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LOT Announcements / events
Credits for PhD/RM-students affiliated with LOT for EMLAR 2018, Utrecht, April 18-20, 2018

EMLAR 2018, 18-20 April 2018


EMLAR provides specific training in experimental methods for language acquisition research, and is organized yearly in Utrecht. RM/PhD students can earn LOT credits through participation in EMLAR.

RM/PhD students enrolled at one of the Dutch universities can also earn credits by participating in EMLAR and other local training activities scheduled at one of the LOT institutes. Starting in 2018, these credits will be signed off as LOT credits, so they can be used to replace participation in one of the LOT schools. Students who participate in all three days of EMLAR, including tutorials can earn 2,5 ects. Certficates will be sent out by the LOT bureau after fulfillment of all obligations. Students can complete this to fulfill the 5 ects requirement of participation in a national graduate school by writing a paper under the supervision of a supervisor from their local institute. The requirements on the paper are determined by the local MA programme director.

Registration for EMLAR 2018 is open as of December 2017. Consult the EMLAR website for details: http://emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: https://bit.ly/1HM9brF




Actueel:

Limburgse oren zijn gespitst op toon

https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/limburgs...

In veel Limburgse dialecten kun je met toon betekenisverschil uitdrukken. Een haas bijvoorbeeld, kun je in Roermond met Pasen tegenkomen, maar met een ander toonhoogteverloop betekent hetzelfde woord opeens ‘handschoen’. Nieuw onderzoek van de Radboud Universiteit laat zien dat Limburgse moedertaalsprekers daarom ook gevoeliger zijn voor toon dan Nederlandse moedertaalsprekers.


Terugkerende patronen in families van melodieën

https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/terugker...

Liederen die een gemeenschappelijke melodie hebben, behoren tot dezelfde melodieënfamilie. Berit Janssen deed aan het Meertens Instituut onderzoek naar melodieënfamilies in de Liederenbank. Ze ontwikkelde een computerprogramma om terugkerende elementen in melodieën op te sporen.

Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
UiL OTS Colloquium, Utrecht University, Overview sessions 2017-2018

Overview sessions 2017-2018


April 19th -

May 17th Roberta D’Alessandro

June 21st Asifa Majid


Location: Utrecht University, Sweelinckzaal– Drift 21

Time: 15:30

More information: https://uilotscolloquium.wp.hum.uu.nl/


Followed by drinks!

Annual junior researcher day (Juniorendag), Tilburg, April 20, 2018

(English below)

Op vrijdag 20 april 2018 wordt de jaarlijkse Anéla/VIOT juniorendag georganiseerd in Tilburg. Op deze jaarlijkse Juniorendag presenteren studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi in een informele sfeer hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde.

De Juniorendag begint met een plenaire lezing van dr. Wyke Stommel. In de middag zal Prof. dr. Jos Swanenberg nog een plenaire lezing verzorgen. Informatie over de rest van het programma vind je op de website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/. Tijdens de Juniorendag worden er tevens prijzen uitgereikt: de posterprijs voor de beste poster van de dag én de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.

Vanaf heden is het mogelijk om je in te schrijven voor deze dag. Kijk op: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/regis... De inschrijving is open tot 13 april.*

Eventuele vragen kun je mailen naar anelaviotjuniorendag@gmail.com. Tot ziens op 20 april!

* Afmelden kan kosteloos tot 13 april. Vanaf 13 april wordt bij afwezigheid gevraagd het hele registratiebedrag te betalen.

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On Friday, April 20 2018, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior researcher day (Juniorendag) in Tilburg. At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics present their work.

Plenaries are held by dr. Wyke Stommel and Prof. dr. Jos Swanenberg. More details on the program can be found on the website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/. During the Juniorendag, several prizes will be awarded: a poster prize for the best poster presentation of the day and the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs to the best MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.

The website for registration is open from now until April 13: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/regis...

If you have any more questions, please contact us at anelaviotjuniorendag@gmail.com. See you on April 20th!

* Cancellation free of charge up until the 13th of April. When one does not attend the Juniorendag without informing us one will be obliged to pay the registration fee.

Syntax Interface Lecture, Utrecht University, Utrecht, March 19, 2018

Announcement: Syntax Interface Lecture by Jenneke van der Wal on March 19th

Next Syntax Interface Lecture will take place on Monday, March 19th.
We will host a talk by Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden University), with the title "Topic-based flexible nominal licensing in Bantu".
The lecture will take place from 16.00 until 17.00 at Trans 10, room 0.19 (A.W. De Grootkamer).
For further information check out our website: http://syntaxif.wp.hum.uu.nl/jenneke-van-der-wal-l...

We hope to see you on Monday!

The organisers of Syntax Interface Lectures
Alberto Frasson, Luana Sorgini and Silvia Terenghi

Expert meeting Time in Translation, Utrecht University, Utrecht, March 21, 2018

Expert meeting: (In)Definiteness across languages

Date: Wednesday March 21st
Place: Utrecht, Drift 21, 1.05

In this special expert meeting of the Time in Translation project (http://time-in-translation.hum.uu.nl/), we explore how the Time in Translation methodology can be applied to the study of (in)definiteness. Invited speakers are Radek Simik (Humboldt) and Ana Aguilar-Guevara (National Autonomous University of Mexico). The programme is as follows (for titles and abstracts, see below):

9.30-10.00 Brief introduction to the Time in Translation methodology
10.00-11.00 Presentation by Radek + discussion
11.00-12.00 Presentation by Ana + discussion

Attendance is free but if you're planning to join, please send a small email to Bert Le Bruyn (b.s.w.lebruyn@uu.nl).

Abstracts

Definiteness in Czech and Russian: Empirical investigations
Radek Simik

I will present two studies - a corpus study on Czech and an experiment on Russian (and German). The corpus study (joint work with Markéta Burianová) confirms a correlation between clausal position of bare NPs and their definiteness in Czech (more definite NPs in clause-initial position and more indefinite NPs in final position than the null hypothesis predicts). The experiment (joint work with Christoph Demian) is designed to test the effects of sentence position and of grammatical number on the uniqueness/maximality inference in bare NPs in Russian. No such effects are found.

Distribution and interpretation of the alleged neuter definite article "lo" in Spanish
Ana Aguilar-Guevara

The particle "lo" in Spanish has traditionally been considered a neuter definite article, although i) Spanish no longer has neuter grammatical gender, ii) the particle usually cannot accompany nouns, iii) it is unclear whether or not "lo" behaves as a determiner or rather as a pronoun, iv) the particle does not only occur in nominal domains, and v) it is not always evident that its meaning contribution is definiteness. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the different uses of the particle. I will characterize each of them from both the morphosyntactic and the semantic point of view in order to determine to what extent "lo" displays the properties it has been attributed with.

LUCL Colloquium 'Vectors and Linguistics: a workshop on word embeddings', Leiden University, Leiden, March 23, 2018

Vectors and Linguistics: a workshop on word embeddings

Date: 23 March 2018

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 hrs.


Address:

Lipsius Building

Cleveringaplaats 1

2311 BD Leiden

Room Lipsius 127 / 227


Vector representations and word embeddings have become increasingly popular in linguistic research. Representing words in a continuous vector space where semantically similar words are embedded close to each other, word embeddings have shown to be very powerful, enabling simple mathematical operations on words.


Famously, word embeddings allow for researchers to discover analogies between words. Solving the equation “[king] - [man] = x - [woman]” (read this as “What relates to woman, as king relates to man?”) for x, gives us a new vector. The word vector closest to that newly calculated vector x is indeed the vector for queen.


Representing language as vectors creates all kinds of other possibilities, too, such as automatic one-on-one translation of words and automatic extraction of verbal paradigms, but its possibilities are not limited to the lexical or the morphological domain.


In this workshop we shall first dive into word embeddings in a hands-on tutorial on how to work with word embeddings yourself. In the afternoon there will be a session with lectures on what can be done with word embeddings and vector representations in linguistic research.


We kindly ask you to enroll for the workshop, since there is a limited amount of places for the hands-on tutorial in the morning (18). You can enroll  here. Please indicate whether you plan to come for the whole workshop, or only for the morning or the afternoon. Lunch will not be provided.


Coffee and tea will be served, courtesy of the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities.


Morning, Lipsius 127:


10.00-10.30: Coffee and tea;


10.30-12.00: Hands-on tutorial – Suzan Verberne (LU).


Afternoon, Lipsius 227:


13.00-13.45: Arianna Bisazza (LU);


13.45-14.30: Simon Šuster (Uantwerp);


14.30-15.00: Coffee and tea


15.00-15.45: Kris Heylen (KU Leuven);


15.45-16.30: Martin Kroon (LU).

PhD Defence Varun DeCastro-Arrazola & workshop, Leiden University, Leiden, May 3 & 4, 2018

PhD Defence Varun DeCastro-Arrazola, Leiden, May 3 2018



Dear colleagues and friends of Varun,


We are happy to announce that Varun will be defending his dissertation on the "Typological tendencies in verse and their cognitive grounding" on Thursday May 3!

The defence will take place at 13:45 at the Academy Building (Rapenburg 73) in Leiden. Everyone is welcome!



The following morning, on Friday May 4, from 10:00 to 13:00, a workshop on the occasion of Varun's defence will take place at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. The topic will be metrics and phonology in relation to song and poetry. The following speakers have confirmed their participation:


- Jean-Louis Aroui (University of Paris 8)

- Nigel Fabb (University of Strathclyde)

- Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen)


More information about the workshop will follow.

Everyone can attend but we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to mirella.de.sisto@meertens.knaw.nl.



There won't be any joint present nor wishlist.


For any question do not hesitate to contact either

Mirella (mirella.de.sisto@meertens.knaw.nl) or

Edoardo (cavirani.edoardo@gmail.com)


Hope to see you soon!


The paranymphs,

Mirella De Sisto & Edoardo Cavirani


Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop 'Predicting and improving readability', Utrecht, April 5, 2018

Predicting and improving readability: which data, which predictors?


Utrecht, April 5, 2018, 13.00-17.00


At April 6 2018, Suzanne Kleijn will defend her thesis. As this brings renowned readability researchers to Utrecht, we take this as an occasion to convene a workshop on readability research. We have asked our speakers to reflect on three issues in particular, using their earlier empirical work as a background.

- What kind of readability data do we use? Traditional readability work used cloze testing data. Such data are scarce for many languages. Recently we have seen other data sources, most notably readability assessments of text by either experts or lay readers. Do these data provide a solution for the data scarcity problem?

- What kind of predictors do we use? Classic readability work used shallow linguistic features such as word and sentence length. From the eighties on, linguists and discourse analysts have proposed more sophisticated features regarding lexis, syntax and cohesion. Later on, computational work has extended the set of potential predictors by, for instance, n-gram features and probability features such as entropy. What do we want from our predictors, besides being powerful enough to do the job?

- Some researchers confines themselves to readability prediction, others are interested in readability improvement as well. In fact, much of the popularity of readability formulas is probably due to the expectation that they help to communicate more clearly. However, improvement-oriented readability researchers face additional constraints regarding research design and predictor selection. For instance, they need to estimate both text effects and text version effects, which complicates matters considerably.

Our speakers are:

•Orphée de Clercq, Post-doctoral researcher of the Language and Translation Technology Team at Gent University

•Scott Crossley, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University

•Carel Jansen, Emeritus Professor of Communication and Information Sciences at Groningen University

•Suzanne Kleijn, PhD Student at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS at Utrecht University

•Henk Pander Maat, Associate Professor of Language and Communication at Utrecht University

Ted Sanders (Utrecht University) will open the workshop and chair the discussion.

If you are interested to participate, please email Romée van Erning at R.M.vanErning@uu.nl.

Sociolinguistics circle 2018, Maastricht University, April 6, 2018

When: 6 april 2018

Venue: Turnzaal UM, Grote Gracht 90-92 Maastricht


The program is available here: https://sociolinguisticscircle2018.wordpress.com/home/program/


The Sociolinguistics Circle aims at bringing together students and researchers of language variation, sociolinguistics and social dynamics of language with a connection to the Low Countries. The initiative organizes conferences and meetings about sociolinguistics.


The first of these was hosted by the University of Groningen in March 2014, the second one by Ghent University 2015, the third one by Radboud University 2016, the fourth one by Tilburg University 2017. The 2018 edition will be hosted by Maastricht University, and will take place on 6 april 2018.






Conference on Language and Automata Theory and Applications, Bar-Ilan University, Bar-Ilan, Israel, April 9-11, 2018

12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

LATA 2018

Bar-Ilan near Tel Aviv, Israel

April 9-11, 2018

Organized by:

Department of Computer Science
Bar-Ilan University

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University

http://grammars.grlmc.com/LATA2018/
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PROGRAM

Monday, April 9

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:40 Opening

09:40 - 10:30 Andrei Bulatov. Constraint Satisfaction Problems and Their Complexity - Invited lecture

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:15

Ekaterina Bakinova, Artem Basharin, Igor Batmanov, Konstantin Lyubort, Alexander Okhotin and Elizaveta Sazhneva. Formal Languages over GF(2)

Laura Bozzelli, Adriano Peron and Aniello Murano. Event-clock Nested Automata

J. Andres Montoya and Christian Nolasco. On the Synchronization of Planar Automata

12:15 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:35 Markus Lohrey. Streaming Algorithms in Formal Language Theory - Invited lecture

14:35 - 14:50 Break

14:50 - 16:05

Maris Valdats. Descriptional and Computational Complexity of the Circuit Representation of Finite Automata

Alexey Zhirabok and Alexey Shumsky. Disturbance Decoupling in Finite Automata

Johannes K. Fichte, Markus Hecher and Irina Schindler. Default Logic and Bounded Treewidth

16:05 - 16:20 Break

16:20 - 17:10

Stefan Gerdjikov. A General Class of Monoids Supporting Canonisation and Minimisation of (Sub)sequential Transducers

Demen Güler, Andreas Krebs, Klaus-Joern Lange and Petra Wolf. Deciding Regular Intersection Emptiness of Complete Problems for PSPACE and the Polynomial Hierarchy

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Tuesday, April 10

09:00 - 09:50 Alexander Okhotin. Underlying Principles and Recurring Ideas of Formal Grammars - Invited lecture

09:50 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 11:35

Sanjay Jain, Eric Martin and Frank Stephan. Transduced Learners

Rick Smetsers, Paul Fiterau-Brostean and Frits Vaandrager. Model Learning as a Satisfiability Modulo Theories Problem

Andrei Asinowski, Axel Bacher, Cyril Banderier and Bernhard Gittenberger. Analytic Combinatorics of Lattice Paths with Forbidden Patterns: Enumerative Aspects

11:35 - 11:50 Break and Group photo

11:50 - 13:05

Ferdinando Cicalese, Zsuzsanna Liptak and Massimiliano Rossi. Bubble-Flip - A New Generation Algorithm for Prefix Normal Words

Murray Elder and Yoong Kuan Goh. Permutations Sorted by a Finite and an Infinite Stack in Series

Tomasz Kociumaka, Jakub Radoszewski, Wojciech Rytter and Tomasz Walen. On Periodicity Lemma for Partial Words

13:05 - 14:35 Lunch

14:35 - 15:25 Eli Shamir. Reshaping the Context-free Model: Linguistic and Algorithmic Aspects - Invited lecture

15:30 - Visit to Jerusalem

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Wednesday, April 11

09:00 - 09:50 James Worrell. Invariants for Linear Loops - Invited lecture

09:50 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 11:35

Dmitry Berdinsky and Phongpitak Trakuldit. Measuring Closeness between Cayley Automatic Groups and Automatic Groups

Thomas Chatain, Maurice Comlan, David Delfieu, Loig Jezequel and Olivier H. Roux. Pomsets and Unfolding of Reset Petri Nets

Mathias Ruggaard Pedersen, Nathanaël Fijalkow, Giorgio Bacci, Kim Guldstrand Larsen and Radu Mardare. Timed Comparisons of Semi-Markov Processes

11:35 - 11:50 Break

11:50 - 13:05

Markus Saers and Dekai Wu. Handling Ties Correctly and Efficiently in Viterbi Training Using the Viterbi Semiring

Uli Schlachter. Over-approximative Petri Net Synthesis for Restricted Subclasses of Nets

Christoph Teichmann, Antoine Venant and Alexander Koller. Efficient Translation with Linear Bimorphisms

13:05 - 13:15 Closing

13:15 - Lunch

Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XIV, Utrecht, April 18-20, 2018

Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XIV

Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We remind you that the fourteenth edition of EMLAR is taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from April 18th to April 20th 2018 (Wednesday to Friday). Many participants have signed up already and the tutorials are filling up fast, so sign up quickly to catch a spot at your tutorials of choice!

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices (see below).


Important! RM/PhD students enrolled at one of the Dutch universities can earn credits by participating in EMLAR! Starting in 2018, these credits will be signed off as LOT credits, so they can be used to replace participation in one of the LOT schools. Students who participate in all three days of EMLAR, including tutorials can earn 2 ECTS. Certficates will be sent out by the LOT bureau after fulfillment of all obligations. Students can complete this to fulfill the 5 ECTS requirement of participation in a national graduate school by writing a paper under the supervision of a supervisor from their local institute. The requirements on the paper are determined by the local MA programme director.

PhD students are invited to present a poster!

Further details on the program of EMLAR XIV and details about the registration procedure are available at: http://emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration deadline: March 31st 2018!

For further questions, contact us at: emlar2018@uu.nl

Keynote & UiL-OTS Colloquium speaker:

• Jeffrey Lidz (University of Maryland)

Invited speakers:

• Beppie van den Bogaerde (University of Amsterdam);

• Hans Rutger Bosker (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics);

• Juliana Gerard (Ulster University in Northern Ireland);

• Ileana Grama (Utrecht University);

• Paul Meara (University of Oxford);

• Maria Carmen Parafita-Couto (Leiden University);

• Paul Vogt (Tilburg University);

Tutorials:

•Behavioral Methods in Infant Research

•CHILDES

•Computational Models

•ERP

•Ethical Decisions in Psycholinguistics

•Eye Tracking: Reading

•Eye Tracking: Visual World Paradigm

•LENA & Analysis of Spontaneous Speech

•LimeSurvey

•Multilevel Analysis

•The “New” Statistics: effect sizes and meta-analytic methods

•PRAAT

•SPSS

•Statistics with R

•Tools for Researching Vocabulary

Conference on Frisian Humanities, Leeuwarden, 23-26 April 2018 [PROGRAM CHANGE!]

1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

23 - 26 April 2018

INVITATION

Invitation!

We’d like to invite you to our first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in

the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, from 23 till 26

April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Country of languages) of

Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. We’re happy to

present you the preliminary program of the four symposia on the

conference!

(Preview) program

In the four symposia - about Language and Linguistics, Literature,

Medieval Frisia and Multilingualism - there will be about a hundred

lectures!

