Welcome to HLT Days!

Thank you for joining the “Human Language Technology Days 2012“ international event held on 27–28 September 2012 in Warsaw. The event was organised by the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Łódź in the framework of the ICT-PSP project CESAR (Central and South-East European Resources, part of META-NET).

Human Language Technology Days 2012 intended to promote language technology and its research, economic and societal potential, by gathering experts and users who discussed the important issues on the future of languages and language processing in a multilingual European and global digital information society. How does massive digitisation of information, knowledge and everyday communication affect our language? Will our language change or even disappear? Will Polish be used in the communication channels of 21st century on equal grounds with other European languages? What steps do we need to take in order to assure that? Under the high patronage of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, we have gathered speakers from the European Commission, IBM, Google, Polish Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and many other European research infrastructure institutions.

This event, at the same time, was a Road Show of European language technology, a presentation of the state-of-the-art services in which development of language resources and language tools were currently at and how they could be used for research and business. Particular attention was drawn to language technology for Polish and the role it played in research, administration and business within the digital information society.

The event was co-located with ICT Proposers’ Day 2012, which offered numerous possibilities to have bilateral discussions with the European Commission staff on 26 September 2012 about Language Technology related calls, namely ICT Call 10 and SME-DCA call.

Thank you again for visiting Warsaw and our Institute!

With kind regards,

Prof. Jacek Koronacki
Director of the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences