When? 24th June 2021
Where? Online

•    The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
•    School of Computing, Dublin City University

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 Irish 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 Irish Language Technology. 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.

All presentations are linked in the agenda below (click the link Presentation in each session).

Workshop programme

Recording of the workshop:  1st part, 2nd part, 3rd part 

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and introduction

Dr. Teresa Lynn, Dublin City University


09:40 – 10:00


The potential of Language Technology and AI – where we are, where we should be heading

Dr. Brian Davis,  Dublin City University


10:00 – 10:20

The CEF AT Platform

Vilmantas Liubinas
Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission


10:20 – 10:40

AI and Language Technologies for Irish

Dr. Teresa Lynn, Dublin City University


10:40 – 10:55 Coffee Break

Language data creation, management and sharing - overview

Helen McHugh, Dublin City University



Data Sharing in Ireland and the EU Open Data Directive

Helena Campbell, Ireland Open Data Unit,
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform


11:30 - 11:40 Short Break
11:40 - 11:55

PRINCIPLE Project Overview

Jane Dunne, Dublin City University


11:55 – 12:05

Language Technology use-case in the Public Sector

Micheál Ó Maolruanaidh, Foras na Gaeilge


12:05 – 12:15

Irish Language Technology SMEs & the Public Sector

Róisín Moran, Iconic Translation Machines


12:15 – 12:25

Q&A Session

Moderator: Jane Dunne, Dublin City University

12:25 – 12:30


Dr. Teresa Lynn, Dublin City University