LINGUIST List 15.2254

Sun Aug 8 2004

FYI: 2nd Australasian Lang Technology Summer School

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  • Diego Molla, 2nd Australasian Language Technology Summer School

    Message 1: 2nd Australasian Language Technology Summer School

    Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 04:08:38 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Diego Molla
    Subject: 2nd Australasian Language Technology Summer School

    2nd Australasian Language Technology Summer School Short Title: ALTSS 2004

    Date: 04-Dec-2004 - 07-Dec-2004 Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia Contact: Diego Molla Contact Email: Meeting URL:

    Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics

    Meeting Description: The Australasian Language Technology Summer School will consist of about 8 short courses, targetted at postgraduate students and researchers in academia and industry.

    There will be introductory courses on text technologies, speech technologies, statistical language processing and data-intensive linguistics.

    Advanced courses will be offered on a selection of the following topics: grammar formalisms, parsing, generation, dialogue systems, machine learning, information retrieval, information extraction, text classification, and human-computer interaction.

    Courses will take place on 4-7 December. Australasian Language Technology Summer School 4-7 December 2004, Macquarie University

    Most human knowledge, and most human communication, is represented and expressed using language, both in written and spoken forms. Language technologies permit computers to process human language, providing more natural human-machine interfaces, and more sophisticated access to stored information. Language technologies will play a central role in the multilingual information society of the future. After the successful Summer School held in Melbourne in December 2003, this year we are going to co-locate the event with the Australian International Conference on Speech Science & Technology (SST 2004) at Macquarie University []. Like last year, there will also be a workshop, this year taking place on 8 December []. As was the case last year, the summer school will consist of both introductory and advanced courses.

    Introductory Courses The introductory courses do not presuppose any specific knowledge of language technology, though some knowledge of computing will be assumed. These courses are ideal for students who want to start postgraduate studies in the area, researchers who want to learn about language technology, and those in industry who want to learn about the scope for language technology in industry. The provisional list of courses is as follows: * Speech Processing (David Grayden, The Bionic Ear Institute) * Speech Annotation with EMU (Steve Cassidy, Macquarie University) * VoiceXML (Rolf Schwitter, Macquarie University) * Grammar Formalisms (Ash Asudeh, University of Canterbury)

    Advanced Courses The advanced courses are targetted at specific topics within the area of language technology. Basic knowledge in language technology at the level of Honours, Masters, or equivalent is assumed. The provisional list of courses is as follows: * Prosody (Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne - 3 hours) * Text Classification (Jon Patrick, University of Sydney) * Maximum Enthropy (James Curran, University of Sydney) * Information Retrieval (Justin Zobel, RMIT University and Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne * Multiword Expressions (Timothy Baldwin, University of Melbourne) The course program is structured so that attendees will be able to attend up to two introductory courses and two advanced courses.

    Diego Molla on behalf of the ALTA Executive Committee Wed, 4 Aug 2004 04:08:38 -0400 (EDT)">