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Subject: [ E-SSchool ] X UNL School - Alexandria, Egypt, 2012
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Date received: 01 Aug 2012
Deadline: 01 Sep 2012
Start date: 07 Oct 2012





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X UNL School - Alexandria, Egypt - 2012
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www.unlweb.net
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The UNDL Foundation invites applications for the X UNL School, to
take place in the Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt,
from October 7th to 11th, 2012. The workshop will be dedicated to
the development and improvement of the grammatical resources for
the UNL framework. The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and
accommodation expenses for the selected candidates not living in
Alexandria. Approved candidates will be entitled to sign a
contract for the development of the language modules for their
respective languages.

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IMPORTANT DATES
01/09/2012: Deadline for the applications
10/09/2012: Notification of accepted candidates
30/09/2012: Deadline for the pre-workshop tasks (corpus translation and
dictionary preparation)
07-11/10/2012: X UNL School
15/01/2013: Deadline for the post-workshop tasks (Corpus1000)
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REQUISITES
The UNDL Foundation will only consider applications complying strictly with the
three requisites below:
1. Candidates must have successfully completed the grammars to UNL-ize and NL-
ize the Corpus500;
2. Candidates must have completed CLEA250, CLEA500 and CLEA750; and
3. Candidates must have an university degree in Linguistics, Computer Science or
related field.
Corpus500 (instructions available at www.unlweb.net/wiki/Corpus500) is a set of
500 structures that cover the most frequent semantic structures of UNL.
CLEA (instructions available at www.unlweb.net/wiki/CLEA) is the Certificate for
Language Engineering Aptitude and may be pursued online at VALERIE - the Virtual
Learning Environment for UNL.
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APPLICATION
In order to apply, candidates must send a CV to
r.martins_(at)_undlfoundation.org before September 1st, 2012.
Candidates must also prove their aptitude for natural language
processing in the UNL framework by sending the following files in
plain text format with UTF-8 encoding (LID should be replaced by
the ISO 639-2 three-character code for the intended language).
All the instructions are available at
www.unlweb.net/wiki/Corpus500.

1. LID_corpus500.txt, with the human translation, to the target language, of the
sentences of the Corpus 500;
2. LID_ana_dic.txt, with the natural language analysis dictionary used to UNL-
ize the translated version of the Corpus 500 (with IAN);
3. LID_ana_tgrammar.txt, with the transformation grammar used to UNL-ize the
translated version of the Corpus 500 (with IAN);
4. LID_ana_dgrammar.txt, with the disambiguation grammar used to UNL-ize the
translated version of the Corpus 500 (with IAN), if any;
5. LID_gen_dic.txt, with the natural language generation dictionary used to NL-
ize the UNL version of the Corpus 500 (with EUGENE);
6. LID_gen_tgrammar.txt, with the transformation grammar used to NL-ize the UNL
version of the Corpus 500 (with EUGENE), including the morphological module
(inflectional paradigms);
7. LID_gen_dgrammar.txt, with the disambiguation grammar used to NL-ize the UNL
version of the Corpus 500 (with EUGENE), if any.
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SELECTION
The UNDL Foundation will select 15 candidates, one per language, according to
the best F-measure (weighted average of the precision and recall) of the
analysis and generation modules. In case two or more candidates provide modules
equally good in terms of analysis and generation, the selection process will
consider, in this order: 1) previous participation in any UNL School; 2)
strongest experience (in terms of UNLdots) in the UNLweb; 3) strongest
experience in natural language processing; and 4) highest academic degree.
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VENUE
Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt.
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SUPPORT
The UNDL Foundation will pay the travel and accommodation expenses for the
selected candidates not living in Alexandria. These include:
1. a round-trip plane, bus or train ticket from/to Alexandria
2. 7 nights at a hotel in Alexandria
3. 7 per diem of EGP300.00 (total of EGP2,100.00)
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PRE-WORKSHOP TASKS (to be completed before 30/09/2012)
Before the workshop, the participants are expected to translate the workshop
corpus (50 sentences) from English into their respective languages and to
provide the corresponding dictionary entries (for natural language analysis and
generation) according to the formalism described at
www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Dictionary_Specs.
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WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES (7-11/10/2012)
During the workshop, the participants are expected to provide the syntactic and
semantic modules of the grammar necessary to generate the workshop corpus from
UNL into their native language, and from their native language into UNL. The
grammar is expected to comply with the formalism described at
www.unlweb.net/wiki/index.php/Grammar_Specs, and will be provided through the
UNLdev, a web-based integrated development environment for creating and editing
dictionary entries and grammar rules for natural language processing. The UNDL
Foundation will provide all the training and support necessary for the
accomplishment of the tasks.
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POST-WORKSHOP TASKS (to be completed before 15/01/2013)
After the workshop, the participants will be invited to extend their
experimental grammars (for both analysis and generation) for the Corpus 1000,
which is an extension of the Corpus 500.
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FOLLOW-UP
The participants who accomplish the post-workshop tasks before January 15th,
2013, will be invited to sign a contract for the development of the grammar
modules for their respective languages. This contract will be based on
Corpus50000 and will include:
1. Lemmatization of all word forms appearing in the corpus (USD0.10 per lemma,
up to USD1,000.00 total, i.e., 10,000 lemmas)
2. The development of a grammar for the analysis of the 1,000 most frequent
syntactic structures of the source language, extracted from the corpus
(USD2,000.00)
3. The development of a grammar for the generation of the 1,000 most frequent
semantic structures of UNL (USD2,000.00)
4. The participation in the Advanced Level Grammar Workshop in 2013
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CERTIFICATION
The UNDL Foundation will issue a Certificate of Participation, upon evaluation,
for all the participants.
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THE UNL AND THE UNDL FOUNDATION
The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland,
which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for implementing the
Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an artificial language that has
been used for several different tasks in natural language engineering, such as
machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization,
information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique
initiative to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural
communication in the framework of the UN.
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FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information, please contact:
Ronaldo Martins, PhD
Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation
r.martins_(at)_undlfoundation.org

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