6th International Conference on Natural Language Processing, GoTAL 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden, August 25-27, 2008






Conference venue



About Chalmers

Chalmers University of Technology was founded in 1829, with funds bequeathed by William Chalmers, a director of the successful Swedish East India Company in Gothenburg. It gained formal University status only in 1937, but dual links to industry and science have been prominent from the very beginning, through the first president Carl Palmstedt (an industrialist) and his close friend J.J. Berzelius (the famous chemist).

Today, Chalmers has about 10,000 students on two campuses in Gothenburg, including about 1,000 PhD students, and approximately 500 faculty members. Chalmers offers a wide range of education programmes, mainly in engineering and architecure. In 2005, 23% of the students were women.

An extensive municipal network of trams, buses, and ferries make local transport convenient also for visitors without rental cars. The "Chalmers" tram stop at Chalmersplatsen is right in front of the Conference Centre.

More information: Chalmers , Campus map


About Gothenburg

Gothenburg, situated in South-West Sweden, is the second city in the country, with about 890,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 17th century to safeguard Sweden's access to the ocean; its port is now the busiest in Scandinavia. The nautical heritage still lends Gothenburg an international flavour, which is further emphasized by the two universities: Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, with about 60,000 students in total. Local industry includes AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Hasselblad, Saab, Volvo Cars, and AB Volvo.

Two international airports, each within 20 minutes from the city centre, offer daily flights to Gothenburg from 17 European destinations. Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen are each reachable by train or car in less than four hours. Lodging options are plentiful; a discount rate will be offered at a conveniently placed four-star hotel.

The Gothenburg archipelago, served by several ferry lines, provides ample opportunities for maritime relaxation. The ocean also inspires the cuisine at the top local restaurants. Gothenburg offers 17 museums and a large amusement park within convenient walking distance from the city centre, as well as wilderness only a tram ride away. 30 golf clubs are located within a 30-minute drive from the city centre. The region also includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the bronze-age petroglyphs at Tanumshede, and the 1923 VLF radio transmitter in Grimeton.

More information: Gothenburg, Tanumshede, Weather forecast, Västtrafik


Some places of interest in Gothenburg:

Gothenburg's most fashionable streeet is called "Avenyn". Avenyn is the place to stroll, shop, eat and have fun.




Photo: Goran Assner


Gothenburg Opera House
The Opera House is centrally located at Lilla Bommen, the world´s most modern opera house opened in 1994.



Photo: Goran Assner

The Poseidon statue
The Poseidon statue by Carl Milles.

Photo: Kjell Holmer

The Gothenburg's oldest suburb. Haga is situated in the central of Gothenburg, within a short distance from the Central Station and the "Avenyn". Haga is known for its well preserved old buildings, shopping, antique shops, seasonal markets and coffee-shops.

Photo: Goran Assner

"Feskekörka" ("Fish Church")
"Feskekörka" ("Fish Church") Gothenburg's biggest indoor fish market for fresh fish, seafood and other delicacies. It was designed by the architect Viktor von Gegerfeldt and was completed in 1874. Feskekörka is a popular tourist attraction and there are even some restaurants in the fish hall.

Photo: Kjell Holmer



Harbour of Gothenburg
Harbour of Gothenburg - the largest Nordic port.

Photo: Goran Assner

Gothenburg's most fashionable street linking Kungsportbron bridge with Gotaplatsen.

Photo: Kjell Holmer



About Sweden

Sweden, the largest Scandinavian country, has about 9 million inhabitants, most of whom live in the Southern half of the country. The defacto official language is Swedish, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Since 1995, Sweden is a member of the European Union. However, the Euro has not been adopted. The Swedish Krona (SEK) is currently approximately 11 Euro cents. Several foreign exchange offices are conveniently placed in shopping areas in Gothenburg.

More information: Sweden