In the last week of May, the Slovenian coastal town of Portorož expected well over 1,000 visitors at this year’s LREC. The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation takes place biennially in various European and North African venues and has become the most important event in the field of language resources and evaluation of speech technologies.
Since its premiere in Grenada in 1998, it has transformed into an exceptional forum for scientists from around the world, employees from commercial enterprises and members of research institutes. The visitors discuss trends and technologies, present their most recent state of research and get inspired by developments in enterprises such as Google or Jibo.
Among the hot topics of LREC 2016 are the integration of intelligent speech processing in devices and robots, as well as the interactive correlation of the Internet of Things. Zoran Stančič, Head of the EU Representation in Ljubljana, Slovenia, highlighted the significance of speech resource development for the removal of language barriers in a Digital European Market. Conferences like LREC are more important than ever in reaching the goal of a collective market in a multilingual Europe. In the context of the conference numerous workshops and tutorials took place, where special subjects such as ethnic and legal matters in data collection or analysis of texts in social media were discussed.
Kim Harris and Katrin Marheinecke represented text&form with two contributions in the workshop “Translation evaluation: From fragmented tools to an integrated ecosystem?” It dealt with the standardization of evaluation methods and tools for Machine translation to meet the needs of both research and language industry.
An opening reception with historical ambiance and an oceanfront gala dinner created a perfect setting for this diverse and topnotch industry highlight.
The collection of all workshop publications can be downloaded here: http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2016/index.html