Multilingualism is a key cultural cornerstone of Europe and signifies what it means to be and to feel European. However, its multilingual setup is also one of the main obstacles of a truly connected, language-crossing Digital Single Market as well as Communication and Information Space. Europe is in need of powerful language technologies, tailored to our specific cultures and societal as well as economical demands.
The Human Language Project aims to develop monolingual, cross-lingual, multilingual, multimodal, context-aware, culture-aware and knowledge-rich computational models that understand human language in a precise and semantically deep way – from the individual to the population, from language development to language use to language change, from individual spoken utterances to full speeches, from tweets to complex documents, from simply saying “hello” to complex dialogues.
The Human Language Project is a large-scale, long-term research (applied and basic), development and innovation programme in which innovation and commercialisation work closely together to maximise the impact of language technologies on the European economy and society.
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On 11 September 2018 the European Parliament voted upon the joint CULT/ITRE report on “Language equality in the digital age” with 592 votes in favour, 45 against (in addition there were 44 abstentions).
Excerpt from the recommendations for EU research policies:
“Calls on the Commission to establish a large-scale, long-term coordinated funding programme for research, development and innovation in the field of language technologies, at European, national and regional levels, tailored specifically to Europe’s needs and demands; emphasises that the programme should seek to tackle deep natural language understanding and increase efficiency by sharing knowledge, infrastructures and resources, with a view to developing innovative technologies and services, in order to achieve the next scientific breakthrough in this area and help to reduce the technology gap between European languages; stresses that this should be done with the participation of research centres, academia, enterprises (particularly SMEs and start-ups) and other relevant stakeholders; further stresses that this project should be open, cloud-based and interoperable and provide highly scalable and high-performance basic tools for a number of language technology applications “
The overall vision and plan of the Human Language Project as one of the next EU FET Flagship initiatives has been in preparation since 2010. Selected projects and events towards the active development, discussion and evolution of the Human Language Project are shown in the timeline below.
The Human Language Project (HLP) Prep consortium brings together the expertise and diverse experience of 16 partners from research and industry. After submitting a successfully evaluated Stage 1 proposal in February 2018, the consortium submitted the final Stage 2 proposal on September 18, 2018.
Assemble the whole European Language Technology community and related fields behind the vision of the Human Language Project
Final EU FET FLAGSHIP application
Europe is unique. As is every single language on this continent. We need powerful language technologies tailored to our specific cultures and societies to boost innovation and economic development and to preserve our rich cultural history. With a letter of support you can help the HLP Prep proposal go a long way. Join the long list of supporters and contribute to the future of human language technologies!
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Network of Excellence consisting of 60 research centres from 34 countries, dedicated to building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society.
Federation assembling European research and innovation projects as well as all related community organisations working on multilingual technologies.
In the past, ideas of projects also titled “Human Language Project” were discussed by colleagues from the field. Their ideas differ from our definition of the concept. A short overview of what they referred to when talking about the “Human Language Project” can be found here.
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