Research projects


Following is a selection of the most representative projects.


2010-2013:

ATLAS - Applied Technology for Language-Aided CMS - official site. A project funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme, Grant Agreement 250467. ATLAS' goals were to establish an innovative software platform providing three online services for heterogeneous multilingual content management, equipped with natural language processing capabilities, including automatic annotation, summarisation, categorisation and machine translation. The collaborative, user-oriented, shared and interoperable services are:


  • i-Publisher: Automatic processing of the Web content (categorisation, summarisation, annotation etc.);
  • i-Librarian: The ability to easily create, organise and publish various types of documents;
  • EUDocLib: A publicly accessible repository of EU documents, providing enhanced navigation and easier access to relevant documents in the user's language. The technology was developed for 6 languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Greek, Polish and Romanian.

Partners:


  • Tetracom Interactive Solutions, Sofia - coordinator
  • German Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbruecken
  • Atlantis Consulting SA, Athens
  • Institute for Bulgarian Language, Sofia
  • Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • University of Hamburg
  • "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi
  • University of Zagreb
  • Institute of Technologies and Development Foundation, Sofia

Value for UAIC: 98,341 EUR.



2011-2013:

METANET4U - an ICT-PSP project, Grant Agreement 270893 - official site. METANET4U was part of the META-NET Network of Excellence, a cluster of projects aiming at fostering the mission of META (the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance), dedicated to building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society. The goal of METANET4U was to contribute to the establishment of a pan-European digital platform that makes available language resources and services, datasets and software tools, for speech and language processing, and to support a new generation of exchange facilities for them. All resources and tools gathered during the project, documented and updated, were delivered through the network of open digital exchange platforms META-SHARE.


Partners:


  • Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon - coordinator
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon
  • University of Manchester
  • "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi
  • Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
  • University of Malta
  • Technical University of Catalonia
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Value for UAIC: 242,338 EUR



2008-2011

CLARIN - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure - official site. An European initiative committed to establish an integrated and interoperable research infrastructure of language resources (all knowledge sources based on language, written or spoken) and its technology (tools to carry out operations on such language material). Features of this technology are:


  • integration: the resource and service centres are connected via Grid technology and form a virtually integrated domain;
  • interoperability: the resources and services will be based on Semantic Web technologies to overcome format, structure and terminological differences;
  • stability: the resources and services are offered with a high availability;
  • persistency: the resources and services are planned to be accessible for many years so that researchers can rely on them;
  • accessibility: the resources and services are accessible via the web; different access methods and training possibilities are offered tailored to the needs of the communities making use of them;
  • extendability: the infrastructure is open so that new resources and services can be added easily.

Value for UAIC: 77,961 EUR.



2008-2011

ALEAR - Artificial Language Evolution on Autonomous Robots - official site. An FP7 project aiming the achievement of open-ended cognitive development and open-ended verbal dialogues among fully embodied situated agents (humanoid robots, mechanisms which include sensori-motor intelligence, scripts for establishing the turn-taking interaction among them, perceptual processes, processes that perform the conceptualisation of what to say, the expression of these conceptualisations in language and processes that perform the parsing of sentences and their interpretation in sensori-motor experience). ALEAR proved that humanoid robots may evolve their own artificial languages adapted to the environment and task settings in which they are placed.


Partners:


  • Humboldt University, Berlin - coordinator
  • SONY CSL - Paris
  • Osnabruck University
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels
  • "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Value for UAIC: 222,781 EUR.



2007-2010

eDTLR - The Thesaurus Dictionary of Romanian Language in Digital Form - official site: building the electronic version of the biggest Romanian dictionary, edited and printed by the Romanian Academy between 1913 and 2010. The two series of the Dictionary, the Dictionary of the Academy (DA) and the Dictionary of the Romanian Language (DLR) include 36 volumes, more than 15,000 pages, about 175,000 entries and more than 1,300,000 examples. The creation of the electronic version went through the following steps: scanning, OCR, proofreading (first volunteers in a collaborative effort, then experts), parsing of the dictionary entries, building the database (as XML TEI-P5 files), scanning of sources (over 2,500 volumes) and building of indexing and browsing mechanisms.


Partners:


  • Faculty of Computer Science of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi - coordinator
  • Institute of Linguistics "Iorgu Iordan - Alexandru Rosetti", Romanian Academy, Bucharest
  • Institute of Romanian Philology ""Alexandru Philippide", Romanian Academy, Iasi
  • Institute of Literary History "Sextil Puscariu", Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca
  • Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
  • Research Institute of Computer Science, Romanian Academy, Iasi
  • Faculty of Letters of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi

Value for UAIC: 346,065 RON (80,480 EUR).



2006-2008

LT4eL - Language Technology for eLearning - official site: an FP6 project that aimed to apply multilingual language technology tools and semantic web techniques for improving the retrieval of learning material. The developed technology facilitate personalized access to knowledge within learning management systems and support decentralisation and co-operation in content management. The LT4eL technology has been developed for 9 languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Maltese, Portuguese, Polish and Romanian.


Partners:


  • University of Hamburg - coordinator
  • "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi
  • University of Lisbon
  • Charles University, Prague
  • Institute of Parallel Processing of Information, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
  • Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen
  • Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • School of Communication, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • University of Malta
  • University of Koeln
  • The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Value for UAIC: 116,155 EUR.



2001-2004

Balkanet -(IST-2000-29388) - official site - the project that has built a network of wordnets for 5 Balkan languages (Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish), aligned with the English WordNet and the Czech WordNet. When finished, the Romanian WordNet included 25,000 synsets (sets of synonym senses of words). The partner RACAI (Romanian Academy) continued to finance the development of the Ro-WN after the end of the project (it includes now almost 60,000 synsets; visit the RACAI online browser).

Partners:


  • Databases Laboratory, University of Patras - coordinator
  • Computer Technology Institute, Athens
  • "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi
  • Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
  • Institute of Bulgarian language, Sofia
  • Sabanci University, Istanbul
  • Faculty of Informatics, Mararyk University, Brno
  • Memodata, Caen
  • University of Plovdiv
  • University of Athens

Value for UAIC: aprox. 200,000 EUR.