The importance of Human Language Technologies in today's society - School of Computing Seminar Series.

Human Language Technologies have been investigated for a long time and they are now a key element in the information society, becoming more and important along the years. In this talk, I will introduce the research carried out by the GPLSI Research Group of the University of Alicante (Spain). I will first provide a brief introductory information about my background and my research group. Then, I will summarise the main research areas addressed, and through several past and on-going projects, I will illustrate how these technologies can be applied in a wide number of domains and scenarios, and how they can process and transform the information into knowledge.

Elena Lloret - is a full-time PhD assistant lecturer at the University of Alicante in Spain. There, she obtained her PhD ocused on Text Summarisation in 2011. Her main field of interest is concerned with Natural Language Processing and more specifically Text Summarisation, and Natural Language Generation. She is the author of over 60 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed conferences and refereed journals. She has served on the program committee on international conferences, such as ACL, EACL, RANLP, or COLING. She is member of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN) and she has participated in a number of national and EU-funded projects, the current and latest ones are: Canonical Representation and transformations of texts applied to the Human Language Technologies (TIN2015-65100-R) and SAM - Dynamic Social & Media Content Syndication for 2nd Screen (grant no. 611312). She has also been collaborating with international groups at the University of Wolverhampton (UK), the University of Sheffield (UK), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the Lorraine Research Laboratory in Computer Science and its Applications in France. Since 2009, she has been involved in teaching activities at the University of Alicante. Specifically, for the degrees in Computer Science Engineering and Multimedia Engineering and for the master's programme in Information Technologies and English and Spanish for Specific Purposes, involving 200 teaching hours per year.