Related Organisations and Events


ELSNET collaborates with a variety of related organisations and projects. Here we list a few of them.

International professional organisations and Special Interest Groups

The main organisation in Europe for professionals in Speech Technology is ISCA (formerly ESCA). It organises major annual Interspeech conferences (Eurospeech in odd years, ICSLP in even years) and workshops, has an electronic newsletter, a paper and an electronic scientific journal.
The Association for Computational Linguistics is the international scientific and professional society for people involved in natural language and computation. ACL has served the research and commercial community with annual international conferences, regional conferences in Europe, North America and Asia, and specialized workshops and conferences aimed at particular technical groups. They publish a quarterly journal, Computational Linguistics. ACL has a European Chapter (EACL) and a North American Chapter (NAACL).
The website for ACL: http://www.aclweb.org/
The website for EACL: http://www.cs.um.edu.mt/eacl/
The website for NAACL: http://www.aclweb.org/naacl/
SIGDIAL is ACL's Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue. News from SIGDIAL will be published in our newsletter ELSNews.
SIGLEX is ACL's Special Interest Group on the Lexicon.
COCOSDA is the International Committee for the Co-ordination and Standardisation of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques for Speech Input/Output

European Projects

Arabic Natural Language Processing
INCO Project
Best Practice in Spoken Dialogue Systems
ESPRIT and LE project, initiated by ELSNET
Dialogue Annotation and Tools
LE Project, initiated by ELSNET
International Standards for Language Engineering
HLT Project
HLT Opportunity Promotion in Europe
HLT Project,
Collaboration in Language and Speech Science and Technology
HLT Project


The Enabler Network aims at improving cooperation among national activities established by national authorities for providing Language Resources for their languages. The action aims at: establishing a regular exchange of information; identifying and fostering possible synergies and cooperation; promoting the compatibility and interoperability of their results, thus facilitating the successful transfer of technologies and tools among languages and the construction of multilingual Language Resources; increasing the visibility and the strategic impact of those national activities in the field of HLT; contributing to the creation of an overall framework in which the public and private sectors, national efforts and international coordination could cooperate in order to answer the IST need for Language Resources.
URL: http://www.enabler-network.org/
The goal of the NEMLAR (Network for Euro-Mediterranean LAnguage Resources) is to create a network of qualified Euro-Mediterranean partners to specify and support the development of high priority LRs for Arabic and other local languages in a systematic, standards-driven, collaborative learning context. The project will focus on identifying the state of the art of LRs in the region, assessing priority requirements through consultations with language industry and communication players, and establishing a protocol for developing a basic LR kit for the major forms of the region's predominant language - Arabic, and other local wide-spoken languages where appropriate.
URL: http://www.nemlar.org
European Networks of Excellence
Under the European Commission's ESPRIT Long Term Research Programme, some twenty Networks of Excellence have been created in order to support and facilitate Research and development in Information and Communication Technologies. Many of them have been continued under the IST programme. A list of networks is available on http://www.euronets.org.
Socrates Thematic Networks
Socrates is the the European Community action programme in the field of education. ELSNET has close working relationships with two of the Socrates Thematic Networks:
The ACO*HUM Network on Advanced Computing in the Humanities, aims at developing an international dimension for investigating the educational impact of new technologies in humanities disciplines.
Phonetics & Speech Communication
The Socrates Thematic Network in Phonetics and Speech Communication.

Resources organisations

The main European organisation in the field of language and speech resources is ELRA, the European Language Resources Association. It was established as a non-profit organization in Luxembourg in February, 1995. The overall goal of ELRA is to provide a centralized organization for the validation, management, and distribution of speech, text, and terminology resources and tools, and to promote their use within the European Human Language Technologies community.
Catalogue and membership details can be found on their website http://www.elra.info.
The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is an open consortium of universities, companies and government research laboratories. It creates, collects and distributes speech and text databases, lexicons, and other resources for research and development purposes. The University of Pennsylvania is the LDC's host institution. The LDC was founded in 1992 with a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and is partly supported by grant IRI-9528587 from the Information and Intelligent Systems division of the National Science Foundation.
The TELRI association aims at collecting, promoting, and making available monolingual and multilingual language resources and tools for the extraction of language data and linguistic knowledge; with a special focus on Central and eastern European languages.

Main regular conferences with ELSNET collaboration

Computational Linguistics, organised by ACL, annual.
Last one (combined with EACL): July 6 - 11, 2001, Toulouse, France.
Next one: July 7 - 12, 2002, Philadelphia, USA
Computational Linguistics, organised by EACL, biennial, odd years.
Last one (combined with ACL): July 6 - 11, 2001, Toulouse, France.
Next one: 2003
Speech Processing, biennial, organised by ISCA.
Last one: September 3 - 7, 2001, Aalborg, Denmark.
Next one: September 1 - 4, 2003, Geneva, Switzerland
Language and Speech Resources and Evaluation, biennial.
Last one: May 31 - June 2, 2000, Athens, Greece.
Next one: May 27 - June 2, 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
Check our calendar for more conferences

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