When? 1 December 2021
Where? Virtual event (The link will be emailed to registered participants.) 

•    The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
•    Press and Information Office, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus
•    Department of French and European Studies, University of Cyprus

Reshaping multilingual Europe: Language-centric Artificial Intelligence

Language Technology is shaping our multilingual future. It has already been transforming the way we interact with our devices and with each other, the way we shop, work and travel. More and more it reshapes our interaction with service providers, either public or private. Programs that automatically correct spelling errors and aid sophisticated writing, digital assistants that transform our voices to text messages on mobile phones, bots that answer our calls to the bank or to our social security organisation, systems that automatically translate from a foreign language, and much more, are already empowering our everyday lives, our businesses and our administrations. But can we fully use our own language in our digital interactions? Is our language adequately supported and ready to keep pace with the technological advancements of the AI era?    

The third Cyprus European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop will address these questions and it will seek to engage participants in a fruitful discussion on the status and prospects of Language Technology for the Greek language. Developers, integrators and users of Language Technology, both from the private and public sector will share experiences, requirements and ways for transforming digital interaction in our multilingual Europe with Language Technologies. Finally, we will discuss how language data, i.e. texts and speech, can fuel development in Artificial Intelligence.

During the workshop, there will be interpretation Greek-English and vice-versa. The ELRC workshop is a free event, but registration is required. Please register here

For further information, please contact:

Natassa Avraamides, navraamides@pio.moi.gov.cy, +35722801105
Dora Loizidou, loizidou.dora@ucy.ac.cy, +35722894371

Please read ELRC Data Protection Notice 

Workshop programme

09:15 – 09:30  Welcome and introduction 
09:30 – 10:00  The Automated Translation Platform (Connecting Europe Facility) 
Christos Ellinides, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Translation (DGT)
10:00 – 10:30 European Language Resource Coordination - Language Technologies and data for Greek
Stelios Piperidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing / Athena R.C., ELRC
10:30 – 11:00 The potential of Language Technology and AI
Alberto Calzada, Lecturer in AI, European University Cyprus
11:00 – 11:15 Using Natural Language Processing and Μachine Learning to Assess Language Disorders 
Charalambos Themistocleous, Postdoctoral researcher in Computational Linguistics, Johns Hopkins University
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:00 

Language Technologies by/for the public sector
Moderator: Natassa Avraamides, Press and Information Office, Ministry of Interior, National Anchor Point for the Public Services
Representative of the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Strategy (tbc)

12:00 – 12:30 Development of language resources for Cypriot Greek: challenges and prospects 
Spyros Armostis, Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Cyprus 
12:30 – 13:15 

Discussion round 
Moderator: Dora Loizidou, University of Cyprus, National Anchor Point for Technology ELRC
Christos Ellinides, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Translation (DGT)
Alberto Calzada, Lecturer in AI, European University Cyprus
Spyros Armostis, Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Cyprus 
Themos Stafylakis, Omilia

13:15 - 13:30 Conclusions