Co-operation in the framework of a 4th dissemination year
(Nov 1, 1999 - Nov 1, 2000)

Working group 5: Promotion and Facilities

Working group members:

funding name site e-mail previous
SCS Gerrit Bloothooft Utrecht - The Netherlands SLE/PHON
ACO Antonio Zampolli Pisa - Italy CL
ACO Victoria Rosén Bergen - Norway NEL/CL



This component relates to the general promotion of language and speech research and technology. For the technology part it may heavily rely on what's developed in the general ELSNET pages. The goal of this component is to answer (at least) the following questions: Two major audiences for such promotion are students (see also Student Awareness Plan, WG IV) and companies wishing to use NL&Speech technologies and therefore wishing to attract graduates as employees.  These target groups may need quite different presentations.

The working group should reflect on how the JEWELS site can be made known and should make plans for presenting quality information in an attractive way. Secondly, how can we stimulate interest in the field of language
and speech in general by tailoring the presentations to the specific target groups?  The latter is also the terrain of HLT Central. Demonstrations can be found at the Linglink site

Visions on future of education (by experts)

It is suggested that experts be invited to present personal views on future developments on the JEWELS site. These views could for instance be a detailed outline of an ideal curriculum in language and speech technology, or an infrastructure that could help the trainers to adequately respond to needs emerging in research and in industry (the reactive variant), or it could even be more proactive in that it would be an infrastructure that would allow us to have the right level of competence ready at the very moment when it is needed.

It is suggested that new visions be published every three months. Regular contributions could be an interesting incentive for the public to visit the JEWELS website.

Facilities for education and training

The WG should collect and provide information on additional facilities not explicitly covered by other working groups: