Breakfast Meeting hosted at the European Parliament, by Dr. Paul Rübig, MEP
The purpose of this breakfast with Members of the European Parliament is to explore how the European Parliament and other European institutions can support and help implementing the multilingual infrastructure for the Digital Single Market. Experts from language technology industry and research will give a short overview of currently available solutions and point to the gaps where political support will be necessary.
- Jochen Hummel, CEO of ESTeam (SE) and Coreon (DE), Chairman of LT-Innovate
- Matthias Heyn, Vice President Global Solutions, SDL International (UK)
- Charles Huot, Co-founder, TEMIS (FR)
- Jan Hajič, Charles University in Prague (CZ), Chairman of META-NET
- Steve Renals, University of Edinburgh (UK)
- Asunción Gómez Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES)
09.30-10.00: Q & A
The event is co-organised by representatives of LT-Innovate, the association of language technology industry, META-NET, the network of langauge technology research, the LT Observatory project and the CRACKER project, both co-financed by Horizon 2020.
The Digital Single Market (DSM) is a top priority for the European Commission. Vice-President Andrus Ansip has summarized the vision of the Digital Single Market: “Consumers need to be able to buy the best products at the best prices, wherever they are in Europe.” Commissioner Oettinger recently stated that “a Polish citizen being refused to buy products on a German website is not compatible with the idea of Europe”.
The main hurdle towards a Digital Single Market is at the same time Europe’s pride: its many languages.
Innovative language technologies such as search, automatic translation, voice recognition, knowledge management, sentiment analysis and many others, have achieved acceptable quality for the major languages. They are ready to be deployed. However, for achieving the vison of the multilingual Digital Single Market we have to support at least all 24 official languages and those of our most important trading partners. This requires a basic natural language processing infrastructure, the European Language Cloud (ELC), a public infrastructure providing the basic functionality required to process unstructured content.
The purpose of this breakfast with Members of the European Parliament is to explore how the European Parliament and other European institutions can support and help implementing these crucial infrastructures for the Digital Single Market.
Participation is by invitation only. If you wish to participate, please contact us well in advance. Due to the security regulations of the European Parliament, only pre-registered persons will be admitted.