A little preview of the lectures/speakers at the different topics:

• Language and Linguistics (23 and 24 April) – Naomi Nagy (University

of Toronto) – ‘Francoprovençal in Europa and North America: Vitality

and Variability’; Peter Schrijver (Utrecht University) ‘The origins of the

Frisian language: inheritance and contact’

• Literature (23, 24 and 25 April) – Wilken Engelbrecht (Palacký University,

Olomouc): ‘Fries en Friese literatuur vanuit een Centraal-Europees

perspectief’ (Frisian and Frisian literature from a central European perspective);

Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): ‘Yntermedialiteit yn

de Fryske poëzy, 1992-2017’ (Intermediality in the Frisian poetry,

1992-2017)

• Medieval Frisia (23 and 24 April) – Helle Vogt (University of

Copenhagen); Arnoud Jan Bijsterveld (Tilburg University)

• Multilingualism (25 and 26 April) - Jim Cummins (University of

Toronto); Itesh Sachdev (SOAS University of London): ‘Vitality of Urban

Multilingualism: Towards a social psychological model’.

For the complete programs of the four symposia please visit:

www.fryske-akademy.nl/frisianhumanities

Registration/Conference fee

Please visit www.frisianhumanities.nl for your registration.

The fee is € 80 per topic. The fee for the whole conference (2 symposia/

4 days) is € 160. Students can register for 50%. The conference fee

includes lunch, coffee and tea, and refreshments.

Lodging

After your registration you will be informed about accommodation,

with special rates at various choice hotels in Leeuwarden. Note that

the number of rooms is limited, so our advice is to register for the conference as soon as possible, so that you can also book a room as soon

as possible.

We are looking forward to the first Conference on Frisian Humanities

and we hope to meet you at the end of April in Leeuwarden!

With kind regards,

The Conference committee

Drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on Multilingualism)

Dr. Eric Hoekstra (Literature)

Dr. Han Nijdam (Medieval Frisia)

Dr. Hans Van de Velde (Language and Linguistics)

More information/contact

info@frisianhumanities.nl or call +31 (0)58 20 45 200 (Congresbureau

Friesland)

International Spring School 'High performance computing', San Sebastián/Donostia, Spain, April 23-27, 2018

INTERNATIONAL SPRING SCHOOL ON HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

HighPer 2018

San Sebastián / Donostia, Spain

April 23-27, 2018

Organized by:

Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU),

Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC),

and

Rovira i Virgili University

http://grammars.grlmc.com/HighPer2018/

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SCOPE:

HighPer 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of high performance computing, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most subareas of high performance computing will be displayed, from foundations, infrastructure and management to applications. Major challenges in the field will be identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 five-hour and fifteen-minute courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.

ADDRESSED TO:

Master students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, HighPer 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.

STRUCTURE:

3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.

VENUE:

HighPer 2018 will take place in San Sebastián, a famous touristic coastal city in the Basque Country which was European Capital of Culture 2016. The venue will be:

Centro Ignacio María Barriola

Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Campus de Gipuzkoa

Plaza Elhuyar, 1

20018 San Sebastián / Donostia

Spain

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Federico Calzolari (Scuola Normale Superiore), Supercomputing: From CERN to Our Lives

Tony Hey (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Big Scientific Data and Data Science

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Srinivas Aluru (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] High Performance Computational Biology

David A. Bader (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] Massive-scale Graph Analytics

Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] HPC Graph Analytics

Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), [introductory] High Performance Computing on Parallel Computers and GPUs with Julia

Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] Parallel Discrete Event Simulation

Timothy C. Germann (Los Alamos National Laboratory), [intermediate] HPC Frontiers in Computational Materials Science and Engineering

Lennart Johnsson (University of Houston), [introductory/intermediate] Energy Efficient Computing

Alfio Lazzaro (University of Zurich), [introductory/intermediate] Code Performance Optimizations

Andrew Lumsdaine (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), [intermediate/advanced] Modern C++ for High-performance Computing

Madhav Marathe (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/advanced] Studying Massively Interacting Bio-social Systems: Pervasive, Personalized and Precision Analytics

Frank Mueller (North Carolina State University), [advanced] Embracing the Exascale Challenge: From Accelerators over Scalable Program Tracing to Resilience

J. (Ram) Ramanujam (Louisiana State University), tba

Adrian Sandu (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/intermediate] Revealing Parallelism: How to Decompose your Problem into Concurrent Tasks

Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory] Fundamentals of Parallel, Concurrent, and Distributed Programming

Marc Snir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [introductory] Programming Models and Run-times for High-Performance Computing

El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille 1), [introductory] Parallel Metaheuristics for Optimization and Machine Learning

Josep Torrellas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate/advanced] Parallel Computer Architecture Concepts

Todd J. Treangen (University of Maryland, College Park), [intermediate] Metagenomic Assembly and Validation

Elena Vataga (University of Southampton), [introductory] Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists

Jeffrey S. Vetter (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), [intermediate] Exploiting Deep Memory Hierarchies

Uzi Vishkin (University of Maryland, College Park), [introductory/intermediate] Parallel Algorithmic Thinking and How It Has Been Affecting Architecture

David Walker (Cardiff University), [intermediate] Parallel Programming with OpenMP, MPI, and CUDA

OPEN SESSION

An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

INDUSTRIAL SESSION:

A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of high performance computing in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

EMPLOYER SESSION:

Firms searching for personnel well skilled in high performance computing will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Íñigo Aldazabal Mensa (co-chair)

Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)

Manuel J. Parra-Royón

Txomin Romero Asturiano (co-chair)

David Silva

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done at

http://grammars.grlmc.com/HighPer2018/registration...

The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For logistic reasons, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.

FEES:

Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.

ACCOMMODATION:

Suggestions for accommodation will be available in due time.

CERTIFICATE:

Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance indicating the number of hours of lectures.

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU)

Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Workshop 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, 2018

AREA - Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions ==========================================
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The first AREA workshop will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations. AREA is a SIGSEM-sponsored workshop. AREA includes a keynote by Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg).

Date: 7 May 2018
Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort
Location: Miyazaki, Japan
http://www.areaworkshop.org/


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION MOTIVATION AND TOPICS
=============================================
There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

AREA PROGRAMME
=============================================================
9.00 - 9.15 Introduction
9.15 - 10.00 Keynote: Language, Action, and Perception, Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg)
10.00 - 10.10 Discussion
10.10 - 10.30 Action Hierarchy Extraction and its Application, Aliaksandr Huminski, Hao Zhang
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.20 Human-Robot Dialogue and Collaboration in Search and Navigation, Claire Bonial, Stephanie Lukin, Ashley Foots, Cassidy Henry, Matthew Marge,Ron Artstein, David Traum, Clare R. Voss
11.20 - 12.30 Poster presentations (see below)
12.30 - 13.00 Road Map Discussion

Posters:
- Laughter and Body Movements as Communicative Actions in Encounters
Kristiina Jokinen, Trung Ngo Trong
- Learning Actions from Events Using Agent Motions
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Tuan Do, and James Pustejovsky
- Action Identification and Local Equivalence of Action Verbs: the Annotation Framework of the IMAGACT Ontology
Massimo Moneglia, Alessandro Panunzi, Lorenzo Gregori
- Action Categorisation in Multimodal Instructions
Ielka van der Sluis, Renate Vergeer, Gisela Redeker
-VANNOTATOR: a Gesture-driven Annotation Framework for Linguistic and Multimodal Annotation
Christian Spiekermann, Giuseppe Abrami, Alexander Mehler


MORE INFORMATION
==================
For more information visit the workshop webpage at: http://www.areaworkshop.org/
Or contact us at: jamesp@cs.brandeis.edu, i.f.van.der.Sluis@rug.nl


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
======================
Jan Alexanderson, DFKI
Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland
Anja Belz, University of Brighton
Johan Bos, University of Groningen
Kirsten Bergmann, Bielefeld University
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University
Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg
Eren Erdal Aksoy, Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie
Kristiina Jokinen, AIRC AIST
Johan Kwisthout, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Brandeis University
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Andy Lucking, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Siddharth Narayanaswamy, University of Oxford
Paul Piwek, Open University
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
Gisela Redeker, University of Groningen
Daniel Sonntag, DFKI
Michael McTear, University of Ulster
Mariet Theune, University of Twente
David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Florentin Wörgötte, Georg-August University Göttingen
Luke Zettlemoyer, UW CSE


ORGANIZERS
===========
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
Ielka van de Sluis, University of Groningen

Summer School 'Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe' ISOLDE, Potsdam, Germany, June 11-15, 2018

Infant Studies on LanguageDevelopment in Europe


We would like to draw your attention to the 3rd Summer School ISOLDE (Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe) that will take place from 11 to 15 of June 2018 in Potsdam/Germany.

This summer school is specifically organised to bring together Pre- and Post-docs working on infant language acquisition in Europe.


Six courses (two on methods) will be taught by experts in the field of infant language acquisition:

- Christina Bergmann (Nijmegen): Computational modelling (6 hours)

- Catherine Best (Sydney): The effects of input variability on speech perception and word learning (6 hours)

- Barbara Höhle (Potsdam): Prosody in early language acquisition (3 hours)

- Ágnes Lukács (Budapest): Cognitive functions in specific language impairment (6 hours)

- Claudia Männel (Leipzig): Event-related brain potentials in language acquisition research (3 hours)

- Aude Noiray (Potsdam): Ultrasound imaging (3 hours)


In addition to the courses, there will be a poster session where participants can present their own work (planned or completed) as well as social activities as an opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences.


The registration is now open:

www.uni-potsdam.de/en/isolde/registration


The registration fee is 120 € (early bird registration of 100 € until 31st of Jan).


Please feel free to circulate this announcement.


Kind regards,

the ISOLDE organising team


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Annika Unger

Antonia Götz

Caroline Wellmann

Elina Rubertus

Rowena Garcia

Tom Fritzsche

Barbara Höhle


University of Potsdam

Department of Linguistics, H.14 R.240

ISOLDE-Team

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25

14476 Potsdam


Tel.: +49 331 977-2296

Fax: +49 331 977-2095

E-Mail: isolde2018@uni-potsdam.de

UNILOG-World Congress and School on Universal Logic, Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018

The 6th UNILOG - WORLD CONGRESS AND SCHOOL ON UNIVERSAL LOGIC

will take place in Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018

after previous editions in Montreux 2005, Xi'an 2007, Lisbon 2010, Rio

2013 and Istanbul 2015:

http://www.uni-log.org/vichy2018


Along these years UNILOG has been a leading international logical event

with the participation of many famous logicians such as Wilfrid Hodges,

Daniele Mundici, Saul Kripke, Jaakko Hintikka, Dov Gabbay, Arnon Avron,

Benedikt Löwe, David Makinson, Yde Venema, Newton da Costa, Mike Dunn,

Val Goranko, Yuri Gurevich, Janusz Czelakowski, Stephen Read, Sara Negri,

Arnold Koslow, Peter Schröder-Heister, Gila Sher, Hiroakira Ono, John Corcoran,

Hartry Field, Gerhard Jaeger, Ernest Lepore, Marcus Kracht, Melvin Fitting,

Luciano Floridi, Patrick Blackburn, Jan Wolenski, Krister Segerberg,

Dale Jacquette, Sun-Joo Shin, Jouko Väänänen, John Woods and many

more.


UNILOG is a logic event in a broad sense. It gathers people from many horizons

(philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, computer science, semiotics, cognitive science ...)

and the idea is to promote interaction between all these people.


The previous edition in Istanbul gathered more than 400 logicians from

about 50 different countries.

For the 6th edition we will follow a similar format:

- A school of logic of 5 days with 30 tutorials

- A congress of 6 days with about 30 sessions/workshops

- Award of Logic Prizes from about 10 countries

- A secret speaker (speaker whose identity is revealed only at the time

of her / its / his speech).


Vichy is a charming relaxing thermal city at the middle of France,

developed by Napoleon III in the second half of the 19th century, who in

particular created beautiful parks with species of trees from all over

the world. Vichy, in the Duchy of Bourbon, a region full of castles,

is a small city, where it is possible to go everywhere just by walking.

The event will take place at the university campus nearby the Celestins spring,

the banks of the Allier river (where it is possible to swim) and the city center.

June is a very nice time to be in Vichy with lots of animations,

including on June 21 a very lively musical day celebrating summertime.


Deadline to submit an abstract: September 15, 2017


Looking forward to seeing you in Vichy in June 2018

Jean-Yves Beziau (University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Christophe Rey (University Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, LIMOS)

Organizers of UNILOG'2018

Summer School 'Limits of Variability in Language', Potsdam, Germany, June 18-22, 2018

Summer School “Limits of Variability in Language”
June 18-22, 2018, Potsdam, Germany

The summer school will bring together leading international experts from different subfields of linguistics, covering the span from modern sociolinguistics, via dialect research, to grammar theory and the formal study of African languages. The school’s central topic is the empirical study and theoretical modelling of variability and its constraints at various levels of language. The more practical objective of the school is to bring together graduates with different empirical, methodological, and theoretical backgrounds, and to create a platform for mutual exchange and joint learning.

Courses on Formal approaches to social meaning, variation and identity construction (Heather Burnett, Paris), Linguistic variation and change in social context (Sali Tagliamonte, Toronto),Morphophonemic and morphosyntactic variation in Bantu (Larry Hyman, Berkeley & Jenneke van der Wal, Leiden), and Discovering parameters: from micro- to macro-variation (Marjo van Koppen, Utrecht & Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Leuven) are complemented by lectures of Sjef Barbiers (Leiden), who is a Mercator Fellow in the SFB.

Deadline for a binding registration is May 15. Late applicants might be considered. Please send an E-Mail with the header “Summer School” stating your name and affiliation to SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de. Please state the morning session (A or B) that you want to attend. Due to limited space the applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis. The participation fee is 20 €.

The summer school is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects“. For further information please feel free to contact SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de.
More and constantly updated information can be found here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/sfb1287/summer-schoo...

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition, University of Tübingen, Germany, July 23-27, 2018

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition University of Tübingen, July 23-27, 2018


www.leadsummerschool.de


The University of Tübingen is pleased to host the LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition in July 2018. The LEAD Summer School is a major international event that draws together leading researchers and students from a variety of disciplines (theoretical and applied linguistics, psychology, education, language testing) in order to discuss current trends and future directions in second language research.


The Summer School is an initiative of the Heritage Language Consortium, a new strategic partnership between Tübingen University, Lancaster University, the University of Lisbon, the University of Minho, NOVA University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The event free is offered free of charge but prior registration is required. Registration includes coffee breaks, a welcome reception (Monday) light lunch during Wednesday’s poster session, and a Stocherkahn trip up the Neckar river. However, delegates have to pay for travel/accommodation expenses and make their own arrangements for lunch (except Wednesday).


Space at the summer school is limited to 40 registered participants. To secure your place, please visit our website. For questions, please email the organizers at leadsummerschool@gmail.com.


Topics include:

Heritage language learning

Language learning and technology

Individual differences in language learning Language testing Corpus approaches to L2 acquisition Computational linguistics and SLA Instructed SLA Cognitive foundations of language learning and teaching Task-based language teaching Linguistics and education


We look forward to welcoming you to Tübingen in the summer!


Patrick (Rebuschat), Detmar (Meurers), Katharina (Wendebourg) and Simon (Ruiz)


Dr. Patrick Rebuschat

Department of Linguistics and English Language Lancaster University County South C73 Lancaster LA1 4YL United Kingdom


Personal website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/rebuschat International pages: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/linguistics-abroad/

Lancaster-Ghent partnership: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-ghent/

Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018

30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

ESSLLI 2018


Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski"

Sofia, BULGARIA

August 6-17, 2018


http://esslli2018.folli.info/



The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and

Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).


Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018.


ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.


We are pleased to announce that the program schedule is now available for the two weeks of the school.

Under 'Program' section you can also check the information about the satellite Formal Grammar Conference as well as the Student Session.


The ESSLLI 2018 Organization Team

Conference Language, Individual and Society, Bulgaria, August 26-30, 2018

Conference Language, Individual and society


12th International Conference

26-30 August 2018

Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria


Organized by

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

Science & Education Foundation, Bulgaria

Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies of the Southern Federal University, Russia

For more information, see: https://www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-...

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG).


INLG 2018 will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from November 5 to November 8. This means the conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, which this year will be held in Brussels, just a train ride away from Tilburg.


The conference is being organised by Emiel Krahmer and Martijn Goudbeek.


Further information and calls will be announced soon.


Job Announcements / Vacancies
PhD Studentships in Computational Linguistics, Speech Technology and Cognitive Science, Edinburgh, Scotland, deadline: March 16, 2018

PhD Studentships in Computational Linguistics, Speech Technology and Cognitive Science

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for three-year PhD studentships starting in September 2018.

ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition. Primary research areas in ILCC include:

-Natural language processing and computational linguistics

-Spoken language processing

-Dialogue, multimodal interaction, language and vision Information retrieval and information visualization

-Cognitive modeling of language and speech processing and of human decision making

-Educational and assistive technology, human-computer interaction, learning analytics

Funding

Approximately 15 studentships from a variety of sources are available, covering both maintenance at the research council rate of GBP 14,777 per year and tuition fees.

Requirements

*** Studentships are available for UK and EU/EEA nationals only. *** Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in computer science, cognitive science, AI, or a related discipline. For a list of academic staff at ILCC with research areas, and for a list of indicative PhD topics, please consult the links below.

http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/ilcc/people/academic-senio...

http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/ilcc/study-with-us/possibl...

About the PhD programme

Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can be found on the Informatics website.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/postgraduate/resea...

How to apply

In order to ensure full consideration for funding, applications (including all supporting documents) need to be received by 16 March 2018. The application is entirely online.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees...

Please direct enquiries to the PhD admissions team at ilcc-admissions@inf.ed.ac.uk

Related information

You may also be interested in pursuing a PhD in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Science at Edinburgh, which includes NLP as one of its research areas. The application for this programme is separate.

http://datascience.inf.ed.ac.uk/

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Universitair hoofddocent Taal & Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, deadline: March 18, 2018

Universitair hoofddocent Taal & Communicatie (1,0 fte)

Functie


Het departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie heeft per 1 juli 2018 een vacature voor een talentvolle universitair hoofddocent met expertise op het terrein van taal en communicatie. Dit vakgebied houdt zich bezig met de beschrijving en verklaring van taalgebruik in verschillende contexten, en van de cognitieve, affectieve en sociale gevolgen daarvan. De maatschappelijke doelstelling ligt op het ontwikkelen van ‘evidence-based’ adviezen voor de optimalisering van communicatie en het taalonderwijs.


Van de nieuwe collega wordt een brede oriëntatie en inzetbaarheid verwacht, met name in de bacheloropleiding Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (CIW). Daarnaast is inzet in de bacheloropleiding Nederlandse Taal & Cultuur mogelijk en in één of meer van de volgende masterprogramma’s: Communicatie in Organisaties, Neerlandistiek, en de research master Linguistics.


Het onderzoek wordt ondergebracht in het Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL-OTS) binnen de onderzoeksgroep Language and Communication. Een belangrijke taak zal bestaan uit het ontplooien van initiatieven voor de werving van extern gefinancierd onderzoek. De positie kent een verdeling van 60% onderwijs en 40% onderzoek.


Uw werkzaamheden bestaan uit:

•zelfstandig verrichten van onderzoek op het terrein van taal en communicatie, resulterend in publicaties in vooraanstaande internationale tijdschriften;

•initiatief nemen tot verwerving van 2e en 3e geldstroomfinanciering;

•initiatief nemen tot kennisvalorisatie;

•verzorgen van cursorisch onderwijs binnen de genoemde bachelor- en masteropleidingen;

•begeleiden van bachelor- en masterscripties;

•uitvoeren van diverse management- en bestuurstaken.


