The conference has been held every two years at various northern European universities since 1977, it is the first time the conference will be held in Oslo. It is NEALT (Northern European Association for Language Technology) that has asked Professor Janne Bondi Johannessenthe and University of Oslo, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies to organize the conference in 2013. The main theme is language technology in many different forms, such as speech recognition and speech synthesis, tagging a nd parsing, language modeling, machine learning, machine translation, man-machine interaction, automatic summarisation, and information retrieval. Language technology is a new and exciting field that also has practical benefits for society, such as in app lications like spell checkers, search engines on the Internet, automatic translation on the Internet, aids for disabled and the visually impaired, etc. NODALIDA is especially important for the participating countries because it brings together participa nts from small northern European language communities. These have common challenges compared to the worldwide English- or Spanish-speaking communities. Language technology is expensive to develop whether the language community is large or small. For small languages the market potential for language technology products is often too small to be commercially profitable. NODALIDA is thus an important conference, because it makes it possible to focus on challenges related to Norwegian and Nordic languages, a nd to Sami, Kven and Finnish. At the same time the quality of the conference is high, so that both talks and posters are important sources of new knowledge for the participants. (Approx 67% of the submissions are accepted.) The conference lasts for two d ays and will be a mix of plenary lectures, lectures in parallel sessions (usually three) and a poster and demonstration session. The first day is the day for workshops.
Project leader: Janne M. Bondi Johannessen
Institution: DET HUMANISTISKE FAKULTET