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CSIDM-NUS Annual R&D Workshop 2013
The annual R&D workshop was held at the NUS on 13 September 2013. PIs from both NUS and CASIA participated in the workshop through sharing their latest research efforts and outcomes. The half-day workshop was attended by more than 30 researchers and PhD students involved in the projects discussed.
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Professor Ng Hwee Tou Elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Professor Ng Hwee Tou has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). Professor Ng was one of five nominees recognized as ACL Fellow in 2012, for his significant contributions to coreference resolution and semantic processing, and for the development of semantic corpora. The Association for Computational Linguistics is the international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. Founded in 2011, the ACL Fellowship Programme began with 17 founding fellows.
CSIDM’s Speech Recognition Research Team was on-site to demonstrate SimuTalk (紫冬口译)at the InnovFest 2013
15-16 May 2013 – CSIDM’s Speech Recognition Research Team was on-site to demonstrate SimuTalk (紫冬口译)at the InnovFest 2013, organized by the National University of Singapore. SimuTalk is a patented Chinese-English Speech Recognition tool which is researched and developed by CASIA under the supervision of Professor Xu Bo, who is also the Co-Director of CSIDM.
A beta version of SimuTalk is currently available as a free app on both the iOS and Android platforms. Both iPhone as well as Android phone users can download the apps for free to try out.
The speech recognition technologies behind SimuTalk could serve as a useful plug-in or tool for companies who would like to bridge the communication challenges faced by Chinese users who would like to communicate with other non-Chinese speaking person in different situations – be it in the area of hospitality, travel and tourism, online gaming chat, etc. Likewise, non-Chinese speaking persons can make use of SimuTalk to communicate with Chinese users when in China or develop relevant products targeting at the Chinese market.
US-based Genii to license intelligent word semantics software developed by CSIDM
SEATTLE, USA. Jan 31 2013 — Genii announces today that it has signed a partnership agreement with the China-Singapore Institute of Digital Media (CSIDM) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) to enhance the game-play of VocabGenii, the company’s popular online vocabulary learning game. Genii will license an intelligent word semantics software developed at CSIDM to improve the vocabulary selection for VocabGenii.
The CSIDM software is created by Min-Yen Kan, associate professor of CSIDM, and his team. It estimates the difficulty of guessing a word from one of its given definitions. The software uses statistics about the word and its definition drawn from public sources to generate its output.
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NUS Team First in Shared Task on Grammatical Error Correction
A team from NUS led by Associate Professor Ng Hwee Tou and comprising his NGS PhD student Daniel Dahlmeier and CS Depart-ment research assistant Eric Ng emerged as the best performing team in the HOO (Helping Our Own) 2012 shared task. The goal of the shared task was to come up with innovative algorithms that can automatically correct errors involving determiner and preposition errors made by English language learners.
Fourteen teams from academia and industry, including well-known institutions like Cambridge University and the Educational Testing Service, participated in the shared task. The teams were given a set of student essays with error annotations to develop their algorithms. Afterwards, the teams were given a blind test set of essays without error annotations and their grammatical error correction algorithms need to automatically correct all determiner or preposition errors in the test essays.
The system submitted by the NUS team achieved the highest score for determiner correction, preposition correction, and the overall correction task among all 85 systems submitted by the four-teen teams. The good result was sweetened by the fact that the NUS team only submitted a single system, and it gave the best scores. The success in the shared task shows that the innovative natural language processing technology developed at NUS can have practical impact on real-world problems.
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CSIDM researcher recognized as distinguished scientist by ACM
We are pleased to share that Prof Xu Changsheng of our CSIDM had been identified by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) as one of the Distinguished Members in 2012 for their individual contributions and their singular impacts on the dynamic computing field. In particular, Prof Xu was recognized as one of the 2012 Distinguished Scientists.
Congratulations, Prof Xu!
Details of the ACM announcement can be found in this link – http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2012/distinguished-2012
Team’s system came out top in International Evaluation Exercise
In June 2012, a representative team lead by Prof Ng Hwee Tou participated in an international evaluation exercise, called the HOO 2012 shared task, on error detection and correction of determiners and prepositions. The team had emerged as the best team among 14 participating teams (which include Educational Testing Service, Cambridge University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The team’s system was the best system among 85 systems submitted to the shared task. Our research on this topic had also appeared in five papers published in premier conferences in natural language processing. In addition, the development team had carried out evaluation of commercial software, and our system outperformed three commercial grammar checkers on correction of articles and prepositions.
16-17 July 2012 [Industry Outreach] CSIDM technologies strive to help industry players break down the language barrier
CSIDM recently participated in the International Research Centres (IRC) Research Exhibition and Industry Networking Event held on 16-17 July 2012 at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS. The event was jointly organized by the NUS Enterprise (NUSE) and NUS Interactive and Digital Media Institute (IDMI).
The objectives of this 2-day event were two-folds mainly, to showcase innovative research carried out by various IRCs as well as to catalyze commercialization of research by building stronger links with the industry. This event is supported by the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA).
As one of the major participating IRCs for the event, CSIDM demonstrated several of the key technologies researched and developed by the Centre over the last 3 years. These technologies are now available for interested industry players to tap into. Interested industry members can check out this link – http://www.idm.sg/annex-a-csidm/ to find out more about the technologies on offer as well as on-going funding support available for industry members to tap into.
Check out these photos of our students and researchers, hard at work, during the CSIDM technology showcase.
Finally a big thank you to all the unsung heroes behind the CSIDM showcase for the 2-day event
- FlashMob: A social flashcard application
- Tweet Classification
- Personalised video search
- Landmark search