WILDRE
4th Workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation

12 May 2018,  Phoenix Seagaia Resort , Miyazaki (Japan)

(Organized under LREC2018, May 7-12, 2018)
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Motivation and Aim

In the past couple of decades, the Indian NLP and Speech Technology community has shown an ever increasing interest in the development of Language Resources for Indian Languages. This has primarily been due to the fact that as the community grew, increasing research in and development of Language Technology brought out the acute awareness of a serious lack of appropriate resources across the languages of India. A number of initiatives have been taken to address this issue, by the Government of India as well as academia and the industry. Many of these initiatives have targeted specific NLP and Speech technologies, inculcating collaborations between several academic institutions across the country, and active involvement of industry partners. As expected, when a number of resources are simultaneously being developed by several research groups across many languages, the need for standards also takes on some urgency. In the past few years years, the Govt. of India, in consultation with the experts from academia and industry have taken lead in developing appropriate standards for NLP resources. This concentrated effort has resulted in a number resources, standards, tools and technologies becoming available for many Indian languages in the past few years. While the activity in the Indian Language community may still not be comparable to for example, the work done on European languages, we firmly believe that the community has come of age and is at a point where sharing of ideas and experience is necessary, not only within the community but with other communities working in similar situations, so that India can move forward in planning for the future language technology resources and requirement while maintaining its linguistic diversity.

India has 4 language families – Indo Aryan (76.87 % speakers), Dravidian (20.82 % speakers) being the major ones. These families have contributed 22 constitutionally recognized (‘scheduled’ or ‘national’) languages out of which Hindi has the ‘official’ status in addition to having the ‘national’ status. Besides these, India has 234 mother tongues reported by the recent census (2001), and many more (more than 1600) languages and dialects. Of the major Indian languages, Hindi is spoken in 10 (out of a total of 25) states of India with a total population of over 60 % followed by Telugu and Bangla. There are more than 18 scripts in India which need to be standardized and supported by technology. Devanagari is the largest script being used by more than 10 languages.

Indian languages are under the exclusive control of respective states they are spoken in. Therefore every state may decide on measures to promote its language. However, since these 22 languages are national (constituent) languages, the center (union of India) also has responsibility towards each of them, though it has certain additional responsibility towards Hindi which is national as well official language of the Indian union. From time to time, minor/neglected languages claim constituent status. The situation becomes more complex when such a language becomes the rallying point for the demand for a new state or autonomous region.

This complex linguistic scene in India is a source of tremendous pressure on the Indian government to not only have comprehensive language policies, but also to create resources for their maintenance and development. In the age of information technology, there is a greater need to have a fine balance between allocation of resources to each language keeping in view the political compulsions, electoral potential of a linguistic community and other issues.

Language promotion and maintenance by the Ministry of Human Resource Development

The MHRD through its language agency called CIIL and many academic institutions across the country has set up a Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages (LDCIL). This consortium, being set up in the lines of the LDC at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), will not only create and manage large Indian languages databases, it will also provide a forum for researchers in India and other countries working on Indian languages to publish and build products for use based on such databases that would not otherwise be possible.

LDC-IL is expected to:
  • Become a repository of linguistic resources in all Indian languages in the form of text, speech and lexical corpora.
  • Facilitate creation of such databases by different organizations which could contribute and enrich the main LDC-IL repository.
  • Set appropriate standards for data collection and storage of corpora for different research and development activities.
  • Support language technology development and sharing of tools for language-related data collection and management.
  • Facilitate training and manpower development in these areas through workshops, seminars etc. in technical as well as process related issues.
  • Create and maintain the LDC-IL web-based services that would be the primary gateway for accessing its resources.
  • Design or provide help in creation of appropriate language technology based on the linguistic data for mass use and
  • Provide the necessary linkages between academic institutions, individual researchers and the masses.

The Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) program of the Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT)

The MCIT started a program called TDIL in 1991 for building technology solutions for Indian languages. The stated objective of the TDIL is

(i) to develop information processing tools and techniques,
(ii) to facilitate human-machine interaction without language barrier,
(iii) to create and access multilingual knowledge resources and integrate them to develop innovative user products and services.

