National Research Council Canada

The National Research Council (NRC) is Canada’s principal federal government agency for research, development, and technology-based innovation. NRC comprises more than 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. NRC employs over 4,000 personnel. The NRC Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT) conducts research in software and systems technologies, including algorithms, methodologies and software engineering.

With Canada as a French-English bilingual country, special focus is given within NRC-IIT to developing language-independent text analysis methods, developing tools for cross-language tasks (parallel text alignment, translation tools), and developing methods for processing multi-lingual documents. This expertise is continuously expanded into languages beyond French and English. Special interest is given to applying research components to Inuktitut, the languages of the Northern first nations (Inuit). In several of its research groups, including the Interactive Information group, NRC-IIT focuses its research on informatics for medical applications, including medical language processing in English and French.


NRC will contribute to the Information Extraction research in WP3.