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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   LangTech 2003
Email:   langtech2003_(on)_elda.fr
Date received:   01 Sep 2003
Deadline:   08 Sep 2003
Start date:   24 Nov 2003

********** Approaching deadline for early-bird registration! ********** Register before 8th September to benefit from reduced registration fees applicable to attendees and exhibiting companies and join us at LangTech 2003, the industrial and commercial forum for speech and language technology. LangTech 2003, 24-25 November 2003 Paris, Meridien Montparnasse Hotel SMEs wishing to take advantage of the "pitch" sessions and enter the competition to win the LangTech award for the best industrial presentation should also contact us at langtech2003_(on)_elda.fr before 8th September. On 24th November 2003, the French Minister for Research and New Technologies, Mrs Claudie Haigner and the European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, Mr Erkki Liikanen, have been invited to open the forum. The conference programme is currently being finalised, but we are happy to announce today that Mr Paul Ricci, ScanSoft CEO and Chairman, will be the keynote speaker on the first day. Further updates on the programme will be disseminated shortly and made available on the web site, www.lang-tech.org. Furthermore, a number of companies have already confirmed their participation in the LangTech 2003 exhibition, including ScanSoft (USA), Systran (France), Babel Technologies (Belgium), Atlas (Spain), Morphologic (Hungary), Vecsys (France), DFKI (Germany), CEA LIST (France). *********************************************************************** ELDA, the Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency, is organising the 2nd edition of the LangTech forum. LangTech 2003 is dedicated to commercial and technical aspects of speech and language technologies and is therefore a market-oriented forum. Both industrial and academic representatives involved in the development, deployment and exploitation of spoken and written language technologies will be present at LangTech 2003. This exciting and informative event will be held in Paris, at Meridien Montparnasse Hotel, on November 24-25 2003. LangTech 2003 will capitalise on previous achievements, and address the state of play from an industrial and R&D perspective. Above all, it will demonstrate the potential for language and speech technologies to help improve business processes, highlighting the business needs and stimulating opportunities. LangTech will cover areas related to voice technologies and applications, knowledge management and the semantic web, as well as multilingual aspects of developed technologies. Indeed, speech and language technologies are already widely used for example in. machine translation, document retrieval, voice-control, speech recognition and digital content localisation. In addition to key presentations from leading industrial players, an exhibition will be organised during the two-day conference, where cutting-edge companies can showcase their products, services and applications. LangTech 2003 will also include elevator pitch sessions, where SMEs and start-ups involved in HLT will be able to present their companies and products, as well as panels to discuss the key issues affecting the market. Join us at LangTech 2003, and take full advantage of the LangTech 2003 exhibition area to showcase your products, meet your clients, and promote your activities. You can contact us, at langtech2003_(on)_elda.fr. If you would like to submit a proposal for the SME sessions, you will find more information and guidelines on the LangTech 2003 web site, at http://www.lang-tech.org. The SME presentations aim to attract potential customers and/or investors, and are judged by a panel of experts: the best SME presentations will receive an award at the end of the forum. Registration forms both for attendees and exhibitors are available on the web. Registrations received before September 8, 2003 will benefit from a discounted early bird delegate fee of Euro 525, a discount of 100 Euro! (Academic rate: Euro 325, Special price for Delegates from Accession countries) We also offer our partners sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please contact us at langtech2003_(on)_elda.fr. Background: The pace of commercial deployment and near-market maturity of speech and language technologies over the last few years led to the initial LangTech 2002 forum last September in Berlin in order to showcase advancements and bring developers, entrepreneurs and researchers together with integrators, investors and corporations. LangTech 2002 was attended by some 330 participants from over 33 countries and across five continents. The programme featured presentations given by representatives of over 70 companies, from 20 nations. Most importantly, nearly two-thirds of LangTech attendees came from industry or commercial concerns. The programme also included keynote speeches from major industrial players, as well as 23 SME elevator pitch sessions which aimed to attract customer and/or venture capital interest. There was also an exhibition in which 20 European companies participated. Complete information on LangTech 2002 can be viewed from the following web site: http://www.lang-tech.org.

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