[open-linguistics] Second CFP: 1st International Conference on Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages Technology (SOIL-Tech), Oct 11-13, 2018, JNU, New Delhi

Atul Kr. Ojha shashwatup9k at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 18:18:25 UTC 2018

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*संस्कृत* *एवं* *अन्य* *भारतीय* *भाषाएं* *- **प्रौद्योगिकी*

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

Jointly organized by

School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU


Bharatiya Bhasha Manch

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*Date: *Thursday-Saturday, 11-13th October 2018

*Venue: *Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi



   *Main website* – *http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/index-en.jsp
   <http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/index-en.jsp>* *(**For English

   <http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in/conf/soiltech1/index.jsp> * *(**For Hindi

   *Submit papers on** - **https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soiltech2018

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


July 29, 2018 Paper submissions due

August 29, 2018 Notification of results

September 10, 2018 Camera-ready papers due

October 11-13, 2018 Conference


Papers must describe original, completed or in progress, and unpublished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

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

Papers should be formatted according to the SOIL-Tech style-sheet, which
will be provided on the SOIL-Tech 2018 website. Please submit papers in PDF
format through EasyChair website

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


   Formal grammars

   Heritage computing

   Information Extraction and retrieval,

   Language resources for NLP,

   Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries

   Machine Translation


   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

*Conference Chairs*


   Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

   Vrshabh Prasad Jain, Bhartiya Bhasha Manch and MGAHU, Wardha

*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

*Conference **Manager**:*

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

​Thanks​ and regards,

Atul Kr Ojha
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