We are pleased to inform that Dr. Vasu Renganathan of the
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA has kindly agreed
to our request to help us as the Chair of the Conference
Programme Committee for the next Tamil Internet Conference
informed earlier, TI2009 will be held in Germany at the
Tamil Institute IITS of the Univ. of Cologne during October
23-25, 2009. We will have a number of technical sessions on
various topics of Tamil Computing-IT and on Tamil Internet
for 2.5 days (Friday afternoon & whole of Saturday and
Attendance to the Technical sessions of the conf. will be
limited to 100. All interested persons should register
online at the conference gateway (to be made available in
the coming week): http://www.infitt.org/ti2009/
Registered members of INFITT will be able to attend the
conference free of cost. Non-members have to pay a conf.
registration fee of 50 Euro. If registered on or
before 30 August 2009, INFITT members will be given
preference for admission to the conference. We are exploring
the possibilities of having a Tamil Software exhibition and
Tamil IT Workshops as additional events. We will post
details once we have firm arrangements on these.
The following is a collection of topics to be addressed and
the list is non-exclusive. Feel free to suggest others for
inclusion in the Call-for-papers to be released soon:
1) Open source software (OpenOffice, ...) and Tami
Localization of softwares and OS;
2) Tamil enabling in mobile and other hand-held
platforms/technologies PDA, iPhone, ....;
3) NLP Applications in Tamil: Machine Translation,OCR, voice
recognition, speech synthesis, search engines, data mining
of Tamil digital resources, ....;
4) Tools for Tamil Computing: word-processing (text editor,
spell check, grammar check,dictionaries,..), plugins for
browsers, online file convertors,.... ;
5) Tamil Internet : blogging, wikipedia, podcasting,
educational portals, e-commerce,.. .....;
6) computer-aided teaching of Tamil -online, offline,
7) Tamil Databases for digital libraries and e-commerce;
8) Digital archiving of Tamil heritage materials and
9) Standards for Tamil Computing : encoding,
Those who would like to make an oral presentation should
submit a brief abstract at the conf. gateway on or before 15
August 2009. Conf. Program Committee will review all
submissions and select possibly 15-20 papers for
presentation at various tech. sessions. As in the past,
extended abstracts (max 4 pages) of all accepted papers for
the conf. will be published in the Conference Book and also
in e-form in a CD/DVD. INFITT reserve rights for publication
of all papers presented at the conference.
We look forward to your support and participation in large
numbers at the Tamil Internet 2009.
Executive Committee of INFITT is pleased to announce that
the next Tamil Internet Conference TIC 2009 will be held in
Europe, in the city of Koeln, Germany during October 23-25,
2009.TIC 2009 will have the same format as the last TIC 2004
held in Singapore. It will be a technical conference devoted
to discussing recent advances and challenges in Tamil
Computing and Tamil Internet in general. To permit max.
interaction, participation will be limited to 100 persons.
Tamil IT professionals worldwide to participate in this
conference - only one of its kind devoted exclusively for
Tamil. Tamil Internet Conferences of INFITT has been held
earlier in Chennai (1999,2003)Singapore (2000, 2004), Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia (2001) and in San Francisco, California (2002).
TIC 2009 will be the first
conference to be held in Europe.The TIC 2009 is being
organized in close collaboration with the Institute of
Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS) of the University of Koeln
who will serve as the local host. IITS, headed by Prof.
Ulrike Niklas is one of the major Tamil Studies and Research
Center of Europe. A Tamil teacher, researcher of IITS well
known to Tamil community is Dr. Thomas Malten, who led a
pioneering effort two decades back to bring Tamil literature
in electronic form. IITS of UKoeln also has the unique
distinction as the only Tamil Studies Center outside
Tamilnadu to have more than 50,000 Tamil books. So we are
delighted to have the next TIC at this key Institution
devoted to Tamil Research in Europe.
note of the date and venue for the conference. A formal call
for papers with more details will be published soon.
-Dr. K. Kalyanasundaram Chair, INFITT www.infitt.org