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                           July 3 - 14, 2000

                           BILKENT UNIVERSITY

                            ANKARA, TURKEY

    Co-directors: Kemal Oflazer (Bilkent University), Sergei Nirenburg (New
    Mexico State University), Oleg Kapanadze (Tbilisi State University).

    We are pleased to announce that the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on
    campus of Bilkent University in Turkey, July 3rd through July 14th, 2000.
    The ASI program will comprise the following courses on the state-of-the-art
    in various aspects of language engineering. Currently, the following
    courses are planned:

    _ Introduction to languages and language engineering,
        Nicholas Ostler (Linguacubun, UK)
        Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Text processing ecology,
        Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Computational tools and resources,
        Remi Zajac (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Computational morphology and finite state methods,
        Ken Beesley (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)

    _ Statistical methods and corpus linguistics,
        Christer Samuelsson (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)

    _ Lexical acquisition,
        Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
        Sergei Nirenburg(Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Grammar and grammar writing,
        Svetlana Sheremetyeva (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Machine translation,
        Harold Somers (UMIST, UK)

    _ Information extraction,
        Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    _ Information retrieval.
        Jim Cowie (Computing Research Lab, NMSU, USA)

    The ASI will feature a number of participant workshops. These workshops
    will provide a forum for participants to present their work on language
    engineering and receive feedback from colleagues. Applicants are strongly
    suggested to submit an abstract of their presentation in their application.
    Abstracts will be selected for presentation in the workshops after a review
    process. Full versions of these presentations will be expected to be
    submitted before the ASI starts.

    The ASI will also feature discussion panel which will enable participants
    to discuss specific issues in language engineering with experts in the

    The ASI will admit a limited number of qualified participants from NATO
    countries (1) Partner countries (2), and Mediterranean dialogue countries
    (3). Depending on the specific circumstances, funding for living and
    lodging expenses of such participants will be available. Participants from
    commercial/industrial institutions and from other countries may attend
    provided they cover their registration, travel and living expenses. Please
    inquire with for the details of such

    Since there are a limited number of participant slots, admission to the ASI
    will be strictly on a competitive basis taking into account the
    participants' background, their potential contribution and the benefit they
    may draw from the meeting.

    Information regarding the ASI (including detailed program, course
    abstracts, travel information etc.) will, in time, be available on the
    World Wide Web at and on mirror sites
    (soon to be) listed there.

    We acknowledge the additional support provided by Bilkent University,
    Computing Research Lab, NMSU, and EACL- European Chapter of the Association
    for Computational Linguistics.


    Please fill out the application form below (or available from the Web site
    above) and send by electronic mail to
    Application by fax or mail will only be considered in exceptional
    circumstances. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2000.
    Applicants will be notified of the results of their application by April
    17, 2000.

    Applicants are expected to secure financial support for travel to/from
    Ankara, Turkey, from outside sources. Support for living and lodging
    expenses during the ASI will be available to qualified applicants on a case
    by case basis.

    (1) NATO Countries: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
    Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
    Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA.

    (2) Partner Countries eligible for support: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
    Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzistan, Latvia,
    Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,
    Tadjikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (*), Turkmenistan,
    Ukraine, Uzbekistan. ((*) Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with
    its constitutional name.)

    (3) Mediterranean Dialogue Countries eligible for support: Egypt, Israel.

    Kemal Oflazer e-mail:
    Bilkent University tel: (90-312) 266-4133 (Sec)
    Dept. of Computer Engineering 290-1258 (Office)
    Bilkent, ANKARA, 06533 TURKEY (90-532) 447-8978 (Mobile)
                                    fax: (90-312) 266-4126

                                NATO ADVANCED STUDY INSTITUTE ON LANGUAGE ENGINEERING FOR LESSER-STUDIED LANGUAGES July 3 - July 14, 2000 Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey APPLICATION FORM Please use as much space as necessary. Send completed form by electronic mail to Do not send a hardcopy by mail or fax. Please take as much space as you feel is necessary. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ NAME OF THE APPLICANT: STREET ADDRESS: CITY/STATE/COUNTRY: CITIZENSHIP: E-MAIL: WEB URL: TELEPHONE: FAX: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ SHORT BIOGRAPHY AND BACKGROUND Please summarize your educational and work background and experience especially pointing out experience and publications (if any) relevant to language engineering. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Please give a short summary of why you would want to attend the NATO ASI and what do you expect to gain from it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ PARTICIPANT WORKHOP SUBMISSION Would you like to submit a paper for consideration for presentation in Participant Workshops? If so, please provide a title, and an abstract. Please note that submitting a paper does not have any impact on the criteria to be used in selecting participants. TITLE: AUTHOR(S): ABSTRACT: ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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