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2012 INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES

 

WSLST 2012

 

(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

 

Tarragona, Spain

 

January 23-27, 2012

 

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

 

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

 

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AIM:

 

WSLST 2012 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures on language and speech technologies at different levels. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help students initiate and foster their research career.

 

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (http://grammars.grlmc.com/sslst2011/).

 

ADDRESSED TO:

 

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Linguistics. Other students (for instance, from Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, or Cognitive Science) are welcome too.

 

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep themselves updated on developments in the field.

 

There is no overlap in the class schedule.

 

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:

 

- Eneko Agirre (U Basque Country), Semantic Processing of Text: Word Sense Disambiguation, Entity Linking and Semantic Similarity [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]

- William J. Byrne (Cambridge), Weighted Finite State Transducers in Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 6 hours]

- Marcello Federico (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), Statistical Language Modeling [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]

- Ralph Grishman (New York), Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]

- John Nerbonne (Groningen), Using Edit-Distance to Understand Linguistic Variation [introductory/advanced, 4 hours]

- Geoffrey K. Pullum (Edinburgh), The Formal Properties of Human Languages: Description with a View to Implementation [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]

- Jian Su (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore), Coreference Resolution and Discourse Relation Recognition [advanced, 4 hours]

- Christoph Tillmann (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Simple and Effective Algorithms and Models for Non-hierarchical Statistical Machine Translation [intermediate, 6 hours]

- David R. Traum (U Southern California), Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management [introductory, 8 hours]

- Dekai Wu (Hong Kong U of Science and Technology), Syntactic and Semantic Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]

 

REGISTRATION:

 

It has to be done on line at

 

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/Registration.php

 

FEES:

 

They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

 

1 hour =

 

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),

- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 2011).

 

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:

 

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:

 

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

 

Please mention WSLST 2012 and your full name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site.

 

Remarks:

 

- Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

- People claiming early registration will be requested to prove that they gave the bank transfer order by the deadline.

- Students may be refunded only in the case when a course gets cancelled due to the unavailability of the instructor.

 

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is much recommended to do it earlier.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

 

Information about accommodation is available on the website of the School.

 

CERTIFICATES:

 

Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

 

Announcement of the programme: September 26, 2011

Starting of the registration: September 26, 2011

Early registration deadline: November 13, 2011

Starting of the School: January 23, 2012

End of the School: January 27, 2012

 

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

 

Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu@urv.cat

 

WEBSITE:

 

http://grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

 

POSTAL ADDRESS:

 

WSLST 2012

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

Av. Catalunya, 35

43002 Tarragona, Spain

 

Phone: +34-977-559543

Fax: +34-977-558386

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

 

Diputació de Tarragona

Universitat Rovira i Virgili