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European Network in Language and Speech


ELSNET's goal is to help coordinate European research and postgraduate training activities promoting the development of speech and natural language (NL) technology. The long-term technological goal is the construction of integrated multilingual speech and NL systems with unrestricted coverage of both spoken and written language. In the shorter term, the Network's efforts contribute towards increasing the industrial take-up of existing language technologies and creating the necessary human and software resources for a competitive European language industry.


The Network is made up of nine managing nodes and a larger number of associate nodes. Managing nodes act as a contact point between the associate nodes for which they have responsibility (this being organised primarily on a geographical basis) and the Network's executive board. The executive board comprises representatives from each managing node and task group, an industrial representative, and a representative from the European Commission. The board is chaired by the ELSNET coordinator. General administration is carried out by a senior academic (the ELSNET coordinator) and an administrative assistant, presently located at the University of Edinburgh.


ELSNET's main activities are organised around four task groups concerned with research coordination, training and mobility, language and speech resources, and industrial links.


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University of Edinburgh
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Old College South Bridge
EH1 1HN Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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