SOIL-Tech
Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology

Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi

08-10 December 2018

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Motivation and Aim

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
Description of the Topic

    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
  • Digital Humanities
  • E-learning
  • Formal grammars
  • Heritage computing
  • Information Extraction and retrieval,
  • Language resources for NLP
  • Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
  • Machine Translation
  • Ontologies
  • Strategies for digitization of ancient manuscripts
  • Digital Library
  • Speech Technology
  • Standards or specifications for language resources applications
  • Web Semantics

Both submission and review processes handled electronically. The review process will be double-blind.

 
Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology

Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology (SOIL-Tech)   

Date: Saturday-Monday, 08-10 December 2018 

Venue: Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Website:

  • Main website - http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1
  • Submit papers on - https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soiltech2018

    Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages - Technology (SOIL-Tech ) is being organized at JNU, New Delhi on 08-10 December2018. 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
  • DATES      

    August 12, 2018 Paper submissions due
    October 12, 2018 Poster submissions due
    October 10, 2018 Paper notification of acceptance
    October 20, 2018 Poster notification of acceptance
    October 25, 2018 Camera-ready papers due
    December 08-10, 2018 Conference

    SUBMISSIONS 

    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. Paper should be completely anonymised and anything pointing to the author(s) of the paper should be completely removed. Please submit papers in PDF format through EasyChair website (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soiltech2018). The Conference proceedings will be published by DK Printworld.

    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
  • Digital Humanities
  • E-learning
  • Formal grammars
  • Heritage computing
  • Information Extraction and retrieval,
  • Language resources for NLP
  • Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
  • Machine Translation
  • Ontologies
  • Strategies for digitization of ancient manuscripts
  • Digital Library
  • Speech Technology
  • Standards or specifications for language resources applications
  • Web Semantics

    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/index.jsp/

    Conference Chairs
    • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha
    Conference manager:

    Atul Kr. Ojha, Sr. NLP Research Engineer, MTEP project@JNU  shashwatup9k@gmail.com

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    Conference Chairs

    Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
    Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha

    Details of the Organizers

    Girish Nath Jha
    Professor in  Computational Linguistics
    & Dean, School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies,
    J.N.U., New Delhi - 110067
    ph.91-11-26741308 (o) Email: girishjha@gmail.com

    Girish Nath Jha is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Dean School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is also Professor and Concurrent faculty in the Center of Linguistics, School of Language Literature and Culture Studies in JNU. He was a visiting professor at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA from 2009-2012 and to Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia in 2013 and 2016 and to University of Wurzburg, Germany in 2014 and Nov 2016. He was a visiting professor in the University of Florence, Italy in June 2016. Prof Jha completed his doctoral degree in Linguistics (Computational Linguistics) from JNU and then did another masters degree in Linguistics (Natural Language Interface) from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA in 1999. Since then he worked as software engineer in USA before joining JNU in 2002. Prof Jha’s research interests include Indian languages corpora and standards, Sanskrit and Hindi linguistics, Computational Lexicography, Machine Translation, Natural Language Interfaces, e-learning, web based technologies, RDBMS techniques, software design and localization. He has worked as consultant for LDC (University of Pennsylvania), Microsoft Corp and Microsoft Research India among others. He consulted for Microsoft in 2012 for creating English-Urdu MT system for Bing Translator. He recently consulted with Swiftkey to develop mobile keyboards for some of India’s less resourced languages. Prof Jha is currently leading a consortium of 17 Indian universities to develop parallel annotated corpora for major Indian languages.

    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

    Program Committee (to be updated)

    • Adil Amin Kak, Kashmir University
    • Arul Mozhi, University of Hyderabad
    • Asif Iqbal, IIT Patna, Patna
    • Anil Kumar Singh, IIT BHU, Benaras
    • Bogdan Babych, University of Leeds, UK
    • Dipti Mishra Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad
    • Diwakr Mishra, EZDI, Ahmedabad
    • Dorothee Beermann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    • Elizabeth Sherley, IITM-Kerala, Trivandrum
    • Esha Banerjee, Google, USA
    • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Jyoti D. Pawar, Goa University
    • Karunesh Arora, CDAC Noida
    • Kalika Bali, MSRI, Bangalore
    • Lars Hellan, NTNU, Norway
    • Malhar Kulkarni, IIT Bombay
    • Manji Bhadra, Bankura University, West Bengal
    • Massimo Monaglia, University of Florence, Italy
    • Monojit Choudhary, MSRI Bangalore
    • Narayan Choudhary, CIIL, Mysore
    • Niladri Shekhar Dash, ISI Kolkata
    • Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad
    • Pinkey Nainwani, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bangalore
    • Pushpak Bhattacharya, Director, IIT Patna
    • Rahul Garg, IIT-Delhi, Delhi
    • Ritesh Kumar, Agra University
    • Santanu Chaudhury, Director, CEERI Pilani
    • Sachin Kumar, CDAC-Pune
    • S.S. Aggarwal, KIIT, Gurgaon, India
    • Shivaji Bandhopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    • Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University
    • Subhash Chandra, Delhi University
    • Swaran Lata, Head, TDIL, MCIT, Govt. of India
    • Vishal Goyal, Punjabi University, Patiala
    • Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha

     

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