The CENTAL is a technological platform of UCLouvain involved in both research and teaching activities. It is involved in both research and teaching activities. It also collaborates on projects from several research centres at UCLouvain by offering its experience in natural language processing. Specific contacts with Belgian companies are numerous and take the form of one-off services, consultancy activities (scientific guidance of varying length) or research and development projects.
The CENTAL is a research structure newly established on the foundations of a centre created at the end of the sixties which was specialized in latin data databases creation. It was called the CETEDOC (Centre de traitement électronique des documents or Centre for electronic document processing). Nowadays, the CENTAL has broadened its research field to modern languages and linguistic engineering.