Eric Yu, secretary-general of Language Big Data Alliance (LBDA) and CEO of Global Tone Communication Technology Co., Ltd. (GTCOM), spoke at LBDA’s 2017 annual conference in Guangzhou on April 8, looking back at LBDA’s progress in the past year then into its future.
A worldwide organization with well-structured partnership
LBDA made much headway in every field it reached inside the founding year of 2016.
According to Eric Yu, LBDA has been moving fast for the goal of becoming an international organization since its inception, striving to make itself higher quality and much more influential in the world. Its membership has covered some globally renowned universities for example University of Vienna, University of Geneva, and Gazi University.
Now LBDA has 138 members and the number is expected to maintain growing.
LBDA Europe is scheduled to be established later this year to advertise resource-sharing, exchanges, and organization of international events among its member organizations worldwide.
An international platform for collaboration and resource-sharing
LBDA has run more than 30 projects within the last year such fields as speech recognition, machine translation, and analysis of huge data, said Eric Yu. In these projects, universities and businesses worked together on translation assignments involving as many as 50 million characters.
One specific project marked a milestone within the Chinese history of translation: 750 translators from 58 universities – LBDA members – completed the translation of subtitles for 50,000-minute videos within 7 days. More projects are saved to the way.
LBDA also seeks to facilitate the exchanges between its members in addition to their counterparts abroad.
At FIT Congress 2017 to become located in Brisbane, Australia in August this coming year, LBDA – a top partner with the congress – will invite representatives in the world’s top research institutes to talk about the way forward for the translation industry.
To summarize, Eric Yu unveiled the program for LBDA’s future development.
The season of 2017 will probably be dedicated to the “sharing and exchange of resources worldwide”. LBDA will build an online platform for its members to share and exchange resources with each other.
Moreover, the inaugural meeting of LBDA Europe will probably be located in Switzerland in September this coming year.
Europe’s leading universities and research institutes in such areas as journalism, psychology, neurology, medicine, language, and business will be the founding individuals LBDA Europe, and joint labs on machine translation, speech recognition, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be established one of them. A number of key collaborative research findings can also be announced on the meeting.
LBDA Europe will surely help foster collaborative innovation among Chinese joint labs and also the leading universities and research institutes of other countries.
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