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Human Language Technology (HLT) is a growing field of research and development, converging multiple disciplines including computer science, engineering, linguistics, sociology and cognitive sciences, striving to develop a natural, easy and effective user interaction.

Human Language Technology (HLT) is a growing field of research and development, converging multiple disciplines including computer science, engineering, linguistics, sociology and cognitive sciences, striving to develop a natural, easy and effective user interaction.

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Conference on Human Language Technology for Development (HLTD 2011)

Alexandria, Egypt

2nd May – 5th May, 2011

www.HLTD.org

HLT, including localization, is particularly relevant for addressing access to information by the disadvantaged communities, including the illiterate, the rural poor, and the physically challenged population, especially in the developing countries.

The Conference aims to promote interaction among researchers and professionals working on language technology, language computing industry, civil society engaged with deployment of language technology to end-users, and policy makers planning the use of HLT in national development projects. It aims to provide a single platform to engage these stakeholders in a dialogue over a wide range of relevant issues, to show-case state-of-practice in HLT and its use in development, and to identify needs and priorities of the end-users. It is hoped that the Conference will highlight HLTD challenges in the developing regions, especially in Asia and Africa.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Original unpublished research papers are invited for two tracks: (i) HLT Development track, focusing on engineering challenges and solutions for HLT, and (ii) HLT Use track, focusing on challenges and models for dissemination and adoption of HLT. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas, with special focuses on Asia and Africa.

HLT Development                                                    HLT Use
Linguistics and linguistic resources                              Education
Language computing standards                                   Health
Localization                                                               Governance
HLT (MT, TTS, ASR, OCR, IR, Dialogue systems)        Rural development
HLT technology, people and process challenges           Accessibility
Commercialization models                                          Culture
Technology policy                                                      Language and culture policy

In addition, proposals are also invited for workshops, tutorials and product/project demonstrations.

Submission details are available at the Conference website www.HLTD.org.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline:      7th Feb. 2011

Acceptance Notification:  7th Mar. 2011

Camera ready paper:       23rd Mar. 2011

Conference dates:           2nd – 5th May 2011
 
VENUE

The Conference will be held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Alexandria, Egypt (http://www.bibalex.org).

TRAVEL AND REGISTRATION GRANTS

A small number of grants are available on a competitive basis for travel support and Conference registration fees for authors. Further details are available from the Conference website.

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East Office, Egypt

Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh

Dr. Chafic Mokbel, Balamand University, Lebanon

Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai, NECTEC, Thailand

Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa (co-chair)

Mr. Donanl Z. Osborn, African Network for Localization, USA

Dr. Florence Tushabe, FCIT, Makerere University, Uganda

Dr. Guy De Pauw, Univ. of Antwerp, Belgium

Dr. Hammam Riza, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Indonesia

Dr. Key-Sun Choi, Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Dr. Lamine Aouad, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland

Dr. Lisa Moore, Unicode Consortium, USA

Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt

Dr. Miriam Butt, Univ. of Konstanz, Germany

Dr. Mirna Adriani, Univ. of Indonesia

Dr. Mumit Khan, BRAC Univ., Bangladesh

Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Rajeev Sangal, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Roni Rosenfield, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA

Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka

Dr. Satoshi Nakamura, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Japan

Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Univ. of Engr. and Tech., Pakistan (co-chair)

Mr. Solomon Gizaw, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland

Dr. Steven Bird, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Univ. of London, UK

Dr. Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Technology Initiative, Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich, NECTEC
, Thailand

Dr. Wanjiku Ng'ang'a, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dr. Adel El Zaim, International Development Research Centre, Middle East Office, Egypt (chair)

Dr. Ananya Raihan, D.NET, Bangladesh

Mr. Dwayne Bailey, Zuza Software Foundation, South Africa

Dr. Magdy Nagi, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Ms. Manal Amin, Arabize, Egypt

Ms. Maria Ng Lee Hoon, International Development Research Centre, SE&E Asia Office, Singapore

Dr. Peter Waiganjo Wagacha, Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, Univ. of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka

Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Center for Language Engineering, KICS, Univ. of Engr. and Tech., Pakistan

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

The Conference is jointly organized by the PAN Localization Network (PAN L10n, www.PANL10n.net) of Asia and the African Network for Localization (ANLoc, www.africanlocalisation.net). It is supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC, www.idrc.ca).

PAN L10n is network of Asian professionals and organizations, collectively working to develop local language computing capacity and its use across developing Asian countries, since 2003. It has been developing linguistic resources, language technology, human resource capacity and relevant language computing policy in the region. It has also been active in disseminating language technology to end users, and investigating effective training and adoption models. The network is coordinated by the Center for Language Engineering (www.cle.org.pk), Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan.

ANLoc has the vision to empower Africans to participate in the digital age by removing “the last inch” barriers to language usage. The project is working towards overcoming this by creating a network of African language localizers who through various projects are developing translation and localization tools, linguistic resources, standards and software in several African languages. Building local capacities and disseminating knowledge are also essential for achieving the mission. The network is coordinated by Zuza Software Foundation (www.translate.org.za) in South Africa.

PAN L10n and ANLoc are funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

ABOUT THE HOST INSTITUTION

The new library of Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, aims to be a center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.

For Further Queries:

Asia coordinator: Sarmad Hussain, sarmad@cantab.net

Africa coordinator: Dwayne Bailey, dwayne@translate.org.za

Egypt coordinator: Manal Amin, Manal.Amin@arabize.com.eg 

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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