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Dr. Nadir Durrani, QCRI, Qatar visited CLE on 21st November, 2014 and presented his research work focused on "Statistical Machine Translation".
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain and Ms. Benazir Mumtaz covered by Express Tribune during the Conference on Language and Technology 2014 (CLT14). Their interview is published in the article "Bridging the gap: Computer scientists work together to create global village".
 
Research paper titled "Multitier Annotation of Urdu Speech Corpus" presented by CLE researchers has been awarded with "NIVIDA Best Student Paper" award by the Technical Review Committee and Organizers of the Conference on Language and Technology 2014 (CLT14).
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Dr. Tania Habib and researchers from CLE presented research work, papers, demos and posters at the Conference on Language and Technology 2014 (CLT14) held in collaboration with Society for Natural Language Processing, Pakistan (SNLP) at DHA, Suffa University, Karachi from 13th-15th November, 2014. Details.
 
Dr. Tania Habib, and researchers from CLE, visited Pakistan Meteorological Department, Islamabad on 6th August, 2014. During their visit, they discussed various collaborative opportunities of using PMD data for projects of mutual interest.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain and Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Akram (Team Lead, Urdu OCR project) will be teaching Optical Character Recognition module of Machine Learning Applications in Language Engineering course at the International Summer School in Advanced Language Engineering at Colombo, Sri Lanka. In addition, Ms. Benazir Mumtaz and Ms. Hina Khalid, researchers from CLE have also been selected to attend this summer school from 1st September-26th September, 2014.
 
CLE is pleased to announce the release of CLE Urdu Keyboard for Android Based Devices on Google Play.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain will be presenting at Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) at Muscat, Oman on behalf of TF-AIDN.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain has been invited to Editorial Board of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP).
 
CLE team participated in the Punjab Youth Festival Science and Technology Exhibition 2014 held at Lahore International Expo Centre from 28th February to 3rd March 2014. Details.
 
CLE is co-organizing the International Summer School in Advanced Language Engineering II in collaboration with University of Konstanz, Germany and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2014.
 
ICANN is developing the Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) to support Internationalized Domain Names (and their variants) for the Root zone of the Domain Name System (DNS). Dr. Sarmad Hussain (chair) and Inam Ullah (member) are participating in the Arabic Generation Panel seated to develop the Arabic script part of the LGR as recently announced by ICANN. Details.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain will be attending the Middle East DNS Forum and the follow up ICANN Middle East Strategy Working Group meeting from 3rd – 6th February, 2014 at Dubai.
 
CLE is pleased to announce the release of alpha version of the online Urdu Nastalique Optical Character Recognizer (OCR) which will convert Urdu Nastalique document images into computer editable format.
 
A. Sean Pue, Assistant Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture, Michigan State University visited CLE on 27th December, 2013. During his visit, he was presented the research being conducted at the Center and areas of future collaboration were discussed.
 
ICANN invites interested individuals and experts from its stakeholder groups to volunteer for the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Details.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain will be presenting the Arabic Script Variant Issues as an Expert Panelist at the APRALO-ICANN Joint Workshop titled, “Next in IDNs: Linguistic Diversity in the Internet Root” to be held at the Internet Governance Forum, 2013 from 22nd – 25th October, 2013 at Bali, Indonesia.
 
CLE organized the prize distribution ceremony of e-DirAP Forum Competition titled, “Smart, new ways in using the Internet to make higher education in Pakistan a more interesting and worthwhile learning experience” at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Sciences, UET, Lahore, on 6th June, 2013. This competition was jointly organized by CLE in collaboration with IEEE, UET Lahore’s students’ branch.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted a seminar on Developing Standards and Linguistic Resources for Computational Research in Pakistani Languages at Riphah International University, Faisalabad on 25th May, 2013.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain invited to present on Community Readiness for IDN Variant TLDs-Arabic Script Case at APRALO Multistakeholder Policy Roundtable in Beijing, China on 8 April 2013.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain invited to present on ICANN Middle East Engagement Strategy at Arab Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Meeting in Dubai on 3-5 March 2013.
 
