SLATE 2018 - Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies

by Maria João Varanda Pereira, Jan. 6, 2018

We often use languages. First, to communicate between ourselves. Later, to communicate with computers. And more recently, with the advent of networks, we found a way to make computers communicate between themselves. All these different forms of communication use languages, different languages, but that still share many similarities. In SLATE we are interested in discussing these languages.
Being languages such a broad subject, SLATE is organized in three main tracks:

  1) HCL Track: Processing Human-Computer Languages The HCL track is where researchers, developers and educators exchange ideas and information on the latest academic or industrial work on language design, processing, assessment and applications.
  2) CCL Track: Processing Computer-Computer Languages The CCL track main goal is to provide a broad space for discussion about the XML mark-up language: examples of usage and associated technologies.
  3) HHL Track: Processing Human-Human Languages The HHL track is dedicated to the discussion of research projects and ideas involving natural language processing and their industrial application.

A detailed topic list for each one of these tracks is presented below.

HCL Track: Processing Human-Computer Languages

Programming language concepts, methodologies and tools;
Language and Grammars, design, formal specification and quality;
Design of novel language constructs and their implementation;
Domain Specific Languages design and implementation;
Programming, refactoring and debugging environments;
Dynamic and static analysis: Program Slicing;
Program Comprehension;
Compilation and interpretation techniques;
Code generation and optimization;
Program visualization and animation;
Programming languages teaching methods;
Languages for modeling;
Dynamic languages;
Programmer profiling;
Cross-fertilization of different technological spaces (modelware, grammarware, ontologies, etc).

CCL Track: Processing Computer-Computer Languages

IoT data protocols;
Semantic data description frameworks;
Semantic Web languages;
Ontology engineering;
XML Databases and Big Data;
Publishing and document storage formats;
HTML5 and web formatting;
Industry specific XML based standards;
Web APIs and service marketplaces;
Service Oriented Architectures;
E-learning systems, standards and interoperability;
Data and graph visualization languages.

HHL Track: Processing Human-Human Languages

Computational morphology, syntax and semantics;
Machine translation and tools for computer assisted translation;
Computational terminology and lexicography;
Speech synthesis and understanding;
Information retrieval, extraction and automatic question answering;
Corpora linguistics;
NLP system and resource evaluation;
Public tools and resources for NLP;
Ontologies and knowledge representation;
Statistical Methods applied to NLP;
Language teaching support tools.

############## SLATE Publication Policy ######################

Paper types:
Full papers -  8 to 14 pages, presented in 20+5 minutes, complete work, including a validation or discussion;

Short papers - 6 to 8 pages, presented in 10+5 minutes,  ongoing work, well anchored in the literature, but not yet fully validated;

Lightning talks - no publication, presented in 3 to 5 minutes, research ideas or work that has just started.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and digital support. They will also integrate the OASIcs series: http://www.dagstuhl.de/publikationen/oasics/. In addition, the authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to appropriate journals (more information will be posted later on the conference website).

Papers should be written using the OASIcs LaTeX template, using the English language. Please refer to our website (http://slate-conf.org/2018/submissions) for details about the document preparation.

################### Important Dates #########################

Full papers
Paper Submission: March 18, 2018
Paper Authors' Notification: April 27, 2018
Final Paper Submission: May 25, 2018

Short Papers
Paper Submission: April 30, 2018
Paper Authors' Notification: May 11, 2018
Final Paper Submission: May 25, 2018

Other Dates
Accepted Paper's Author's Registration Deadline: Jun 15, 2018
Conference: June 21 and 22, 2018

################### Committees ##############################

Program Committee Chairs

* Pedro Rangel Henriques (Universidade do Minho, Portugal) -- General Chair
* Xavier Gómez Guinovart (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) -- HHL Track Chair
* António Menezes Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) -- HCL Track Chair
* José Paulo Leal (Universidade do Porto, Portugal) -- CCL Track Chair

Local Organizing Committee

* Pedro Rangel Henriques (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
* Alberto Simões (Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Portugal)
* Maria João Varanda Pereira (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal)
* José Carlos Ramalho (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
* José João Dias de Almeida (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
* Sara Santos Fernandes (United Nations University ? Operating Unit on Policy Driven Electronic Governance, UNU-EGOV)
* Goreti Pereira (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)

The full program committee for each Track can be found in the conference homepage.

############### Contact and Updates ##########################
Updates are regularly posted in the symposium webpage and notified through different social networks (e.g., @slateorg at Twitter; check the symposium webpage for details); Organizers can be contacted using slate2018@easychair.org.

General Chair
Pedro Rangel Henriques
Departamento de Informática da Universidade do Minho