Panel Language Technology (LT): Unlocking the Data Treasure Chest

Language technologies are inevitable for adding value to Big Data. They are needed for extracting information and knowledge from textual documents and social media, and for making them accessible across language borders. But they are also required for searching, linking and documenting non linguistic, e.g. numerical or multi media data, through effective metadata. And they are the core of intuitive semantic interfaces to the human consumer of the end products, e.g., through question answering, report generation and summarization.  The proposed joint panel by META-NET, LT Innovate and Multilingual Web is a call for action: to further explore the impact of language technologies on big data and to develop a plan - for leveraging big data to big knowledge.

LT Panel at the EDF2013, Day 2, 10. April 2013, 11.30am - 12.00pm

Gudrun Magnusdottir, CSO and Chairperson ESTeam  

Hans-Ulrich von Freyberg, CEO Cocomore AG
Philipp Wacker, Executive Director EMF 
Hans Uszkoreit, Scientific Director DFKI GmbH

Gudrun Magnusdóttir 
founded ESTeam in 1995. She has a background in language technology and was the director of Master studies in that field at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has more than 15 years of experience in designing language technology software for different type of use and building multipurpose language software products together with ESTeam’s technical team.

Hans-Ulrich von Freyberg is founder and CEO of Cocomore since its foundation in 2000, multimedia agency with a staff of 150 and offices in Frankfurt/Main, Sevilla and Sofia. Prior to Cocomore, he was member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Book Corporation and Managing Director of the Falken Publishing Group. He holds a PhD from the U. of Freiburg and an MBA from Stanford University.

Philippe Wacker, Secretary General LT-Innovate. Since 1989, Philippe has been active as an international project manager and management consultant advising digital content & technology companies and public administrations. Before he served as Secretary General of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS). He holds a Master's Degree in Business Law and a Political Science Degree of the U. of Strasbourg as well as a Master's Degree of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.
Hans Uszkoreit is Scientific Director at DFKI, Professor at Saarland U. and Honorary Professor at Technische U. Berlin. After obtaining his PhD at the U. of Texas at Austin, he worked at SRI International and IBM Germany. He is Coordinator of the European Network of Excellence META-NET, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and co-founder and advisor of several LT companies. His research in language technology is documented in more than 180 publications.