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The Center for Research on Bangla Language
Processing (CRBLP) of BRAC University is currently conducting research
projects that deal with Bangla language processing. At present
the research team is working on Bangla Document authoring, Information Retrieval (Spelling checker, Search Engine), Optical Character Recognition, Speech Processing (Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition), Pronunciation Generator, Morphological Analysis, Parts of Speech Tagging, Syntax, Grammar Checker, Text Categorization, Language Modeling and many more interesting research areas.
CRBLP students Saad Bin Mahbub,
Imran Kader Chowdhury, and Md. Ashraf-ul-Haque added Bangla rendering support
in Android 2.2 (Froyo). The work was done as part of their final year design
project in the Computer Science and Engineering Department under the
supervision of Prof. Mumit Khan and M. Abdur Rahman (also of Amadeyr Cloud).
Amadeyr Cloud supported the project
with technical support and physical devices. The source code, patches and
other information regarding this project are available at the
Android Bangladesh blog.
Prothom Alo introduced an audio version of newspaper by using CRBLP’s ‘Katha:Bangla Text to Speech’ named "Prothom Alo Sruti". It was launched on 2nd September, 2010 at Prothom-alo office; where Dr Ainun Nishat, vice-chancellor of BRAC University, Prof Mumit Khan, Head of CRBLP and his team, Saiful Islam Khan, project officer of Strengthening Government Integrated Education Programme were present there. See the news: Prothom-alo [pdf] The daily Star [pdf].
CRBLP research received e-Content and ICT for Development contest 2010 award as a finalist.
Katha – a CRBLP-developed software to translate Bangla text to speech was appeared as a finalist in the category of e-localization. For the first time e-Content and ICT for Development contest was held in Bangladesh. It was held in 15 categories both for on-line and off-line content products and ICT interventions and applications. Ministry of Science and ICT, Government of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh was the host of the contest and D.Net was the organiser of the contest. The Katha research team consists of Firoj Alam, S. M. Murtoza Habib, Kamrul Hayder. Professor Mumit Khan, Head of the Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP), received the award on behalf the CRBLP research team at the ceremony. [in catalog]
Firoj Alam and S. M. Murtoza Habib participated and presented a paper "Development of Annotated Bangla Speech Corpora" in International Workshop on Spoken Languages Technologies for Under-resourced languages (SLTU’10), School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA, May 3-5, 2010.
CRBLP research wins BASIS IT Innovation Search Award in SOFTEXPO 2010
Katha – a CRBLP-developed software to translate Bangla text to speech was chosen as the Best Innovative Project during BASIS SOFTEXPO 2010. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the national trade Association of software and IT enabled services companies of Bangladesh, recently held its annual exposition BASIS SOFTEXPO 2010 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. One of the major events at the expo this year was an IT Innovation Search Program designed to discover and reward local innovations in IT. The BASIS jury had selected 3 finalists, two of which were BRACU CRBLP research outputs, to highlight during the expo. The other finalist from CRBLP was Bangla OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software that can convert images of printed Bangla text to editable text. The Katha research team consists of Firoj Alam, S. M. Murtoza Habib, Kamrul Hayder and Naira Khan; the Bangla OCR team consists of Md. Abul Hasnat, Muttakinur Rahman Chowdhury, S. M. Murtoza Habib and Dil Afroza Sultana. Professor Mumit Khan, Head of the Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP), received the award on behalf the CRBLP research team at the ceremony.
A paper accepted in SLTU'10 conference on "Development of Annotated Bangla Speech Corpora" by Firoj Alam, S. M. Murtoza Habib, Dil Afroza Sultana and Mumit Khan.
Dil Afroza Sultana and Rabia Sultana Ummi participated in Asian Applied Natural Language Processing for Linguistics Diversity and Language Resource Development (ADD4), NECTEC, Bangkok, Thailand, February 22-27, 2010.
Microsoft Bangladesh organized a certificate distribution ceremony on 18th January 2010 at Spectra convention center, Gulshan, Dhaka. The country manager Firoj Mahmud distributed certificates among the CRBLP team members of Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 Bangla localization projects.
S. M. Murtoza Habib and Firoj Alam attended International Workshop on Spoken Language Prosody (IWSLPR-09) organized by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata, India, November 25 – 27, 2009.
The Center for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) at BRAC University launched the first official release of the Bangla language processing software packages for Text to Speech (TTS) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) named “Katha” and BanglaOCR respectively, on February 19, 2009 at 3 pm at BRAC University.
The chief guest at the launching ceremony, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Pro Vice Chancellor, BRAC University spoke at the occasion, along with Monsur Ahmed Choudhury, MD, Jatyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation (JPUF), Saiful Islam Khan, Project Officer, Joint project ‘Strengthening Government Integrated Education program for the Blind’ of the Shomaj Sheba Odibhoptor and Sight Savers International, and Dr. Mumit Khan, Professor, CSE, Head, CRBLP, BRAC University. Guests included Shamsur Nahar Ahmed, Sight Savers International and Rafiq Zaman, National Forum of the Organizations Working with the Disabled. [more]
Md. Abul Hasnat, Research Programmer at CRBLP, has been awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for the European Masters Program in LCT “Language and Communication Technology” (EM-LCT) and Graduate Master Course CIMET “Colors in Informatics and Media Technology”.
Prothom-alo introduced "Sruti" – an audio version of their newspaper by using CRBLP's "Katha: Bangla Text to Speech". On 2nd September, 2010, The Prothom-alo - a daily news paper briefly covered about "Sruti" and "Katha".[The Prothom-alo] [print copy]
In April 2010, a monthly tech news magazines, The Monthly Computer Bichitra covered the activities of CRBLP on Bangla language processing. [scanned copy]
In February 2010, a monthly tech news magazines, The Monthly Computer Jagat covered the activities of CRBLP on Bangla language processing. [The Computer Jagat] [scanned copy]
In March 2009, a monthly tech news magazines, The Monthly Computer Jagat covered the activities of CRBLP on Bangla language processing. [The Computer Jagat] [scanned copy]
On 9th march 2009, The Prothom-alo, a daily news paper briefly covered CRBLP's newly released software "Katha: Bangla Text To Speech" and "BanglaOCR".[The Prothom-alo] [scanned copy]
On 6th march 2009, The Daily Star, a daily news paper briefly covered CRBLP's newly released software "Katha: Bangla Text To Speech" and "BanglaOCR".[The Daily Star] [scanned copy]
IT Zone, an IT related weekly program of “ATN Bangla”, aired on 4th March 2009 which focused CRBLP launching ceremony of BanglaOCR and Bangla Text To Speech. The program included an interview of Dr. Mumit Khan, Head, CRBLP; and Firoj Alam, developer of “Katha: Bangla Text To Speech”.
In February 2008, "The Daily Star", the most widely read English newspaper in Bangladesh, and a monthly tech-news magazine "The Monthly Computer Jagat" covered activities of CRBLP on Bangla language processing. [The Daily Starpdf] [Computer Jagat scanned copy]
The Global Information Society Watch (2007) report covered activities of CRBLP saying, "BRAC University now hosts the country's main localisation centre". ( read the original report: pages 114-115). [download]
On December 1, 2006, Prothom-Alo, the most widely read Bangla newspaper, published a news item on the localization efforts of Windows Vista by CRBLP. It appeared as the main article in the "projonmo.com" section, a weekly IT section in the newspaper. [web] [scanned copy]
Protidin Computer, an IT related weekly program of Bangladesh Television (BTV), aired a program focused on the activities of CRBLP. The program included an interview of Dr. Mumit Khan, Head, CRBLP; a demonstration of a few demo softwares developed in CRBLP, e.g. Bangla spelling checker (Naushad UzZaman), Bangla search engine (Hammad Ali), Bangla pronunciation generator (Ayesha Binte Mosaddeque), Bangla morphological analyzer (Md. Zahurul Islam) & Bangla OCR (Md. Abul Hasnat and S. M. Murtoza Habib) and covered the interviews of Md. Abul Hasnat, S. M. Murtoza Habib & Firoj Alam on their experience of the PAN Localization Summer School (held in Pakistan), August 2006. [part1] [part2]