Academic Symposium : Language and Technology in Wales 01/12/23

*Denotes presentations to be given in Welsh with simultaneous translation into English

9.00 - 9.30

Registration and Coffee

9.30 - 9.45

Welcome: Gruffudd Prys, Head of the Language Technologies Unit

9.45 - 11.15 Session 1: Celtic Language Technology Resources

9.45 - 10.45

Keynote speakers:

Mélanie Jouitteau, French National Centre for Scientific Research (IKER lab) ‘Introduction to the state of NLP tools in Breton at the moment’

and Loïc Grobol, Université Paris Nanterre
'ARBRES Kentsur: a parallel Breton/French corpus with lessons for NLP in low-resource languages'

10.45 - 11.15

Preben Vangberg and Leena Sarah Farhat, Bangor University
‘What is required to get workable ASR for Cornish’

11.15 - 11.45

Coffee Break

11.45 - 1.15 Session 2: Generative AI Technology

11.45 - 12.45

Keynote speaker:

Colin Jarvis, OpenAI
‘How academia and OpenAI could improve lesser resourced languages support in LLMs’

12.45 - 1.15

Dewi Bryn Jones and Gruffudd Prys, Bangor University
*‘Gwerthusiad o alluoedd modelau iaith Gymraeg GPT’ (‘Evaluation of GPT models’ Welsh Language capabilities’)

1.15 - 2.00


2.00 - 3.30

Session 3: Resources for disabled people and those with additional needs

2.00 - 3.00

Keynote speaker:

Emily Barnes, Trinity College, Dublin
‘Developing language tools for Irish speaking children with additional needs’

3.00 - 3.30

Meinir Williams, Dewi Bryn Jones, Sarah Cooper, Stefano Ghazzali  and Delyth Prys (presented by Meinir Williams)
*‘Lleisiau digidol Cymraeg a Saesneg i blant’ (‘Welsh and English digital voices for children’)

3.30 - 4.00

Round table discussion – Future needs
Guest speakers and attendees


Close of conference