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META-FORUM 2017 - Call for Contributions



Call for Contributions

META-FORUM 2017 is an international conference on powerful and innovative language technologies for the Multilingual Information Society and the Multilingual Digital Single Market. We invite all members of the community to submit their contributions for META-FORUM 2017! We are reaching out to the European Computational Linguistics, Language Technology, Speech, NLP, Data and Knowledge communities. Please submit your suggestions for presentations, panel discussions, posters or software demonstrations with a short abstract to

META-FORUM 2017 brings together all stakeholders around the topic of Multilingual Europe. Among the key questions are: How can Language Technologies be designed to realise the Multilingual Digital Single Market? Where are the most severe technology gaps? Can we expect paradigm shifts in a specific area of our field? Can we actively push for certain breakthroughs? What is the current role of our funding agencies and the current mode of research support? Where is our community headed and what can our community and the related stakeholders do?



  • Language Technologies for Multilingual Europe
  • Machine Translation and multilingual as well as crosslingual technologies
  • Speech synthesis, speech generation, automatic speech recognition
  • Text analytics, information extraction, relation extraction, semantic analysis, parsing
  • Data- and Big-Data-related technologies
  • Knowledge technologies, semantic technologies, Semantic Web, Linked Data
  • Chatbots, personal assistants, dialogue systems, interactive technologies
  • Platforms, infrastructures and services for Multilingual Europe
  • Language resources for Multilingual Europe (data sets, corpora, lexicons, ontologies, etc.)
  • Social, economic and political challenges of the digital age
  • Strategic aspects, roadmaps, research and technology gaps
  • Language Technology, startups, new business models
  • The relationship between Language Technology and IT topics with high visibility such as, among others, Internet of Things, robotics, mobile devices, apps, eHealth, Smart Cities etc.

Contributions can include research-oriented topics but also general submissions that focus strategically on the overall Language Technology landscape (with regard to, for example, roadmaps, recommendations, guidelines, collaborations between organisations and associations etc.).



  • Scientists and researchers who work in academia, research centres or industrial research
  • Industry representatives who use, design, buy, integrate language technologies
  • European or national projects (basic research, applied research, transfer, innovation)
  • Language communities
  • Associations and other organisations working on Multilingual Europe
  • Representatives from national or international administrations and funding agencies
  • Journalists


  • Submissions due: 01 August 2017
  • Notification: 25 August 2017
  • Conference: 13/14 November 2017


Please submit your ideas by sending a short email (title, abstract) to before the deadline of 01 August 2017.

All submissions will be evaluated and discussed by the Programme Committee. Note that the reviewing process will not be anonymous.

In your email to, please include the title, name(s) of the presenter(s) and a short abstract of your contribution. Please also indicate your preferred type of presentation: (1) short presentation, (2) long presentation, (3) panel discussion, (4) poster, (5) software demo.



Registration for META-FORUM 2017 is already possible and, as usual, free of charge:



The PC consists of the META-NET Executive Board and partners of the CRACKER consortium.

  • Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, UK
  • Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France
  • Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Marcello Federico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy
  • Josef van Genabith, DFKI, Germany
  • Marko Grobelnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Barry Haddow, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Jan Hajic, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Philipp Koehn, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Monica Monachini, ILC, Italy
  • Stelios Piperidis, R.C. "Athena", Greece
  • Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany (Chair)
  • Mike Rosner, University of Malta, Malta
  • Lucia Specia, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI, Germany
  • Tamás Váradi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Andrejs Vasiljevs, Tilde, Latvia
  • François Yvon, LIMSI, France


  • Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany
  • Stefanie Hegele, DFKI, Germany
  • Nieves Sande, DFKI, Germany


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META-FORUM 2017 will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The venue will be announced in July 2017.



A list of hotels in the vicinity of the venue will be made available on theMETA-FORUM 2017 website.



META-FORUM is a conference series organised by META-NET, a European network of excellence that consists of 60 research centres in 34 European countries. Previous editions to take place in Brussels (2010, 2012), Budapest, (2011), Berlin (2013), Riga (2015) and Lisbon (2016).

The first funded phase of META-NET was successfully completed in 2013 through the EU-funded projects T4ME, CESAR, METANET4U and META-NORD. The second phase of the META-NET initiative started in 2015, initially funded through the EU-project CRACKER (2015-2017). META-FORUM 2017 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 645357 (CRACKER). CRACKER is also the initiator and driver of the emerging Cracking the Language Barrier federation, consisting of organisations and projects that work on technologies for a Multilingual Europe.