The second Euro-Romanian Summer School on Natural Language Processing
18-28 July 1995
The theme of the School was "Language and Perception: Representations and Processes". The program will cover the connections that can be established between language/speech and vision at the level of perceptual and semantic mechanisms, whether cognitive or computational. The School was dedicated to young researchers working in language engineering and who wish to configure a realistic view on the correlation that the research on language processing could have with other subfields of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, mainly perceptual machinery and vision interpretation. The School was also attained by computer science and linguistics students that had already a certain background in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics.
Professors and attendants
The School benefited by the presence of 8 invited speakers:
The School was concentrated on three levels at which language and perception are linked:
"Cognitive Processes During Reading"
by Prof. Dr. Wietske Vonk
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
"Natural Language and Graphical Representations For Itineraries Descriptions"
by Dr. Wolfgang Maass
University of Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, Germany
"Language And Vision: Integration Of Visual Information For Language Understanding"
by Dr. Dominique Estival
"Formatting And Meaning In Text Processing: A Model For Representing Text Architecture"
by Dr. Elsa Pascual
IRIT, University Paul Sabatier, Narbonne
"Image, Sound And Language"
by Prof. Dr. Pieter A.M.Seuren
The school also intended to give the opportunity to a young researcher that is a stage of preparing his/her Ph.D. dissertation for giving his/her first talk in an international Summer School (this is called the First Talk Position). The First Talk Position was:
"Visualisation And Interpretation Of Aspect-Time Values Of Situations"
by Nikolay Vazov
University of Sofia
An additional conference was presented in the first day of the School:
"Applications Of Neural Networks In Pattern Recognition. Case Study"
by Prof. Dr. N.Postaire
University of Lille
Some round tables and a student session was organised.
The attendants to the official opening also had the opportunity to listen to talks given by three honour guests:
Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Popa - the Rector of the University "Al.I.Cuza" of Iaşi,
Prof. Dr. Eng. Mircea Petrescu - the chairman of the Romanian National Council for Computer Science - Bucharest, and
Dr. Poul Andersen - representing the European Commission - Directorate General XIII - Luxembourg.
The School was attended by 45 participants from Romania, Republic of Moldova and Belgium.
Site and timetable
The site of the School was the French Cultural Center in Iaşi. Disposing of a modern conference room, as well as a library and more classrooms, all perfectly equipped (head projectors, sonorization, white tables, computers, videos, telephone, fax, copying machines), the French Cultural Center was an ideal place for the EUROLAN95 Summer School, well appreciated by the professors and the participants.
Academic Staff - USD 100
Full-time students - USD 60
Researchers in industry - USD 150
All fees were payable at the time of registration and included a set of course notes, all day-time refreshement and a reception. The EUROLAN Summer School runned on very restricted budget: low costs make it possible for participants from Eastern Europe, who cannot pay high fees, to take part. Therefore, all negotiations with invited professors were conducted on the basis of their providing their teaching services without any honorarium. However the teachers were reimbursed for travel and accomodation. The entire organisation of the School and the secretariat also runned on a volunteer basis, i.e. without any remuneration. The University of Iasi was able to offer very low accommodation prices (no matter whether they are from Eastern of from Western countries). A limited number of reduced fee registrations was available on the base of demands addressed to the organisers.
The participants were housed in the University hostels and in hotels. Meals were taken at the University's Mensa and at the University's Restaurant.
Organisation and Sponsorship
University "A.I.Cuza" of Iasi
University of Lille I
French Cultural Services in Romania
Dan Cristea - University "Al.I.Cuza" of Iasi
Christian Duhamel - French Cultural Services in Romania
Gheorghe Grigoras - University "Al.I.Cuza" of Iasi
Henri Luchian - University "Al.I.Cuza" of Iasi
Daniel Memmi - LIMSI, Orsay
Pieter Seuren - University of Nijmegen
Jean-Pierre Steen - University of Lille I
Amalia Todirascu - Institute of Theoretical Computer Science Iasi
Dan Tufis - Romanian Academy
Last modified by Amalia Todirascu, on 16th September 1998