Profiel

U beschikt over het volgende profiel:

•voltooide relevante promotie op het gebied van taalgebruik, communicatie of verwante thematieken;

•ruime onderzoekservaring en uitstekende onderzoekskwaliteiten, blijkend uit publicaties in gerenommeerde internationale tijdschriften en/of bij gerenommeerde uitgevers en/of uit een seniorkwalificatie onderzoek;

•gezien de huidige samenstelling van de staf en de onderzoeksthema’s die worden bestreken, strekt specialisatie op één van de volgende thema’s tot aanbeveling: communicatie-onderzoek naar het verband tussen tekstkenmerken en cognitieve processen van lezen en schrijven, communicatieve benaderingen van kwantitatieve onderzoeksinstrumenten (zoals vragenlijsten) en methodologie, communicatieve benaderingen van taalgebruik in social media, waaronder computationele en automatische analyses;

•ervaring met werving van 2e en/of 3e geldstroomfinanciering;

•ruime onderwijservaring op universitair niveau en aantoonbare didactische bekwaamheid, bijvoorbeeld blijkend uit een seniorkwalificatie onderwijs;

•aantoonbare bestuurlijke en/of managementervaring;

•teamgeest en aantoonbaar vermogen tot samenwerken;

•brede inzetbaarheid in het onderwijs en in een of meer van de interdisciplinaire samenwerkingsverbanden van de Universiteit Utrecht (strategische thema’s, focusgebieden).


Aanbod


Wij bieden een 1,0 fte aanstelling voor een jaar. Na een positieve evaluatie is er zicht op een verlenging van de aanstelling voor onbepaalde tijd. Op basis van universitaire regelingen (Functies, Loopbanen en Waardering (FLOW)) wordt u geacht de seniorkwalificatie onderwijs te behalen. Afhankelijk van kennis en ervaring is het maandelijkse bruto salaris minimaal € 4.815,- en maximaal € 6.438,- (schaal 13/14 van de cao voor Nederlandse universiteiten), gebaseerd op een fulltime dienstverband. U ontvangt daarnaast 8% vakantiegeld en een eindejaarsuitkering van 8,3%. Verder heeft de Universiteit Utrecht een aantrekkelijk pakket arbeidsvoorwaarden, waaronder keuze voor een goede balans tussen werk en privé (onder andere een goede verlofregeling), ontwikkelingsmogelijkheden en een uitstekende pensioenregeling. Kijk hier voor meer informatie over werken bij de Universiteit Utrecht.


Over de organisatie


Een betere toekomst voor iedereen. Die ambitie motiveert onze wetenschappers bij hun toponderzoek en het geven van inspirerend onderwijs. Bij de Universiteit Utrecht werken diverse disciplines intensief samen aan maatschappelijk belangrijke thema’s. Onze focus ligt op Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences en Sustainability.


Aan de faculteit Geesteswetenschappen zijn ongeveer 900 medewerkers en 6000 studenten verbonden. De faculteit omvat vier kennisdomeinen: filosofie en religiewetenschap, geschiedenis en kunstgeschiedenis, media- en cultuurwetenschappen en talen, literatuur en communicatie. Met het onderwijs en onderzoek op deze gebieden wil de faculteit bijdragen aan een beter begrip van Nederland en Europa in een sterk veranderende maatschappelijke en culturele context. De enthousiaste en betrokken collega’s en de uitstekende voorzieningen in de historische binnenstad van Utrecht, waar de faculteit is gehuisvest, zorgen voor een inspirerend werkklimaat.


Aanvullende informatie

Heeft u interesse? Neem voor meer informatie contact op met prof. dr. Hans Hoeken, tel. (030) 253 94 04, e-mail j.a.l.hoeken@uu.nl.


Solliciteren


Wij ontvangen graag uw sollicititatie met:

•een brief met uw motivatie;

•een cv met een overzicht van publicaties en werkervaring, contactinformatie en persoonlijke gegevens;

•contactinformatie van twee referenties (naam, affiliatie, telefoonnummer en e-mailadres);

•twee sleutelpublicaties.


Solliciteren via de website: https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPor...

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Universitair hoofddocent Taal & Communicatie (1,0 fte)

Functie


Het departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie heeft per 1 juli 2018 een vacature voor een talentvolle universitair hoofddocent met expertise op het terrein van taal en communicatie. Dit vakgebied houdt zich bezig met de beschrijving en verklaring van taalgebruik in verschillende contexten, en van de cognitieve, affectieve en sociale gevolgen daarvan. De maatschappelijke doelstelling ligt op het ontwikkelen van ‘evidence-based’ adviezen voor de optimalisering van communicatie en het taalonderwijs.


Van de nieuwe collega wordt een brede oriëntatie en inzetbaarheid verwacht, met name in de bacheloropleiding Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (CIW). Daarnaast is inzet in de bacheloropleiding Nederlandse Taal & Cultuur mogelijk en in één of meer van de volgende masterprogramma’s: Communicatie in Organisaties, Neerlandistiek, en de research master Linguistics.


Het onderzoek wordt ondergebracht in het Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL-OTS) binnen de onderzoeksgroep Language and Communication. Een belangrijke taak zal bestaan uit het ontplooien van initiatieven voor de werving van extern gefinancierd onderzoek. De positie kent een verdeling van 60% onderwijs en 40% onderzoek.


Uw werkzaamheden bestaan uit:

•zelfstandig verrichten van onderzoek op het terrein van taal en communicatie, resulterend in publicaties in vooraanstaande internationale tijdschriften;

•initiatief nemen tot verwerving van 2e en 3e geldstroomfinanciering;

•initiatief nemen tot kennisvalorisatie;

•verzorgen van cursorisch onderwijs binnen de genoemde bachelor- en masteropleidingen;

•begeleiden van bachelor- en masterscripties;

•uitvoeren van diverse management- en bestuurstaken.


Profiel

U beschikt over het volgende profiel:

•voltooide relevante promotie op het gebied van taalgebruik, communicatie of verwante thematieken;

•ruime onderzoekservaring en uitstekende onderzoekskwaliteiten, blijkend uit publicaties in gerenommeerde internationale tijdschriften en/of bij gerenommeerde uitgevers en/of uit een seniorkwalificatie onderzoek;

•gezien de huidige samenstelling van de staf en de onderzoeksthema’s die worden bestreken, strekt specialisatie op één van de volgende thema’s tot aanbeveling: communicatie-onderzoek naar het verband tussen tekstkenmerken en cognitieve processen van lezen en schrijven, communicatieve benaderingen van kwantitatieve onderzoeksinstrumenten (zoals vragenlijsten) en methodologie, communicatieve benaderingen van taalgebruik in social media, waaronder computationele en automatische analyses;

•ervaring met werving van 2e en/of 3e geldstroomfinanciering;

•ruime onderwijservaring op universitair niveau en aantoonbare didactische bekwaamheid, bijvoorbeeld blijkend uit een seniorkwalificatie onderwijs;

•aantoonbare bestuurlijke en/of managementervaring;

•teamgeest en aantoonbaar vermogen tot samenwerken;

•brede inzetbaarheid in het onderwijs en in een of meer van de interdisciplinaire samenwerkingsverbanden van de Universiteit Utrecht (strategische thema’s, focusgebieden).


Aanbod


Wij bieden een 1,0 fte aanstelling voor een jaar. Na een positieve evaluatie is er zicht op een verlenging van de aanstelling voor onbepaalde tijd. Op basis van universitaire regelingen (Functies, Loopbanen en Waardering (FLOW)) wordt u geacht de seniorkwalificatie onderwijs te behalen. Afhankelijk van kennis en ervaring is het maandelijkse bruto salaris minimaal € 4.815,- en maximaal € 6.438,- (schaal 13/14 van de cao voor Nederlandse universiteiten), gebaseerd op een fulltime dienstverband. U ontvangt daarnaast 8% vakantiegeld en een eindejaarsuitkering van 8,3%. Verder heeft de Universiteit Utrecht een aantrekkelijk pakket arbeidsvoorwaarden, waaronder keuze voor een goede balans tussen werk en privé (onder andere een goede verlofregeling), ontwikkelingsmogelijkheden en een uitstekende pensioenregeling. Kijk hier voor meer informatie over werken bij de Universiteit Utrecht.


Over de organisatie


Een betere toekomst voor iedereen. Die ambitie motiveert onze wetenschappers bij hun toponderzoek en het geven van inspirerend onderwijs. Bij de Universiteit Utrecht werken diverse disciplines intensief samen aan maatschappelijk belangrijke thema’s. Onze focus ligt op Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences en Sustainability.


Aan de faculteit Geesteswetenschappen zijn ongeveer 900 medewerkers en 6000 studenten verbonden. De faculteit omvat vier kennisdomeinen: filosofie en religiewetenschap, geschiedenis en kunstgeschiedenis, media- en cultuurwetenschappen en talen, literatuur en communicatie. Met het onderwijs en onderzoek op deze gebieden wil de faculteit bijdragen aan een beter begrip van Nederland en Europa in een sterk veranderende maatschappelijke en culturele context. De enthousiaste en betrokken collega’s en de uitstekende voorzieningen in de historische binnenstad van Utrecht, waar de faculteit is gehuisvest, zorgen voor een inspirerend werkklimaat.


Aanvullende informatie

Heeft u interesse? Neem voor meer informatie contact op met prof. dr. Hans Hoeken, tel. (030) 253 94 04, e-mail j.a.l.hoeken@uu.nl.


Solliciteren


Wij ontvangen graag uw sollicititatie met:

•een brief met uw motivatie;

•een cv met een overzicht van publicaties en werkervaring, contactinformatie en persoonlijke gegevens;

•contactinformatie van twee referenties (naam, affiliatie, telefoonnummer en e-mailadres);

•twee sleutelpublicaties.


Solliciteren via de website: https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPor...

Docent/HD/Hoogleraar toegepaste taalkunde (Duits), Universiteit Gent, Belgium, deadline: March 27, 2018

→ Solliciteren tot 27-03-2018 23:59 CET, via: https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?career_...


→ Vakgebied: Toegepaste taalkunde (Duits)

→ 100% Docent tenure track / Hoofddocent / Hoogleraar

→ Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte

→ Referentienummer: 201801/LW/ZAP/002



OVER DE UGENT

De Universiteit Gent is een van de belangrijkste onderwijs- en onderzoeksinstellingen in de Lage Landen. Meer dan 9.000 medewerkers en 41.000 studenten maken dagelijks het motto “Durf Denken” waar. Kwaliteitsvol onderwijs, internationaal gewaardeerd onderzoek en een pluralistische maatschappelijke verantwoordelijkheid kenmerken de missie van de UGent.


OPDRACHT

In de Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte is vanaf 1 oktober 2018 een voltijds ambt van docent in het tenure track stelsel, hoofddocent of hoogleraar te begeven binnen de vakgroep Vertalen, Tolken en Communicatie, voor een opdracht die academisch onderwijs, wetenschappelijk onderzoek en wetenschappelijke dienstverlening omvat in het vakgebied Toegepaste Taalkunde (Duits).


Academisch onderwijs

U doceert verschillende opleidingsonderdelen in het domein van Toegepaste Taalkunde (Duits).


Wetenschappelijk onderzoek

U bouwt onderzoek uit in het domein van meertalige communicatie, vertaal- en tolkonderzoek, (ver)taaldidactiek of taaltechnologie toegepast op het Duits.


Wetenschappelijke dienstverlening

U werkt mee aan de interne en externe dienstverlening van de vakgroep Vertalen, Tolken en Communicatie.


PROFIEL


Kennis/ervaring

U heeft reeds hoogstaand wetenschappelijk onderzoek verricht in het vakgebied Toegepaste Taalkunde zoals blijkt uit publicaties in kwaliteitsvolle wetenschappelijke tijdschriften en boeken met peer review;

U hebt aantoonbare expertise in een van de onderzoeksdomeinen van de vakgroep, nl. meertalige communicatie, vertaal- en tolkonderzoek, (ver)taaldidactiek of taaltechnologie toegepast op het Duits;

U bent in staat om wetenschappelijk onderzoek te initiëren en te begeleiden en hiervoor de nodige fondsen te verzamelen;

U beschikt over didactische vaardigheden die gericht zijn op het ontwikkelen en realiseren van academische competenties bij universiteitsstudenten;

U kunt aantoonbare ervaring voorleggen met het academisch onderwijs in en van het Duits;

Strekken tot aanbeveling : Internationale mobiliteit o.m. door onderzoekverblijven in onderzoeksinstellingen extern aan de instelling waaraan de hoogste academische graad werd behaald;

Positief geëvalueerde ervaring met verstrekt en/of georganiseerd onderwijs op academisch niveau;

Onderwijsprofessionalisering;

Beheersing van het Nederlands


Vaardigheden/ attitudes

U bent kwaliteitsgericht;

U hebt zin voor initiatief;

U stelt zich flexibel op wat de taakverdeling binnen een afdeling betreft;

U kunt vlot samenwerken


Toelatingsvoorwaarden

U bent houder van een diploma van doctor op proefschrift of van een diploma of certificaat dat als gelijkwaardig wordt erkend (artikel V.20 Codex Hoger Onderwijs).

Bij beoordeling van een buitenlands (niet-EU) diploma kan alsnog een gelijkwaardigheidsattest moeten worden aangevraagd bij NARIC; wij raden u aan – in voorkomend geval – de erkenningsprocedure bij NARIC zo spoedig als mogelijk op te starten. U dient uiterlijk op de datum van aanstelling over deze erkenning te beschikken.


U beschikt over minstens twee jaar postdoctorale ervaring 1 oktober 2018. De termijn van 2 jaar wordt bepaald op basis van de datum vermeld op het hierboven gevraagde diploma.


AANSTELLINGSINFORMATIE

Afhankelijk van het specifieke profiel van de geselecteerde kandidaat wordt de graad van docent (tenure track), hoofddocent of hoogleraar toegekend. Dit wordt beslist door het Universiteitsbestuur op voordracht van de Faculteitsraad.


Indien docent TT:

We bieden u een aanstelling in tijdelijk dienstverband in een Tenure Trackstelsel voor een termijn van vijf jaar. Bij gunstige beoordeling door het universiteitsbestuur wordt het mandaat omgezet in een vaste benoeming in de graad van hoofddocent.

Indien u reeds eenbetrekking als ZAP-lid of een gelijkwaardige functie in een andere universiteit of instelling voor onderzoek uitoefent, kan u onmiddellijk worden benoemd in de graad van docent, onverminderd de mogelijkheid die geboden wordt voor een tijdelijke aanstelling in artikel V.28 van de Codex Hoger Onderwijs.

Indien hoofddocent of hoogleraar:

We bieden u een benoeming in vast dienstverband in de aanvangsgraad van hoofddocent of hoogleraar, onverminderd de mogelijkheid die geboden wordt voor een tijdelijke aanstelling in artikel V.28 van de Codex Hoger Onderwijs.

De indiensttreding kan ten vroegste vanaf 1 oktober 2018.


ONS AANBOD

De UGent engageert zich om nieuwe ZAP-leden passend te onthalen en voldoende begeleiding aan te bieden. De basis docententraining en opleidingen ‘Nederlands’ en ‘Engels’ voor anderstalige professoren zijn slechts een greep uit ons breed opleidings- en vormingsaanbod. Verder kan elk UGent-personeelslid rekenen op een aantal voordelen zoals een fietsvergoeding, terugbetaling abonnement openbaar vervoer woon-werkverkeer, kinderopvang, een ruim sportaanbod, ecocheques … Een volledig overzicht van onze personeelsvoordelen.

UGent zet ook in op het onthaal van internationale ZAP. UGent biedt diverse huisvestingsmogelijkheden, een verhuisvergoeding, de International School voor schoolgaande kinderen (korting op het inschrijvingsgeld), ondersteuning bij registratie bij Stad Gent, ondersteuning bij de procedure voor gezinshereniging en andere administratieve aangelegenheden die verband houden met een verhuis naar Gent. Meer info vindt u op : www.ugent.be/en/living en www.ugent.be/en/staff

GENDER EN DIVERSITEIT

De Universiteit Gent voert een gelijke kansenbeleid en moedigt iedereen aan te solliciteren. UGent streeft tevens naar een genderbalans. Kandidaturen van vrouwen zijn daarom bijzonder welkom.


SELECTIEPROCEDURE

Na de uiterste inschrijvingsdatum worden alle ingekomen kandidaturen overgemaakt aan de facultaire beoordelingscommissie die voor deze vacature werd samengesteld. Deze commissie zal de kandidaturen in eerste instantie beoordelen op dossier. De commissie toetst hierbij alle elementen van het sollicitatiedossier af aan de voor de functie vereiste expertise op het vlak van onderwijs, onderzoek en wetenschappelijke dienstverlening. Op basis van deze afweging wordt een ‘shortlist’ van relevante kandidaten opgemaakt die voor verdere selectie (interview, eventueel presentatie of proefles,… ) zullen worden uitgenodigd. Hierna maakt de beoordelingscommissie een rangschikking op van de geschikte kandidaten en legt deze ter advies voor aan de faculteitsraad. Het advies van de faculteitsraad zal aan het Universiteitsbestuur voor goedkeuring worden voorgedragen.

Kandidaten wordt gevraagd hun top 5 belangrijkste publicaties of andere academische verwezenlijkingen met de meeste impact verder toe te lichten. Zo kan de kandidaat naast wetenschappelijke publicaties, ook verdiensten voorleggen als kennisoverdracht door wetenschapsvulgarisatie, maatschappelijke valorisatie, public awareness, seminaries of presentaties op conferenties. Deze competenties worden meegewogen in de beoordeling van de kandidaten.


De beoordeling van de gevraagde internationale mobiliteit is breed en gebeurt mede vanuit genderperspectief waarbij naast lange verblijven in het buitenland ook andere vormen van internationalisering worden in rekening gebracht.


Zwangerschapsverlof, langdurig ziekteverlof, ouderschapsverlof, zorgverlof of andere afwezigheden worden in rekening gebracht bij het beoordelen van de beschikbare tijd voor het realiseren van wetenschappelijke output.

SOLLICITEREN

Solliciteren kan alleen online via e-recruitment tot de uiterste inschrijvingsdatum (zie bovenaan). We aanvaarden geen laattijdige sollicitaties of sollicitaties die niet via de online toepassing worden bezorgd.


Volgende documenten dient u toe te voegen aan uw sollicitatie:


In het veld ‘Cv’: het ingevulde sollicitatieformulier voor ZAP (+ alle vermelde bijlagen), samengevoegd als één-pdf bestand;

een tekst (max. 1500 woorden) waarin de sollicitant zijn/haar visie op onderzoek, onderwijs en wetenschappelijke dienstverlening m.b.t. de te begeven functie uiteenzet;

een onderzoeksvoorstel (max. 1500 woorden) over het onderzoek dat de sollicitant concreet wil opzetten binnen het onderzoeksdomein van de meertalige en interculturele communicatie en (ver)taaldidactiek (http://research.flw.ugent.be/multiples), van de vertaal- en tolkwetenschap (http://research.flw.ugent.be/eqtis), van de (ver)taaltechnologie http://research.flw.ugent.be/lt3) of van vertaling en cultuur (http://research.flw.ugent.be/trace). Het onderzoeksvoorstel moet op zijn minst de volgende onderdelen bevatten: achtergrond; doelstellingen/vraagstellingen; methode; verwachte resultaten; haalbaarheid.

een portfolio met aanvullende informatie over de eventuele eigen onderwijscompetenties


In het veld ‘Motivatiebrief’: uw motivatiebrief in pdf-formaat

In het veld ‘Diploma’: de afschriften van het PhD diploma. Als u een buitenlands diploma bezit in een andere taal dan onze landstalen (Nederlands, Frans of Duits) of het Engels, dient u een voor eensluidende vertaling bij te voegen in één van bovengenoemde talen.

