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 before year after which into its future.
A global organization with well-structured partnership
LBDA made much headway in every field it reached within the founding year of 2016.
In accordance with Eric Yu, LBDA has been moving fast towards the objective of just as one international organization from the time its inception, striving to produce itself also known and more influential on the planet. Its membership has covered some globally renowned universities such as University of Vienna, University of Geneva, and Gazi University.
Now LBDA has 138 members and the number is expected to help keep 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.
A global platform for collaboration and resource-sharing
LBDA has run more than 30 projects within the last year in such fields as speech recognition, machine translation, and analysis of massive data, said Eric Yu. In these projects, universities and businesses worked together on translation assignments involving a total of 50 million characters.
One particular project marked a milestone in the Chinese good reputation for translation: 750 translators from 58 universities – LBDA members – completed the translation of subtitles for 50,000-minute videos in just seven days. More projects are on the way.
LBDA also seeks to facilitate the exchanges between its members in addition to their counterparts abroad.
At FIT Congress 2017 to be locked in Brisbane, Australia in August this coming year, LBDA – a top partner of the congress – will invite representatives from your world’s top research institutes to talk about the future of the translation industry.
In closing, Eric Yu unveiled the master plan for LBDA’s future development.
The year of 2017 will probably be focused on the “sharing and exchange of resources worldwide”. LBDA will build an online platform for the members to share and exchange resources collectively.
Moreover, the inaugural meeting of LBDA Europe will be located in Switzerland in September this coming year.
Europe’s leading universities and research institutes such areas as journalism, psychology, neurology, medicine, language, and business could be the founding people in LBDA Europe, and joint labs on machine translation, speech recognition, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be established included in this. A number of key collaborative research findings may also be announced at the meeting.
LBDA Europe will surely help foster collaborative innovation among Chinese joint labs and the leading universities and research institutes of other countries.
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