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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
English
Abstract
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.
Comment: Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020). To appear
Subjects

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

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EC| ELG
Project
ELG
European Language Grid
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 825627
  • Funding stream: H2020 | IA
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FCT| PINFRA/22117/2016
Project
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
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EC| X5gon
Project
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
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EC| BDVe
Project
BDVe
Big Data Value ecosystem
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 732630
  • Funding stream: H2020 | CSA
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