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META-FORUM 2016 - Programme


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4 July 2016 – META-FORUM 2016 Day 1

08:30 Registration

09:30 Opening Session
09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary) [Slides]
09:45 Welcome of the Local Organiser
António Branco (University of Lisbon; META-NET)
09:50 Welcome
Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague; Chair of META-NET) [Slides]
10:00 Opening Address
Algirdas Saudargas (Member of the European Parliament)
10:15 The Data Economy and the Multilingual Digital Single Market – Aligning our Agendas
Chair and moderator: Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde)
10:15 The Big Data Value Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Version 2.0
Milan Petkovic (Eindhoven University of Technology; Philips; BDVA) [Slides]
Big Data Value Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Version 2.0, January 2016 (PDF)
10:30 The Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual Digital Single Market Version 0.9
Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET) [Slides]
Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual Digital Single Market Version 0.9, July 2016
10:45 Panel discussion: Language as a Key Challenge for Big Data – Current state of play and future directions
  • Milan Petkovic (Eindhoven University of Technology; Philips; BDVA)
  • Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague; Chair of META-NET)
  • Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary)
11:15 Poster Session and Coffee break
Chair: Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen)
11:45 Keynote Lecture
Chair: Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI)
Multilingual Europe as a Challenge for Language Technology
Ryan McDonald (Google) [Slides]
12:15 Multilingual Technologies: Research and Innovation for the Multilingual Digital Single Market
Chair: Josef van Genabith (DFKI)
12:15 Invited presentation: Neural Machine Translation: Breaking the Performance Plateau
Rico Sennrich (University of Edinburgh) [Slides]
12:30 Invited presentation: Deploying Machine Translation in an Industrial Setting: Challenges and Opportunities
Tony O'Dowd (KantanMT) [Slides]
12:45 QTLeap: A European scientific research project on machine translation by deep language engineering approaches
António Branco (University of Lisbon), Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI), Aljoscha Burchardt (DFKI), Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague), Martin Popel (Charles University in Prague), Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Petya Osenova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Markus Egg (Humboldt University Berlin), Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country), Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen), Filipe Barrancos (Higher Functions), Rosa Del Gaudio (Higher Functions), Gorka Labaka (University of the Basque Country) and João Silva (University of Lisbon) [Slides]
12:55 Machine Translation of Medical Text in the KConnect Project
Petra Galusčáková, Jan Hajič, Jindřich Libovický, Pavel Pecina and Aleš Tamchyna (all Charles University in Prague) [Slides]
13:05 The EXPERT project: achievements and lessons learnt
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton) [Slides]
13:15 The Usage of Language Resources in the Web Portal for On-­line Learning of Croatian (HR4EU)
Matea Filko, Daša Farkaš, Diana Hriberski, Jurica Polančec and Marko Tadić (all University of Zagreb) [Slides]
13:25 Discussion
13:35 Poster Session and Lunch break

14:30 Interoperability of Quality – Is Language Technology ready to help us make Big Decisions with Big Data? Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dave Lewis (Trinity College Dublin; ADAPT)
  • Knowledge Quality: Christian Dirschl (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Multilingual Lexical Quality: Roberto Navigli (Sapienza – Università di Roma)
  • Translation Quality: Kim Harris (text&form)
15:15 Towards an Update of the META-NET Strategic Research Agenda
Moderator and session chair: Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI; Honorary Chair of META-NET)
16:00 Poster Session and Coffee break

16:30 Text Analytics and Curation Technologies for the Multilingual Digital Single Market
Chair: Marko Tadić (University of Zagreb)
16:30 MixedEmotions: Social Semantic Emotion Analysis for Innovative Multilingual Big Data Analytics Markets
Paul Buitelaar (National University of Ireland) and Ian Wood (National University of Ireland) [Slides]
16:40 The xLiMe Project: crossMedia knowledge extraction
Achim Rettinger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)), Ronald Denaux (Expert System Iberia), José Manuel Gómez Pérez (Expert System Iberia) and Marko Grobelnik (Jožef Stefan Institute) [Slides]
16:50 SUMMA: Scalable Understanding of Multilingual Media
Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh) on behalf of the SUMMA Consortium [Slides]
17:00 From websites to apps, and now from apps to chatbots?
António Branco (University of Lisbon) [Slides]
17:10 Smart Data Web, Smart Data for Mobility
Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI) [Slides]
17:20 Curation Technologies for Multilingual Europe
Georg Rehm (DFKI) [Slides]
17:30 Award Ceremony – META Seal of Recognition, META Prize
Moderator: Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary) [Slides]
2016 Winners of the META Seal of Recognition
2016 Winner of the META Prize
  • InterACT – For outstanding and innovative contributions to cross-lingual and multilingual communication technologies. [Slides]
18:00 End of Day 1

5 July 2016 – META-FORUM 2016 Day 2

08:00 Registration

09:00 Strategies, Technologies and Infrastructures for Multilingual Europe
Chair: Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague)
09:00 Invited presentation: Language technologies in practice
Alex Waibel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
09:15 Roadmap for Spoken Language Technologies
ROCKIT Consortium: Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh), Jean Carletta (University of Edinburgh), Keith Edwards (University of Edinburgh), Herve Bourlard (Idiap Research Institute), Phil Garner (Idiap Research Institute), Andrei Popescu-Belis (Idiap Research Institute), Dietrich Klakow (Saarland University), Andrey Girenko (Saarland University), Volha Petukhova (Saarland University), Philippe Wacker (LT Innovate), Andrew Joscelyne (LT Innovate), Costis Kompis (Vodera), Simon Aliwell (Vodera) and Youssef Sabbah (Europe Unlimited) [Slides]
09:25 Improving digital vitality on the cheap
András Kornai (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) [Slides]
09:35 Beyond Multilingual Europe: potentials and gaps of EU aid in language technologies for the world
Han-Teng Liao (United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS)) [Slides]
09:45 From Dictionaries to Cross-lingual Lexical Resources: a New Paradigm for Old Needs
Guadalupe Aguado de Cea (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Elena Montiel-Ponsoda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Ilan Kernerman (K Dictionaries) and Noam Ordan (K Dictionaries) [Slides]
09:55 Putting language and data standards and best practices into action: the FREME framework
Felix Sasaki (DFKI) [Slides]
10:05 A Framework for Supporting Multilingual Resource Development at Expert System
Ronald Denaux, Jaime Biosca and José Manuel Gómez Pérez (all Expert System Iberia) [Slides]
10:15 Discussion
10:25 Multilingual Europe: News and Recent Developments from the Language Communities – Panel Discussion
  • Meirion Prys Jones (CEO Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity, UK; NPLD)
  • Sabine Kirchmeier (Danish Language Council; EFNIL) [Slides]
  • Jan Odijk (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) [Slides]
  • Delyth Prys (Bangor University, UK)
Joint NPLD-EFNIL Position paper on Language and Technology (PDF)
11:15 Poster Session and Coffee break
Chair: Maria Gavriilidou (ILSP, R.C. "Athena")
11:45 Multilingual Technologies: Machine Translation in Public Services
Chair: Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, R.C. "Athena")
11:45 CEF.AT and its Role for the Multilingual Digital Single Market
Spyridon Pilos (DG Translation, European Commission) [Slides]
12:00 Universal access to public services across language barriers
Andrea Lösch (DFKI) and Josef van Genabith (DFKI) [Slides]
12:15 A Maturity Model for Public Administration Open Translation Data Providers
Núria Bel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Mikel L. Forcada (Universitat d’Alacant) and Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) [Slides]
12:30 Towards European Translation Cloud: Development of public MT services in the Baltic countries
Andrejs Vasiļjevs (Tilde) and Rihards Kalniņš (Tilde) [Slides]
12:45 Poster Session and Lunch break

13:45 Towards a Shared Programme between European Countries and the European Union? A Panel Discussion with Representatives of Funding Agencies
Moderator: Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) [Slides]
  • Martin Eessalu, Chief Expert, Research Policy Department, Ministry of Education and Research (Estonia)
  • Simon Krek, Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia) [Slides]
  • Aodhán Mac Cormaic, Assistant Principal, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland) [Slides]
  • Ana Cristina Neves, Director of the Information Society Department, Foundation for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal (Portugal)
  • Pirkko Nuolijärvi, Director of the Institute for the Languages of Finland (Finland) [Slides]
  • David Pérez Fernández, Cabinet of State Secretary for Telecommunication and Information Society, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (Spain) [Slides]
14:45 European Research Excellence in Language Technologies featuring ERC Grant Holders
Moderator: Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh)
14:45 MULTIJEDI: Multilingual Joint Word Sense Disambiguation
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza – Università di Roma) [Slides]
15:05 BroadSem: Broad-Coverage Semantic Analysis
Ivan Titov (University of Amsterdam) [Slides]
15:25 Poster Session and Coffee break

16:00 Platforms and Infrastructures for Multilingual Europe: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague) [Slides]
  • Franciska de Jong (CLARIN ERIC, University of Utrecht) for CLARIN and LT_Observatory
  • Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, R.C. "Athena"; META-NET) for META-SHARE
  • Khalid Choukri (ELRA/ELDA)
  • Spyridon Pilos (DG Translate, European Commission) for MT@EC and CEF.AT
17:00 Keynote
Chair: Josef van Genabith (DFKI)
Language Technologies for a Multilingual Customer Experience
Declan Groves (Microsoft) [Slides]
17:20 Closing Session
Chair: António Branco (University of Lisbon)
17:20 Closing Address
Maria Fernanda Rollo (Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Portuguese Government)
17:40 Closing Remarks
Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague; Chair of META-NET)
Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary) [Slides]
18:00 End of META-FORUM 2016