AfLaT 2011 - AGIS'11

After two successful workshops in Athens, Greece (EACL2009) and Malta (LREC2010), we are very pleased to announce that the 2011 edition of the AfLaT workshop will be held as a breakout session of the AGIS’11 conference (Action Week for Global Information Sharing). It marks the first time an AfLaT workshop is organized on the African continent, namely in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 1 and 2 December 2011.

The format will be a bit different from previous events. People interested in actively participating in AGIS’11 are asked to submit a proposal for a talk before 30 September 2011 through the AGIS’11 website (http://www.agis11.org). This means that you will not need to submit a full paper before the conference. After the conference, we will send out a call for papers for an AGIS’11 or AfLaT2011-specific proceedings.

For the AfLaT2011 breakout session, we invite submissions on any topic related to language and speech technology and African languages including, but not limited to, the following:


  • Corpora and corpus annotation
  • Machine readable lexicons
  • Morphological analyzers and spelling checkers
  • Part of speech taggers and parsers
  • Speech recognition and synthesis
  • Applications such as machine translation, information extraction, information retrieval, computer-assisted language learning and question answering
  • The role of language technologies in economic development, education, healthcare, and emergency and public services
  • Documentation of endangered languages and the use of language technologies to enhance language vitality
  • The combination of language and speech technology with mobile phone technology.

We hope to see you in Addis in December and look forward to receiving the proposals of your talks.

More information on AGIS’11 can be found at http://www.agis11.org. For specific AfLaT2011 information, please consult AfLaT.org or contact us through aflat2011 [at] aflat [dot] org.