The TDIL has made available in the public domain many basic software tools and fonts for 22 Indian languages. On the language resources funds, TDIL is running several language corpora projects in consortium mode. Some of the significant projects are:

• Development of LRs for English to Indian Languages Machine Translation (MT) System,
• Development of LRs Indian Language to Indian Language Machine Translation System
• Development of LRS Sanskrit-Hindi Machine Translation
• Development of LRs for Robust Document Analysis & Recognition System for Indian Languages
• Development of LRs for On-line handwriting recognition system
• Development of LRs Cross-lingual Information Access
• Development of Speech Corpora/Technologies
• Parallel Language Corpora development in all 22 national languages (ILCI)

Apart from the consortium-based efforts, there have been several specific institution/organization based efforts in developing standard resources for Indian Languages. Some prominent efforts include The Hindi Wordnet developed at IIT-Bombay, POS-Tagged Corpora developed in Bangla, Hindi and Sanskrit by Microsoft Research India in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

WILDRE-1 (under LREC-2012, Istanbul, May 21-17, 2012)

Given the amount of activity in the area of Language Technology Resources at the government, Institution, as well as individual researcher level, we organized the First Workshop in Istanbul in 2012. The workshop was a huge success in terms of large participation and number of submissions. For the half day workshop, we selected 8 full papers and 18 posters. The workshop featured three distinguished speakers in the inaugural session - Mrs. Swarn Lata (Head, TDIL, Dept of IT, Govt of India), Khalid Choukri, ELDA CEO, Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay. The workshop also featured a panel discussion on India and Europe - making a common cause in LTRs in which seven distinguished panelists participated - Kahlid Choukri, Joseph Mariani, Pushpak Bhattacharya, Swaran Lata, Monojit Choudhury, Zygmunt Vetulani, Dafydd Gibbon. The valedictory address was given by Nicoletta Calzolari, Director ILC-CNR, Italy.

WILDRE-2 (under LREC-2014, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 26-31, 2014)

The 2nd Workshop for Indian Language Resources and Evaluation was organized on 27 May 2014, Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland. The workshop was a big success with 7 full papers and 11 posters/demo selected for presentation in the half day workshop. Workshop featured prominent speakers like the inaugural address by Nicoletta Calzolari and keynote by Dafydd Gibbon. The panel discussion on “India and Europe - making a common cause in LTRs” was coordinated by Hans Uszkoreit and included among panelists the scholars like Joseph Mariani, Shyam Aggarwal, Zygmunt Vetulani, Dafydd Gibbon and Panchanan Mohanty. The second workhop was remarkable on another count. It saw a collaboration emerging between Indian and European partners on two platforms – the IMAGACT and the TypeCraft which led to joint poster presentations by the researchers from India and Europe. The seminar ended by valedictory address by Mrs Swaran Lata, head of the TDIL program of government of India.

WILDRE-3 (under LREC-2016, Portorož, Slovenia, May 23-28 2016)

The 3rd Workshop for Indian Language Resources and Evaluation was organized on 24 May 2016, Grand Hotel Bernardin Conference Center, Portorož, Slovenia. The workshop was a big success with 7 full papers 5 short papers and 11 posters/demo selected for presentation in the half day workshop. Workshop featured prominent speakers like the inaugural address and keynote by Nicoletta Calzolari. The panel discussion on "Structured Language Resources (SLRs) in India and Europe - avenues for closer collaboration" was coordinated by Jan Hajik and included among panelists the scholars like Joseph Mariani, Zygmunt Vetulani, Jalpa Zaladi and Sunayana Sitaram.The seminar ended by valedictory address by Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.

Broader objectives of WILDRE-4 will be
  • To map the status of Indian Language Resources
  • To investigate challenges related to creating and sharing various levels of language resources
  • To promote a dialogue between language resource developers and users
  • To provide opportunity for researchers from India to collaborate with researchers from other parts of the world
Description of the Topic

    WILDRE-4 will have a special focus on Demos of Indian Language Technology. In the past few years, as more resources have been developed and made available, there has been an increased activity in developing usable technology using these. WILDRE-4 would therefore like to encourage and widen the Demo track to allow the community to showcase their demos and have mutually beneficial interactions with each other as well as resource developers.

