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META-FORUM 2017 - Programme


13 November 2017 – META-FORUM 2017 Day 1

08:30 Registration

09:15 Opening Session
09:15 Welcome and Introduction
Georg Rehm (DFKI Berlin; META-NET General Secretary)
09:25 Welcome Address
Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague; Chair of META-NET Executive Board)
09:30 Welcome Address
Algirdas Saudargas (Member of the European Parliament)
09:45 Welcome Address
Rytis Martikonis (Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission) (tbc)
09:55 Welcome Address
Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission) (tbc)
10:05 Opening Keynote
Multilingual Europe – Current Initiatives and Upcoming Opportunities
Marco Marsella (Head of Unit Learning, Multilingualism, Accessibility, European Commission)
10:35 Poster Session, Software Demos and Coffee Break
11:00 Session 1: Shaping the Human Language Project
The Human Language Project is a vision of a large-scale and long-term research, development and innovation programme with the scientific objective of reaching Deep Natural Language Understanding and Generation by the year 2030.
11:00 Language Equality in the Digital Age – Presentation of a study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Committee (STOA)
Maite Melero (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
11:15 Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (V1.0): Language Technologies for Multilingual Europe. Towards a Human Language Project
Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET)
11:30 In this interactive panel discussion, the participants will discuss, together with the attendants of META-FORUM 2017, the next steps towards the Human Language Project. The goal is to gather feedback from the audience with regard to additional ideas, approaches and technologies to address gaps and needs, the general setup of the Human Language Project, the involvement of industry and other topics.
Panel discussion with:
  • Maite Melero (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Jan Hajič (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Marco Marsella (European Commission)
  • Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany)
12:30 Poster Session, Software Demos and Lunch Break
13:30 Invited Keynote
The Story of DeepL
Gereon Frahling (DeepL, Germany) (tbc)
14:15 Session 2: Lightning Talks – Software Demos and Posters
This session's schedule will be published soon.
15:00 Poster Session, Software Demos and Coffee Break
15:45 Session 3: News from the Language Communities
An Update on EFNIL's Europe Language Monitor project
Tamás Váradi (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and European Federation of National Institutions for Language, EFNIL)
16:05 Session 4: Regional Initiatives – Collaborating towards the Human Language Project
  • Estonia: Andero Adamson (Ministry of Education and Research)
  • Ireland: Aodhán Mac Cormaic (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)
  • Spain: Ines Rodríguez Pelarda (Secretary of the Information Society and Digital Agenda)
  • Sweden: Rickard Domeij (The Language Council of Sweden)
17:15 Session 5: From Excellent Research to Successful Commercialisation
Chair: Luc Meertens (Crosslang, Belgium; LT Innovate)
  • Luc Meertens (Crosslang, Belgium): A Brief Overview of the European LT Industry and the Current State of Play of LT Innovate
  • Marko Grobelnik (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Bill Byrne (SDL, UK)
  • David Milward (Linguamatics, UK) (tbc)
17:45 End of META-FORUM 2017 (Day 1)

14 November 2017 – META-FORUM 2017 Day 2

08:30 Registration

09:00 Session 6: The Future of European Machine Translation Research
Chair: Josef van Genabith (DFKI, Germany)
  • Bill Byrne (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Tony O'Dowd (KantanMT, Ireland)
  • Marcello Federico (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
  • Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
  • Khalil Sima’an (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Lucia Specia (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Andrejs Vasiļjevs (Tilde, Latvia)
  • Alex Waibel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
10:15 Poster Session, Software Demos and Coffee Break
10:45 Session 7: European Language Technology Industry
  • Rebecca Jonsson (Artificial Solutions, Spain)
  • Frank Feulner (AX Semantics, Germany)
  • Maxim Khalilov (, The Netherlands)
  • Djamel Mostefa (Systran, France)
  • David Čaněk (Memsource, Czech Republic)
  • Alessandro Cattelan (Translated, Italy)
  • Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde, Latvia)
12:15 Poster Session, Software Demos and Lunch Break
13:30 Session 8: Language Technologies for Digital Public Services
Chair: Andrea Lösch (DFKI, Germany)
13:30 CEF Automated Translation: Current State of Play
Daniel Prou (Business Manager MT@EC, European Commission)
13:50 ELRC Outcomes and ELRC Network
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, R.C. "Athena", Greece)
Rihards Kalniņš (Tilde, Latvia)
14:10 CEF eTranslation: Generic Services at a Glance
Khalid Choukri (ELDA, France)
14:30 Session 9: European Research Excellence in LT featuring ERC Grant Holders
iHEARu – Intelligent Systems' Holistic Evolving Analysis of Real-life Universal speaker characteristics
Björn Schuller (University of Augsburg, Germany and Imperial College London, UK)
LOWLANDS – Parsing low-resource languages and domains
Anders Søgaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
MultiMT – Multimodal Machine Translation
Lucia Specia (University of Sheffield, UK)
DASMT – Domain Adaptation for Statistical MT
Alexander Fraser (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
16:00 Poster Session, Software Demos and Coffee Break

16:30 Invited Keynote
Chair: Alex Waibel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Language Technology at Facebook
Necip Fazil Ayan (Facebook, USA)
17:00 Award Ceremony – META Seal of Recognition, META Prize
Chair and moderator: Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary)
17:30 Closing Session
Conclusions and Closing Remarks
Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague; Chair of META-NET Executive Board)
Georg Rehm (DFKI; META-NET General Secretary)
17:45 End of META-FORUM 2017