1st International Workshop on Language Technology Platforms (IWLTP 2020)

1st INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON
LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS (IWLTP 2020)

16 May 2020 – Marseille, France – co-located with LREC 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for Submissions: 21 February 2020

 

With the increasing number of platforms, grids and infrastructures in the wider area of Language Technologies (LT), NLP, NLU, speech (including conversational agents), interaction and language-centric AI, there is also a growing need for sharing experiences, approaches and best practices to learn and benefit from the work of others and also, practically, to start a collaboration towards platform interoperability.

The workshop addresses all smaller and larger language grids, language-related infrastructures, platform initiatives (including general and domain-specific) as well as collaborative research projects that touch upon one or more of the topics mentioned below, both in Europe and world-wide. The objective is to assemble representatives of these initiatives and all interested parties to exchange and discuss observations, experiences, solutions, best practices as well as current and future challenges. The workshop also addresses the issue of fragmentation in the Language Technology landscape. Instead of “platform islands” that simply exist side by side, possibly even competing with each other, we want to invite all relevant and interested initiatives to discuss how their platforms can be made interoperable and how they can interact with one another to create synergies towards a productive LT platform ecosystem.

The long-term vision of platform interoperability has several prerequisites including technical requirements that need to be addressed, for example, through the use of common standards, but also community-related aspects that need to be addressed and strengthened through open discussions and further joint development. Both aspects are covered by this workshop.

Context and Motivation

The EU project European Language Grid (ELG; 2019-2021) is creating a platform that will provide thousands of data sets and hundreds of LT services. ELG aims to promote technologies tailored to all European languages and cultures, adapted to their social and economic needs.

At the same time, there are several established platforms or infrastructure-related initiatives as well as emerging new ones, both on the international European but also on the national level as well as on other continents. Some of the initiatives are more language-related and have a strong industry focus, others are mainly research-oriented. Moreover, there are digital public service initiatives or platforms in which language is only one aspect of many. 

With all these established and emerging initiatives, there is a risk of even stronger fragmentation in the Language Technology field, which is already highly fragmented, at least in Europe. Our approach is to bring these initiatives together to discuss ways not only of preventing further fragmentation but, crucially, of reversing it. This will only be possible if interoperability and mutual data exchange is ensured and if metadata formats and technical requirements are compatible, among various other aspects.

We invite authors to submit contributions on the current situation of their platform-related projects or initiatives (including technical, governance, community, uptake, interoperability, social aspects). We especially invite all relevant international or national grid, platform or infrastructure projects to participate in the workshop actively with a contribution. 

Invited Keynote
 
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA): “Towards a Global Language Grid – Challenges and Opportunities”
 
Topics of Interest
In the list of topics below, the term “Language Technology (LT)” comprises Natural Language Processing, Natural Language Understanding, all types of speech and conversational technologies, as well as language-centric AI and general AI. The term “platform” includes notions such as, among others, infrastructures, frameworks, clouds etc.
  • LT platforms: architectures and approaches (including commercial and non-commercial; national and international; domain-specific and general purpose; all countries, regions and continents)
  • LT platform interoperability: standards, APIs, workflows, as well as the exchange of services, models, data and metadata
  • Data and metadata exchange formats and harvesting (including taxonomies, ontologies and other forms of semantic descriptions of repository records)
  • Operational and legal policies as well as government structures for LT platforms (GDPR, data management, billing, business models)
  • (Cloud-based) containerisation and virtualisation technologies for LT platforms
  • Training, re-training and adaption of models; connecting data sets, tools and machine learning frameworks
  • LT platforms and challenges regarding the availability of CPU/GPU resources
  • From (general or domain-specific) AI platforms and (general or domain-specific) LT platforms and back again
  • Community-related aspects of LT platforms

We invite contributions on the topics mentioned above or any related topics of interest.

Important Dates
  • Deadline for paper submissions: 21 February 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 13 March 2020
  • Final version of accepted papers: 03 April 2020
  • Final programme and online proceedings: 24 April 2020
  • Workshop: 16 May 2020 (afternoon)
Submission
Please submit your papers at https://www.softconf.com/lrec2020/IWLTP2020/ before the deadline of 21 February 2020. Accepted papers will be presented as oral presentations or as posters. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. In addition, the organisers consider preparing a journal special issue or a book publication with selected papers of the workshop.
Papers should be formatted according to the stylesheet availabile on the LREC 2020 website and should not exceed 8 pages, excluding references and appendices. Papers should be submitted in PDF format through the URL mentioned above.
When submitting a paper, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e., also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.) to enable their reuse and replicability of experiments (including evaluation ones).
 
Organizing Committee
  • Georg Rehm (DFKI)
  • Kalina Bontcheva (USFD)
  • Khalid Choukri (ELDA)
  • Jan Hajic (CUNI)
  • Stelios Piperidis (ILSP)
  • Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde)
Contact: Georg Rehm – georg.rehm@dfki.de

Programme Committee (pending availability)

  • Gerhard Budin (University Vienna, Austria)
  • Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Svetla Koeva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
  • Marko Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Fryni Kakoyianni Doa (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Jan Hajic (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Bolette Sandford Pedersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Krister Linden (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • François Yvon (CNRS – LIMSI, France)
  • Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany)
  • Maria Gavriilidou (ILSP, R.C. "Athena", Greece)
  • Tamás Váradi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
  • Eirikur Rögnvaldsson (University of Iceland) 
  • Andy Way (Dublin City University, Ireland)
  • Bernardo Magnini (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
  • Inguna Skadina (Science, University of Latvia)
  • Albina Auksoriūtė (Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania)
  • Eric Ras (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Michael Rosner (University of Malta)
  • Jan Odijk (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Maciej Ogrodniczuk (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • António Branco (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Dan Tufiș (Romanian Academy of Sciences, Romania)
  • Cvetana Krstev (Belgrade University, Serbia)
  • Radovan Garabik (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia)
  • Simon Krek (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Núria Bel (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Jens Edlund (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Hervé Bourlard (Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland)
  • Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK)