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Publication . Preprint . Conference object . Contribution for newspaper or weekly magazine . Article . 2020

The European Language Technology Landscape in 2020: Language-Centric and Human-Centric AI for Cross-Cultural Communication in Multilingual Europe

Rehm, Georg; Marheinecke, Katrin; Hegele, Stefanie; Piperidis, Stelios; Bontcheva, Kalina; Hajic, Jan; Choukri, Khalid; +40 Authors
Open Access
Published: 13 May 2020
Publisher: Zenodo

Multilingualism is a cultural cornerstone of Europe and firmly anchored in the European treaties including full language equality. However, language barriers impacting business, cross-lingual and cross-cultural communication are still omnipresent. Language Technologies (LTs) are a powerful means to break down these barriers. While the last decade has seen various initiatives that created a multitude of approaches and technologies tailored to Europe's specific needs, there is still an immense level of fragmentation. At the same time, AI has become an increasingly important concept in the European Information and Communication Technology area. For a few years now, AI, including many opportunities, synergies but also misconceptions, has been overshadowing every other topic. We present an overview of the European LT landscape, describing funding programmes, activities, actions and challenges in the different countries with regard to LT, including the current state of play in industry and the LT market. We present a brief overview of the main LT-related activities on the EU level in the last ten years and develop strategic guidance with regard to four key dimensions.

Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020). To appear


National and international projects, infrastructural issues, policy issues, infrastructures, multilingualism, [INFO.INFO-TT]Computer Science [cs]/Document and Text Processing, [INFO.INFO-TT] Computer Science [cs]/Document and Text Processing, Computer Science - Computation and Language, Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science - Digital Libraries, Computation and Language (cs.CL), Artificial Intelligence (cs.AI), Digital Libraries (cs.DL), FOS: Computer and information sciences

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EC| X5gon
X5gon: Cross Modal, Cross Cultural, Cross Lingual, Cross Domain, and Cross Site Global OER Network
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 761758
  • Funding stream: H2020 | IA
SFI| ADAPT: Centre for Digital Content Platform Research
  • Funder: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Project Code: 13/RC/2106
  • Funding stream: SFI Research Centres
FCT| PINFRA/22117/2016
Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: PINFRA/22117/2016
  • Funding stream: 9444 - RNIIIE
A European AI On Demand Platform and Ecosystem
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 825619
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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