In het veld ‘Gelijkwaardigheidsattest’: enkel indien u uw diploma buiten de Europese Unie behaalde: een gelijkwaardigheidsattest van NARIC (indien reeds in uw bezit)

Let op: elk veld heeft een beperking van maximum 10 MB.


MEER INFORMATIE

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature kunt u contact opnemen met prof. Veronique Hoste (veronique.hoste@UGent.be, +32 (0)9/331 19 41) van de faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, vakgroep Vertalen, Tolken en Communicatie.

Zelfstandig academisch personeel (50%), Communicatieonderzoek en professioneel/academisch schrijven, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, deadline: April 2, 2018

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Binnen het Departement Taalkunde van de Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte is volgende deeltijdse functie (m/v) vacant:


Zelfstandig academisch personeel (50%) in het domein van Communicatieonderzoek en Professioneel/Academisch schrijven


Uw opdracht


U bent verantwoordelijk voor onderzoeksgebaseerd onderwijs en scriptiebegeleiding in de master en het schakelprogramma Meertalige Professionele Communicatie. U doceert met name opleidingsonderdelen in het domein van het Communicatieonderzoek, Professioneel en Academisch schrijven. Een deel van dit onderwijs gebeurt in de vorm van co-teaching en/of blended learning. Daarnaast vormt de begeleiding van scriptiestudenten een belangrijk onderdeel van uw opdracht.

U bouwt het wetenschappelijk onderzoek uit in het domein van de Professionele en Academische Communicatie:

u verwerft en beheert (externe) onderzoeksfondsen (nationaal en internationaal);

u trekt onderzoeksprojecten aan en zorgt voor de uitvoering ervan;

u begeleidt doctoraatsonderzoek;

u draagt bij aan de internationalisering door uw onderzoek op nationale en internationale congressen te presenteren, in hoogstaande internationale academische tijdschriften te publiceren en door het uitbouwen van een internationaal netwerk.

U denkt kritisch mee over de verdere optimalisatie van het onderwijs en het onderzoek in de context van de master in de Meertalige Professionele Communicatie.

Ook wetenschappelijke en maatschappelijke dienstverlening behoren tot uw takenpakket. U neemt actief deel aan de werking van het departement, de faculteit en de universiteit. U draagt bij tot de wetenschappelijke dienstverlening aan de samenleving.

Uw profiel


U bezit een doctoraat op proefschrift met bewezen onderzoeksexpertise in het vakdomein van de communicatie, met nadruk op de talige component.

U hebt ervaring in het doceren aan (grote) studentengroepen op bachelor en masterniveau en in het begeleiden van bachelor- en/of masterproeven.

U beheerst het Nederlands op moedertaalniveau.

U legt in uw onderwijs de juiste accenten die passen binnen de visie op onderwijs van de Universiteit Antwerpen.

Uw onderzoekskwaliteiten sluiten aan bij de beleidslijnen van de universiteit.

U beschikt over (potentiële) leiderschapskwaliteiten.

U bent kwaliteitsgericht, integer, creatief en samenwerkingsgericht.

Internationale ervaring, een sterk internationaal netwerk en ervaring in het verwerven van onderzoeksfondsen, strekken tot aanbeveling.

Wij bieden

een deeltijdse aanstelling (50%) in de graad van docent (of hoger, in functie van de academische kwalificaties en beroepservaring) voor een periode van drie jaar, hernieuwbaar na positieve evaluatie;

datum van indiensttreding is 1 oktober 2018;

een brutomaandwedde van een voltijds docent die varieert van € 4.171,55 tot € 6.149,03 en voor een voltijds hoofddocent van € 4.776,98 tot € 7.504,57;

een dynamische en stimulerende werkomgeving.

Hoe solliciteren?


U kunt alleen online solliciteren, en dat tot uiterlijk 2 april 2018.

Er gebeurt een preselectie op basis van de ingediende kandidaturen; de verdere selectieprocedure is functiegericht en wordt door de selectiecommissie vastgesteld.

De interviews van de door een selectiecommissie vooraf geselecteerde kandidaten zullen plaatsvinden 7 mei 2018.

Voor informatie over het invullen van het sollicitatieformulier kunt u contact opnemen met vacatures@uantwerpen.be.

Met inhoudelijke vragen over de functie kunt u contact opnemen met prof. Luuk Van Waes (luuk.vanwaes@uantwerpen.be) of prof. Sarah Bernolet (sarah.bernolet@uantwerpen.be).

De Universiteit Antwerpen is een gezinsvriendelijke organisatie, met aandacht voor gelijke kansen en diversiteit. Ons HR-beleid voor onderzoekers werd door de Europese Commissie bekroond met het kwaliteitslabel HR Excellence in research.


We steunen het initiatief Science4Refugees en moedigen asielzoekers en vluchtelingen met een wetenschappelijk profiel aan om te solliciteren bij de Universiteit Antwerpen.

PhD and Post-Doc 'Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect', Utrecht University, Utrecht, deadline: April 2, 2018

1 PhD (1,0 FTE) and 1 Post-Doc (0,8 FTE, 3 years) positions in the project ‘Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect’, Utrecht, deadline: April 2.

Job description

You will be participating in the project Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect (TinT). This project is funded by NWO, by way of a Vrije Competitie project awarded to Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart and dr. Bert Le Bruyn at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The project aims to develop the meaning of the present perfect. We will collect data from 5 languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) in parallel corpora, and analyse perfect use in relation to other verbal tense forms both at the sentence and at the discourse level. Translation experiments will be used to check the space of variation in choosing one form over another.

TinT offers two PhD and one postdoc position. One PhD position has already been filled, so we are currently searching to hire a PhD candidate and a Post-Doc for the following subprojects:

Perfect use in discourse: from conversation to literary texts (PhD)

Truth-conditional and dynamic semantics of the perfect (Post-Doc)

The PhD candidate will focus on the discourse role of the perfect in conversation and literary texts and will be responsible for developing an analysis of non-narrative tense use. Data collection and translation experiments will be carried out in close collaboration with the other PhD and the Post-Doc.

The Post-Doc is the theoretical driving force of the project and will lay the groundwork for the project’s semantic analyses of the Perfect – both truth-conditional and dynamic. S/he will closely collaborate with the PhD candidates and the PIs.

The PhD candidate and the postdoctoral researcher will of course have the opportunity to fill in the details of these projects or expand them, based on their expertise, the data they gather and their own research ideas, in consultation with the PIs.


Tasks for the PhD candidate will include:

Completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;

Carrying out corpus research and translation experiments, in agreement with the supervisors and division of labour within the team;

Regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;

Publication of at least two peer-reviewed articles, partly in collaboration with other project members;

Co-organization of workshops and conferences;

Participation in training programmes and expert meetings scheduled for the project;

Participation in training programmes scheduled for the Research Institute, Graduate School and the National Research School.

Teaching


Tasks for the Post-Doc will include:

Collaboration with the PhDs and the PIs;

Presentations at workshops and conferences;

Publication of four peer-reviewed articles, partly in collaboration with other project members;

Co-organization of workshops and conferences;

Teaching


Requirements for the PhD candidate:

A (soon to be completed) (research) Master’s degree in linguistics, with a focus on semantics and pragmatics; prior experience with corpus research and/or experiments welcome;

Excellent English oral proficiency, academic writing and presentation skills;

Fluency in at least two languages of the project besides English (Dutch, German, French, Spanish)

An outstanding record of work in the Master's degree;

Ability to meet deadlines and work both as an independent researcher and as part of a team;

Ability to work in an international, interdisciplinary team;

Excellent organizational, social and communication skills.


Requirements for the Post-Doc:

PhD in linguistics, with a focus on semantics and pragmatics, prior experience with discourse theory, inquisitive semantics, corpus research and/or experiments welcome;

Ability to perform and publish high quality research, demonstrated for instance by a strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals;

Excellent English oral proficiency, academic writing and presentation skills;

Fluency in at least two languages of the project besides English (Dutch, German, French, Spanish);

Excellent organizational, social and communication skills.


Offer

The successful PhD candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis (38 hours per week/1,0 FTE), starting 1 June 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment is initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at € 2,222.- in the first year (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

The successful postdoc candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis (38 hours per week/0,8 FTE), starting 1 June 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment is for a period of 36 months, with a one-year initial trial period. The gross monthly salary is based on scale 10 (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.


Additional information

If you are interested, please contact the project director, Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart (h.deswart@uu.nl) or the research coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer) for more information. For a description of the project, please click the following link: http://time-in-translation.hum.uu.nl/.


Applications

If interested in applying for one of the advertised positions, please submit digital copies of the following documents through the application website:


a letter of motivation (PhD + Post-Doc);

a research statement, explaining why and how you plan to conduct this research, (1000 words for the PhD, 1500 to 2000 words for the Post-Doc);

a CV (PhD + Post-Doc);

copies of relevant diplomas and grade transcripts (PhD);

your Master’s thesis and any other publication you can provide (PhD);

names and full contact details of two academic referees (PhD + Post-Doc).


A link to the application website will be added to the project’s website (http://time-in-translation.hum.uu.nl) as soon as possible.

The application deadline is April 2nd.

Interviews, live or by videoconference, will be held in the week of April 9.

Three Assistant Professor positions in Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University, Tilburg, deadline: April 20, 2018

3The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for enthusiastic colleagues for the position of Assistant Professor.

The candidates contribute (both in terms of teaching and organization) to one of the leading programs in the Netherlands in in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) With the new positions, we seek to strengthen the three tracks of the program:
The (new) track New Media Design (NMD) emphasizes on creativity and design for and with new media technologies, with topics including user-centered design methods, interaction design, prototyping, usability evaluation, storytelling with data, and research and development of emerging technologies such as virtual /mixed reality, and social robots.
The track Business Communication and Digital Media (BDM) covers the fields of strategic communication, with topics marketing and persuasive communication, corporate and management communication, and strategic use of social and mobile media.
The track Text and Communication (TC) focuses on human communication as a multimodal phenomenon, with a strong emphasis on the interplay between verbal and visual modalities in interactive and non-interactive forms of communication (human-human, human-machine, computer-mediated).

Moreover, the candidate is expected to initiate and conduct fundamental and applied research in the research program Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC). LCC explores cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach, combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modeling. Core research domains include communication and technology, business communication, cross-cultural communication, social media research, information visualization/design research, language production, and non-verbal communication. The candidate is expected to develop new lines of research fitting in the program related to the development, evaluation and societal impact of new media technologies.

The successful candidate
Has a PhD in a discipline relevant to (one of the three tracks of) our program.
Has published in international journals or proceedings.
Has a strong record in developing and teaching Bachelor and (Research) Master courses, and experience with supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
Has strong statistical, methodological and computational skills.
Has good didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students
Has the ability to acquire external funding for research.
Has a promising profile in academic management.
Has strong communication skills, and is able to work in a multidisciplinary team and department.
Has acquired (or is willing to acquire) the Basic Teaching Qualification.
Is able (or willing to learn) to communicate in Dutch.

Terms of employment
The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as assistant professor (“universitair docent”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3.475 in scale 11 up to (maximally) €4.757,- gross per month per month (max €66.388 ,- gross all in per year). Positions are full time or 80%, with tasks divided between teaching/management (65%) and research (35%).

The start of the employment is negotiable, preferably August 1. 2018. Successful candidates receive a 2 year contract. A permanent contract or an extension of the contract is depending on a positive evaluation, the success of the teaching programm Communication and Information Sciences and obtaining the Basic Teaching Qualification.

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a holiday allowance, an options model for terms and conditions of employment and reimbursement of moving expenses.

Information
For more information on this position, please contact prof. dr. Alfons Maes, head of department (maes@uvt.nl) +31134662058.

Applications
Applications should include a cover letter in English, a Curriculum Vitae (including two references), and a statement on the candidate’s contribution to the research program LCC and the teaching program CIS.
The only way to apply is online by following this link: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/. The application deadline is April 20. Positions open until filled.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) conducts scientific research and education in the fields of Communication and Information Sciences, Philosophy, Religious studies and Language and Culture studies. The School of Humanities features three departments, several research institutes and a faculty office. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 1300 students and 250 employees.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Recruitment code
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2 PhD positions on contemporary political satire, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, deadline: April 30, 2018

The Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam currently has vacancies for two PhD positions. Both positions are on the topic of contemporary political satire, and are funded through an NWO/VIDI grant awarded to dr. Christian Burgers. You can find more information about the vacancies here (https://www.vu.nl/nl/werken-bij-de-vu/vacatures/20... ) and here (https://www.vu.nl/nl/werken-bij-de-vu/vacatures/20... ). Interested candidates can apply until 30 April 2018.

Calls for papers for events
CfP Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation (WoLLIC 2018), July 24-27 2018, deadline: March 18, 2018 [EXTENDED]

WoLLIC 2018

25th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation

July 24th to 27th, 2018

Bogotá, Colombia


SCIENTIFIC SPONSORSHIP

Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL)

The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI)

Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)

European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)

ACM Special Interest Group on Logic and Computation (ACM-SIGLOG) (TBC)

Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC)

Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL)


ORGANISATION

Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil


HOSTED BY

Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


CALL FOR PAPERS

WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twenty-fifth WoLLIC will be held at the Departamento de Matemáticas of the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, from July 24th to 27th, 2018. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), ACM Special Interest Group on Logic and Computation (ACM-SIGLOG) (TBC), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).


PAPER SUBMISSION

Contributions are invited on all pertinent subjects, with particular interest in cross-disciplinary topics. Typical but not exclusive areas of interest are: foundations of computing and programming; novel computation models and paradigms; broad notions of proof and belief; proof mining, type theory, effective learnability; formal methods in software and hardware development; logical approach to natural language and reasoning; logics of programs, actions and resources; foundational aspects of information organization, search, flow, sharing, and protection; foundations of mathematics; philosophy of mathematics; philosophical logic; philosophy of language. Proposed contributions should be in English, and consist of a scholarly exposition accessible to the non-specialist, including motivation, background, and comparison with related works. Articles should be written in the LaTeX format of LNCS by Springer (see authors instructions at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). They must not exceed 12 pages, with up to 5 additional pages for references and technical appendices. The paper's main results must not be published or submitted for publication in refereed venues, including journals and other scientific meetings. It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at the meeting by one of its authors. (At least one author is required to pay the registration fee before granting that the paper will be published in the proceedings.) Papers must be submitted electronically at the WoLLIC 2018 EasyChair website. (Please go to http://wollic.org/wollic2018/instructions.html for instructions.) A title and single-paragraph abstract should be submitted by Mar 18, 2018, and the full paper by Mar 25, 2018 (firm date). Notifications are expected by Apr 15, 2018, and final papers for the proceedings will be due by Apr 22, 2018 (firm date).


PROCEEDINGS

The proceedings of WoLLIC 2018, including both invited and contributed papers, will be published in advance of the meeting as a volume in Springer's LNCS series. In addition, abstracts will be published in the Conference Report section of the Logic Journal of the IGPL, and selected contributions will be published (after a new round of reviewing) as a special post-conference WoLLIC 2018 issue of a scientific journal (to be confirmed).


INVITED SPEAKERS

(TBA)


STUDENT GRANTS

ASL sponsorship of WoLLIC 2018 will permit ASL student members to apply for a modest travel grant (deadline: May 1st, 2018). See http://www.aslonline.org/studenttravelawards.html for details.


IMPORTANT DATES

Mar 18, 2018: Paper title and abstract deadline

Mar 25, 2018: Full paper deadline

Apr 15, 2018: Author notification

Apr 22, 2018: Final version deadline (firm)


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Siddharth Bhaskar (Haverford College, USA)

Torben Braüner (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Hazel Brickhill (University of Bristol, UK)

Michael Detlefsen (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Sophia Knight (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Alex Kruckman (Indiana University, USA)

Maricarmen Martinez Baldares (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

Frederike Moltmann (CNRS, France)

Lawrence Moss (Indiana University, USA) (CHAIR)

Cláudia Nalon (University of Brasília, Brazil)

Valeria de Paiva (Nuance Comms, USA, and University of Birmingham, UK)

Sophie Pinchinat (IRISA Rennes, France)

David Pym (University College London, UK)

Ruy de Queiroz (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)

Revantha Ramanayake (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Giselle Reis (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)

Jeremy Seligman (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Yanjing Wang (Peking University, China)

Fan Yang (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)


STEERING COMMITTEE

Samson Abramsky, Johan van Benthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Juliette Kennedy, Ulrich Kohlenbach, Daniel Leivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Valeria de Paiva, Ruy de Queiroz, Jouko Väänänen. (Former Member: Grigori Mints (deceased).)


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Jaime A. Bohórquez (Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, Bogotá, Colombia)

Xavier Caicedo (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) (Local co-chair)

Nicolás Cardozo (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)

Maricarmen Martínez (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) (Local co-chair)

Anjolina G. de Oliveira (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil)

Ruy de Queiroz (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil) (co-chair)

Camilo Rocha (Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia)


FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee.


WEB PAGE

http://wollic.org/wollic2018/

CfP Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India, September 2-6, 2018, deadline: March 22, 2018
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TSD 2018 - SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

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Twenty-first International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2018)

Brno, Czech Republic, 11-14 September 2018

http://www.tsdconference.org/


The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.


Venue: Brno, Czech Republic



THE MAIN SUBMISSION DEADLINE:


March 22 2018 ............ Submission of full papers


Submission of abstract serves for better organization of the review process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA

Piek Vossen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands



TSD SERIES


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.

Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. TSD Proceedings are regularly indexed in Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and in Scopus.

Moreover, LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, EI, INSPEC or COMPENDEX.



CALL for SATELLITE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS


The TSD 2018 conference will be accompanied by one-day satellite workshops or project meetings with organizational support by the TSD organizing committee. The organizing committee can arrange for a meeting room at the conference venue and prepare a workshop proceedings as a book with ISBN by a local publisher. The workshop papers that will pass also the standard TSD review process will appear in the Springer proceedings. Each workshop is a subject to proposal that should be sent to the contact e-mail tsd2018@tsdconference.org ahead of the respective deadline.



TOPICS


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):


Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,

text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,

specialized lexicons, dictionaries)


Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional

speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,

alternative way of feature extraction, new models for

acoustic and language modelling)


Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech

(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and

disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,

credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,

authorship attribution)


Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high

fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)


Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information

extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,

knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense

disambiguation, plagiarism detection)


Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing

(machine translation, natural language understanding,

question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)


Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,

question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in

dialogues)


Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial

animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions

and personality modelling)


Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.



PROGRAM COMMITTEE


Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)

Rodrigo Agerri, Spain

Eneko Agirre, Spain

Vladimir Benko, Slovakia

Paul Cook, Australia

Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic

Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia

Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic

Karina Evgrafova, Russia

Yevhen Fedorov, Ukraine

Volker Fischer, Germany

Darja Fiser, Slovenia

Eleni Galiotou, Greece

Björn Gambäck, Norway

Radovan Garabik, Slovakia

Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico

Louise Guthrie, USA

Tino Haderlein, Germany

Jan Hajic, Czech Republic

Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic

Yannis Haralambous, France

Hynek Hermansky, USA

Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic

Ales Horak, Czech Republic

Eduard Hovy, USA

Maria Khokhlova, Russia

Aidar Khusainov, Russia

Daniil Kocharov, Russia

Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic

Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic

Valia Kordoni, Germany

Evgeny Kotelnikov, Russia

Pavel Kral, Czech Republic

Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany

Nikola Ljubešić, Croatia

Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia

Bernardo Magnini, Italy

Oleksandr Marchenko, Ukraine

Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic

France Mihelic, Slovenia

Roman Moucek, Czech Republic

Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Poland

Hermann Ney, Germany

Karel Oliva, Czech Republic

Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave, Columbia

Karel Pala, Czech Republic

Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia

Maciej Piasecki, Poland

Josef Psutka, Czech Republic

James Pustejovsky, USA

German Rigau, Spain

Marko Robnik Å ikonja, Slovenia

Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands

Anna Rumshisky, USA

Milan Rusko, Slovakia

Pavel Rychly, Czech Republic

Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine

Pavel Skrelin, Russia

Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic

Petr Sojka, Czech Republic

Stefan Steidl, Germany

Georg Stemmer, Germany

Vitomir Å truc, Slovenia

Marko Tadic, Croatia

Tamas Varadi, Hungary

Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland

Aleksander Wawer, Poland

Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands

Yorick Wilks, United Kingdom

Marcin Wolinski, Poland

Alina Wróblewska, Poland

Victor Zakharov, Russia

Jerneja Žganec Gros, Slovenia



FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.


The Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be selected by the Programme Committee and supported with a total prize of EUR 1000 from Springer.


Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


The registration fee is the same as in 2016:


Student: Early payment (by May 31) - 10,000 CZK (approx. EUR 395)

Full participant: Early payment (by May 31) - 12,000 CZK (approx. EUR 475)


The fee has a "all in one" form, to keep equality between participants.



SUBMISSION OF PAPERS


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either orally or as posters. The decision about the presentation format will be based on the recommendation of the reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the on-line form accessible from the conference website.


Papers submitted to TSD 2018 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.


As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'

names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.


The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the papers that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes.

Authors using a WORD compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS template for WORD and within the submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert the paper to LaTeX format. For this service a service-and-license fee of CZK 2000 will be levied automatically.


The paper format for review has to be in the PDF format with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format see http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines,

Sample File typeinst.zip).


Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed software or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The presenters of demonstrations should provide an abstract not exceeding one page. The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the conference proceedings.



IMPORTANT DATES


March 15 2018 ............ Submission of abstracts

March 22 2018 ............ Submission of full papers

May 16 2018 .............. Notification of acceptance

May 31 2018 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration

August 8 2018 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts

August 15 2018 ........... Notification of acceptance for

demonstrations sent to the authors

September 11-14 2018 ..... Conference date


Submission of abstracts serves for better organization of the review process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.


The accepted conference contributions will be published in Springer proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.



OFFICIAL LANGUAGE


The official language of the conference is English.



ACCOMMODATION


The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in the 4-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the accommodation are available at the conference website.



ADDRESS


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Ales Horak, TSD 2018

Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University

Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63

fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20

email: tsd2018@tsdconference.org


The official TSD 2018 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/



LOCATION


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.

South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.


Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London and Munich, and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).


For the participants with some extra time, nearby places may also be of interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.


For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of the Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz

- Battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all within easy reach.

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TSD 2018 - SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

*********************************************************


Twenty-first International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2018)

Brno, Czech Republic, 11-14 September 2018

http://www.tsdconference.org/


The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.


Venue: Brno, Czech Republic



THE MAIN SUBMISSION DEADLINE:


March 22 2018 ............ Submission of full papers


Submission of abstract serves for better organization of the review process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA

Piek Vossen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands



TSD SERIES


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.

Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. TSD Proceedings are regularly indexed in Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and in Scopus.

Moreover, LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, EI, INSPEC or COMPENDEX.



CALL for SATELLITE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS


The TSD 2018 conference will be accompanied by one-day satellite workshops or project meetings with organizational support by the TSD organizing committee. The organizing committee can arrange for a meeting room at the conference venue and prepare a workshop proceedings as a book with ISBN by a local publisher. The workshop papers that will pass also the standard TSD review process will appear in the Springer proceedings. Each workshop is a subject to proposal that should be sent to the contact e-mail tsd2018@tsdconference.org ahead of the respective deadline.



TOPICS


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):


Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,

text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,

specialized lexicons, dictionaries)


Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional

speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,

alternative way of feature extraction, new models for

acoustic and language modelling)


Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech

(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and

disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,

credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,

authorship attribution)


Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high

fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)


Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information

extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,

knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense

disambiguation, plagiarism detection)


Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing

(machine translation, natural language understanding,

question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)


Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,

question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in

dialogues)


Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial

animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions

and personality modelling)


Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.



PROGRAM COMMITTEE


Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)

Rodrigo Agerri, Spain

Eneko Agirre, Spain

Vladimir Benko, Slovakia

Paul Cook, Australia

Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic

Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia

Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic

Karina Evgrafova, Russia

Yevhen Fedorov, Ukraine

Volker Fischer, Germany

Darja Fiser, Slovenia

Eleni Galiotou, Greece

Björn Gambäck, Norway

Radovan Garabik, Slovakia

Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico

Louise Guthrie, USA

Tino Haderlein, Germany

Jan Hajic, Czech Republic

Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic

Yannis Haralambous, France

Hynek Hermansky, USA

Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic

Ales Horak, Czech Republic

Eduard Hovy, USA

Maria Khokhlova, Russia

Aidar Khusainov, Russia

Daniil Kocharov, Russia

Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic

Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic

Valia Kordoni, Germany

Evgeny Kotelnikov, Russia

Pavel Kral, Czech Republic

Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany

Nikola Ljubešić, Croatia

Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia

Bernardo Magnini, Italy

Oleksandr Marchenko, Ukraine

Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic

France Mihelic, Slovenia

Roman Moucek, Czech Republic

Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Poland

Hermann Ney, Germany

Karel Oliva, Czech Republic

Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave, Columbia

Karel Pala, Czech Republic

Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia

Maciej Piasecki, Poland

Josef Psutka, Czech Republic

James Pustejovsky, USA

German Rigau, Spain

Marko Robnik Å ikonja, Slovenia

Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands

Anna Rumshisky, USA

Milan Rusko, Slovakia

Pavel Rychly, Czech Republic

Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine

Pavel Skrelin, Russia

Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic

Petr Sojka, Czech Republic

Stefan Steidl, Germany

Georg Stemmer, Germany

Vitomir Å truc, Slovenia

Marko Tadic, Croatia

Tamas Varadi, Hungary

Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland

Aleksander Wawer, Poland

Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands

Yorick Wilks, United Kingdom

Marcin Wolinski, Poland

Alina Wróblewska, Poland

Victor Zakharov, Russia

Jerneja Žganec Gros, Slovenia



FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.


The Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be selected by the Programme Committee and supported with a total prize of EUR 1000 from Springer.


Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


The registration fee is the same as in 2016:


Student: Early payment (by May 31) - 10,000 CZK (approx. EUR 395)

Full participant: Early payment (by May 31) - 12,000 CZK (approx. EUR 475)


The fee has a "all in one" form, to keep equality between participants.



SUBMISSION OF PAPERS


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either orally or as posters. The decision about the presentation format will be based on the recommendation of the reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the on-line form accessible from the conference website.


Papers submitted to TSD 2018 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.


As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'

names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.


The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the papers that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes.

Authors using a WORD compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS template for WORD and within the submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert the paper to LaTeX format. For this service a service-and-license fee of CZK 2000 will be levied automatically.


The paper format for review has to be in the PDF format with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format see http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines,

Sample File typeinst.zip).


Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed software or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The presenters of demonstrations should provide an abstract not exceeding one page. The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the conference proceedings.



IMPORTANT DATES


March 15 2018 ............ Submission of abstracts

March 22 2018 ............ Submission of full papers

May 16 2018 .............. Notification of acceptance

May 31 2018 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration

August 8 2018 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts

August 15 2018 ........... Notification of acceptance for

demonstrations sent to the authors

September 11-14 2018 ..... Conference date


Submission of abstracts serves for better organization of the review process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.


The accepted conference contributions will be published in Springer proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.



OFFICIAL LANGUAGE


The official language of the conference is English.



ACCOMMODATION


The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in the 4-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the accommodation are available at the conference website.



ADDRESS


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Ales Horak, TSD 2018

Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University

Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63

fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20

email: tsd2018@tsdconference.org


The official TSD 2018 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/



LOCATION


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.

South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.


Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London and Munich, and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).


For the participants with some extra time, nearby places may also be of interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.


For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of the Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz

- Battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all within easy reach.

CfP Workshop 'Innovative Use of NLP for Building', New Orleans, USA, June 5 or 6, 2018, deadline: March 20, 2018

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

The 13th Workshop on the Innovative Use of NLP for Building

Educational Applications (BEA13)

New Orleans, USA; June 05 or 06, 2018

(co-located with NAACL)


https://www.cs.rochester.edu/~tetreaul/naacl-bea13...


*Submission Deadline: March 20, 2018*


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


The BEA Workshop is a leading venue for NLP innovation for educational applications. It is one of the largest one-day workshops in the ACL community. The workshop’s continuous growth illustrates an alignment between societal need and technology advances. NLP capabilities now support an array of learning domain knowledge, including writing, speaking, reading, science, and mathematics, and the related intra- (e.g., self-confidence) and inter-personal (e.g., peer collaboration) domains that support achievement in the learning domains. Within these domains, the community continues to develop and deploy innovative NLP approaches for use in educational settings. In the writing and speech domains, automated writing evaluation (AWE) and speech scoring applications, respectively, are commercially deployed in high-stakes assessment, and instructional contexts (including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and K-12 settings). Commercially-deployed plagiarism detection in K-12 and higher education settings is also prevalent. The current educational and assessment landscape in K-12, higher education, and adult learning (in academic and workplace settings) fosters a strong interest in technologies that yield user log data that can be leveraged for analytics that support proficiency measures for complex constructs across learning domains. For writing, there is a focus on innovation that supports writing tasks requiring source use, argumentative discourse, and factual content accuracy. For speech, there is an interest in advancing automated scoring to include the evaluation of discourse and content features in responses to spoken assessments. General advances in speech technology have promoted a renewed interest in spoken dialog and multimodal systems for instruction and assessment, for instance, for workplace interviews and simulated teaching environments. The explosive growth of mobile applications for game-based and simulation applications for instruction and assessment is another place where NLP has begun to play a large role, especially in language learning.


NLP for educational applications has gained visibility outside of the NLP community. First, the Hewlett Foundation reached out to public and private sectors and sponsored two competitions: one for automated essay scoring, and the other for scoring of short response items. The motivation driving these competitions was to engage the larger scientific community in this enterprise. Learning @ Scale is a relatively new venue for NLP research in education. MOOCs now incorporate AWE systems to manage several thousand assignments that may be received during a single MOOC course. MOOCs for Refugees have more recently popped up in response to the current social situations. Courses include language learning, and we can imagine that AWE and other NLP capabilities could support coursework. Another breakthrough for educational applications within the CL community is the presence of a number of shared-task competitions over the last four years – including three shared tasks on grammatical error detection and correction alone. NLP/Education shared tasks, typically in the area of grammar-error detection, have seen new areas of research, such as the “Automated Evaluation of Scientific Writing” at BEA11 and Native Language Identification at BEA12. All of these competitions increased the visibility of, and interest in, our field. In conjunction with the International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP) 2015, the Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLP-TEA) workshop had a shared task in Chinese error diagnosis, and NLP-TEA had additional shared tasks at the 2016, and a fourth workshop in 2017 co-located with IJCNLP.


The 13th BEA workshop will have oral presentation sessions and a large poster session in order to maximize the amount of original work presented. We expect that the workshop will continue to expose the NLP community to technologies that identify novel opportunities for the use of NLP in education in English, and languages other than English. The workshop will solicit both full papers and short papers for either oral or poster presentation. We will solicit papers that incorporate NLP methods, including, but not limited to: automated scoring of open-ended textual and spoken responses; game-based instruction and assessment; educational data mining; intelligent tutoring; peer review, grammatical error detection; learner cognition; spoken dialog; multimodal applications; tools for teachers and test developers; and use of corpora. Research that incorporates NLP methods for use with mobile and game-based platforms will be of special interest. Specific topics include:


* Automated scoring/evaluation for written student responses (across multiple genres)

o Content analysis for scoring/assessment

o Detection and correction of grammatical and other types of errors (such as, spelling and word usage)

o Argumentation, discourse, sentiment, stylistic analysis, & non-literal language

o Plagiarism detection

o Detection of features related to interest, motivation, and values in writing tasks

* Intelligent Tutoring (IT), Collaborative Learning Environments

o Educational Data Mining: Collection of user log data from educational applications

o Game-based learning

o Multimodal communication (including dialog systems) between students and computers

o Knowledge representation in learning systems

o Concept visualization in learning systems

* Learner cognition

o Assessment of learners' language and cognitive skill levels

o Systems that detect and adapt to learners' cognitive or emotional states

o Tools for learners with special needs

* Use of corpora in educational tools

o Data mining of learner and other corpora for tool building

o Annotation standards and schemas / annotator agreement

* Tools and applications for classroom teachers and/or test developers

o NLP tools for second and foreign language learners

o Semantic-based access to instructional materials to identify appropriate texts

o Tools that automatically generate test questions

o Processing of and access to lecture materials across topics and genres

o Adaptation of instructional text to individual learners’ grade levels

o Tools for text-based curriculum development



IMPORTANT DATES


* Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 20 - 23:59 EST (New York City Time)

* Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, April 04

* Camera-ready Papers Due: Monday, April 16

* Workshop: June 05 or 06



SUBMISSION INFORMATION


We will be using the NAACL submission guidelines and style files for the BEA13 Workshop this year. Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages of content with unlimited pages for references. We also invite short papers of up to 4 pages of content, including unlimited pages for references. Final camera ready versions of accepted papers will be given an additional page of content to address reviewer comments.


Previously published papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".


We have also included conflict of interest in the submission form. You should mark all potential reviewers who have been authors on the paper, are from the same research group or institution, or who have seen versions of this paper or discussed it with you.

We will be using the START conference system to manage submissions. The link will be made live when available.




ORGANIZING COMMITTEE


* Joel Tetreault, Grammarly (primary contact)

* Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service

* Ekaterina Kochmar, University of Cambridge

* Claudia Leacock, Grammarly

* Helen Yannakoudakis, University of Cambridge





SHARED TASK ON SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION MODELING


Task Description

The workshop will host a Shared Task on Second Language Acquisition Modeling (SLAM), using data provided by Duolingo, a popular free online computer-aided language learning (CALL) platform. Teams will be provided with “traces” of all translation and transcription exercises from 800+ language learners — annotated for errors — spanning their first 100 days of activity on Duolingo. The task is then to predict errors made by a held-out set of 100+ language learners over their first 100 days. There will be four tracks for learners of English, Spanish, French and German. We believe that this task presents several new and interesting dimensions for research in Second Language Acquisition modeling: (1) subjects are mostly beginners in their respective L2s, (2) success will likely require teams to model learning — and forgetting — over time, and (3) teams are encouraged to use features which generalize across a variety of languages (hence 4 tracks).


Task Organizers

Burr Settles (Duolingo), Erin Gustafson (Duolingo), Masato Hagiwara (Duolingo), Bozena Pajak (Duolingo), Joseph Rollinson (Duolingo), Chris Brust (Duolingo), Hideki Shima (Duolingo), Nitin Madnani (Educational Testing Service)



SHARED TASK ON COMPLEX WORD IDENTIFICATION


Task Description

Over the past decade a number of studies have been published on automatic text simplification (Specia, 2010; Saggion et al. 2015; Štajner, 2015). Text simplification systems aim to facilitate reading comprehension to different target readerships such as foreign language learners, and native speakers with low literacy levels or various kinds of reading impairments. Two main factors that impact reading comprehension addressed by these systems are lexical complexity and syntactic complexity.

Many lexical simplification systems have been proposed up to this date (Glavaš and Štajner, 2015; Paetzold and Specia, 2016). It has been shown that those systems which have a separate complex word identification (CWI) module at the beginning of their pipeline outperform those systems which treat all words as potentially complex (Paetzold and Specia, 2015). Therefore, automatic identification of words that are difficult for a given target population is an important step for building better performing lexical simplification systems. This step is known as complex word identification (CWI) (Shardlow, 2013).


The first shared task on CWI was organized at the SemEval 2016 (Paetzold and Specia, 2016b). It featured 21 teams that competed submitting 42 systems trained to predict whether words in a given context were complex or non-complex for a non-native English speaker. Following the success of the first CWI shared task at SemEval 2016 we propose the organization of a second edition of the challenge at the BEA workshop 2018.


The first edition of the CWI challenge included only English data aimed at non-native English speakers, whereas the second edition will feature a multilingual dataset (Yimam, 2017a, 2017b) and four individual tracks: (1) English monolingual CWI, (2) Spanish monolingual CWI, (3) German monolingual CWI, (4) Multilingual CWI with a French test set.


Task Organizers

Chris Biemann (University of Hamburg), Shervin Malmasi (Harvard Medical School), Gustavo Paetzold (University of Sheffield), Lucia Specia (University of Sheffield), Sanja Štajner (University of Mannheim), Anais Tack (KU Leuven), Seid Muhie Yimam (University of Hamburg), Marcos Zampieri (University of Wolverhampton)


PROGRAM COMMITTEE


* Lars Ahrenberg, Linköping University

* David Alfter, University of Gothenburg

* Dimitris Alikaniotis, Grammarly

* Homa B. Hashemi, Intelligent System Program, University of Pittsburgh

* Rafael E Banchs, Institute for Infocomm Research

* Sagnik Banerjee, Iowa State University

* Rajendra Banjade, Audible inc. (an Amazon company)

* Lee Becker, Pearson

* Beata Beigman Klebanov, Educational Testing Service

* Lisa Beinborn UKP Lab, Technische Universität Darmstadt

* Delphine Bernhard, Université de Strasbourg

* Sameer Bhatnagar ,Polytechnique Montreal

* Serge Bibauw, KU Leuven & Université Catholique de Louvain

* Johannes Bjerva, University of Copenhagen

* Kristy Boyer, University of Florida

* Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge

* Dominique Brunato, Institute of Computational Linguistics (ILC-CNR)

* Chris Bryant, University of Cambridge

* Andrew Caines, University of Cambridge

* Mei-Hua Chen, Tunghai University

* Martin Chodorow, Hunter College of CUNY

* Shamil Chollampatt, National University of Singapore

* Mark Core, University of Southern California

* Robert Dale, Language Technology Group

* Vidas Daudaravicius, VTEX Research

* Kordula De Kuthy, University of Tübingen

* Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago

* Yo Ehara, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

* Noureddine Elouazizi, Faculty of Science (Skylight/Dean Office), * University of British Columbia

* Keelan Evanini, Educational Testing Service

* Cédrick Fairon, Université Catholique de Louvain

* Youmna Farag, University of Cambridge

* Mariano Felice, University of Cambridge

* Oliver Ferschke, M*Modal

* Michael Flor, Educational Testing Service

* Thomas François, UCLouvain

* Michael Gamon, Microsoft Research

* Kallirroi Georgila, University of Southern California

* Andrew Gibson, University of Technology Sydney

* Jonathan Gordon, University of Southern California

* Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK

* Gintare Grigonyte, Stockholm University

* Iryna Gurevych, UKP Lab, Technische Universität Darmstadt

* Na-Rae Han, University of Pittsburgh

* Jiangang Hao, Educational Testing Service

* Marti Hearst, University of California, Berkeley

* Trude Heift, Simon Fraser University

* Derrick Higgins, American Family Insurance

* Andrea Horbach, University Duisburg-Essen

* Chung-Chi Huang, Frostburg State University

* Radu Tudor Ionescu, University of Bucharest

* Ross Israel, Factual Inc

* Lifeng Jin, The Ohio State University

* Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh

* Marcin Junczys-Dowmunt, Adam Mickiewicz University

* John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology

* Levi King, Indiana University

* Mamoru Komachi, Tokyo Metropolitan University

* Sandra Kuebler, Indiana University

* Girish Kumar, Carousell

* Ji-Ung Lee, UKP Lab Technische Universität Darmstadt

* John Lee, City University of Hong Kong

* Lung-Hao Lee, National Taiwan Normal University

* James Lester, North Carolina State University

* Wen Li, Indiana University

* Maria Liakata, University of Warwick

* Chen Liang, Pennsylvania State University

* Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh

* Peter Ljunglöf, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University

* Anastassia Loukina, Educational Testing Service

* Xiaofei Lu, Pennsylvania State University

* Luca Lugini, University of Pittsburgh

* Nitin Madnani, Educational Testing Service

* Montse Maritxalar, University of the Basque Country

* Ilia Markov, Center for Computing Research, Instituto Politécnico Nacional

* James Martin, University of Colorado Boulder

* Ditty Mathew, IIT Madras

* Julie Medero, Harvey Mudd College

* Beata Megyesi, Uppsala University

* Detmar Meurers, University of Tübingen

* Maria Moritz, University of Goettingen

* Smaranda Muresan, Columbia University

* Courtney Napoles, Grammarly

* Diane Napolitano, Educational Testing Service

* Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore

* Huy Nguyen, Graduate Student at University of Pittsburgh

* Rodney Nielsen, University of North Texas

* Nobal Niraula, Boeing Research & Technology

* Yoo Rhee Oh, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)

* Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton

* Robert Östling, Stockholm University

* Ulrike Pado, Hochschule fuer Technik Stuttgart

* Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth

* Isaac Persing , The University of Texas at Dallas

* Ildikó Pilán, University of Gothenburg

* Patti Price, PPRICE Speech and Language Technology Consulting

* Taraka Rama, University of Oslo

*Lakshmi Ramachandran, A9.com Inc

* Vikram Ramanarayanan, Educational Testing Service R&D and UC San Francisco

* Sudha Rao, University of Maryland, College Park

* Hanumant Redkar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay)

* Livy Real, IBM Research

* Marek Rei, University of Cambridge

* Robert Reynolds, Brigham Young University

* Brian Riordan, Educational Testing Service

* Andrew Rosenberg, IBM Research AI

* Mark Rosenstein, Pearson

* Mihai Rotaru, Textkernel

* Alla Rozovskaya, City University of New York

* C. Anton Rytting, University of Maryland

* Allen Schmaltz, Harvard University

* Claudia Schulz, Technische Universität Darmstadt

* Burr Settles, Duolingo

* Grigori Sidorov, Instituto Politecnico Nacional

* Anders Søgaard, University of Copenhagen

* Helmer Strik Linguistics, Centre for Language Studies (CLS), Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST), Radboud University * Nijmegen; NovoLanguage Nijmegen

* Jan Švec, Department of Cybernetics, University of West Bohemia

* Anaïs Tack , Université Catholique de Louvain & KU Leuven

* Yuen-Hsien, Tseng National Taiwan Normal University

* Sowmya Vajjala, Iowa State University

* Giulia Venturi, Institute of Computational Linguistics "A. Zampolli" (ILC-CNR), Pisa

* Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and University of Essex (UK)

* Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

* Shuting Wang, Facebook

* Michael White, The Ohio State University

* David Wible, National Central University

* Alistair Willis, Open University, UK

* Michael Wojatzki , University of Duisburg-Essen

* Huichao Xue, LinkedIn

* Victoria Yaneva, University of Wolverhampton

* Zheng Yuan, University of Cambridge

* Marcos Zampieri, University of Wolverhampton

* Klaus Zechner, Educational Testing Service




CfP TABU Dag, University of Groningen, Groningen, June 14-15, 2018, deadline: March 30, 2018

Call for abstracts - TABU Dag 2018

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is pleased to announce the 39th TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on June 14th & 15th, 2018. TABU Dag is an annual international broad linguistics conference which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research. Graduate students and (post)doctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work. We are very pleased to announce that the keynote speakers of this year’s edition are:

¨ Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

¨ Felix Hill (DeepMind)

¨ Sidney Segalowitz (Brock University)

¨ Paul Warren (Victoria University of Wellington)

We invite abstracts (in English) in any field of linguistics including, but not limited to: syntax and semantics, phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental linguistics, language acquisition, speech production, discourse and communication, computational linguistics, and neurolinguistics. Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words excluding title, keywords and references. They should be submitted via the following link: www.tabudag.nl/abstracts.

This edition of TABU Dag will again be characterised by a highly interactive format, as we accept abstracts for posters with a poster pitch. All the poster pitch sessions will be plenary, and each presenter will have the chance to speak for 1.5 minutes in front of the entire audience and introduce their research. The pitches will be followed by the poster sessions, which leaves enough time and space for a deeper exchange about the research. For more information about the format, see www.tabudag.nl/format.

Important dates and information

¨ The deadline for abstract submission is March 30th, 2018

¨ Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than April 30th, 2018

¨ Registration will be possible from mid-April

¨ The official language of the conference is English.

¨ Abstracts should be submitted via the following link: www.tabudag.nl/abstracts

¨ For further information, please visit the conference website: www.tabudag.nl

¨ Conference location: Groningen, The Netherlands

¨ Contact information: tabudag@rug.nl

CfP ESSLLI Workshop 'Bridging formal and conceptual semantics, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-10, 2018, deadline: March 31, 2018

ESSLLI 2018 WORKSHOP

BRIDGING FORMAL AND CONCEPTUAL SEMANTICS

August 6-10, 2018

Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski", Sofia, Bulgaria



::: WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION :::


The main aim of the workshop is to get together linguists, philosophers and cognitive scientists from the two leading research traditions of natural language meaning, often referred to them as "formal semantics" and "conceptual semantics". The workshop provides a platform to investigate and discuss the ways of possible bridges between the two semantic perspectives, and to initiate a deeper conversation and collaboration between them. The workshop intends to gather approaches that show the way how the two perspectives can strengthen each other. The workshop holds 6 high-quality contributed talks, each of 45 minutes including discussions and two invited talks by distinguished researchers working on topics closely related to the main issue of the workshop.


Website: bridge-2018.phil.hhu.de


The workshop will take place during ESSLLI 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the St. Kl. Ohridski University, on August 6-10, 2018 (see: http://esslli2018.folli.info/). The workshop is organized in co-operation with the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991.



::: INVITED SPEAKERS :::


James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)

t.b.a.



::: CALL FOR PAPERS :::


The workshop invites high-quality submissions on topics closely related to the main issue of the workshop, for 45 minutes talks (incl. discussion).

The submission of the abstracts will be handled via the EasyChair submission link:


https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bridge2018


Authors can submit anonymous abstracts of max. 2 pages (A4 page, 2 cm margin, 12pt font, single space lines).

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 31, 2018.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2018.



::: PRE-PROCEEDINGS :::


The pre-proceedings, containing all accepted abstracts/short papers (up to 6 pages each),

will be published on the workshop website at least a month before ESSLLI starts.



::: IMPORTANT DATES :::


Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2018

Pre-proceedings deadline: June 15, 2018

Workshop: August 6-10, 2018



::: ORGANIZERS :::


Kata Balogh

Wiebke Petersen



::: CONTACT :::


mail: bfcs@sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de


CRC991

Institute of Language and Information

Heinrich Heine University

Universitätsstraße 1

D-40225 Düsseldorf (Germany)

CfP National University Conference with International Guests 'Current Issues in Linguistics (CIL)', Saint Petersburg, Russia, deadline: April 2, 2018

7th National University Conference with International Guests “Current Issues in Linguistics (CIL)”

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”),

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation,

April 17th and 18th, 2018

Call deadline: 02-Apr-2018

Call for Papers:

The purpose of the 7th National University Conference CIL is to provide its participants with a platform to exchange the latest research results in the field of linguistics. Faculty, students as well as research groups are invited to present their papers and share their views on current issues in linguistics.

Types of presentation: panel discussion, research-based or practice-oriented presentation, workshop;

Working languages: Russian and English.


For more information, see: https://lotschool.nl/application/files/6715/1879/4...


CfP Workshop on dialogue and perception (DaP 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14-15, 2018, deadline: April 4, 2018

Call for papers: Workshop on dialogue and perception (DaP 2018)
Dates: June 14-15, 2018
Venue: Wallenberg Conference Centre, University of Gothenburg
Conference webpage: https://clasp.gu.se/news-events/workshop-on-dialog...
Organised by CLASP, University of Gothenburg


The study of dialogue investigates how natural language is used in interaction between interlocutors and how coordination and successful communication is achieved. Dialogue is multimodal, situated and embodied, with non-linguistic factors such as attention, eye gaze and gesture critical to understanding communication. However, studies on dialogue have often taken for granted that we align our perceptual representations, which are taken to be part of common ground (grounding in dialogue, Clark, 1996). They have also typically remained silent about how we integrate information from different sources and modalities and the different contribution of each of these. These assumptions are unsustainable when we consider interactions between agents with obviously different perceptual capabilities, as is the case in dialogues between humans and artificial agents, such as avatars or robots.


Contrarily, studies of perception have focussed on how an agent interacts with and interprets the information from their perceptual environment. There is significant research on how language is grounded in perception, how words are connected to perceptual representations and agent’s actions and therefore assigned meaning (grounding in action and perception, Harnad, 1990). In the last decade there has been impressive progress on integrated approaches to language, action, and perception, especially with the introduction of deep learning methods in the field of image descriptions that use end-to-end training from data. However, these have a limited integration to the dynamics of dialogue and often fail to take into account the incremental and context sensitive nature of language and the environment.


The aim of this workshop is to initiate a genuine dialogue between these related areas and to examine different approaches from computational, linguistic and psychological perspectives and how these can inform each other. It will feature invited talks by leading researchers in these areas, and high level contributed papers, presented as posters, selected through open competition and rigorous review.


We invite papers of between 2-4 pages of content and up to one additional page for references, following the ACL style guidelines. The conference proceedings will be published online, with an ISSN, on the CLASP website. Authors will have the opportunity to extend their papers for the post-proceedings and will retain the copyright of their papers and be free to publish them elsewhere, with acknowledgement.


Registration is free and participation is open. We warmly invite everyone to attend.


Submission of papers:
EasyChair submission address: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dap2018
LaTeX style files: http://acl2018.org/downloads/acl18-latex.zip
Word style files: http://acl2018.org/downloads/acl18-word.zip

Important dates:
1. Deadline for submission: April 4, 2018
2. Notification of authors: April 20, 2018
3. Camera ready papers due: May 2, 2018


Accepted Invited Speakers (so far):
Jacob Andreas, University of California, Berkeley
Mary Ellen Foster, University of Glasgow
Alexia Galati, University of California, Merced
Pat Healey, Queen Mary University of London
Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Programme Committee:
Ellen Breitholtz -- University of Gothenburg
Joyce Chai -- Michigan State University
Simon Dobnik -- University of Gothenburg (Programme co-chair)
Arash Eshghi -- Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Kallirroi Georgila -- University of Southern California
Jennifer Gerwing -- Akershus University Hospital, Oslo
Jonathan Ginzburg -- Universite Paris-Diderot, Paris 7
Eleni Gregoromichelaki -- Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf
Judith Holler -- Max Planck
Christine Howes -- University of Gothenburg (Programme co-chair)
Staffan Larsson -- University of Gothenburg
Greg Mills -- Groningen University
James Pustejovsky -- Brandeis University
David Schlangen -- Bielefeld University
Candy Sidner -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Matthew Stone -- Rutgers
Ielka van der -- Sluis University of Groningen
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Christine Howes and Simon Dobnik
Programme co-chairs

Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
University of Gothenburg
Box 200, 405 30 GÖTEBORG

www.christinehowes.com
www.dobnik.net/simon/

CfP Forum for Linguistic Sharing, Lisbon, Portugal, July 7, 2018, deadline: April 15, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing

7 July 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

The Young Researchers Group of CLUNL is pleased to announce the XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing, which will take place on 7 of July 2018, at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal).

XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing is integrated into 5th edition of NOVA - Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics and it aims to give the opportunity to young researchers to present and discuss their work in a relaxed and intellectually stimulating environment.

We invite postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students to submit abstracts for oral presentation on any area of linguistics, including: educational linguistics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, lexicography and lexicology, morphology, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, syntax, sociolinguistics, terminology and text linguistics. The abstracts should be submitted on https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=13xfpl until 15 April. Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Each author may submit at most one abstract of a maximum of 500 words. References should only be in the submitted pdf format. The abstracts can be written in Portuguese or English, which will be the working languages of the conference.

Please use the online registration form to submit your abstract, available at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=13xfpl

We expect to publish the proceedings of the conference in the online Journal NOVAling.

KEY DATES

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2018

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 May 2018

For any enquiry, please write to jiclunl@fcsh.unl.pt

CfP CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, Italy, October 8-10, 2018, deadline: April 16, 2018

Call for Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2018


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.


LOCATION


The 7th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy.


IMPORTANT DATES



17 January 2018: First call published and submission system open

16 April 2018: Submission deadline

2 July 2018: Notification of acceptance

10 September 2018: Final version of extended abstracts due

8–10 October 2018: CLARIN Annual Conference


CONFERENCE AIMS


The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.


CONFERENCE TOPICS


Special topic: multimedia, multimodality, speech


We especially invite papers for a thematic session in the areas of multimedia, multimodality and speech. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the collection, annotation, processing and study of audio, visual or multimedia data with language as an important part of the content, for instance the following:


• Multimedia (including image/video processing and multimedia/interactive/algorithmic literature)


• Spoken data (including dialogue and media studies)


• Multimodal data (including Oral History, sign languages and e-learning)


Other topics


Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

•Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research

•Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services

•Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience and impact studies

•Showcases, demonstrations and research projects in Humanities and Social Sciences that are relevant to CLARIN


Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

•Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure

•Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing

•Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms

•Access, including single sign-on authentication and authorisation

•Search, including Federated Content Search

•Web applications, web services, workflows

•Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services

•Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, financing and cooperation

•Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure


CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.

•User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)

•CLARIN portals and outreach to users

•Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures

•Researcher training activities

•Knowledge infrastructure centres


CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures and projects, e.g.

•Relations with other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.

•Relations with meta-infrastructure projects such as EUDAT, RDA and Digital Humanities

•Relations with national and regional initiatives


FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME SESSIONS


The programme of both the general sessions and the thematic session may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected will be not be dependent on the quality of the paper but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper.


SUBMISSIONS


Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4 including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template. Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.

Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the proposal. Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.


Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of both individual criteria and global criteria. The latter include thematic, linguistic and geographical spread. Individual acceptance criteria are the following:

•Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.). In addition, submissions to the special thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the special topic.

•Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to best practice, and preferably evaluated.

•Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant differences.

•Substance: concrete work and experiences will be preferred over ideas and plans.

•Impact: contributions with a higher impact on the research community and society at large will be preferred over papers with lower impact.

•Clarity: the extended abstract must be informative, clear and understandable for the CLARIN audience.

•Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.


ATTENDANCE


For each accepted presentation one author will be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.


PROCEEDINGS


Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume at Linköping University Electronic Press within about 8 months after the conference.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE


The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:

•Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

•António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal

•Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, The Netherlands/Flanders

•Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway

•Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

•Eva Hajičová, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

•Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen, Germany

•Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France

•Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland

•Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

•Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy

•Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

•Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

•Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

•Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece

•Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

•Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia (chair)

•Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

•Tamás Váradi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

•Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia

•Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


LINKS

•CLARIN ERIC website: http://www.clarin.eu

•CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 website: https://www.clarin.eu/event/2018/clarin-annual-con...

•EasyChair submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clarin2018

•Template for submissions: https://www.clarin.eu/sites/default/files/CLARIN20...

•Proceedings of selected papers from previous CLARIN conferences ◦CLARIN 2014: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=116

◦CLARIN 2015: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=123

◦CLARIN 2016: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=136


•Contact for general information on the conference: events@clarin.eu

•Contact for information on the call for papers and programme: clarin2018@easychair.org

CfP RuleML Rules and Reasoning, Luxembourg, September 18-21, 2018, deadline: April 20, 2018

RuleML+RR 2018 FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS


RuleML+RR 2018: International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning


http://2018.ruleml-rr.org


Part of Luxembourg Logic for AI Summit (LuxLogAI, https://luxlogai.uni.lu)


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The International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning (RuleML+RR), the leading international joint conference in the field of rule-based reasoning, calls for high-quality papers related to theoretical advances, novel technologies, and innovative applications concerning knowledge representation and reasoning with rules. Stemming from the synergy between the well-known RuleML and RR events, one of the main goals of this conference is to build bridges between academia and industry.


RuleML+RR 2018 aims to bring together rigorous researchers and inventive

practitioners, interested in the foundations and applications of rules and reasoning in academia, industry, engineering, business, finance, healthcare and other application areas. It will provide a forum for stimulating cooperation and cross-fertilization between the many different communities focused on the research, development and applications of rule-based systems.


RuleML+RR 2018 will take place in Luxembourg on September 18th-21th 2018 and will be part of the Luxembourg Logic for AI Summit (LuxLogAI) "Methods and Tools for Responsible AI", bringing together RuleML+RR 2018, DecisionCAMP 2018, the Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2018), and the Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence (GCAI 2018).


== TOPICS ==


RuleML+RR welcomes original research from all areas of Rules and Reasoning.


