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Vrain-UPV will use its simultaneous subtitling technology for cancer training in Europe


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Vrain-UPV will use its simultaneous subtitling technology for cancer training in Europe


A team of researchers from the Machine Learning and Language Processing (MLLP) group of the Valencian University Institute for Research in Artificial Intelligence (Vrain) of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) will use its real-time automatic subtitling technology to train specialists in oncology at the European level.

This artificial intelligence technology, based on neural networks for natural language processing and developed after years of experience, will translate oncology domain training materials between various languages ​​such as English, German, French, Spanish and Slovenian and will also enable accessibility to deaf people.

The work is part of the Interact-Europe project, with an expected duration of 18 months and with 33 participating organizations from 17 different countries, and whose objective is to develop a curriculum and an interspecialty training program in oncology at a European level.

In addition, it will foster a patient-centered approach and be inclusive, both geographically and professionally, to offer multiple interdisciplinary training opportunities for quality cancer care.

Cancer is the second leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality in Europe, making it an important public health problem at the European level, both today and in the coming decades. For this reason, it has been included as one of the priority policies for the period 2019-2024 within the Horizon Europe programme.

The MLLP research group has twelve researchers and for decades has been involved in a large number of projects in machine learning and natural language processing -field of computer science, artificial intelligence and linguistics- that deals with the interaction between computers and people through natural language.

And in this sense, this group focuses on state-of-the-art technology for natural language processing in several languages ​​whose objective is to facilitate multilingual communication in real time to overcome language barriers in challenging tasks such as training in the oncology domain.

As explained by Jorge Civera Saiz, the professor in charge of and expert in language technology at VRAIN at the UPV, "the simultaneous streaming transcription and translation technology developed in the MLLP group is cutting-edge at an international level, as demonstrated by our record of publications by high impact, being the only technological partner expert in natural language processing within the framework of the European project Interact-Europe".

This technology "enables the training and accessibility of people regardless of language and in real time, which results in a greater benefit for society, as in the case of the Interact-Europe project, where technology will allow greater and better training health personnel articulating quality cancer care by promoting interspeciality work in multidisciplinary teams", adds Civera.