International Symposium on Data and Sense Mining, Machine Translation and Controlled Languages, and their application to emergencies, and safety critical domains

July 1-3, 2009
University of Franche-Comté
Besançon, France

About Besançon and its region

 

Welcome to Besançon for ISMTCL
1-3 July 2009

Welcome to Besançon for ISMTCL - International Symposium on SM-MT-CL (Data and Sense Mining, Machine Translation and Controlled Languages, and their application to emergencies, and safety critical domains), organised by Centre Lucien Tesnière, the University of Franche-Comté.

Besançon, a medium-sized city, located 70 km from the Swiss border, was created more than 2000 years ago in a unique geographical and strategic site, in an oxbow loop of the river Doubs. An important Roman city, “Vesontio”, from its conquest by Julius Caesar in 58 BC to the 4th century, it was also a prosperous “Imperial Free City” and religious capital of the Franche-Comté Province, under the protection of the Holy Roman Empire. It became the administrative capital of the province after its conquest by Louis XIV, king of France, at the end of the 17th century. At that time, Besançon’s fortifications and the “Citadelle” were upgraded by Vauban, Louis XIV’s minister and famous military engineer. In 2008, this impressive defence system received its inscription on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list.

A province long famous for its salt (the Royal Saltworks (Saline royale) of Arc-et-Senans is also on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list), and its wines and cheeses, Franche-Comté is also an industrial country, the location of big factories such as Peugeot cars and Alstom (and especially high speed –“TGV”) trains, and of R&D in the fields of micro- and nanotechnologies.

Besançon and Franche-Comté are the birth places of a remarkable list of famous French writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers, including Victor Hugo, Louis Pasteur, Gustave Courbet, Georges Cuvier, Louis and Auguste Lumière, Charles Fourier and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

The University of Franche-Comté, in Besançon has 20,000 students in all academic subjects; it was founded by Philip III, “The Good”, Duke of Burgundy, in 1423.

 

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