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Pilot Network of Excellence in Speech and Natural Language

Objective

The ELSNET Networks has the objective of providing a framework to coordinate European research and post-graduate training activities wich promote the development of speech and natural language (NL) technology. The long-term goal which motivates the Networks is the construction of integrated multilingual speech and natural language systems with unrestricted coverage of both spoken and written language. The problem of integrating techniques from speech and natural language processing is particularly central, as is the aim of reconciling the opposed methodological positions which tend to hinder fruitful interdisciplinary cooperation between the two research communities.
The project has the objective of providing a framework to coordinate European research and postgraduate training activities which promote the development of speech and natural language (NL) technology. The problem of integrating techniques from speech and natural language processing is particularly central, as is the aim of reconciling the opposed methodological positions which tend to hinder fruitful interdisciplinary cooperation between the 2 research communities. The project represents an extensive pool of expertise and research experience, ranging from advanced techniques in speech analysis and production through language modelling and robust parsing to sophisticated dialogue and discourse representation.
ELSNET represent an extensive pool of expertise and research experience, ranging from advanced techniques in speech analysis and production through language modeling and robust parsing to sophisticated dialogue and discourse representation. During the first year of its life , it has begun to be recognized as an important actor in scientific, infrastructure and research planning initiatives within Europe and has established valuable links with corresponding actors in countris outside Europe.

The Network's main activities are organised around four Task Groups concerned with Research Coordination, Training and Mobility, Linguistic and Speech Resources and Industrial Links: more information about these can be obtained from the coordinator. In addition to the 38 Associate Nodes and 47 Industrial Affiliates, there are 9 Managing Nodes with particular responsibility for their respective countries, and these also provide important access points to the Networks.

The Networks encourages participation from teams in academic and industrial research laboratories in both EC and EFTA countries.

ELSNET is continuing as ELSNET (6295)

Coordinator

University of Edinburgh
Address
2 Buccleuch Place
EH8 9LW Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Participants (18)

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Fibigerstraede, 13
9220 Aalborg East
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address

91406 Orsay
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
1919 Route De Mende
34405 Montpellier
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
Via Della Faggiola 32
56100 Pisa
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES
Portugal
Address
Apartado 10105, Rua Alves Redol, 9
1017 Lisboa
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT
Netherlands
Address
Hogeschoollaan, 225, 10153
5000 LE Tilburg
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Njalsgade, 94
2300 Copenhagen
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET CENTER
Denmark
Address
, 260
4000 Roskilde
SAARLAND UNIVERSITY
Germany
Address
Im Stadtwald
66123 Saarbruecken
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Kloveniersburgwal, 72
1012 CZ Amsterdam
UNIVERSITEIT VAN UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Trans 14, Binnenstand
3512 JK Utrecht
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield
Dublin 4
UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupolis, Typa Buildings
15771 Athenes
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Moorweidenstrasse, 18
20148 Hamburg
Universitaet Stuttgart
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Trumpington Street
CB2 1PZ Cambridge
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
M60 1QD Manchester
Università degli Studi di Pisa
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 45
56100 Pisa