16.09.2013

IULA promotes the strategy of innovation and technology transfer with a new collaboration with the company Jobandtalent

A good example of this strategy of technology transfer, enhanced by the Competitive Center CLARIN, is the contractual collaboration between IULA and the company Jobandtalent .

The algorithm that allows the job search in the platform of this company, which has recently received a new funding injection (http://www.pehub.com/2013/07/23/jobandtalent-secures-funds/, http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/22/joabandtalent-funding/) has been developed with the participation of IULA researchers. Moreover, the contract between both parts makes the Research Group in Linguistics Resources Technology (TRL-IULA) to lead the research related to the preparation of an adjustment ranking to better correlation of the candidates profile with the available job offers. This new tool of the recruitment platform is in accordance with the ongoing improvement approach followed by Jobantalent.

More initiatives promoting the technology innovation

The Research Group in Linguistics Resources Technology (TRL) at the University Institute of Applied Linguistics (IULA) of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), led by Professor Núria Bel, is the driving force of the Competence Center CLARIN (CLARIN CC, Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure). One of the first goals of this center IULA-UPF-CC-CLARIN, co financed by FEDER funds from the Research and Innovation Plan 2010-2013 of Generalitat de Catalunya, was capitalize the inversion and experience of the European CLARIN infrastructure preparatory phase to guarantee the construction of a new European infrastructure in Spain. This idea allowed the creation of a new functional frame which was appropriate for the research activity in Catalonia and Spain.

Among the missions of the CC there are the stimulation of the research which uses the linguistic technologies, the advice about data accessibility and offer the tools know-how to perform both academic and industry linguistic research in any language. 

The project METANET4U (Enhancing the European Linguistic Infrastructure) started with the objective to create a digital pan-European platform that offered all the available resources and programs for the processing of natural language of all European languages. IULA-UPF participated very actively in the performance of this project which was funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme from the European Union (ICT-PSP-270893). In order to share all these tools and linguistic resources, the central platform META-SHARE (http://metashare.elda.org/) was created. Moreover, the IULA-UPF node came out (http://metashare.upf.edu/)

In addition, the TRL-IULA has recently coordinated the collaborative project PANACEA (Platform for the Automatic, Normalized Annotation and Cost-Effective Acquisition of Language Resources for Human Language Technologies). This project, that had two years duration (2010-2012), was scientifically coordinated by Professor Núria Bel and it was funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (7FP-ITC-248064). During the project performance, several technical strategies for the automatization of all the phases that are involved in the acquisition, production and updating of Linguistic Technologies were developed with the relevant participation of companies such as Linguatec GMBH and ELDA (Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency).