Conference on Human Language Technology for Development

The Conference on Human Language Technology for Development (HLTD 2011) was co-organised by the African Network for Localisation, PANL10n, IDRC, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt, 2-5 May 2011.

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The conference had three main aims:

  • to promote interaction among researchers and professionals working on language technology, language computing industry, civil society engaged with deployment of language technology to end-users, and policy makers planning the use of HLT in national development projects
  • to provide a single platform to engage these stakeholders in a dialogue over a wide range of relevant issues, to show-case state-of-practice in HLT and its use in development, and to identify needs and priorities of the end-users
  • to highlight HLTD challenges in the developing regions, especially in Asia and Africa.


Papers on African languages or of general interest are linked in ther program below. Other papers can be accessed via the program page of the HTLD website or by downloading the entire proceedings from:

Monday May 2, 2011

Excursion trip. Departure from Mediterranean Azur Alexandria at 12:00 pm

Tuesday May 3, 2011

  • 9:00 Opening Session
  • 9:40 Keynote Speech: The Language Technology Ecosystem, Richard L. Sites, Google
  • 10:40 Tea/Coffee
  • 11:00 Workshop 1: Leveraging the Web for Building Open Linguistic Data: Crowd-Sourcing Translation
  • 12:40 Lunch
  • 2:00 Workshop 2: Any language properly supported in CAT tools
  • 3:40 Tea/Coffee
  • 4:00 Workshop 3: Locale Workshop: Data Foundation for Language Infrastructure

Wednesday May 4, 2011

  • 9:00 Keynote Speech: Arabic Langauge Processing and its Applications, Dr. Nabil Ali
  • 10:40 Tea/Coffee

11:00 Localization

  • 11:00 Collation Weight Design for Myanmar Unicode Texts, Tin Htay Hlaing and Yoshiki Mikami
  • 11:20 Localising Microsoft Vista for Yoruba: Experience, Challenges and Future Direction, Tunde Adegbola (alternative site,
  • 11:40 Assessing Urdu Language Support on the Multilingual Web, Huda Sarfraz, Aniqa Dilawari and Sarmad Hussain
  • 12:00 LaoWS: Lao Word Segmentation Based on Conditional Random Fields, Sisouvanh Vanthanavong
  • 12:20 Burmese Phrase Segmentation, May Thu Win, Moet Moet Win, Moh Moh Than, Dr.Myint Myit Than and Dr.Khin Aye
  • 12:40 Lunch

2:00 Linguistic Resources

2:00 Speech Applications I

Thursday May 5, 2011

9:00 Langauge Applications I

11:00 Speech Applications II

  • 11:00 Evaluation of crowdsourcing transcriptions for African languages, Hadrien Gelas, Solomon Teferra Abate, Laurent Besacier and François Pellegrino (alternative source,
  • 11:20 Development of an Open source Urdu screen Reader for Visually Impaired People, Madiha Ijaz and Qaiser Durrani
  • 11:40 Continuous Sinhala Speech Recognizer, Thilini Nadungodage and Ruvan Weerasinghe
  • 12:00 Dzongkha Text-to-Speech Synthesis System - Phase II, Dechen Chhoeden, Chungku , Chai Wutiwiwatchai, Ananlada Chotimongkol, Anocha Rugchatjaroen and Ausdang Thangthai
  • 12:20 Bangla Text to Speech using Festival, Firoj Alam, S.M. Murtoza Habib and Mumit Khan
  • 12:40 Lunch

2:00 HLT Use

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