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									Denmark in Europe: Benchmarking
  HLT Research & Development

  EUROMAP National Seminar - Copenhagen
              30 April 2003
                     Rose Lockwood
      Director of Research, Bowne Global Solutions
         The EUROMAP Final Report:
         Benchmarking HLT Progress

COVERING:

•   State-of-the-Art in HLT
•   The Shape and Evolution of the Market
•   Driving Next-Generation HLT: Policy Imperatives
•   The HLT Scorecard
    – HLT Benchmark
    – HLT Opportunity Index
• Conclusions & Recommendations




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            State-of-the-Art in HLT



• What is HLT and who are the companies making it
  happen?
• Segmentation of the technologies
• Introduction to applications and opportunities for
  technology transfer
• Review of types of HLT players in Europe
• Snap-shot profiles illustrative of the rich HLT
  scene in Europe
• Comprehensive directory of European researchers
  and suppliers (to be published separately)
   – Showing focus and types of applications
   – Languages covered by tools and products

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From components to complex solutions:
     the focus of HLT applications



 Multimodal, Multilingual Products & Services


                   X-Lingual Applications
 Interface & Interaction            Knowledge Processing



                       componentware
       SPEECH                               NLP




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  Grounded in the basics: suppliers of
    Componentware and Resources

• Neurosoft (Greece) – Greek language components
  for text mining
• Polderland Language & Speech Technology
  (Netherlands) - Core components for multiple
  languages
• Connexor (Finland) – Embedded multilingual
  language analysers
• Daedalus (Spain) - Document processing tools for
  Castilian




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 Innovators - Interface and Interaction


• Telisma (France) – Speech recognition for
  telecommunications voice services
• Auralog (France) Speech technology for the
  language learning industry
• Sympalog (Germany) – State-of-the-art voice
  dialog systems
• Loquendo (Italy): A global speech technology
  powerhouse
• Rhetorical Systems (UK) - High quality speech
  synthesis in multiple languages




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Innovators in Cross-Lingual Applications


• ESTeam (Sweden) - Resource-driven translation
  automation
• Sail Labs Technology (Austria) - An advanced
  language understanding agenda
• Synthema (Italy) – Tools for multilingual
  knowledge management
• Systran (France) – Industrial-strength machine
  translation
• Aixplain (Germany) – Cross-lingual solutions for
  speech and text




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  Innovators in HLT-based Knowledge
           Processing

• Ankiro (Denmark) – User-centric dialogue and
  knowledge robots
• Language & Computing (Belgium) - Semantics for
  medical knowledge
• Xtramind Technologies (Germany) – Intelligent
  enterprise information processing
• Knowledge Concepts (Netherlands) - Boosting
  cross-lingual access to corporate content
• Wordmap (UK) – Enterprise Taxonomy
  Management Systems




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  Ankiro - Products based on (English)
     language tools and databases

• Advanced products that promote effective
  communication, information searching and
  knowledge management.
• Dialog robots used for:
   – Guidance (e.g. as guides on web sites)
   – Support (e.g. as Call centre robots and FAQ robots)
   – Entertainment (e.g. chat robots)
• Search engines and crawlers include:
   – Web search engines (available both as index based search and as
     full-text search)
   – Site search engines (searches on a company's web page)
   – Intranet search engines (searches through all of a company's
     databases)
   – Lotus search engines (plug-ins for effective searches in Lotus
     applications)                                                   9
        Crossing the Chasm with Language
                   Technology


  2nd Generation LangTech:
     Advanced Solutions               embedded solutions



    niche products


components




                               Market Take-up

                        Original Chart Source: Geoffrey Moore, The Chasm Group
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                          Market Forecast: Speech and Language
                                      Applications


                                TOTAL HLT product market circa $2B in 2004



                1600                    CAGR 21%                        50%
                1400                                                                                       1200
                                                                        40%


                                                                                 Year on year growth (%)
                                    revenues
                                Total
                                                                                                           1000
                1200
Revenues ($m)




                                Year on year growth                     30%                                              language
                1000                                                                                       800
                 800             speech                                 20%
                                                                                                           600
                 600                                                    10%                                400
                 400
                                                                        0%                                 200
                 200

                   0                                                    -10%                                 0
                         2000       2001    2002      2003     2004                                               2001     2002     2003     2004     2005   2006
                Source: Datamonitor, Voice Business Quarterly Update (Q3 2002)                                    Source: Steve McClure, IDC (2002)
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   Policy - Background and Evolution



• How important is HLT from a policy perspective?
• How has public investment supported the domain,
  and
• Who are the Showcase Labs?
• How has public-sector investment in HLT evolved
  over the years?
• National and EU programme timelines




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    Programme Support and HLT Transfer to
                  Market
New tech-transfer
cycle based on
advanced HLT                                 embedded solutions
Research


          niche products

   components



  basic research

Funding for 1st Generation LangTech
 1982        1990          1995       2000        2002

                     Advanced LangTech
          2003
                 FP6 and new national, regional programmes        13
  Are we ready for the next generation?
      Benchmarking HLT in Europe



