The Department of Modern Languages
PO Box 24
00014 University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 40 B, 6th floor
nykykielet-toimisto [at] helsinki.fi
The Department of Modern Languages is part of the
Faculty of Arts.
Language Technology studies, develops and applies the methods of natural language processing. It aims specifically at teaching and programming language recognition and production on a computer. As a discipline, Language Technology is located between humanities and information technology: on the one hand, analysis and recognition of language requires good skills in the target language as well as an understanding of language; on the other hand, processing of a speech signal, for example, requires the use of challenging mathematical methods.
The students of language technology specialise in one of the numerous application areas of the discipline, which include computer-assisted language learning, translation tools and artificial intelligence research. The students may also specialise in some language technology method, its development and research. Moreover, the students may take advantage of the versatile course selection of the network of language technology teaching (KIT) comprising eleven universities.
There are continuously ongoing research and application projects in the discipline, which provide researchers with numerous employment opportunities. Students of language technology can find employment in ICT companies, translation agencies, publishing companies and the telecoms industry. The students have good opportunities to have their Master’s theses commissioned by the business community.