Topics of particular interest include:


* Rule-based languages for intelligent information access and for the semantic web

* Vocabularies, ontologies, and business rules

* Ontology-based data access

* Data management, and data interoperability for web data

* Distributed agent-based systems for the web

* Scalability and expressive power of logics for the semantic web

* Reasoning with incomplete, inconsistent and uncertain data

* Non-monotonic, common-sense, and closed-world reasoning for web data

* Non-classical logics and the Web

* Constraint programming

* Logic programming

* Production & business rules systems

* Streaming data and complex event processing

* Rules for machine learning, knowledge extraction and information retrieval

* Rule-based approaches to natural language processing

* Rule discovery, extraction and transformation

* Rules and ontology learning

* Deep Learning for rules and ontologies

* Neural Networks and logic rules

* Neural Networks and ontologies

* Rule-based approaches to agents

* Higher-order and modal rules

* Rules for knowledge graphs

* Pragmatic web reasoning and distributed rule inference / rule execution

* Big data reasoning with rules

* Rule markup languages and rule interchange formats

* Rule-based policies, reputation, and trust

* Scalability and expressive power of logics for rules

* System descriptions, applications and experiences

* Rules and human language technology

* Rules in online market research and online marketing

* Applications of rule technologies in healthcare and life sciences

* Applications of rule technologies in law, regulation and finance

* Industrial applications of rules

* Rules and social media

* Rules of ethics, laws, policies, and regulations


Particularly encouraged are submissions that combine one or several of the above topics with the overall focus theme of the LuxLogAI Summit: Methods and Tools for Responsible AI


== SUBMISSIONS ==


We accept the following submission formats for papers:


* Full papers (up to 15 pages in LNCS style)

* Technical Communications (up to 8 pages in LNCS style)


Submitted full papers should present original and significant research results.

They must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with formal proceedings. Double submission to a workshop with informal proceedings is allowed.


Technical communications are intended for promising but possibly preliminary work, position papers, system descriptions, and applications descriptions (which may be accompanied by a demo).


Submissions: via EasyChair

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rulemlrr20...


The RuleML+RR 2018 best papers will be invited for rapid publication in the Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP).


In addition to regular submissions, RuleML+RR 2018 will host an Industry Track, a Doctoral Consortium, the 12th International Rule Challenge.


== PUBLICATION ==


The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS). All submissions must be prepared in Springer's LaTeX style llncs (http://www.springer.com/comp/lncs/authors.html).


== IMPORTANT DATES ==


Title and Abstract submission: 20 Apr 2018 Full papers submission: 27 Apr 2018 Notification of acceptance: 1 June 2018 Camera-ready submission: 15 June 2018

Conference: 18-21 Sept 2018


For each of these deadlines, a cut-off point of 23:59 AOE (anywhere on earth) applies.


== ORGANISATION ==


Summit Chairs (LuxLogAI):

Leon van der Torre, Martin Theobald (U Luxembourg) General Chair (RuleML+RR):

Xavier Parent (U Luxembourg)

Program Chairs:

Christoph Benzmueller (U Luxembourg & FU Berlin)

Francesco Ricca (U Calabria)

Proceedings Chair:

Dumitru Roman (SINTEF/U Oslo)

Industry Track Chair:

Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT Amsterdam) Int'l Rule Challenge Chairs:

Giovanni De Gasperis (U L'Aquila)

Adrian Giurca (BTU Cottbus- Senftenberg) Reasoning Web (RW) Summer School

to be announced

Publicity Chairs:

Frank Olken, Frank Olken Consulting



== PROGRAM COMMITTEE ==


Full list available at: http://2018.ruleml-rr.org

CfP Linguists' day of the LSB, University of Liège, Belgium, May 25, 2018, deadline: April 21, 2018

LINGUISTS’ DAY OF THE LSB 2018

Friday 25 May 2018

University of Liège

Call for Papers

(Dutch and French versions below)

The annual Linguists’ Day of the LSB (Linguistic Society of Belgium) will be organized this year on Friday 25 May 2018 at the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres of the Université de Liège.

Abstracts

Lectures (20’ presentation + 10’ discussion) can deal with any linguistic topic and can be given in one of the three national languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English. Abstracts (max. 500 words, without references) should clearly indicate the subject, the objectives, the used data and method and the (provisional) results. All abstracts can be submitted until Friday 21 April 2018 to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180. Before 1 May 2018 you will be informed about acceptance of your abstract.

Venue

All activities (lectures and lunch) will take place in the central building (A1) of the City Centre Campus of the University of Liège, located Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. It is at a walking distance from Liège-Palais train station. TEC operates regular services from Liège-Guillemins train station to the city centre. Get off at the “Opéra” stop and follow Place de la République française and Rue de l’Université, which lead to Place du 20 août. Note that you can charge your MOBIB-card to pay your bus fares.

Attendance

Attendance is free of charge (this holds for members and non-members). If you want to give a lecture you must be a member of the LSB. This means that you have to be registered on the website and have paid your contribution --€ 40 if you wish to obtain the latest volume of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics for 2018, € 20 without.

Award

Like we did last year the board will be organizing the Best Paper Presentation Award for doctoral students. If you wish to participate make sure you mention it when you submit your proposition.

Important dates:

· 21 April 2018: deadline submission abstracts

· 1 May 2018: notification of acceptance

· 18 May 2018: deadline registration lunch

· 25 May 2018: Linguists’ Day

Organization:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

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TAALDAG BKL 2018

Zoals elk jaar organiseert de BKL (Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek) ook dit jaar een Taaldag. Deze zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 25 mei 2018 aan de Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres van de Université de Liège.

Abstracts

Lezingen (20’ presentatie + 10’ discussie) mogen gaan over elk mogelijk taalkundig onderwerp en kunnen worden gepresenteerd in een van de drie landstalen (Nederlands, Frans, Duits) of in het Engels. Abstracts (max. 500 woorden, exclusief referenties) vermelden duidelijk het onderwerp, de doelstellingen, de gebruikte data en methode en de (voorlopige) resultaten. De abstracts (met vermelding van naam en affiliatie van de auteurs) dienen ten laatste op vrijdag 21 april 2018 ingediend te worden bij https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180. U krijgt ten laatste op 1 mei antwoord van ons.

Plaats

Alle activiteiten (lezingen en lunch) zullen plaatsvinden in het hoofdgebouw (A1) van de stadscampus van de Université de Liège. Het adres is Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. Het ligt op wandelafstand van het station Luik-Palais. Van het station Luik-Guillemins neem je best de bus (TEC) tot aan de halte “Opéra”, vanwaar je via de Place de la République française en de Rue de l’Université het universiteitsgebouw kan bereiken. Je kan je TEC-biljetten op je MOBIB-kaart (NMBS) laden.

Deelname

Deelname aan de taaldag is gratis, zowel voor leden als niet-leden. Wie een lezing wil geven moet echter wel lid zijn op het moment dat zij/hij de abstract indient. Nieuwe leden vullen via de website een ledenformulier in en betalen hun lidgeld voor de Taaldag --€ 40 voor wie het laatste volume van Belgian Journal of Linguistics in 2018 wil ontvangen, zo niet € 20.

Prijs

Zoals vorig jaar is er ook dit jaar een prijs voor de beste presentatie door een doctoraatsstudent. Indien u hieraan wenst deel te nemen dient u dit expliciet te vermelden in uw mail bij het indienen van uw abstract.

Belangrijke data:

· 21 april 2018: deadline indienen abstracts

· 1 mei 2018: bevestiging acceptatie abstracts

· 18 mei 2018: deadline inchrijven voor de lunch

· 25 mei 2018: Taaldag

Organisatie:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

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JOURNÉE LINGUISTIQUE DU CBL 2018

Comme chaque année, le CBL (Cercle Belge de Linguistique) organise une journée linguistique. Cette année la conférence aura lieu le vendredi 25 mai 2018 à la Faculté de Lettres et Philosophie de l’Université de Liège.

Propositions

Les communications (20’ de présentation + 10’ de discussion) peuvent traiter d’un sujet linguistique quelconque et peuvent se faire dans une des trois langues nationales (néerlandais, français, allemande) ou en anglais. Les propositions (max. 500 mots, sans références) doivent indiquer clairement le sujet, les objectifs, les données et la méthode utilisées ainsi que les résultats (provisoires). Toutes les propositions (avec le nom et l’affiliation des auteurs) peuvent être envoyées à https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180, jusqu’au vendredi 21 avril 2018. Avant le 1 mai 2018 vous serez mis au courant de l’acceptation de votre proposition.

Lieu

Toutes les activités (conférences et déjeuner) auront lieu dans le bâtiment principal (A1) du campus de la ville de l'Université de Liège. L'adresse est Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. Il est à distance de marche de la gare de Liège-Palais. De la gare de Liège-Guillemins, prenez le bus (TEC) jusqu'à l'arrêt "Opéra", d'où vous pourrez rejoindre le bâtiment de l'université par la place de la République française et la rue de l'Université. Vous pouvez charger vos tickets TEC sur votre carte MOBIB (SNCB).

Participation

La participation à la journée linguistique est gratuite pour les membres ainsi que pour les non-membres. Ceux qui veulent faire une communication doivent être membres. Les nouveaux membres ont rempli la fiche d’adhésion et payé la cotisation -- € 40 pour ceux qui veulent obtenir le dernier volume du Belgian Journal of Linguistics pour l’année 2018, autrement € 20.

Prix

Comme l’année passée, cette année il y aura également un prix pour la meilleure présentation par un doctorant. Si vous désirez participer, vous devez le mentionner lors de la soumission de votre proposition.

Dates importantes :

· 21 avril 2018 : date limite pour la soumission des propositions

· 1 mai 2018 : confirmation d’acceptation

· 18 mai 2018 : date limite pour l’inscription pour le déjeuner

· 25 mai 2018 : Journée Linguistique

Organisation:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

CfPresentations 'Integrating content in the language classroom in higher education', Leiden University, Leiden, June 8, 2018, deadline: April 30, 2018

The Language Learning Resource Centre at Leiden University is organizing a one-day conference (June 8th, 2018) on the topic of:

Integrating content in the language classroom in higher education

Issues, research and good practices

The object of this one-day conference is to share current findings and best practices on the topic of integrating content in language classrooms. The focus within this topic will be on higher education, but proposals discussing relevant research or best practices in other settings are welcome. Presentations can be in different formats:

1) Research-oriented presentation
2) Discussion-oriented presentation
3) Exposé of good practice

When submitting your abstract (200 words, deadline April 30th), please indicate which form your presentation will take. We propose research-oriented presentations to be 30 minutes (including discussion) and exposés of good practices to be 20 minutes. However, you may indicate alternative time slots in the submission form

Potential subjects to be discussed in either of these types include (the list is not exhaustive):
- How to integrate language and content in the classroom?
- How is teaching a subject (e.g. literature, arts, culture, politics) in a foreign/second language different from teaching in the native language – both for students and teachers?
- Which kinds of content are suitable? Appropriate? Relevant?
- Target-language use and codeswitching in the content-focused classroom

Abstracts can be submitted through this form.

Important dates:
- Deadline submission of abstracts: April 30th, 2018
- Acknowledgement of acceptance: May 7th, 2018
- Registration deadline: May 20th, 2018
- Conference: June 8th, 2018

CfP 'Events and Objects in Perception, Cognition, and Language', University of Latvia, Estonia, December 8-9, 2018, deadline: May 1, 2018

First Call for papers
13th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication
Events and Objects in Perception, Cognition, and Language.
https://www.lpcs.lu.lv/13thsymposium/

December 8 and 9, 2018
Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia

Speakers include

Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)
Robert Goldstone (Indiana University, USA)
Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)
Amanda Woodward (University of Chicago, USA)
Chris Sinha (Hunan University, China)
Jeff Zacks (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Program Committee

Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)
Nora Newcombe (Temple University, USA)
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)
Jurģis Šķilters (University of Latvia, Latvia)
Jurģis Strautmanis (University Childrens Clinical Hospital, Latvia)


The symposium is organized by Laboratory of Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia in collaboration of and with support by the Baltic Child Neurology Association, Robert Blumberg (the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois), the software company Accenture, and the University of Latvia Foundation.
The conference will include the Robert Blumberg Distinguished Lecture, founded and supported by Robert Blumberg, the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois.


Call for Papers

Object and event perception are core features of human cognitive processing. Further, these core human cognitive abilities may be reflected differently in language and in perception. This symposium aims to integrate perspectives from different areas (including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, AI, and philosophy). The symposium will focus primarily on the following topics, but is not limited to them:

Events and objects
Events in space and time
Event perception from a developmental perspective
Developmental origins of event and object perception
Neural principles of event and object perception
Perception of causality
Relations between objects and events
Typology of events and objects
Events in semantics


Deadlines:
Abstracts of no more than 250 words are to be submitted by May 1 (lpcs@lu.lv). (Abstracts should contain a brief description of relevant theory, research design and methods, and results.) Authors will be notified in the second week of May.
https://www.lpcs.lu.lv/13thsymposium/

CfP Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, USA, October 5-7, 2018, deadline: May 1, 2018

Thirty-Eighth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

5-7 October 2018

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Call for Papers

The Harvard Department of Celtic Languages & Literatures cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies or Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; and papers on relevant cultural, historical or social science topics, theoretical perspectives, etc. for the 38th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited.

The colloquium will take place at Harvard University on 5-7 October 2018.

Attendance is free. Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes, with a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Potential presenters should submit a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to hcc@fas.harvard.edu. Please send submissions in the body of the email or as an attached Word Document.

Abstracts due May 1st, 2018

Further information available at our website: http://www.hcc.fas.harvard.edu

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s John V. Kelleher Lecture will be delivered by:

William Gillies

University of Edinburgh


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Thursday, October 4th at 5 pm.

Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Call for Workshops Conference 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, deadline: May 7, 2018 (Workshop) [EXTENDED]

AREA will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations.

Date: 7 May 2018

Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort

Location: Miyazaki, Japan

http://www.areaworkshop.org/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION MOTIVATION AND TOPICS

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There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

We invite submissions on foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- dynamic models of actions

- formal semantic models of actions

- affordance modeling

- manipulation action modeling

- linking multimodal descriptions and presentations of actions (image, text, icon, video)

- automatic action recognition from text, images, and videos

- communicating and performing actions with robots or avatars for joint tasks

- action language grounding

- evaluation of action models

IMPORTANT DATES

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Deadline for paper submission: 14 January 2018

Review deadline: 1 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 11 February 2018

Deadline for camera-ready version: 1 March 2018

Early registration deadline: TBA

Workshop Date: 7 May 2018

SUBMISSION

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Three types of submissions are invited:

- Research papers, describing original research; these can be either long (6-8 pages, not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references);

- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects (2-4 pages including references);

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software, tools, or systems (2-4 pages including references).

We will decide whether to have an oral or poster presentation, depending on reviewer suggestions and the overall workshop schedule.

Papers should be in compliance with the style sheet adopted for the LREC Proceedings. The AREA proceedings will be published in the LREC 2018 proceedings.

Papers should be submitted through the START conference manager set up for LREC 2018. When submitting a paper from the START page, 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).

MORE INFORMATION

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For more information visit the workshop webpage at: http://www.areaworkshop.org/

Or contact us at: jamesp@cs.brandeis.edu, i.f.van.der.Sluis@rug.nl

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

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Jan Alexanderson DFKI

Yiannis Aloimonos University of Maryland

Anja Belz University of Brighton

Johan Bos University of Groningen

Kirsten Bergmann Bielefeld University

Harry Bunt Tilburg University

Simon Dobnik University of Gothenburg

Eren Erdal Aksoy Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie

Kristiina Jokinen AIRC AIST

Johan Kwisthout Radboud University Nijmegen

Alex Lascarides University of Edinburgh

Andy Lucking Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Siddharth Narayanaswamy University of Oxford

Paul Piwek Open University

Matthias Rehm Aalborg University

Gisela Redeker University of Groningen

Daniel Sonntag DFKI

Michael McTear University of Ulster

Mariet Theune University of Twente

David Traum USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Florentin Wörgötte Georg-August University Göttingen

Luke Zettlemoyer UW CSE

ORGANIZERS

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James Pustejovsky Brandeis University

Ielka van de Sluis University of Groningen



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CfP 'Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative', University of Groningen, Groningen, September 17-18, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018

Call for Papers (deadline: May 25)

Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative.

https://sites.google.com/view/fiction2018/

September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen

We seem to approach a text that we know to be a work of fiction rather differently than a newspaper article, or a conversation about the weather. An influential view in philosophy is that fictional narratives are prescriptions for the reader to imagine some fictional world, while regular assertions are proposals to update the common ground. But whatever the eventual diagnosis, the (apparent) difference between the interpretation of fiction and of non-fiction already raises interesting linguistic questions: How does a reader even know that a text is fiction? Are there linguistic clues an author may leave that mark a given text as such? And is our formal semantic toolkit, developed for dealing with assertions in every day communication, suitable and sufficient for dealing with the peculiarities of narrative fiction and literary style?

In this workshop we want to bring together linguists and philosophers interested in applying formal semantic tools to linguistic phenomena characteristic of fiction/narrative. Examples of questions we would like to address include:

Are there languages with dedicated markers of fiction or story-telling (e.g. "fiction-evidentials")?

What exactly are so-called historical/narrative uses of present tense? Are there other tense/aspect/mood configurations characteristic of narrative?

What is the role of imagination in the semantics of fiction?

Conversely, what is the role of the usual foundational semantic concepts like truth, reference, truth-conditions, and common ground?

Can/should we distinguish fiction and non-fiction at a discourse level, e.g. in terms of discourse structure, coherence relations etc.?

How to model free indirect discourse and other forms of perspective shifting, and to what extent are these constructions characteristic of narrative fiction?

What is the role of (direct) speech/thought representation in literature?

How can we model different types of narration/narrators (omniscient third person, first/second person narration, unreliable narrators) semantically?

Can we push our semantics beyond literary/textual narrative to e.g. oral storytelling, comics, picture books, movies, or narrative music/dance?

INVITED SPEAKERS
Márta Abrusán (Paris)
Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln)
Hans Kamp (Austin/Stuttgart)
Alessandro Zucchi (Milan)

SUBMISSION We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 25 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). With enough high quality submissions we'll also organize a poster session with lightning talks.

LOCATION University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Exact conference location in Groningen to be announced. We can offer (a limited number of) daycare spots, contact the organizers.

DATES Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 -- Tue, Sept 18, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018
Notification: June 10, 2018

CfP International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech processing, Mons Belgium, October 15-17, 2018, deadline: May 27, 2018

6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STATISTICAL LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PROCESSING

SLSP 2018

Mons, Belgium

October 15-17, 2018

Co-organized by:

NUMEDIART Institute

University of Mons

LANGUAGE Institute

University of Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London

http://slsp2018.irdta.eu/

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AIMS:

SLSP is a yearly conference series aimed at promoting and displaying excellent research on the wide spectrum of statistical methods that are currently in use in computational language or speech processing. It aims at attracting contributions from both fields. Though there exist large, well-known conferences and workshops hosting contributions to any of these areas, SLSP is a more focused meeting where synergies between subdomains and people will hopefully happen. In SLSP 2018, significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology.

