who we are

The research groups Ixa and Aholab, both from the University of the Basque Country  (UPV/EHU), have been — since their creation in 1988 and 1998 respectively — the main tractors in the area of Language Technologies of the Basque Country.

Both groups have been collaborating since 2002, when they promoted the formation of an ETORTEK consortium in strategic research after contacting and attracting to the area the Elhuyar Foundation and the Vicomtech-IK4T and Tecnalia technology centres (named Robotiker at the time). Since then, the consortium has maintained an uninterrupted line of collaboration within the strategic projects of the Basque Government as well as local and state calls for proposals. The work of the Ixa group focuses on the treatment of textual content and that of Aholab on the treatment of oral content. Since multiple applications need to handle both types of content, in numerous projects, Ixa and Aholab have worked side by side and in a complementary way to achieve prototypes and state-of-the-art applications.