Conference Announcements

LREC 2018

11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Mon, 07 May 2018 – Sat, 12 May 2018

The European Language Resource Association (ELRA) is glad to announce the 11th edition of LREC, co-organised with the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” (ILC-CNR) and with the support of international organisations – many from Asia: the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP), Oriental COCOSDA, the Association of Natural Language Processing - Japan, the Chinese Information Processing Society of China, the Linguistic Data Consortium, Artificial Intelligence Association of Thailand (AIAT), Korean Society for Language and Information (KSLI) and Korean Special Interest Group of Human and Cognitive Language Technology (SIGHCLT), Gengo-Shingen-Kyokai (GSK). Since the first LREC held in Granada in 1998, LREC has become the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Language Technologies (LT). The aim of LREC is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support to investigations in language sciences, progress and innovation in language technologies and development of corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, sign, gesture, image, in single or multimodal/multimedia data

  • Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability
  • Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
  • Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge
  • Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation
  • LRs and Semantic Web
  • LRs and Crowdsourcing
  • Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

 Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications

  • Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication
  • LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction, information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning, training and education, mobile communication, machine translation, speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning, sentiment analysis/opinion mining, etc.
  • Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensory interactions, voice-activated services, etc.
  • Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like e-government, e-participation, e-culture, e-health, mobile applications, digital humanities, social sciences, etc.
  • Industrial LRs requirements
  • User needs, LT for accessibility


Issues in LT evaluation

  • LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
  • Validation and quality assurance of LRs
  • Benchmarking of systems and products
  • Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems
  • User satisfaction evaluation


General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

  • International and national activities, projects and initiatives
  • Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs
  • Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced languages
  • Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative architectures
  • Replicability and reproducibility issues
  • Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues

Important Dates

 Submission of conference papers, workshops, tutorials and panels

  • Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: Extended to 2 October 2017
  • Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: Extended to 2 October 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of workshops and tutorials: 25 October 2017
  • Notification of accepted papers: 20 December 2017
  • Final Submission of accepted papers: 15 February 2018
  • Submission of workshop proceedings: 9 March 2018

 Conference & Workshops

  • Conference: 9-10-11 May, 2018
  • Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 7 and 8 May 2018
  • Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 12 May 2018
  • Welcome Reception: 9 May 2018
  • Gala Dinner: 11 May 2018

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