When? 10 November 2021
Where? National Defence Academy , Stiftgasse 2a, 1070 Vienna (2G rule) + virtual

•    The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
•    Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute at the National Defence Academy
•    Centre for Translation Studies (CTS), University of Vienna

Language Technology is shaping our multilingual future. It has already been transforming the way we interact with each other, the way we work, shop and travel. More and more it reshapes our interaction with digital services, both public and private. 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 many more innovative applications, are empowering our everyday lives, our businesses and our administrations. But do the existing solutions allow us to use our own language in all digital interactions? Are they really ready for use yet? And is our language adequately supported and ready to keep pace with the technological advancements of the AI era?    

The Austrian European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop addresses these questions and seeks to engage participants from both public services and industry in a fruitful discussion on the status and prospects of Language Technology in and for Austria. 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.

The ELRC workshop is a free event, but registration is required here. Please keep in mind that for on-site participation a 2G rule (vaccinated, recovered) applies. If a 2G certification cannot be provided, please consider online participation on Zoom. 

For further information, please contact the ELRC Secretariat at info@lr-coordination.eu

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Workshop programme

08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:05


Elisa Schnell, BA MA (NAP) and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dagmar Gromann (NAP)


09:05 – 09:10


Lieutenant General Mag. Erich Csitkovits, Commandant, Austrian National Defence Academy

09:10 – 09:35

Language Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Latest trends and 

Prof. Benjamin Roth, Faculty of Computer Science,  University of Vienn


09:35 – 10:20

Language Technology in and for Austria from the industry 
perspective (panel discussion)

Klaus Fleischmann, MA, CEO of Kaleidoscope
Dr. Gerhard Backfried, CSO of Hensoldt Analytics
Dr. Andreas Rath, CEO of ONDEWO 
Francisco Webber, CEO of Cortical.io
Moderation: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dagmar Gromann, University of Vienna

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee break
10:50 – 11:15

Advances of the CEF AT platform

Andreas Eisele, Project Manager Machine Translation, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission


11:15 – 12:00

Language technologies in and for Austria by/for the public sector 
(panel discussion)  

Ass. jur. Matthias Lichtenthaler, Federal Computing Center
Col Ing. Mag. Klaus Mak, Central Documentation and Information/ National Defence Academy
Sindre Wimberger, City of Vienna
Mag. Elisabeth Taucher, Criminal Intelligence Service Austria
Mag. Claudia Lisa, Criminal Intelligence Service Austria
Moderation: Mag. Elisabeth Müller-Lipold, Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute/National Defence Academy

12:00 – 12:30

Language Technologies:  requirements and offerings (Q&A session) 

Moderation: Mag. Elisabeth Müller-Lipold and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dagmar Gromann

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break 
13:30 – 13:45

Value of data for the development of top quality Language 

Mag. Hannes Pirker, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and 
Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH), Austrian Academy of Sciences 


13:45 - 14:30

Language data creation, management and sharing: existing 
practices and challenges (panel discussion)

Ing. Brigitte Lutz, MSc, Open Data Portal, City of Vienna
Dr. Barbara Schuppler, Graz University of Technology
Mag. Hannes Pirker, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities 
and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH), Austrian Academy of Sciences
Mag. Jürgen Kotzian, Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute/National Defence Academy
Moderation: Elisa Schnell, BA MA, Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute/National Defence Academy

14:30 – 14:35

Lightning Talks for Language Technology demonstrations 


14:35 – 14:40

Concluding remarks 

Elisa Schnell, BA MA (NAP) and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Dagmar Gromann (NAP)


14:40 – 15:30 Demo session of Language Technologies and socializing