HiTZ: Basque Center for Language Technology

HiTZ is a reference center on Language Technologies. Its aim is to promote research, training, technological transfer and innovation in Artificial Intelligence focused on language and speech. We are a multidisciplinary team composed of people with backgrounds in computer science, linguistics and engineering. HiTZ is made up of the research groups Ixa and Aholab, both from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). These groups are —since their creation in 1988 and 1995 respectively— the main driving forces in the area of Language Technologies in the Basque Country. HiTZ is a leader in research in Spain, and holds a National Research Award in Computer Science and one of the 15 fellows that the main professional association in the area, namely the Association for Computational Linguistics, has in Europe,as well as the winner of the award for the best thesis in Artificial Intelligence in Europe (EurAI 2020).

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