Language-centric artificial intelligence (i.e. natural language processing) offers new opportunities for digital and technology-enabled communication in all European languages. However, tools and resources in language technologies for Maltese are scarce. To fill this gap, the EU-funded LT-BRIDGE project aims to integrate the University of Malta’s Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology and Department of AI into the European research community, in the area of AI-based language technologies. The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the Dublin City University’s ADAPT Centre (DCU) will work together to create a European-level Centre of Excellence in this field in Malta.
The Science Strategy and corresponding research and innovation programme proposed by the project’s consortium will address the carefully selected and mutually-relevant research topics jointly shaping important new applied research areas. As a result the project will foster new young European level research teams in UM capable of carrying out competitive research in the priority scientific areas. The Innovation and Research Management capacity building programmes will allow UM to extend and improve its portfolio of services oriented towards the needs of national, regional and European public authorities, businesses and NGOs, as well.