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European Master in Language and Communication Technologies in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

From: Enrico Franconi <franconi@inf.unibz.it>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 14:46:49 +0200
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To: franconi@acm.org

EUROPEAN MASTER IN LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of
Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and the Department of Computational Linguistics
and Phonetics (CoLi) of Saarland University, Germany, offer a
distributed European Master in Language and Communication
Technologies, as part of their individual Master of Science Programmes
in Computer Science (Laurea Specialistica in Informatica) and Language
Science and Technology (M.Sc.), respectively. Students of the European
Master enrol in one of the two universities and are required to spend
at least one semester at the other university; both universities adopt
the ECTS credit system. In the context of the European Master
Programme the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano co-operates with
ITC-irst of Trento, while the Saarland University cooperates with the
German Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); these centres are
connected by more than 10 years of close partnership.

Human communication is at the heart of the information society and, in
a richly multilingual area such as the European Union, full
participation requires multilingual facilities for creating,
exchanging and accessing information across language borders,
throughout Europe and beyond. During the last few years, Language and
Communication Technologies have seen a rapid increase in development
at both research and industrial levels due to the fast growth of the
Internet, of speech-based technologies, and the success of mobile
communication. This has caused an acute need for continuous
advancements in multilingual human language processing, cross-lingual
information access, and multimodal human computer interaction. New
expertise, skills and professional profiles are needed which can
answer the growing requirements of our societies in the Human Language
and Communication Technologies area.

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The study programme at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The European Master in Language and Communication Technologies is
designed to meet the demands of industry and research in this rapidly
growing area. It offers advanced courses taught by leading scientists
in topical areas such as Computational Linguistics, Speech Processing,
Information Retrieval, and Intelligent Interfaces. The programme is
part of the Master in Computer Science (Laurea Specialistica in
Informatica) and it has various strengths that make it unique amongst
Italian universities:

* Curriculum taught entirely in English: The programme is open to the
   world and prepares the students to move on the international scene.
* Possibility of a strongly research-oriented curriculum.
* Possibility for project-based routes to obtain the degree and
   extensive lab facilities.
* Other specialisations with streams in the hottest Computer Science
   areas, such as Web Technologies, Information and Knowledge
   Management, Databases and Software Engineering.
* International student community.
* Direct interaction with the local and international industry and
   research centres, with the possibility of practical and research
   internships that can lead to future employment.
* Excellent scholarship opportunities and student accommodations.

The application deadline at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano to
the European Master in Language and Communication Technologies is the
** 27 August 2004 **.
Details can be found at http://www.inf.unibz.it/msc/

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The study programme at the Saarland University

Beginning in October 2004, CoLi at the Saarland University offers a
new international Masters programme in Language Science and
Technology, completely taught in English, leading to the degree Master
of Science (M.Sc.) in 18 months. Saarbruecken is one of the world's
leading centres for language science and technology with faculty and
students coming from many countries. An active program of basic,
applied and cognitive research combines with state-of-the-art
facilities to provide students with a rich and stimulating environment
for their research. The programme cooperates closely with various
departments and facilities of related disciplines, where lectures and
classes are open to our graduate students. The course of studies can
be personalised by setting an individual research focus. In addition
to the general degree Master of Science in Language Science and
Technology, students have the option of specialising in the following
areas: Computational Linguistics, Computational Psycholinguistics,
Language Technology, and Phonetics and Speech Technology. Technical
support facilities available to students in the programme include:

* State of the art computing infrastructure
* Computer lab with facilities for the visually impaired
* Eye-tracking lab
* Speech labs
* Dialogue and usability lab
* Video conferencing lab
* In-house Institute library

Applications at the Saarland University to the European Master in
Language and Communication Technologies will be accepted starting from
the academic year 2005-2006.
Details can be found at http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/msc/

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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, founded in 1997, boasts modern
premises in the centre of Bozen-Bolzano.  The environment is
multilingual, South Tyrol being a region where three languages are
spoken: German, Italian and Ladin.  Studying in a multilingual area
has shown that our students acquire the cutting edge needed in the
international business world.  Many of our teaching staff hails from
abroad.  Normal lectures are complemented with seminars, work
placements and laboratory work, which give our students a vocational
as well as theoretical training, preparing them for their subsequent
professional careers.  Studying at the Free University of
Bozen-Bolzano means, first and foremost, being guided all the way
through the student's educational career.  South Tyrol, due to its
enviable geographical position in the centre of the Dolomites, also
offers our students a multitude of opportunities for spending their
free-time.


ITC-irst

The Centre for Scientific and Technological Research (ITC-irst,
http://www.itc.it/irst/ ) is a public research centre of the
Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy.  Founded in 1976, it conducts
research in the areas of Information Technologies, Microsystems, and
Material Sciences. ITC-irst is one of most active and internationally
renown research centres for Human Language and Communication
Technologies, with more than 80 people working in this area.  The
extensive lab facilities and a strong commitment to higher education
render ITC-irst a dynamic research institute with all the relevant
resources to foster creativity and innovation.

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