Eric Yu, secretary-general of Language Big Data Alliance (LBDA) and CEO of worldwide Tone Communication Technology Co., Ltd. (GTCOM), spoke at LBDA’s 2017 annual conference in Guangzhou on April 8, looking back at LBDA’s progress previously year and then into its future.

A worldwide organization with well-structured partnership

LBDA made much headway in each and every field it reached in the founding year of 2016.

In accordance with Eric Yu, LBDA continues to be moving fast towards the objective of becoming an international organization ever since its inception, striving to produce itself better known and much more influential on the planet. 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 anticipated to help keep growing.

LBDA Europe is scheduled to be established later this coming year to market resource-sharing, exchanges, and organization of international events among its member organizations worldwide.

A worldwide platform for collaboration and resource-sharing
LBDA has run more than 30 projects over the past year such fields as speech recognition, machine translation, and analysis of huge data, said Eric Yu. During these projects, universities and businesses worked together on translation assignments involving a total of 50 million characters.

One particular project marked a milestone inside the Chinese good reputation for translation: 750 translators from 58 universities – LBDA members – completed the translation of subtitles for 50,000-minute videos within a week. More projects are on the way.

LBDA also seeks to facilitate the exchanges between its members in addition to their counterparts in other countries.

At FIT Congress 2017 to be locked in Brisbane, Australia in August this coming year, LBDA – a premier partner of the congress – will invite representatives from the world’s top research institutes to discuss the future of the translation industry.

To summarize, Eric Yu unveiled the master plan for LBDA’s future development.

The year of 2017 will be focused on the “sharing and exchange of resources worldwide”. LBDA will build an internet platform because of its members to share and exchange resources with each other.

Moreover, the inaugural meeting of LBDA Europe will be locked in Switzerland in September this year.

Europe’s leading universities and research institutes in such areas as journalism, psychology, neurology, medicine, language, and business could be the founding members of LBDA Europe, and joint labs on machine translation, speech recognition, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) will probably be established included in this. A host of key collaborative research findings can also be announced on the meeting.

LBDA Europe will certainly help foster collaborative innovation among Chinese joint labs and the leading universities and research institutes of other countries.

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