Demand-side                 Innovation                                        Technology
  Factors                    Potential                   HLT Research
                                                                             Development
                                                                  HLT Language
       ICT Infrastructure                                           Breadth




          Trade                                                         RTD
      Competitiveness                                               Environment




                 Supply-side                                  New Business
                 Readiness                                      Formation
                                         Access to Key
                                           Channels

      Supply-side
        Factors                                                                            14
              Benchmarking Method



• Measuring HLT maturity:
   – Factors include research and tech-transfer record, rates-of-
     investment (at national level, both public and private), breadth of
     language coverage
• Measuring HLT opportunity:
   – Factors include infrastructure and business environment
• Combining data from varied sources to establish a
  useful benchmarking scale
   – HCID/World Economic Forum survey - uses a 1-to-7 rating scale
     (1=poor, 7=excellent) for a wide range of questions
   – Other studies normalised to this scale (Innovation Scorecard, EITO
     ICT infrastructure data, EuroStat, OECD, EUROMAP HLT maturity,
     etc.)

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       How to measure HLT maturity


• Expert opinion/knowledge of the research scene
• Review of activities, actors, players:
   – suppliers
   – projects
   – researchers
• Review of quasi-quantitative measures including
   – projects-per-country (based on hltcentral database and other
     sources for pre-FP4/5 programmes)
   – experts/individuals with HLT focus per country (based on CDB and
     ELSNET contacts list)
   – “citations” per country - from proceedings of major HLT
     conferences (EACL, ACL, COLING, MT Summit, Applied ACL, TMI,
     CLAW, Eurospeech, ICSLP, LREC)


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                  Consolidated Results: HLT Benchmark +
                     Opportunity = HLT Scorecard



                                PROMISING                                LEADERS
HLT Opportunity




                                           Sweden                            Netherlands
                                                         Finland                 Germany
                                                                       UK
                              Ireland    Denmark
                                                                      France
                     Austria                        EU-14
                                                                   Belgium      READY
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                   STRUCTURAL LIMITS                       Spain
                                                 Italy                          TAKE-
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               HLT Indexes: Denmark


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            Denmark: Key Findings


• Denmark scores to the EU average on measures of
  robustness in HLT research
• Strong tradition of text and NLP applications, and speech
  research is well represented.
• Active professional translation community, including a
  dedicated machine translation system for processing
  patent documents between English and Danish.
• Five major HLT research centres, one of which acts as a
  national centre of excellence for language technology.
• Denmark has about seven HLT suppliers, though not all of
  them  are   dedicated   language-technology    focused
  companies

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            Denmark: Strengths


• Traditionally export-focused country with strong
  multilingual capabilities
• Excellent cross-border facilitator
• Well-trained R&D base in language and speech
  technology
• Strong EU project participation, and a leading role
  in regional Nordic language technology activities
• Healthy business innovation environment and
  excellent levels of public infrastructure readiness
• Basic technology components for Danish now
  exist, and research is carried out on other
  languages.


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               Denmark: Challenges


• Ensuring that the Danish language community can
  benefit from speech and language technologies
  appropriate to Denmark’s high degree of
  readiness
• Industry involvement in HLT research is scarce,
  tech-transfer weak
   – Lack of large-scale high technology channels that can facilitate the
     transfer of language and speech technologies to market
• Small local market opportunity
   – While 95% of the population are Danish speaking, the language is
     highly localised, and not used widely elsewhere
• The transfer of first generation language
  technology to the marketplace is still in waiting
  mode
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                                                Guide to Action



                   Strong correlation                                     World-Class knowledge-
                  between Opportunity                                   based products and services
HLT Opportunity




                  and HLT Benchmark
                                                                                 DE/NE/FI/UK
                                                     SV/DK
                                         Role for stronger HLT RTD
                                         and tech-transfer to match   Boosting HLT research will
                                                opportunities           pay off due to market
                                                                              potential

                                                IE/IT/AT
                                        HLT lagging due to
                                         constraints of the
                                                               EU-14           FR/BE/ES
                                      environment and under-                   Strong exploitation
                                        investment in R&D                        potential: tech-
                                                                              transfer support key
                   Infrastructure, investment
                       and national policy
                    support urgently needed

                         GR/PT


                                                                HLT Benchmark
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          General Recommendations


EU-level
• Collaboration at national level: HLT in the ERA
• Structures for visioneering
• Digital Infrastructure for HLT
   – “Infrastructure Funds” for language technology
Danish national level
• Need for a continued focus on cross-border
  collaboration to ensure the future vitality of the
  Danish HLT community
   – within the Nordic Region, and in the wider European context.
• Greater effort at transfer opportunities
   – high Internet penetration and networked educational system
   – e-government, education and training may provide new
     opportunities for exploiting language technology in an inherently
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     small market.
             Thanks!

               Rose Lockwood
Director of Research, Bowne Global Solutions
                 Cambridge
              +44 1223 350 340
        rose.lockwood@equipe.co.uk

								
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