Both in industrial and academic circles, we have recently witnessed a growing interest in the use of restricted languages, either for improved communication purposes, or as a way to ensure better success for NLP applications. An example of the former is the well-known use of AECMA Simplified English in the aerospace industry (sometimes supported by NLP tools). For the latter, one of the starting points is that ``natural language is a wild and unruly animal'', and that imposing restrictions on it before processing it may yield better computational results than trying to process non-restricted input. Approaches in use to date include the usage of restricted language checkers as front-ends for machine translation.
Through the LRE-2 project SECC, the EC is sponsoring the first edition of the International Workshop on Controlled Language Applications (CLAW). Goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and developers (both academic and industrial), as well as users and potential users of applications that incorporate a form of controlled language.
The two-day workshop will feature 23 presentations of ongoing work, as well as demonstrations of commercially available systems and systems in development.
The workshop is held in the Faculty of Arts, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, where all presentations, coffee breaks and demonstrations will take place.
A map of the town and some additional information on Leuven can be found here.
c/o Centre for Computational Linguistics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven