The First International Workshop on Natural Language Processing Using the Universal Networking Language (UNL) is the first workshop in a series of workshops to follow that focuses on Natural Language processing with special attention to the use of the Universal Networking Language (UNL). This year’s workshop which will be hosted at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina comes under the theme “Breaking down Language Barriers”.
The workshop aims to provide adequate knowledge about the Universal Networking Language (UNL) as an artificial language that attempts to replicate the functions of natural language in human communication, and the Universal Networking Language (UNL) program that seeks to enable all people to have access to information and cultural knowledge in their native languages.
Linguists, computer specialists, and experts from all over the world will gather to push forward the initiative of making all information and knowledge UNLized, and to pursue the purpose of the UNL program which is to provide an infrastructure of knowledge for people so that they have equal opportunities to access information in a language independent manner.
The workshop will provide a forum for linguists and IT professionals to exchange comprehensive views on the recent development and progress in the natural language processing technology, to promote international cooperation in related fields, to advocate universal—language independent—access to information, and to enhance the global impact of the Universal Networking Language (UNL) program.
The workshop will also discuss methods to promote and develop the UNL program as a communication platform that aims to enable people to share information and knowledge in their native language. It will create an appropriate environment for all UNL language centers world wide to exchange ideas, experiences, and in depth knowledge about the Universal Networking Language program. The workshop will include closed meetings for the UNL society in which each language center will report on its achievements, progress, and discuss with other centers obstacles faced during the development phases.