Africa has over 2000 languages and yet is one of the least represented in African research. Andrew Caines, in his article The Geographic Diversity of NLP Conferences highlights the need for NLP work from the continent
The rise in ML community efforts on the African continent has led to a growing interest in Natural Language Processing, particularly for African languages which are typically low resource languages. This interest is manifesting in the form of national, regional, continental and even global collaborative efforts to build corpora, as well as the application of the aggregated corpora to various NLP tasks.
This workshop therefore has several aims:
- to showcase this work being done by the African NLP community and provide a platform to share this expertise with a global audience interested in NLP techniques for low resource languages
- to provide a platform for the groups involved with the various projects to meet, interact, share and forge closer collaboration
- to provide a platform for junior researchers to present papers, solutions, and begin interacting with the wider NLP community
- to present an opportunity for more experienced researchers to further publicize their work and inspire younger researchers through keynotes and invited talks
To submit to our workshop, please Check out our CFP
Commitment to Diversity
We commit to ensuring at minimum 30% participation of women in the workshop agenda as well as a diverse representation of language researchers from across the African continent. All organisers are committed to diversity and inclusion efforts, being extremely involved efforts such as the Deep Learning Indaba and Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiML). AI4Dev have sponsored a limited number of travel and conference grants to provide to scholars across the African continent with contributed talks.