SOIL-Tech 2018 : Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology
Call For Papers
संस्कृत एवं अन्य भारतीय भाषाएं - प्रौद्योगिकी
Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages -Technology (SOIL-Tech)
Jointly organized by
School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU
Bharatiya Bhasha Manch
Date: Thursday-Saturday, 11-13th October 2018
Venue: Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Main website – http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/index-en.jsp (For English version)
http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/index.jsp (For Hindi version)
Submit papers on - https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soiltech2018
Indian language technology stands at a critical juncture today. On one hand, linguistic and cultural diversities give Indian languages freedom and independence; make them dynamic; on the other hand, the lack of technology and related resources, is making them less competitive in the digital age. The ability of the Sanskrit language i.e. its standard grammar; acceptability and closeness with the four main language families along with the computational complexity of 1761 languages, has attracted the language technology community.
The influence of Sanskrit has been significant not only on all Indian languages but also on Indian culture and mind. About 77% of the languages belong to the Indo Aryan family and almost all the scripts come from Brahmi. The Paninian system and vocabulary, linguistic and literary criteria – all have been influential on the entire linguistic map of India.
In view of the above role and facts; and the Indian government's undertakings in Indian languages; also keeping in view the absence of technology and related content, JNU and the Bhartiya Bhasha Manch have decided to jointly organize a 3 day conference to initiate a discussion on the present status of language technology for Indian languages and formulate guidelines for further research initiatives.
The broader objectives of the SOIL-Tech will be
To create a White Paper for 22 scheduled Indian languages
To investigate challenges related to creating and sharing various levels of language resources on Sanskrit and Other Indian languages
To provide a space for dialogue between Indian language resource developers and users
To form dedicated groups in creating critical technologies for Indian languages
July 29, 2018 Paper submissions due
August 29, 2018 Notification of results
September 10, 2018 Camera-ready papers due
October 11-13, 2018 Conference
Papers must describe original, completed or in progress, and unpublished work. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members.
Accepted papers will be given up to 10-20 pages (for white papers), 10 pages (for research papers) and 5 pages for short papers/posters in the conference proceedings and can be presented as either oral presentation or poster.
Papers should be formatted according to the SOIL-Tech style-sheet, which is available on the SOIL-Tech 2018 website (http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/submission/authors-kit/)
Please submit papers in PDF format through EasyChair website (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soiltech2018).
We are seeking submissions under the following categories
Full papers (10 pages)
Short papers (work in progress – 5 pages)
In the past few years, as more resources have been developed and made available, an increased activity in the development of usable technology with reference to White Papers has been observed. Hence, SOIL-Tech conference will put special focus on “white papers” of Indian Language Technology on similar lines as done by the EU’s project META-NET. In addition, we are inviting technical, policy and position paper submissions on the following topics related to Indian Language Technological resources:
Corpora - text, speech, multimodal, methodologies, annotation and tools
Information Extraction and retrieval,
Language resources for NLP,
Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
Strategies for digitization of ancient manuscripts
Standards or specifications for language resources applications
Both, submissions and review processes, will be handled electronically. The review process will be double-blind. The conference website will provide submission guidelines very soon.
For further information on this initiative, please refer to http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1
Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha
Organising Committee (to be updated)
Atul Kothari, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch
Anupam Shukla, ABV IIIT, Gwalior
C U Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Ramnath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Sudhir K Arya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Santosh Kumar Shukla, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Brijesh Pandey, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Rajnish Kumar Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Satyamurty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Gopal Lal Meena, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Hari Ram Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
T Mahendar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Atul Kr. Ojha, Sr. NLP Research Engineer, MTEP project @JNU firstname.lastname@example.org