Indo-German Workshop on Natural Language Technologies
AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai
17-18 February 2004




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An Indo-German Workshop of 1-1/2 days’ duration on “ Natural Language Technologies” is planned to be held in Anna University, Chennai during February 2004 (17-18th Feb.04, Tuesday--Wednesday). This is being organized under the aegis of the DST (Govt. of India) and BMBF (Govt. of Germany) under the scheme of the “ Indo-German Bilateral Cooperation in Science & Technology “. For details of the coverage and scope of the scheme, please see: http://dst.gov.in/doc/DST-BMBF.doc

The coordinating agency from the Indian side for the proposed workshop is the “ AU-KBC Research Centre, MIT Campus of Anna University, Chennai” ,and from the German side it is the “ DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)” . For details of these organizations, please see: “www.au-kbc.org” and “www.dfki.de” .

The goal of the Workshop is to enable scientists from both the countries to exchange their experiences and expertise in the broad areas of Language and Speech Technologies as well as their extensions to the growing field of Knowledge Management. It is expected that the scientists participating in the workshop from each country would have established contacts with their counterparts from the other country and identified certain areas and topics of common interest so that during the workshop, these could be consolidated into joint R&D proposals which can be taken to the DST, the BMBF or any other international funding agencies for support. Promoting international collaborative multiparty R&D work with a clear application and technology focus in the sphere of Natural Language Technologies and allied areas is the ultimate goal of the proposed workshop.

The areas of Research in which the DFKI is currently active can be seen from their web site, as well as from a recent presentation put together by them which is available at our web site: http://www.au-kbc.org/dfki/presentation.html

As per the norms governing the scheme, the TA and DA expenses of a limited number of Indian participants to the workshop would be borne by the DST. Interested persons may kindly fill up the attached Application Form and return to the under signed latest by the 15th of December 03. We would consolidate the responses received from the Indian side and send the same to DFKI, and they would be doing a similar thing from their side so that a meaningful agenda and program of discussion could be drawn up well in time for the meeting.

We look forward to an enthusiastic response from Scientists working in this field in India.

All communications may please be addressed to:

Dr. L. Sobha,

Language Technologies Division

AU-KBC Research Centre

MIT Campus of Anna University

Chromepet, Chennai-600044.

(sobha@au-kbc.org)

Phone: 044-22232711/22234885; Fax: 044-22231034.