WILDRE-4 will invite technical, policy and position paper submissions on the following topics related to Indian Language Resources:

  • Digital Humanities, heritage computing
  • Corpora - text, speech, multimodal, methodologies, annotation and tools
  • Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
  • Ontologies
  • Grammars
  • Language resources basic NLP, IR and Speech Technology tasks, tools and Infrastructure for constructing and sharing language resources
  • Standards or specifications for language resources applications
  • Licensing and copyright issues

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

 
WILDRE4- Workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation

4th WORKSHOP ON INDIAN LANGUAGE DATA: RESOURCES AND EVALUATION (WILDRE)   

Date: Saturday, 12th May 2018 

Venue: Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki, Japan (Organized under the platform of LREC2018 (7-12 May 2018))   

Website:

  • Main website - http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/wildre4
  • Submit papers on - http://www.softconf.com/lrec2018/WILDRE/
  • LREC website - http://lrec2018.lrec-conf.org/en/

    WILDRE – the 4th workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation is being organized in Miyazaki, Japan on 12th May 2018 under the LREC platform. India has a huge linguistic diversity and has seen concerted efforts from the Indian government and industry towards developing language resources. European Language Resource Association (ELRA) and its associate organizations have been very active and successful in addressing the challenges and opportunities related to language resource creation and evaluation. It is therefore a great opportunity for resource creators of Indian languages to showcase their work on this platform and also to interact and learn from those involved in similar initiatives all over the world. The broader objectives of the WILDRE will be

    • To map the status of Indian Language Resources
    • To investigate challenges related to creating and sharing various levels of language resources
    • To promote a dialogue between language resource developers and users
    • To provide opportunity for researchers from India to collaborate with researchers from other parts of the world
  • DATES      

    January 02, 2018 Paper submissions due
    February 15, 2018 Paper notification of acceptance
    March 01, 2018 Camera-ready papers due
    May 12, 2018 Workshop

    SUBMISSIONS     

    Papers must describe original, completed or in progress, and unpublished work. Each submission will be reviewed by three program committee members.

    Accepted papers will be given up to 10 pages (for full papers) 5 pages (for short papers and posters) in the workshop proceedings, and will be presented oral presentation or poster.

    Papers should be formatted according to the style-sheet, which is provided on the LREC 2018 website (http://lrec2018.lrec-conf.org/en/submission/authors-kit/). Paper should be completely anonymised and anything pointing to the author(s) of the paper should be completely removed. Papers should be submitted in PDF format to the LREC website.

    We are seeking submissions under the following category

  • Full papers (10 pages)
  • Short papers (work in progress – 5 pages)
  • Posters (innovative ideas/proposals, research proposal of students - 1 page poster sample)
  • Demo (of working online/standalone systems)

    WILDRE-4 will have a special focus on Demos of Indian Language Technology. In the past few years, as more resources have been developed and made available, there has been an increased activity in developing usable technology using these. WILDRE-4 would like to encourage and widen the Demo track to allow the community to showcase their demos and have mutually beneficial interactions with each other as well as resource developers. WILDRE-4 will invite technical, policy and position paper submissions on the following topics related to Indian Language Resources:

  • Digital Humanities, heritage computing
  • Corpora - text, speech, multimodal, methodologies, annotation and tools
  • Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
  • Ontologies
  • Grammars
  • Language resources for basic NLP, IR and Speech Technology tasks, tools and Infrastructure for constructing and sharing language resources
  • Standards or specifications for language resources applications
  • Licensing and copyright issues

    Both submission and review processes will be handled electronically. The review process will be double-blind. The workshop website will provide the submission guidelines and the link for the electronic submission. When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.), to enable their reuse, replicability of experiments, including evaluation ones, etc.

    For further information on this initiative, please refer to http://lrec2018.lrec-conf.org/en/

    Conference Chairs
    • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Kalika Bali, Microsoft Research India Lab, Bangalore
    • Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai
    Workshop contact:

    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
    Kalika Bali, Microsoft Research India Lab, Bangalore
    Sobha L, AU-KBC, Anna University

    Details of the Organizers

    Girish Nath Jha
    Professor in  Computational Linguistics
    Special Center for Sanskrit Studies,
    J.N.U., New Delhi - 110067
    ph.91-11-26741308 (o) Email: girishjha@gmail.com

    Mukesh and Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor of History of Science,
    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
    http://www.umassd.edu/indic/facultyandstaff/    

    Girish Nath Jha is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Chair at the Special Center for Sanskrit 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 to University of Wurzburg, Germany in 2014. He will be 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.

