The second SUMMA User Day was organised In Madrid and hosted by Priberam on 29 January 2018. It followed up on the previous user day at BBCM to provide an opportunity to inform interested people within and outside the consortium on SUMMA status and progress and its potential applications in industry. It allows the consortium to assess interest of users and collect feedback.

The event was attended by over 60 people, in particular by media-related companies from southern Europe, including RAI, Decsis, Visapress, Impresa, RTVE, Prisa.

It was a full-day workshop. After a welcome of the visitors and an introduction into the project objectives, the user partners explained their use cases. Andreas Secker from the BBC talked about the motivation and vision for automated technologies at BBC Media Monitoring. Peggy van der Kreeft from Deutsche Welle showed how internal monitoring can contribute to a better exchange and awareness of its own published data within the organisation.

Guntis Barzdins from LETA then gave a live demo of the platform, for both external and internal monitoring.

Technical talks followed on Speech recognition (by Steve Renals, University of Edinburgh), Machine translation (Ulrich Germann, University of Edinburgh), Content enrichment (Sebastião Miranda, (Priberam), and Fact Checking (Andreas Vlachos, USFD).

An extensive poster session involving all partners with demos and technical posters on all the technologies covered in SUMMA. Visitors had the chance to talk to specialists on the challenges – and the solutions offered by SUMMA – for :

  • Speech Recognition
  • Punctuation
  • Machine Translation
  • Storyline Clustering and Topic Detection
  • Entity Tagging and Linking
  • Knowledge Base Construction
  • Fact Checking
  • Story-level Semantic Parsing
  • Story Highlight Generation
  • SUMMA Platform
  • Data Gathering
  • Internal Monitoring

A panel discussion and feedback session followed on the topic: How speech and language technologies will impact media industry and feedback on what directions SUMMA should be heading in. The panel consisted of University of Edinburgh moderator Alexandra Birch, and three invited speakers:

  • Diogo Queiroz de Andrade, Director-Adjunto, Público, Portugal
  • Elena González-Blanco García, Indra, Head of Artificial Intelligence Product Development, Indra, Spain
  • Pablo Fernández, Innovation and Product Development, Prisa Radio, Spain

This concluded a very interesting event in which the potential and challenges of media monitoring were discussed among representatives from the research community and the media industry, both within and outside of the SUMMA consortium.