VENUE:

SLSP 2018 will take place in Mons, which was European Capital of Culture in 2015. The venue will be:

University of Mons

31 Bvd Dolez, 7000 Mons

Belgium

SCOPE:

The conference invites submissions discussing the employment of statistical models (including machine learning) within language and speech processing. Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

anaphora and coreference resolution

authorship identification, plagiarism and spam filtering

computer-aided translation

corpora and language resources

data mining and semantic web

information extraction

information retrieval

knowledge representation and ontologies

lexicons and dictionaries

machine translation

multimodal technologies

natural language understanding

neural representation of speech and language

opinion mining and sentiment analysis

parsing

part-of-speech tagging

question-answering systems

semantic role labelling

speaker identification and verification

speech and language generation

speech recognition

speech synthesis

speech transcription

spelling correction

spoken dialogue systems

term extraction

text categorisation

text summarisation

user modeling

STRUCTURE:

SLSP 2018 will consist of:

invited talks

peer-reviewed contributions

posters

INVITED SPEAKERS:

tba

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:

Steven Abney (University of Michigan, US)

Srinivas Bangalore (Interactions LLC, US)

Jean-François Bonastre (University of Avignon et Pays du Vaucluse, FR)

Pierrette Bouillon (University of Geneva, CH)

Nicoletta Calzolari (Italian National Research Council, IT)

Erik Cambria (Nanyang Technological University, SG)

Kenneth W. Church (Baidu Research, US)

Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, BE)

Thierry Dutoit (University of Mons, BE)

Marcello Federico (Bruno Kessler Foundation, IT)

Robert Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)

Ralph Grishman (New York University, US)

Udo Hahn (University of Jena, DE)

Siegfried Handschuh (University of Passau, DE)

Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, US)

Keikichi Hirose (University of Tokyo, JP)

Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, US)

Nancy Ide (Vassar College, US)

Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, IE)

Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Haizhou Li (National University of Singapore, SG)

Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)

Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, JP)

Alessandro Moschitti (Qatar Computing Research Institute, QA)

Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University, DE)

Jian-Yun Nie (University of Montréal, CA)

Elmar Nöth (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE)

Cecile Paris (CSIRO Data61, AU)

Jong C. Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KR)

Alexandros Potamianos (National Technical University of Athens, GR)

Paul Rayson (Lancaster University, UK)

Mats Rooth (Cornell University, US)

Paolo Rosso (Polytechnic University of Valencia, ES)

Alexander Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University, US)

Tanja Schultz (University of Bremen, DE)

Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research, FR)

Vijay K. Shanker (University of Delaware, US)

Richard Sproat (Google Research, US)

Tomoki Toda (Nagoya University, JP)

Gökhan Tür (Google Research, US)

Yorick Wilks (Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, US)

Phil Woodland (University of Cambridge, UK)

Dekai Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)

Junichi Yamagishi (University of Edinburgh, UK)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Stéphane Dupont (Mons)

Thierry Dutoit (Mons, co-chair)

Kévin El Haddad (Mons)

Kathy Huet (Mons)

Sara Morales (Brussels)

Manuel J. Parra Royón (Granada)

Gueorgui Pironkov (Mons)

David Silva (London, co-chair)

SUBMISSIONS:

Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions have to be uploaded to:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsp2018

PUBLICATIONS:

A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNAI series will be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.

REGISTRATION:

The registration form can be found at:

http://slsp2018.irdta.eu/Registration.php

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: May 27, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: July 3, 2018

Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNAI proceedings: July 13, 2018

Early registration: July 13, 2018

Late registration: October 1, 2018

Submission to the journal special issue: January 17, 2019

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david.silva409@yahoo.com

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Université de Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London

CfP RomTiN5 Romance linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

Call for Papers: RomTiN5, University of Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

English (Dutch below)

Are you a (recently or almost graduated) MA-student or a PhDstudent? And are you doing linguistic research on Romance languages? Then, RomTiN is for you! RomTiN is an informal workshop at which junior researchers in Romance linguistics can present their work to other junior and senior colleagues. It is an excellent chance to meet other people working on Romance Linguistics in an informal setting and to get feedback on your research. RomTiN5 will take place on Friday afternoon June 22, 2018 at the University of Groningen.

Sounds good? Then submit on Thursday May 31, 2018 at the latest a small abstract of max. 200 words to r.de.jonge@rug.nl. We welcome submissions from any subdiscipline (Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics, etc.) as long as it pertains to the Romance languages.

Talks will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob de Jonge via email: r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Submission deadline: Thursday 31 May, 2018 Workshop date: Friday 22 June, 2018. Workshop venue: University of Groningen, Harmony building, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, room 1315.0036. Talks: 20 minutes + 10 for discussion, on any topic within Romance linguistics. Organizer: Bob de Jonge.

Dutch (English above)

Ben jij een (net of bijna afgestudeerde) MA-student of een AIO? Doe je taalkundig onderzoek naar de Romaanse talen? Dan is RomTiN ideaal voor jou! RomTiN is een informele workshop waar junior onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde hun onderzoeksresultaten kunnen presenteren aan een gemengd publiek van zowel senior onderzoekers als mede-AIOs/MA-studenten. RomTiN is dé ideale gelegenheid om kennis te maken met andere
onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde en om feedback te krijgen op je onderzoek. RomTiN5 zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 22 juni aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Geïnteresseerd? Dien dan uiterlijk donderdag 31 mei 2018 een korte beschrijving (max. 200 woorden) van hetgeen je wilt presenteren in door te mailen naar r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Presentaties over elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde (Semantiek, sociolinguïstiek, acquisitie, fonologie, fonetiek, syntaxis, pragmatiek en corpuslinguïstiek) zijn van harte welkom.

De presentaties zullen ieder 20 minuten duren gevolgd door 10 minuten discussie.

Voor nadere informatie, neem contact op met Bob de Jonge: r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Deadline voor het indienen van abstracts: donderdag 31 mei 2018 Datum workshop: vrijdag 22 juni 2018 Plaats: Harmonie, RUG, zaal 1315.0036. Presentaties: 20 minuten + 10 voor discussie, elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde welkom. Organisatie: Bob de Jonge.

CfP Formals 2018, Formal Reasoning and Semantics, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 24-28, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

FORMALS 2018: Formal Reasoning and Semantics

http://formals.ufzg.hr/


24-28 Sep 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Co-located with the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018)


Submission deadline: 1 June 2018


The 1st workshop of Formal Reasoning and Semantics will be held at the Inter-University Center Dubrovnik (IUC) as a part of the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018) 24-28 September 2018. The workshop is organized within the research project Formal Reasoning and Semantics (FORMALS) supported by Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), UIP-2017-05-9219.


We have several 30 min slots available for contributed talks. All contributions which broadly fit the main goal of the project - mutual enrichment of pure and applied logic - are welcome, including, but not limited to, specific project topics listed below.


The emphasis of the project is on applications of logic in computer science, and vice versa, the application of computational tools in logical and mathematical research. Another goal is to apply logic to specific problems of linguistics or, more generally, cognitive and information sciences, as well as interdisciplinary areas in which economics and mathematics overlap (game theory, social choice theory). Even though logic is at the first glance a formal and theoretical discipline, logic is also exceptionally applicable, and it is surprising to see applications of the same or similar formal systems, especially modal logics, in a variety of areas. Formalization brings conceptual precision, clarity and confidence. Formalization also provides new insights of the complexity of problems and allows for discovery of new issues that remain hidden in informal reasoning.


The theoretical aspects of the project include:

1) exploring the expressive power of formal languages by methods of model theory

2) soundness and completeness, decidability and complexity of formal systems, especially modal logics

3) exploring the possibilities of developing an abstract theory of formal semantics.


Application aspects are:

1) development, research and formalization of mathematical models for problems of other disciplines

2) development and implementation of algorithms

3) detection of links between seemingly unrelated domains through related formalizations.


INVITED SPEAKERS

1. Vivek Nigam, Federal University of Paraba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil and fortiss An-Institut Technische Universität München, Germany

2. TBA


IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Submission: 1 June 2018

Author Notification: 25 June 2018

Final version: 5 July 2018


REGISTRATION

Participants need to be registered for the main conference LAP 2018. Registration fee is 50 EUR and covers both the main conference and the workshop. It is payable in cash upon arrival.


SUBMISSION

Authors should submit an abstract in LaTeX format, not exceeding three pages, to tin.perkov@ufzg.hr with the subject "FORMALS 2018".


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

https://www.iuc.hr/


ORGANIZERS (RESEARCH PROJECT GROUP)

Tin Perkov, Tajana Ban Kirigin, Marcel Maretic, Benedikt Perak, Aleksandar Hatzivelkos, Luka Mikec, Branimir Stojanovic

CfP SEMDIAL 2018 Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Aix-en-Provence, France, November 8-10, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

**** SEMDIAL 2018 (AixDial) - 1st Call for Papers ****

THE 22st WORKSHOP ON THE SEMANTICS AND

PRAGMATICS OF DIALOGUE


8-10th November 2018


Aix-en-Provence, France


AixDial will be the 22nd edition of the SemDial workshop series,

which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics

and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and

pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy,

psychology, and neuroscience. In 2018 the workshop will be hosted

by Aix Marseille University, and organized by the Language and

Speech Lab (LPL) as well as the Computer Science Lab (LIS). It will

be collocated with the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information

Structure and Beyond,.


WEBSITE: http://semdial.hypotheses.org/


**KEYNOTES: TBA**


*SCOPE*


We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics

of dialogue, including, but not limited to:


- semantic/pragmatic interpretation in dialogue

- common ground/mutual belief

- goals, intentions and commitments in communication

- turn-taking and interaction control

- multimodality: gesture, gaze, intonational meaning in communication

- dialogue and discourse structure

- the dynamics of agents' information states in dialogue

- interpretation and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems

- dialogue management

- categorisation of dialogue phenomena in corpora

- child-adult interaction

- language learning through dialogue

- designing and evaluating dialogue systems

- machine learning applied to dialogue

- experimental approaches to dialogue (eye-tracking, time responses,...)

- using physiological mesures (breathing, pulse, perspiration,...) for dialogue study

- neurophysiology of dialogue (EEG, FMRi, FNIRS,...)



*SUBMISSIONS*


Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of

content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references).

Formatting instructions and the URL of the submission site will be available

on the AixDial website soon. There will be a later a call for 2-page abstracts

describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of

the workshop.



*IMPORTANT DATES*


Submissions due : June 1st, 2018

Notification : July 20th, 2018

Demo / Project deadline : September, 7th, 2018

Final version due : October 1st, 2018

SemDial : November 8-10th, 2018



*TECHNICAL PROGRAMME CHAIRS:*


Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)


*LOCAL ORGANISATION:*


Stéphanie Desous (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)

Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Simone Fuscone (LPL-LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)



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*SEMDIAL BOARD CHAIRS*


Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam)

David Schlangen (Bielefeld University)


CfP AWIA Symposium 'Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions', Nijmegen, October 4-5, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

AWIA symposium 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

Graag vragen we jullie aandacht voor het 14e AWIA symposium dat we organiseren op 4-5 oktober 2018 aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. De buitenlandse gast die centraal staat tijdens de eerste dag van het symposium is Prof. Anssi Peräkylä (University of Helsinki), die heeft gekozen voor het volgende thema : ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’. Anssi zal twee lezingen geven passend bij het thema en een datasessie leiden. De tweede dag is gereserveerd voor onderzoekspresentaties.

Bij dezen nodigen we Nederlandse en Vlaamse onderzoekers van harte uit een abstract in te dienen over interactie-/conversatieanalytisch onderzoek. We moedigen indieners aan om aan te sluiten bij het thema ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’, maar ook andere onderwerpen zijn welkom. We bieden graag zowel beginnend als gevorderd onderzoekers een podium om hun (lopende) onderzoek te presenteren.

Abstracts hebben een maximum lengte van 500 woorden (inclusief eventuele data, exclusief referentielijst) en moeten in het Engels geschreven zijn. Om de gastspreker in staat te stellen deel te nemen aan de discussie is de voertaal tijdens het symposium Engels.

Voeg de namen van de auteur(s), eventueel de relevante organisatie(s) en de titel van het abstract toe in het document. Je kunt je abstract als bijlage bij een email versturen aan [w.stommel@let.ru.nl ] tot uiterlijk 1 juni 2018.

Notificaties van acceptatie of niet-acceptatie zullen half juli 2018 worden verzonden.

Voor meer informatie, zie de Anéla website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/awia-symposium/


Wyke Stommel w.stommel@let.ru.nl

Guusje Jol g.jol@let.ru.nl


PSYCHOTHERAPY, PSYCHIATRY AND EMOTIONS

Anssi Peräkylä

In the plenary presentations, I will be presenting conversation analytical studies on psychotherapy (presentation 1) and studies on emotion in interaction using combinations of conversation analytical and experimental methods (presentation 2). The data to be explored in the data session involves psychiatric intake interview.

The first presentation will lay out an overall view of conversation analytic (CA) study on psychotherapy. In a sociological perspective, psychotherapy is to be understood as a particular form of institutional interaction. The key characteristic of psychotherapy as institutional interaction arises from its particular inferential frameworks (see Drew and Heritage 1992: 21-25): the clients’ talk is understood beyond the speaker’s intended meaning, as indication of the particular (usually dysfunctional) ways of working of the patient’s mind (Peräkylä 2013). The goal of psychotherapy, accordingly, is to transform these ways of working of the mind in the client. In achieving that goal, psychotherapy is organized around sequences of actions, which can be characterized as being initiatory, responsive, or “third position” actions. CA studies have mostly focused on therapist’s actions, such as questions, formulations and interpretations. I will be arguing that through the sequences of actions, three transformation processes take place: the transformation of referents, emotions, and momentary relations between the participants. I will argue that these are key processes in enhancing therapeutic change in the patient. Key challenges for CA studies on psychotherapy will be discussed. One of them involves study designs that encompass long term processes extending the boundaries of single session. Another key challenge involves the understanding of interaction patterns pertaining to specific psychic disorders (such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorder). Finally, the contribution of CA on psychotherapy to CA studies on institutional interaction more generally will be discussed: particularly, I will argue that CA of psychotherapy highlights the importance of management of referents and the processes that go beyond single sequences and encounters, as targets of CA analysis.

The second presentation will give an overview of a string of studies on emotions in interaction using CA and experimental methods. In studies on facial expression, we have been exploring how facial expressions are coordinated with the initiation and completion of turns at talk, doing work to initiate, enhance or transform the emotional stances that are being conveyed by the speakers. In studies on emotion in psychotherapy, we have explored the different combinations of empathy and challenge in therapists’ responses to patients’ emotional expressions and narratives. For example, prosodic matching and mismatching between the patient’s and the therapist’s talk anticipatorily conveys either empathy or challenge by the therapist, in relation to the patient’s emotion descriptions. In a set of experimental studies, we have explored the ways in which the expressed stance of stories, and the affiliation displayed by the story recipients, are linked to the autonomous nervous system responses in the participants. These studies have uncovered linkages between the “interaction order”, and the physiological processes in the participants, thus elaborating Goffmanian view of interaction.

The data session will focus on psychiatric assessment interviews in an outpatient clinic. The data are in Finnish. The goal of psychiatric assessment is to define the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. In discussing diagnosis, the roles of the clinician and the patient seem to be different from what they are in somatic medicine: in the psychiatric assessment, the clinician seems to encourage and solicit patient participation in discussion on diagnosis, in ways that are rather rare in somatic medicine.

CfP Journal 'Computational Linguistics' on 'Computational approaches in historical linguistic after the quantitative turn', deadline: July 15, 2018

Call for papers for the journal "ComputationalLinguistics" on "Computational approaches in historical linguisticsafter the quantitative turn", guest-edited by Taraka Rama, Simon J.Greenhill, Harald Hammarström, Johann-Mattis List, and Gerhard Jäger.



The deadline is July 15, 2018, and detailed information can be found in theattached PDF, which you can also download at http://calc.digling.org/resources/call-si-cl.pdf.

CfP IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications, Special issue 'Reasoning on Legal Texts', deadline: July 31, 2018

IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications


Special issue "Reasoning on Legal Texts"


** Paper submission deadline: Jul 31st, 2018 **


Guest editors:

Livio Robaldo - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Sotiris Batsakis - University of Huddersfield (UK) Maria Vanina Martinez - Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) Christoph Benzmueller - Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)


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Regulations are a widespread and important part of governments and businesses.

They encode how products are manufactured, and how the processes are to be performed. Such regulations, in general, are difficult to understand and apply.

Undoubtedly, the law, for example, as the reflection of human society, presents the broadest range of expression and interpretation, since the interpretation of even the most common words becomes problematic. Even individual regulations may be self-contradictory as a result of their gradual development process, as well as the lack of a formal drafting process.


In an increasingly complicated environment, as well as regulatory review, automated reasoning processes become more and more necessary. Current state-of-the-art technologies enforce reasoning applications on legal texts such as decision making and compliance checking starting from logical and/or ontology-based representations of norms. These semantic representations are typically obtained via Natural Language Processing (NLP) in an automatic fashion, in order to avoid huge time-consuming manual effort.


To bridge such challenges, several research projects in the legal domain have been recently funded by the EU and similar institutions, among which is

"MIREL: MIning and REasoning with Legal texts". The aim of the MIREL project is to bridge the gap between the community working on legal ontologies and NLP methods applied to legal documents, and the community working on reasoning methods and formal logic, towards the objectives described above.


This special issue focuses on legal reasoning, thus welcoming submissions describing novel approaches for reasoning in the legal domain starting from logical or ontology-based representations of legal knowledge.


A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


- Logical formalization of legal knowledge

- Norm enforcement and compliance

- Decision making methods and applications

- Computational methods for legal reasoning

- Legal argumentation

- Dynamics of normative knowledge

- Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies

- Using logic formalisms and technologies in large legal document collections

- Legislative and case-law metadata models

- Semantic annotations for legal texts

- Inconsistency handling and exception-tolerant reasoning

- Legal reasoning under uncertainty and incomplete information

- Legal reasoning with vague notions

- Defeasible normative systems

- Implementations and applications in the legal domain

- Large-scale normative reasoning



*Important Dates*

- Paper submission: Jul 31st, 2018

- Notification to authors: November 30th, 2018

- Camera-ready: January 1st, 2019


*Submission Instructions*

Papers submitted to the special issue must be sent to Jane Spurr (jane.spurr@kcl.ac.uk). Please specify this special issue in the email subject.

We expect papers of about 15-30 pages; however, justified exceptions are possible. Each submission will be assigned with two reviewers.


If have any enquiries/comments, please contact Livio Robaldo at:

livio.robaldo@uni.lu

Extra
Dataset for dialogue breakdown detection challenge 3 (human-machine dialogues in both English and Japanese)

Dear researchers,


We are happy to announce that we have released the dataset for dialogue breakdown detection challenge 3 (DBDC3).

https://dbd-challenge.github.io/dbdc3/


You can download the data at:

https://dbd-challenge.github.io/dbdc3/data/


The dataset contains human-machine dialogues in both English and Japanese:

615 English dialogues and 150 Japanese dialogues. All system utterances are annotated with dialogue breakdown labels by 30 annotators.


The data can be useful to those working on dialogue systems as well as those who want to analyze psychological aspects of dialogue; e.g., how users perceive human-machine interaction.


If you have any questions, please contact us at:

dbdc3-organizers@googlegroups.com


DBDC3 organizers

Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Kotaro Funakoshi, Michimasa Inaba Yuiko Tsunomori, Tetsuro Takahashi, Nobuhiro Kaji


*Acknowledgments*

We thank our sponsors, Denso IT Laboratories, Nxtremer, Honda Research Institute Japan, and NTT DOCOMO, Inc., for supporting our data collection. We also thank the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) for supporting the event.

Free promotional materials for the Bayreuth Summer University 2018

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