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Welcome to Language Technology World (March 5th, 2011)

Last updated: March 5th, 2011


LT World is the most comprehensive WWW information service and knowledge source on the wide range of technologies dealing with human language. The service is provided for META-NET by DFKI. Contents are constantly being improved. Please send corrections and pointers to missing information to feedback@lt-world.org.



Advanced Language and Knowledge Technology beats Quiz Champions in Popular Trivia Contest

IBM Watson by Mashable

On February 14–16, 2011 a machine developed by IBM research competed on the quiz show Jeopardy!, in the show's first and only human-versus-machine contest. In a two-game match, the computer clearly beat Brad Rutter, the biggest all-time money winner on Jeopardy!, and Ken Jennings, the record holder for the longest championship streak. Watson won the first prize of $1 million, while Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter received $300,000 and $200,000, respectively. All prizes were donated to charities. Entire article ...



The European Commission has appointed a new director of Directorate E of Directorate General Information Society and Media DG located in Luxembourg. Directorate E is responsible for most topics of immediate relevance to language technology such as language technologies, machine translation, information management, cultural heritage, e-Learning, information access, cognitive systems, and robotics.

Rouhana has taken over the directorate  on March 1st from interim director Pat Manson. Before his new appointment, he served as Head of Unit C2 (Strategies for ICT Research and Innovation) in Brussels. Entire article ...

teaser-arrow.gif LISA - The Language Industry Standards Association shuts down operations.
teaser-arrow.gif thebigwords goes open source as LISA shuts down.
teaser-arrow.gif Cisco to sign €500K deal with DERI to create the social tools for tomorrow's workplace.
teaser-arrow.gif Southampton scientists to develop NLP-based control for autonomous Space Agents.
teaser-arrow.gif Bing Shopping now understands queries in natural language.
teaser-arrow.gif Machine Translation Research meets Language Service Industry: Can costs be decreased without degrading quality?
teaser-arrow.gif IBM to collaborate with Nuance to apply Watson's analytics to Healthcare.
teaser-arrow.gif yochina: Novel China travel app to support intercultural understanding.
teaser-arrow.gif The Semantic Web gets down to business.
teaser-arrow.gif Research and Markets announced WinterGreen Research Inc.'s report: "Language Translation Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011 to 2017"
NASA to adopt RightNow cloud service for Shared Services Center to improve Web efficiency.
teaser-arrow.gif W3C launches Working Group to update the Foundations of the Semantic Web.
teaser-arrow.gif Could Data replace Content as king?
teaser-arrow.gif Sharing secrets is more profitable for innovation.
teaser-arrow.gif EU research and innovation funding: Commission consults on radical changes to create more growth and jobs.

Information and Communication Technologies under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 ICT)

In recognition of the importance of languages in the digital age, the Work Programme 2011-2012 has a specific challenge "Technologies for Digital Content and Languages". It aims to make online content accessible for all, for citizens and businesses alike. A call for project proposals has been launched for theme on February 1st, 2011:

SME Initiative on Digital Content and Languages: Call SME-DCL

- Funding Mechanism: STREP, CSA
- Budget: 35 Mio. Euro
- Closure Date: April 28th, 2011

See also @ CORDIS.



Crowdsourcing for Journalism ?

My boss a robot.

img src: http://thenextweb.com

In an on-going experiment called “My Boss is a Robot,” an alliance of journalists and computer scientists aim to combine the distributed human brainpower of Amazon’s small-task outsourcing engine, Mechanical Turk, with a robot boss pre-programmed to absorb a myriad of discrete human-accomplished tasks into something resembling the work of a single person.

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