[Corpora-List] META-FORUM 2016: Call for Contributions (deadline extended!)

Georg Rehm georg.rehm at gmail.com
Thu May 19 16:35:48 CEST 2016

META-FORUM 2016 Beyond Multilingual Europe

4/5 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal http://www.meta-forum.eu Call for Contributions Deadline for abstracts: 29 May 2016 (extended!)


- META-FORUM 2016 <http://www.meta-forum.eu/> will take place in Lisbon,

Portugal, on 4/5 July.

- Registration

<http://www.meta-net.eu/events/meta-forum-2016/registration> is already

open and free of charge – please



- We’re inviting the community to submit contributions.

- Extended deadline: 29 May 2016.

- Format: short abstracts (full papers also possible).

- Any topics related to technologies for multilingual Europe.

- Special theme: Technologies for the Multilingual Digital Single Market.

- All the details are available in the call below.

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.

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.

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:

- MT and multilingual as well as crosslingual technologies

- 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

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: 29 May 2016 (deadline extended!)

- 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


Please submit your contributions at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=metaforum2016 before the deadline of 29 May 2016 (this is the extended deadline). You can submit your contribution as an abstract, short paper or long paper; if you want to submit a longer paper, please don't exceed eight pages.

All submissions will be reviewed; the review process will not be anonymous.

Accepted contributions will be presented as shorter lightning talks, oral presentations, panel discussions, software demonstrations or as posters. Please indicate the preferred format of your contribution in your submission:

- Lightning talk: short paper or statement on a very specific topic, more

strategy and position-paper-oriented

- Oral presentation: longer presentation on a more complex topic,

typically more research-oriented

- Panel discussion: suggestion to organise a panel discussion on a

specific topic; good format for timely and controversial topics

- Software demonstration: suggestion to demonstrate a certain software (research

or commercial)

- Poster: ideal for presentations of projects (e.g., EU projects or

national projects) or self-contained topics that would be too specific

for an oral presentation

There are no formal requirements regarding the layout of contributions. However, we recommend to format your contributions according to the Springer LNCS stylesheets <https://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>. Please submit your contribution in PDF format.


We plan to publish a META-FORUM 2016 proceedings volume in collaboration with a well-known scientific publisher. After the conference, the authors of all accepted submissions will be invited to prepare full papers to be included in the conference proceedings volume.


Registration is open and 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


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


META-FORUM 2016 has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 645357 (CRACKER).

http://www.meta-forum.euhttp://www.meta-net.eu http://www.cracker-project.euhttp://www.cracking-the-language-barrier.eu

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