LREC 2020 : 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

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Conference Information

Submission Deadline Monday 25 Nov 2019 Proceedings indexed by :
Conference Dates May 13, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Conference Address Marseille, France
Conference & Submission Link
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Conference Ranking & Metrics (This is a TOP Conference)

Impact Score 3.13
#Contributing Top Scientists 45
#Papers published by Top Scientists 83
Google Scholar H5-index 38
Number of Editions: 12 (Since 1998)
Guide2Research Overall Ranking: 231
Category Rankings
Computational Linguistics & Speech Processing 13
Human Computer Interaction 27
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence 68
Signal Processing 53

Conference Call for Papers

LREC 2020, 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation –

Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France

11-16 May 2020

Main Conference: 13-14-15 May 2020

Workshops and Tutorials: 11-12 & 16 May 2020

Conference web site:

Twitter: @LREC2020

First call for papers


The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is glad to announce the

12th edition of LREC, organised with the support of national and

international organisations among which AFCP, AILC, ATALA, CLARIN, ILCB,

LDC, …

Conference aims


LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human

Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of the

state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange

information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies

and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial uses and needs,

requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with respect both to

policy issues as well as to scientific/technological and organisational


LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding

agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss issues and

opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international

cooperation, in support of investigations in language sciences, progress in

language technologies (LT) and development of corresponding products,

services and applications, and standards.

Conference topics


Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, sign,

gesture, image, in single or multimodal/multimedia data

– Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability

– Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation

– Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge

– Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation

– LRs and Semantic Web (including Linked Data, Knowledge Graphs, etc.)

– LRs and Crowdsourcing

– Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications

– Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication

– LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction,

information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech

dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning,

training and education, mobile communication, machine translation, speech

translation, summarisation, semantic search, text mining, inferencing,

reasoning, sentiment analysis/opinion mining, etc.

– Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and

multimodal/multisensory interactions, voice-activated services, etc.

– Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like

e-government, e-participation, e-culture, e-health, mobile applications,

digital humanities, social sciences, etc.

– Industrial LRs requirements

– User needs, LT for accessibility

LRs in the age of deep neural networks

– Semi-supervised, weakly-supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches

– Representation Learning for language

– Techniques for (semi-)automatically generating training data

– Cross-language NLP & Cross-domain NLP with reduction of human effort

Issues in LT evaluation

– LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures

– Validation and quality assurance of LRs

– Benchmarking of systems and products

– Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems

– User satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

– International and national activities, projects and initiatives

– Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs

– Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced languages

– Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative architectures

– Replicability and reproducibility issues

– Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues

LREC 2020 hot topics

– Less Resourced and Endangered Languages

Special attention will be devoted to less resourced and endangered

languages: it is expected that LREC2020 makes room to activities carried out

to support indigenous languages, building on the United Nations/UNESCO

International Year of Indigenous Languages being celebrated in 2019.

– Language and the Brain

Studying the neural basis of language helps in understanding both language

processing and the brain mechanisms. LREC2020 will encourage all submissions

addressing language and the brain. Among possible subtopics, submissions

could focus on new datasets and resources (neuroimaging, controlled corpora,

lexicons, etc.), methods aiming at new multimodal experimentations (e.g. EEG

in virtual reality), language processing applications (e.g. brain decoding,

brain-computer interfaces), etc.

– Machine/Deep Learning

The availability of LRs is a key element of the development of high quality

Human Language Technologies based on AI/Machine Learning approaches, and

LREC is the best place to get access to this data, in many languages and for

many domains. In addition to submissions addressing ML issues based on large

quantities of data, those applied to languages for which only small, noisy

or sparse data exist are also most welcomed.

Describe and share your LRs!


In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map – now a normal step in the

submission procedure of many conferences – LREC recognises the importance of

sharing resources and making them available to the community. When

submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share your LRs

(data, tools, web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special LREC

repository set up by ELRA. Your LRs will be made available to all LREC

participants before the conference, to be re-used, compared, analysed. This

effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description,

contributes to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and

share data.



The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations,

poster and demo presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote address

by the winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize. We will also organise an

Industrial Track and a Reproducibility Track: for these there will be

separate Calls.

Submissions and dates


Submission of oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 25 November 2019

LREC2020 asks for full papers from 4 pages to 8 pages (plus more pages

for references if needed) , which must strictly follow the LREC

stylesheet which will be available on the conference website. Papers

must be submitted through the LREC2020 submission platform (it uses

START from Softconf) and will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of proposals for workshops, tutorials and panels: 24 October 2019

Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website and

will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.



The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same


There is no difference in quality between oral and poster

presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more

or less interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.

LREC 2010, LREC 2012 and LREC 2014 Proceedings are included in the Thomson

Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. The other editions are being


LREC Proceedings are indexed in Scopus (Elsevier).

Substantially extended versions of papers selected by reviewers as the most

appropriate will be considered for publication in a special issue of the

Language Resources and Evaluation Journal published by Springer (a

SCI-indexed journal).

Conference programme committee


Nicoletta Calzolari – CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio

Zampolli”, Pisa – Italy (Conference chair)

Frédéric Béchet – LIS-CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille- France

Philippe Blache – CNRS & Aix-Marseille University, Marseille- France

Christopher Cieri – Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia – USA

Khalid Choukri – ELRA, Paris – France

Thierry Declerck – DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken – Germany

Hitoshi Isahara – Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi – Japan

Bente Maegaard – Centre for Language Technology, University of Copenhagen,

Copenhagen – Denmark

Joseph Mariani – LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay – France

Asuncion Moreno – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona – Spain

Jan Odijk – UIL-OTS, Utrecht – The Netherlands

Stelios Piperidis – Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens – Greece

Conference editorial committee


Sara Goggi – CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”,

Pisa – Italy

Hélène Mazo – ELDA/ELRA, Paris – France

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