Second Workshop on Language Technology for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (LT-EDI-2022)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is an important agenda across every field [1] throughout the world. Language as a major part of communication should be inclusive and treat everyone with equality. Today’s large internet community uses language technology (LT) and has a direct impact on people across the globe. EDI is crucial to ensure everyone is valued and included, so it is necessary to build LT that serves this purpose. Recent results have shown that big data and deep learning are entrenching existing biases and that some algorithms are even naturally biased due to problems such as ‘regression to the mode’. Our focus is on creating LT that will be more inclusive of gender [2], racial [3], sexual orientation [4], persons with disability [5,6]. The workshop will focus on creating speech and language technology to address EDI not only in English, but also in less resourced languages.

The broader objective of LT-EDI-2022 will be

  • To investigate challenges related to speech and language resource creation for EDI.

  • To promote research in inclusive LT.

  • To adopt and adapt appropriate LT models to suit EDI.

  • To provide opportunities for researchers from the LT community around the world to collaborate with other researchers to identify and propose possible solutions for the challenges of EDI.

Our workshop theme focuses on being more inclusive and providing a platform for researchers to create LT of a more inclusive nature. We hope that through these engagements we can develop LT tools to be more inclusive of everyone, including marginalized people.

Call for Papers:

Our main theme in this workshop is equality, diversity, and inclusivity in LT. We invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers reporting on these issues and datasets to avoid these issues. We also encourage qualitative studies related to these issues and how to avoid them. LT-EDI-2022 welcomes theoretical and practical paper submissions on any languages that contribute to research in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We will particularly encourage studies that address either practical application or improving resources.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Data set development to include EDI

  • Gender inclusivity in LT

  • LGBTQ+ inclusivity in LT

  • Racial inclusivity in LT

  • Persons with disability inclusivity in LT

  • Speech and language recognition for minority groups

  • Unconscious bias and how to avoid them in natural language processing, machine learning and other LT technologies.

  • Tackling rumors and fake news about gender, racial, and LGBTQ+ minorities.

  • Tackling discrimination against gender, racial, and LGBTQ+ minorities.

Invited Speaker:

Su Lin Blodgett (agreed) postdoctoral researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics (FATE) group at Microsoft Research Montréal. Her research currently focuses on conceptualizing harm that arises from language technologies, better measuring these harms and other social impacts, and uncovering how language technologies are produced, especially assumptions and constraints surrounding their production.


Bharathi Raja Chakravarthi

Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.

Bharathi B

SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, India

John P. McCrae

Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.

Manel Zarrouk

Institut Galilée Université Paris 13.

Kalika Bali

Researcher, Microsoft Research India

Paul Buitelaar

Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.

Programme Committee

  • Adeep Hande, Indian Institute of Information Technology Tiruchirappalli

  • Akshat Gupta, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Università di Bologna

  • Anna Pillar, Radboud University

  • Anne Lauscher, Bocconi University

  • António Câmara, Columbia University

  • Arianna Muti, University of Bologna

  • Blaž Škrlj, Jožef Stefan Institute

  • Boshko Koloski, International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan Courtney Mansfield, LivePerson Inc.

  • Debora Nozza, Bocconi University

  • Ewoenam Kwaku, University of Antwerp

  • Fazlourrahman Balouchzahi, Instituto Politécnico Nacional

  • Filip Nilsson, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

  • Frank Rudzicz, University of Toronto

  • Harrison Santiago, University of Florida

  • Ishan Sanjeev, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad

  • Iñaki San, Elhuyar Fundazioa

  • Jamell Dacon, Michigan State University

  • Jetske Adams, Radboud University

  • José Antonio, Universidad de Murcia

  • KV Aditya, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

  • Kangwook Lee, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Katerina Korre, University of Bologna

  • Kyle Swanson, Stanford University

  • Kyrill Poelmans, Tilburg University

  • Luke Melas-Kyriazi, University of Oxford, University of Oxford

  • Manex Agirrezabal, University of Copenhagen

  • Marion Bartl, University College Dublin

  • Martha Larson, Radboud University

  • Michael Gira, University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Nankai Lin, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

  • Nawshad Farruque, University of Alberta

  • Nina Markl, Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh

  • Olga Zamaraeva, Universidad de La Coruña

  • Oren Mishali, Computer Science Departmen, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

  • Pieter Delobelle, KU Leuven

  • Poonam Goyal, BITS Pilani, Birla Institute of Technology and Science

  • Pradeep Kumar, NIT Patna

  • Rafael Valencia-García, Universidad de Murcia

  • Rajalakshmi Sivanaiah, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering

  • Sunil Saumya, IIIT Dharwad

  • Senthil Kumar, Anna University

  • Sharal Coelho, Mangalore University

  • Suhasini S, SSN College of Engineering

  • Suman Dowlagar, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad

  • Susan Leavy, University College Dublin

  • Thenmozhi Durairaj, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College Of Engineering

  • Toon Calders, Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Usman Naseem, University of Sydney

  • Vishesh Gupta, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad

  • Vitthal Bhandari, BITS Pilani, Birla Institute of Technology and Science

  • Wei-Wei Du, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

  • Wei-Yao Wang, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

  • Yingwen Fu, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

  • Zining Zhu, University of Toronto Shaina Raza, University of Toronto