Aalto University is a multidisciplinary research community where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University is committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 000 employees, 386 of whom are Professors. There is a wide variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees awarded at Aalto University, as well as offering of doctoral programmes in all the fields of study.

The Department of Computer Science (CS) of Aalto University provides world-class research and education in modern computer science to foster future science, engineering and society. Research at the department addresses and solves challenging problems of high practical relevance with revolutionary applications.

The focus of the Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA) Department’s research and teaching activity is on advanced computational methods for modelling, analysing, and solving complex signal processing tasks, particularly in speech recognition and natural language processing.

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers, and 11 faculties. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki is a member of more than half of all national and Nordic centres of excellence in research. It is also the only Finnish university to have received an invitation to join the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which is an association of the leading research-intensive universities in Europe.

The Faculty of Arts hosts the Departments of Digital Humanities; Philosophy, History and Art Studies; Languages; Cultures; and Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies. The University’s high-quality multidisciplinary research in the humanities encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, languages and cultures – from African and Asian to classical and modern European. These are explored for the benefit of both the scientific community and the public. The research focuses particularly on cultural and linguistic diversity, interaction, language technology and corpora. At the faculty, the disciplines of Translation Studies and Language Technology collaborate in the MeMAD project, together with FIN-CLARIN, which is a national consortium of Finnish universities and research institutions and part of the international CLARIN research infrastructure.

EURECOM is a private and non-profit research center and graduate school specialized in Digital Sciences located in the Sophia Antipolis Technopole in the South of France. EURECOM’s research activity focuses on three domains which have led to the creation of three research departments: Communication Systems, Digital Security and Data Science.

The Data Science Department at EURECOM has approximately 30 researchers with a research focus on large scale data management systems, statistical, machine and deep learning processes, information extraction and knowledge-based technologies. This expertise covers a complete processing chain, from raw data management in cloud-based architecture, knowledge modelling, data mining, up to semantic interpretation and interaction. We have also extensive expertise in research related to multimedia processing and retrieval, and focusing on the challenges of automatic indexing, multimodal analysis and semantic description for exploring large collections of media content using linked data and semantic web technologies.

The University of Surrey delivers high-quality teaching and a top-rated research base. Although originally founded as a science and engineering-focussed institution, SURREY now offers a broad range of subject areas, including human sciences, arts, business management and medicine. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (GB), 98% of SURREY’s research was considered to be ‘world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

SURREY is the number one chartered university for graduate employability in England. In recent years, SURREY has established itself as a top-ten university in major national league tables. SURREY has also been named both ‘University of the Year’ and ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The unit at the University of SURREY that is be involved in MeMAD is the Centre for Translation Studies (CTS). Founded in 1982, CTS is part of the School of English and Languages and is an internationally recognised centre for research, teaching and scholarship in Translation and Interpreting.

CTS’s mission is to contribute to the theoretical advancement of the discipline whilst achieving real-world applicability through the study of translation/interpreting as socio-technological practices, highlighting their economic and social value and their role as an enabling force for a globally connected world. CTS has 5 research-active full-time staff, approx. 15 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers as well as teaching staff. Our particular research strengths are in technologies for translation/ interpreting, translation/interpreting in the context of migration, and multimodal and audiovisual translation. Over the past 5 years, CTS has led and contributed to over 10 European and nationally funded projects in these areas.

YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, is Finland’s national public service media company. YLE operates four national television channels as well as six radio channels and services of over 20 regional radio programmes. YLE’s online on-demand media service is Areena, established in 2007 It is the most popular and valued online brand in Finland, as well as a global pioneer service of its kind.

YLE has extensive media archives on audio, video and text content produced by the company dating back to the earliest days of broadcasting. The company is 99.9 percent state-owned and supervised by an Administrative Council appointed by Finnish Parliament. MeMAD project is a part of YLE Beta initiative which is an incubator for future media experiences.

Limecraft helps producers and post-production facilities of all sizes to manage their Digital Production Workflows. Limecraft incorporated in 2010 as a spin-off of VRT (the Belgian public service broadcaster), and services some of the largest media brands all over the world.

Limecraft’s flagship product, Limecraft Flow, is a cloud-based a Media Asset Management platform for television and film producers. They use Limecraft services for storing, organising and exchanging content and essential production data. Because it runs in the cloud, it is a most convenient solution for supporting distributed workflows and co-production scenarios. Using Limecraft and its built in capability to automate tedious tasks like ingesting, logging and transcription, video professionals process significantly more content within their given budget constraints. Limecraft services are designed to cope with the most demanding workflows and comply with the highest possible security standards.

Lingsoft is the leading Language Technology and Language Management Service provider in Finland and in Northern Europe. The company makes available a wide variety of language technology solutions and language services, designed for the analysis, processing and utilization of written and spoken language.

Founded in 1986, Lingsoft is a reliable, experienced and innovative partner. Lingsoft provides the full linguistic analysis of the text, and based-on that, powerful spell-checking, proofreading, terminology management tools, speech to text solutions, machine translation and intelligent search solutions. Our technologies are used in millions of computers worldwide, as Lingsoft has provided proofing tools for MS Office for 21 languages. In fact, Lingsoft’s technologies have become a de-facto Gold standard for language analysis.

For over two decades, Lingsoft has participated actively in the research and development of Finnish speech recognition, and lately also Swedish. In addition to the general language domain, we customize our tools and solutions for different organizations and domains, such as healthcare, law and administration and publishing industry.

French National Institute of Audiovisual is in charge of French radio and television archives and a  partner of broadcasters and producers. INA gathers, preserves, digitises, restores, and distributes French radio and television archives contents, representing more than 70 years of radio and 60 years of television programmes, and large collections: 16 million hours of radio and television, more than one million of photos. INA is in charge of the Legal Deposit for national TV and radio channels, and of French Internet media websites. INA’s Research Unit deals with issues regarding preservation, restoration, information extraction, indexing and search, image and sound recognition, data mining and linking, media structuring and metadata enrichment. Research & Development activities focus on both improving management and designing new usages for INA’s collections.