    Kalika Bali
    Researcher (Multilingual Systems)
    Microsoft Research Labs India
    Address: “Vigyan” #9 Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560025 India
    Phone: +91-80-66586218  Email: kalikab@microsoft.com

    Kalika Bali is a researcher with the Multilingual Systems group at Microsoft Research Labs India (MSR-India) (Bangalore). Her primary research interests are in Speech Technology and Computational Linguistics, especially for Indian Languages. A linguist by training, she has taught at the University of the South Pacific as an Assoc. Prof. She has worked in the area of research and development of Language Technology at both start-ups and established companies like Nuance, Simputer, Hewlett-Packard Labs and Microsoft Research. She has been involved in development of standards related to language technologies, and is one of the authors of UPX- an XML based standard for online handwritten datasets. She represents Microsoft on Standards Committees related to Indian languages and has been an active participant in the formulation of LR standards for Indian languages. In her previous position at HP Labs India, she was one of a two-people team that drafted the proposal for LDCIL in India. At MSR-India, she has led projects related to resources creation and annotation.

    Sobha L.
    CLRG Group
    AU-KBC Research Centre
    MIT campus of Anna University
    Chennai-600044
    Phone: +91-44-22232711 Email:sobha@au-kbc.org

    Sobha Lalitha Devi is a scientist with the Information Sciences Division of AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai, India. Sobha’s research interest is in the field of Discourse analysis, Information Extraction and Retrieval. She specializes in the area of Anaphora Resolution. She is one of the key organizers of Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC). Other than the above areas she also works in the area of Automatic detection of Plagiarism and also organizes tracks in plagiarism detection. In the area of information retrieval she along with her students started the Tamil search engine www.searchko.in. She is involved in two major consortium projects funded by the Department of Information Technology, Government of India on Cross Lingual Information Access and Indian Language to Indian Language Machine Translation System (Tamil to Hindi bidirectional) and in an European Union(EU) funded project on WIQ-EI—Web Information Quality Evaluation Initiative. She was visiting faculty to universities in UK, Spain and Portugal. She is an Erasmus Mundus coordinator for 2010-2012 and is associated with University of Wolverhampton.

     

    Program Committee (to be updated)

    • Arul Mozhi, University of Hyderabad
    • Asif Iqbal, IIT Patna, Patna
    • Anil Kumar Singh, IIT BHU, Benaras
    • Bogdan Babych, University of Leeds, UK
    • Claudia Soria, CNR-ILC, Italy
    • Dafydd Gibbon, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
    • 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
    • Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
    • Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany
    • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI, Berlin
    • Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    • Jolanta Bachan, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
    • Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, France
    • Jyoti DPawar, Goa University
    • Karunesh Arora, CDAC Noida
    • Kalika Bali, MSRI, Bangalore
    • Khalid Choukri, ELRA, France
    • Lars Hellan, NTNU, Norway
    • Malhar Kulkarni, IIT Bombay
    • Manji Bhadra, Bankura University, West Bengal
    • Marko Tadic, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Croatia
    • Massimo Monaglia, University of Florence, Italy
    • Monojit Choudhary, MSRI Bangalore
    • Narayan Choudhary, CIIL, Mysore
    • Nicoletta Calzolari, ILC-CNR, Pisa, Italy
    • Niladri Shekhar Dash, ISI Kolkata
    • Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad
    • Pinky Nainwani, Optimum Pvt.Ltd, Bangalore
    • Pushpak Bhattacharya, Director, IIT Patna
    • Ritesh Kumar, Agra University
    • S.S. Aggarwal, KIIT, Gurgaon, India
    • Sachin Kumar, CDAC-Pune
    • Shivaji Bandhopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    • Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University
    • Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Greece
    • Subhash Chandra, Delhi University
    • Swaran Lata, Head, TDIL, MCIT, Govtof India
    • Vishal Goyal, Punjabi University, Patiala
    • Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

     

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  • MSR has been a consistent sponsor of all the WILDRE events so far

    Benefits to our Sponsors

  • Opportunity to demo your technology
  • Present a poster of your reserach
  • Opportunity to participate in te panel discussion

    Please contact Prof. Girish Nath Jha (girishjha@jnu.ac.in) for sposnorship related queries