International Summer School in Language and Speech Technologies (SSLST 2011)

20 Jun 2011 - 00:00

(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)
Tarragona, Spain, August 29 – September 2, 2011

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University


SSLST 2011 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures on language and speech technologies at different levels. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help students initiate their career in research.

Addressed to:

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Linguistics. Other students (for instance, from Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, or Cognitive Science) are welcome too.

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep themselves updated on developments in the field.

There will be no overlap in the schedule of the courses.


Courses and professors:

Walter Daelemans (Antwerpen), Computational Stylometry [advanced, 4 hours]
Robert Dale (Macquarie), Automated Writing Assistance: Grammar Checking and Beyond [intermediate, 8 hours]
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton), Computational Lexical Semantics [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
Ralph Grishman (New York), Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]
Daniel Jurafsky (Stanford), Computational Extraction of Social and Interactional Meaning [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
Chin-Hui Lee (Georgia Tech), A Short Course on Digital Speech Processing and Applications [intermediate, 8 hours]
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara), Syntax and Parsing: Phrase Structure and Dependency Parsing [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
Diana Maynard (Sheffield), Text Mining [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
Dan Roth (Urbana-Champaign), Predicting Structures in NLP: Constrained Conditional Models and Integer Linear Programming in NLP [intermediate/advanced, 8 hours]

School paper:

On a voluntary basis, within 6 months after the end of the School, students will be expected to draft an individual or jointly-authored research paper on a topic covered during the classes under the guidance of the lecturing staff.


It has to be done online at


They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until June 5, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after June 5, 2011).

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

Please mention SSLST 2011 and your full name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site. Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is much recommended to complete the registration process earlier.


Information about accommodation is available on the website of the School.


Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration. Those participants who will choose to be involved in a research paper will receive an additional certificate at the end of the task, independently on whether the paper will finally get published or not.

Important Dates:

Announcement of the programme: April 21, 2011
Starting of the registration: April 25, 2011
Early registration deadline: June 5, 2011
Starting of the School: August 29, 2011
End of the School: September 2, 2011

Questions and further information:

Florentina-Lilica Voicu:
florentinalilica.voicu [at]


Postal address:

SSLST 2011
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543