Developing an agenda and a roadmap
for achieving full digital language
equality in Europe by 2030


The second annual ELE Conference

Logo Meta-Forum 2023

Digital Language Equality for a Multilingual Europe


27 June 2023
Brussels, Belgium

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8:30 Doors open – Registration
Session 1: Opening – European Language Equality
9:00 Welcome – Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
9:15 Keynote – Jordi Solé (Member of the European Parliament) – Video
9:30 ELE: General Overview and Book Presentation – Andy Way and Georg Rehm (Dublin City University, Ireland; DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
9:45 New Features in the Digital Language Equality Dashboard and an Update of the Cross-language Comparison – Maria Giagkou (ILSP, R.C. “Athena”, Greece) – SlidesVideo
10:00 ELE Strategic Research, Innovation and Implementation Agenda – Revisited – Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
10:15 Coffee Break
Session 2: The Role of National and Regional Language Institutes for Digital Language Equality – Chair: Sabine Kirchmeier (European Federation of National Institutions for Language, Denmark)
10:45 Panel discussion – SlidesVideo
Frieda Steurs (Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, Netherlands)
Kristine Eide (Norwegian Language Council, Norway)
Svetla Koeva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Rickard Domeij (Language Council of Sweden, Sweden)
Davyth Hicks (European Language Equality Network)
11:30 Discussion – Video
Session 3: ELE – The Pilot Projects and their results
11:45 Pilot Projects: Overview – Jana Hamrlova (Charles University, Czech Republic) – SlidesVideo
NGT-Dutch Hotel Review Corpus – Mirella De Sisto (Tilburg University, Netherlands) – SlidesVideo
European LT Domains 2023 – Diego Alves (University of Zagreb, Croatia) – SlidesVideo
Computing Facilities for LT – Gaurish Thakkar (University of Zagreb, Croatia) – SlidesVideo
A BLARK for Minority Languages in the Era of Deep Learning: Expertise from Academia and Industry – Sofía García (imaxin|software, Spain) – SlidesVideo
Building E2E Spoken-language Understanding Systems for Virtual Assistants in Low-resources Scenarios – Andrés Piñeiro (Balidea, Spain) – SlidesVideo
Multilingual and Mixed Language Data for Inclusive Speech Technology – A. Seza Doğruöz (Universiteit Gent, Belgium) – SlidesVideo
Generation of a Large Speech Corpus for Spain Languages using Data Augmentation – José Miguel Herrera (Pangeanic, Spain) – SlidesVideo
Artificial Intelligence Data Kit 2030 – Svetla Koeva (Institut for Bulgarian Language Prof. Lyubomir Andreychin, Bulgaria) – SlidesVideo
12:30 Lunch Break + Project Expo
Session 4: European Large Language Models – Chair: Andy Way (Dublin City University, Ireland)
13:30 Industrial Language Model Research for a Multilingual Europe – Jussi Karlgren (SILO AI, Sweden)
13:45 Developing Multilingual LLMs – Pedro Ortiz (DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
14:00 High-Performance Language Technologies (HPLT) – Barry Haddow (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – SlidesVideo
14:15 European Web Crawls and LLMs: the OpenWebSearch Project – Michael Granitzer (University of Passau, Germany) – SlidesVideo
14:30 Q&A and Discussion – Video
14:45 Coffee Break
Session 5: National Language Technology and AI Programmes in Europe – Chair: German Rigau (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
15:15 Language-centric AI in Europe 2023 – German Rigau (University of the Basque Country, Spain) – SlidesVideo
15:20 National AI Programme: Spain (PERTE) – Cristina Gallach (Alliance for the New Economy of Language, Spain) – Video
15:32 National AI Programme: France – Lucie Gianola (Ministry of Culture, France) – SlidesVideo
15:44 National AI Programme: Sweden – Magnus Sahlgren (AI Sweden, Sweden) – SlidesVideo
15:56 National AI Programme: Denmark – Carl Frederik Bach Kirchmeier (Agency for Digital Government, Denmark) – SlidesVideo
16:08 Q&A and Discussion – Video
16:30 Short Break
Session 6: ELE – LDS – EDIC: How are they related and how do they play together?
16:35 Presentation of the Language Data Space (LDS) – Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
16:45 Presentation of the Language EDIC (European Digital Infrastructure Consortium) – Thibault Grouas (General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France, France) – SlidesVideo
17:00 The Future of Data Spaces: Beyond LDS & EDICs – Philippe Gelin (European Commission, DG CONNECT, Luxembourg) – SlidesVideo
Closing Session
17:20 Recap, Outlook and Closing Remarks – Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) – SlidesVideo
17:30 End of META-FORUM