The Federation

Cracking the Language Barrier assembles all European research and innovation projects as well as all related community organisations working on or with cross-lingual or multi-lingual technologies, in neighbouring areas or on closely related topics. In this umbrella initiative we collaborate on our joint objective to overcome any kind of language and communication barriers with the help of sophisticated language technologies.

Among the areas of collaboration are shared scientific tasks and evaluation campaigns, strategy papers (such as the Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual Digital Single Market), data management, resource and technology repositories as well as events and dissemination activities such as this joint website.


ICT 2018 Networking Session (December 4th 2018, Vienna – 17:00-17:45)

ICT 2018 Networking Session

Where Multilingualism, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence meet:
Language Technologies for the Next Generation Internet


Europe is a multilingual society. Powerful and ubiquitous Language Technologies (LT) are needed to enable multilingualism in all economic and societal areas of our continent including the Digital Single Market, public administrations, general IT/ICT applications and connected devices (intelligent assistants, household appliances, vehicles etc.). It is exactly this next generation of multilingual and cross-lingual LT where modern AI approaches (Deep Learning) and huge data sets (Big Data) meet with the opportunity of enabling multilingualism for the Next Generation Internet technologically. For almost ten years, initiatives such as META-NET and LT-Innovate have been advocating to increase the support for the development of sophisticated LT for Europe’s languages significantly, throughout the whole spectrum of software applications. This session has four objectives: (1) to gather all involved stakeholders (LT, AI, NGI, Big Data, HPC), (2) to update one another on recent developments and upcoming European projects, especially regarding technology-enabled multilingualism, (3) to gather the stakeholders’ needs and ideas for collaboration and (4) to plan the next steps, especially with regard to upcoming opportunities and funding programmes including FP9 and our vision of the Human Language Project.

More information can be found here.