ICT 2018 Networking Session

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


Tuesday, 4th December 2018
Austria Centre, Room  2.95, 17:00-17:45

Vienna, Austria



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.


Part I: Technology-enabled multilingualism in Europe [Slides]

17:00    Opening remarks – Jan Hajic (Charles University, Czech Republic; META-NET)
17:05    Opening remarks – Christoph Prinz (Sail Labs, Austria; LT Innovate) [Slides]
Part II: New cluster of seven EU-funded Language Technology projects [Slides]
17:10    Overview of the European Language Grid project – Jan Hajic (Charles University, Czech Republic; META-NET)
17:15    Summary of the six new Research and Innovation Actions – Jan Hajic (Charles University, Czech Republic; META-NET)
Part III: Interactive part to collect the participants’ ideas, needs and suggested topics for collaboration
17:20    Interactive discussion – Moderator: Gerhard Backfried (Sail Labs, Austria)
17:45    End of the Networking Session


Important stakeholders


Organising committee

  • Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany; META-NET)
  • Josef van Genabith (DFKI, Germany; META-NET)
  • Christoph Prinz (Sail Labs, Austria; LT Innovate)
  • Philippe Wacker (LT Innovate, Belgium)
  • Jan Hajic (Charles University Prague, Czech Republik; META-NET)
  • Andrejs Vasiļjevs (Tilde, Latvia; META-NET, LT Innovate)
  • Gerhard Backfried (Sail Labs, Austria)