Language Technologies must be considered an area of particular relevance both at the academic and industrial levels. In recent years, several programs have been designed to promote research and development, entrepreneurship and innovation that have highlighted the key role of these technologies for progress and society.
At the European level, we have witnessed a strong funding action in the field from the 7th Framework Programme to the H2020 that have resulted in the creation of what has been called the European Multilingual Digital Single Market. In Spain, for example, the government presented a Plan to Promote Language Technologies with an estimated investment of over 70 million euros.
In 2015, a group of professors and researchers at the University of Seville faced the challenge to convene a workshop where experts from different countries could meet to analyze emerging trends in this field so that they could also envision the pace for the future.
The event took place with the name First Workshop Future and Emerging Trends in Language Technology (FETLT'15). This workshop was organized around a series of Keynote Speakers: Steve Young (University of Cambridge), Sebastian Möller (TU Berlin), Pierre-Paul Sondag (European Commission). Four coordinators of active European-funded research projects gave specialized conferences: Núria Bel (Pompeu Fabra University), Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Technical University of Madrid), Giuseppe Riccardi (University of Trento) and Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh).
Several other researchers could also share their results in a peer-reviewed process that resulted in 10 papers been presented at the workshop. All conferences and papers are being published by Springer in the series Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, volume 9577.