HLT Evaluation Workshop in Malta


The workshop


To celebrate ELRA’s 10th anniversary, a 2-day workshop dedicated to Human Language Technologies (HLT) Evaluation was held in Malta on December 1st and 2nd 2005.

In organizing this workshop, ELRA, whose main missions over the past decade have been to promote language resources for the HLT sector, and to promote evaluation of language engineering technologies, intended to bring together the HLT Evaluation key players to discuss the HLT evaluation from various perspectives: general principles and purposes, technologies, past and on-going evaluation projects, worldwide initiatives, etc.

The main objective of the workshop was to allow a fruitful brainstorming on the HLT evaluation starting from what is being done today and what should be done better, differently, etc. All sectors of HLT were be addressed (speech technologies, grammars and parsing, machine translation and speech to speech translation, information retrieval/filtering, multimodal interfaces, etc.). The number of participants was limited to about 50 to make the event very productive.

The workshop started on Thursday, 1st at 09:00 and closed on Friday, 2nd at 15:45. It took place at the Victoria Hotel, Sliema, Malta. See all Venue details. The hotel bookings are made by the organizing team. Contact Hélène Mazo + 33 1 43 13 33 34 IMPORTANT: All lunches, dinners, coffee breaks during the workshop will be covered by ELRA for all participants. The accommodation and travel expenses remain at each participant’s charge.

Bente Maegaard, ELRA President
bente cst.dk
With the support of TC-Star Khalid Choukri, ELRA CEO
choukri elda.org



Last nameFirst nameOrganisationCountry
AubergéVéroniqueICP - Univ. Stendhal France
BabychBogdan Information Technology Research Institute, University of BrightonUnited Kingdom
BelzAnjaInformation Technology Research Institut, University of BrightonUnited Kingdom
BickEckhardInstitute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark   Denmark
Boula de Mareüil  PhilippeLIMSI-CNRS France
CarlettaJeanHuman Communication Research Centre, University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
ChoukriKhalidELRA/ELDA France
CieriChristopher  LDCUnited States
HartleyAnthony F.Information Technology Research Institute, University of BrightonUnited Kingdom
JamesonAnthonyGerman Research Center for Artificial Intelligence Germany
KingMargaretTIM/ISSCO, ETI, University of Geneva Switzerland
KunzmannJimmyIBM GermanyGermany
LjungqvistMatsEuropean CommissionLuxembourg
MarianiJosephMinistère de la RechercheFrance
Miller Keith MITRE USA
OdjikJanScansoft / NuanceBelgium
OostdijkNellekeSPEX / CSLTThe Netherlands  
Popescu-BelisAndreTIM/ISSCO, ETI, University of Geneva Switzerland
RajmanMartinSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) - CGC Switzerland
RosnerMikeUniversity of MaltaMalta
WilliamsBrionyBangor University of WalesUnited Kingdom


Venue details


Victoria Hotel
Gorg Borg Olivier Street
Sliema, SLM 12
Tel: +356 21 334 711
Fax: +356 21 334 771
Check the Victoria Hotel web site .


The airport transfers will be handled by the company John’s Garage. Depending on the arrival time, a bus or a taxi will be waiting for all participants upon arrival at Luqa Airport. The same company will take all participants back to the airport when they leave.


  • Single room: 62,50 € (Lm 25)
  • Double room: 42,50 € (Lm 17)

All rates are per person per night on a Bed and Breakfast basis.


WiFi connection is normally done with vouchers which are bought from reception and which give you a number of minutes access. Two types of vouchers can be purchased:

  • 2 hours: 12,50 € (Lm 5)
  • 5 hours: 30 € (Lm 12)

Please note that these vouchers are valid during 4 days and that the connection can be interrupted and resumed within this timeframe. The vouchers cannot be shared.