU-funded projects T4ME, CESAR, METANET4U and META-NORD. The second phase of the META-NET initiative started in 2015, initially funded through the EU-project CRACKER (2015-2017). META-FORUM 2016 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 645357 (CRACKER). CRACKER is also the initiator and driver of the emerging Cracking the Language Barrier federation, consisting of organisations and projects that work on technologies for a Multilingual Europe.

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