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< Contents ERCIM News No. 56, January 2004
  NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology will spend 40 million NOK (5 million Euro) to enhance the research and studies in language technology.

During the last 6-7 years, a number of different projects in language technology have been launched at NTNU. Most of the projects are externally financed, mainly by the Research council of Norway, and their priority programme KUNSTI (development of knowledge in Norwegian language technology). Nevertheless, many of the minor projects are financed by internal funds at NTNU. The 40 millions will be shared between the various projects at NTNU. The main projects are BRAGE (user interface with natural language), which focuses on human-machine dialogue, and the allied project VOCALS, which focuses on the convergence between communication systems, advanced dialogue management and spoken language technology. There is also a project between NTNU and the University in Bergen called LOGON, which is a project devoted to machine translation from Norwegian to English. In addition, there are also many on-going minor projects. An application developed at NTNU is already commercialized and available to the public. This application has a natural language interface, and the system can give you information about the bus schedules in Trondheim. You can either use the web to send your question to the server, or you can choose to use SMS.