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Denmark to strengthen opportunities for NLP businesses

Denmark already has a vibrant NLP community with some of the strongest research groups in Europe and start-ups who have attracted international investments. Soon, Denmark will get an open and shared Danish language resource, which will further enhance already the Danish framework conditions for businesses working with NLP.
Language technology in the form of voice recognition and language understanding is a precondition for the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI). However, since only approximately six million people speak Danish, solutions which are based on a language technology does not work optimally in this language.

This is however about to change. As a part of the Danish National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, the Danish government has decided to invest 4 million EUR in the development of an open and shared Danish language resource in collaboration with both private and public players.

An open and shared language resource will provide new opportunities for academia and industry and strengthen the development of AI solutions used in both the public and private sector.
Common Danish Language Resource

Excellent research and cutting-edge NLP focused start-ups

Denmark is home to some of the strongest research groups within Natural Language Processing (NLP) in the world. In the Copenhagen area alone, there is about five NLP groups. Two of which features among top ten in Europe and one is among top 20 in the world according to CSRankings.

The Danish NLP research community is characterised by having an open and transparent approach to the development of NLP and it is even possible to find work from these research groups online, available for download as open source code. Furthermore, the NLP community work in close collaboration with industry in order to stay up-to-date with trends, partnership opportunities and to co-create new solutions.

The combination of an internationally acclaimed NLP community and an excellent innovative business environment creates a unique ecosystem for NLP focused start-ups to thrive in Denmark. Among the companies already taking advantage of this, is the world-leading Indian IT company Infosys, which has invested in the Danish start-up UNSILO to bring their semantic search engine to their global clients.

Another example of a Danish NLP start-up who have gained international traction is Corti. Corti have worked with researchers to create a solution to analyse emergency calls in order to guide first-aid responders. By combining voice- and pattern recognition technology, they are able to predict cases of cardiac arrest and to help first-aid responders in arriving faster and provide better-informed treatment. Currently, Corti is being rolled out across Europe but the company expects to expand to the US as well.

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Anders Søgaard Professor at the University of Copenhagen

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For AI, which is so heavily dependent on the trust of the end user, I think having strong public institutions, some oversight and a regulated market is going to be a real advantage in the long run.

Anders Søgaard, Professor University of Copenhagen

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