News and announcements from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Call for participation: Indigenous Language Technologies at the CoEDL Summer School, ANU Canberra, Australia (Nov 26-30)
Date: 26 - 30 November 2018
Venue: Australian National University, Canberra
The Centre’s annual Summer School is a flagship educational event on Australia’s linguistics calendar. Over the course of five days, we bring together leading national and international scholars to present the latest research in the field through intensive ‘deep dives’ across the multi-disciplinary breadth of the science of languages.
Summer School draws on expertise across the Centre’s programs, member universities and international partners to provide intensive training, enrich existing knowledge and catalyse new research collaborations. Participants range from advanced undergraduate students through to senior academics. Many of the courses require no previous knowledge or experience, only a burning curiosity about the dynamics of the world’s many and greatly varied languages.
This year’s Summer School will have a dual focus on theintersection of language and technology, andcommunity engagement. Aspiring linguists, as well as students with backgrounds in engineering, AI and computer science, will have an opportunity to learn about computational linguistics and natural language processing, including practical, hands-on sessions using the latest software tools and practices. Prominent researches will bring their extensive insights and experience from the field working with Australian and other indigenous communities to document, study and revitalise their languages.
The 2018 Summer School program offers courses in streams over four days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Each course consists of four 1.5 hour sessions over the four days and will have the same timeslot each day.
Summer Schools have become famous for building a community of interest across the many disciplines of language science – and this year will be no different. We break up the intensive course program up on the Wednesday with optional workshops on lighter topics, discussion sessions, opportunities for networking, and of course – a busy social calendar as well.
On the evening of 27 November, the Centre is proud to presentDr Alpheaus Graham Zobule, Founder and Director of Kulu Language Institute of the Solomon Islands, who will recount a decades-long project that has allowed speakers of a vernacular tongue (Luqa) to study their own language in that language – an inspirational story of teaching literacy to strengthen an indigenous language.
On 29 November, blogger, podcaster and linguistic communicator extraordinaire Gretchen McCulloch will regale and dazzle her audience on the linguistics of the internet. Informal written language - the sort found in text messages and social media post - can answer some longstanding questions, such as where to draw the boundaries on dialect maps. And new ones, such as how people are using emoji and punctuation to give writing a sense of gesture and tone of voice.
At just $300 for students and the unwaged (and $400 for others), the registration fee for Summer School has been intentionally set to give access to this special learning experience to the broadest possible spectrum of participants.
Please also use the registration form to sign up for the Summer School Dinner, other social events, and the two free public lectures.
We have secured affordable four, five and six night accommodation options on the ANU campus for those travelling to Canberra, which may be booked when registering. The accommodation is available on campus to book and will be paid as part of your main registration payment.
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