The First International Workshop on UNL, other Interlinguas and their Applications

Motivation and Aims

This workshop is devoted to the presentation and discussion of novel approaches addressing the multilinguality issue using Interlinguas. Among these, the Universal Networking Language (UNL) is the base of the current UNL system promoted by the United Nations University to eliminate the linguistic barriers in Internet. It will be explicitly considered, given its novelty and scarce dissemination in the academic circles. The language UNL can support multilingual services in Internet. The UNL System, as other Interlinguas, has an indubitable application to all the existing systems in the activities of E-Business. The introduction of multilingüality in any other system is almost a model case of added value services.

UNL is a concept of support system for multilingual applications in Internet. In this moment the UNL system has the main components already developed. However, many questions arise from the actual state of the applications that involve many theoretical issues about interlinguas, methodologies, evaluation of these systems, multilingual lexicons, language generation, semantic knowledge representation, and many others that we estimate can be of interest for the scientific community but also because the current UNL organisation needs the critics, opinions, and criteria from the researchers in this field out of the UNL organisation. This will be also the first time where the interested people will discuss the UNL openly. Our intention promoting this workshop is to enrich our background and also to disseminate the deep knowledge of the UNL.

Topics of Interest

The workshop will be open to:

The Workshop seeks original papers in all aspects of the Interlinguas, but specially in UNL. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, classical issues and novel applications:

Scientific Committee

Jesús CardeñosaUNL-Spanish Language Centre; Validation and Business Applications Group Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)E-mail:
Igor BoguslavskyInstitute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)E-mail:
Christian BoitetUniversite' Joseph Fourier, GETA- CLIPS, Grenoble (France)Email:
Irina ProdanofInstitute of Computational Linguistics Consorzio Pisa Riserche-Settore Linguistica (Italy)E-mail:

Workshop Organisers

Edmundo TovarUNL-Spanish Language Centre; Validation and Business Applications Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) E-mail:
Phone: 34-91-3366920
Fax: +34-91-3525780
Carolina GallardoUNL-Spanish Language Centre; Validation and Business Applications Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) E-mail:
Phone: 34 91 3521692


Abstracts for workshop contributions have to be between 600 and 800 words.
Each submission should include a title pagethat should state: the title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal address, telephone and fax numbers.
Submission is to be sent by email in ASCII file format to Edmundo Tovar.
The Scientific Committee will review abstracts. The final version of the accepted papers should be no longer than 4,000 words. Formatting instructions for the final full version of papers will be sent to authors after notification of acceptance.
All the papers accepted will be published in the workshop proceedings by the LREC Local Organising Committee. A selection of the accepted papers will be invited to an oral presentation in the workshop program.

Preleminary Agenda

The workshop will be a half-day workshop.
Invited conference.
Keynote speaker: Tarcisio della Senta
UNLD Foundation President9:00-9:30
Session 1:
3 presentations
Session 2:
3 presentations
Debate -12:45-13:30

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submissions18th February 2002
Notification of acceptance22nd February 2002
Deadline for full paper submission5th April 2002
Notification of acceptance for papers accepted
for final publishing on the Proceedings and for oral presentation
19th April 2002
Workshop1st June 2002

Workshop Registration Fees

The registration fees for the workshop are:

All attendees will receive a copy of the workshop proceedings.