CLE is conducting a four months course on Spoken Urdu Certificate for Foreign Students enrolled in UET. Classes starting from 1st March, 2013, held on every Tuesday & Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, at Seminar Hall, Al- Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science.
 
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted a session on Developing Linguistic Resources for Languages in Pakistan at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore, Pakistan, held on 13 February, 2012.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Dr. Tania Habib, Mr. Inamullah and Ms. Sana Shams presented research projects at the First Pakistan- ICTD Workshop 2013 at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, on 15th-16th January, 2013.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, attended the Technical Committee meeting regarding the development of IDN ccTLD پاکستان. at Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT), Islamabad, on 28th December, 2012. View Picture.
 
Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Akram conducted a workshop on Urdu Nastalique Optical Character Recognition and Mr. Naveed Ahmad presented on Urdu Nastalique Optical Character Recognition, at 2012 International Conference on Open Source Systems and Technologies (ICOSST 2012) held at Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET) Lahore, from 20th-22nd December, 2012.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted a workshop on Urdu Nastalique Optical Character Recognition at 10th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT’ 12), held from 17-19 December, 2012 at Islamabad Pakistan. This conference was organized by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, CIIT.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted Workshop on Lexical and Compositional Semantics organized by Department of English Language and Literature, University of Management and Technology, Lahore on 15th December, 2012. View Picture
 
Pan Localization Network partners have organized The 10th Workshop on Asian Language Resources, held at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India on 9th December, 2012.
 
Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Akram conducted a workshop on Urdu Nastalique Optical Character Recognition and Mr. Saad Irtza demonstrated the project, Mobile based Online Weather System at the workshop on Context Aware Technologies for Assistive Robotics (CATAR 2012) held at Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, on 7th December, 2012.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted A Workshop on Translation and Technology at University of Gujrat (UoG), Gujrat on 3rd December, 2012. This conference was organized by the Center for Language and Translation Studies, UoG. View Details.
 
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, conducted a seminar on Urdu Phonetics and Phonology at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore on 27th November, 2012.
 
The Urdu Linguistic Resources Development Project has been extended till 2013 by DAAD Germany. This project is a collaborative effort by CLE and University of Konstanz, Germany. The project focuses on the development of critical linguistic resources for Urdu to do grammatical and semantic analyses for further use in linguistics, psycholinguistic and computational work.
 
CLE is organizing the Conference on Language and Technology 2012 (CLT12) in collaboration with Society for Natural Language Processing, Pakistan (SNLP) at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore from 9th to 10th November, 2012. CLT12 is funded by DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service with grants from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
 
CLE has won a project titled 'Investigating the Long Term Residual Impact of ICT Integration across Gender for a Sustainable Project Design' in Global Research Competition 2012 organized by Global Development Network. It is an 18 months long project and the total grant amount is USD 32,000.
 
CLE is co-organizing the International Summer School in Advanced Language Engineering in collaboration with University of Konstanz, Germany and Kathmandu University, Nepal, at Kathmandu University, Nepal from August 26-September 21, 2012. This Summer school is funded by DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service with grants from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
 
CLE is conducting a Research Seminar Series on multidisciplinary topics related to Language Engineering on every Tuesday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, at Seminar Hall, Al- Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science. Details.
 
A delegation including the CEO, and Executive Director of a US based NGO; Children of Tomorrow visited CLE on 24th April 2012, to learn about CLE's current research on integration of ICTs in rural schools of Pakistan.
 
CLE is organizing Third Workshop on Internationalized Domain Names for Local Content Development:Policy for ۔پاکستان IDN ccTLD on behalf of Ministry of IT (MoIT), Government of Pakistan, on 20-21 April, 2012, at CLE-KICS-UET.
 
CLE had organized training on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) from 16th to 20th April, 2012, at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore. Details.
 
An Urdu text corpus distribution agreement has been signed between Urdu Digest and Center for Language Engineering, Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore at a meeting in Lahore. Details.
 
Mr. Qaisar Khalid Mahmood, Research Assistant, CLE and M. Phil Scholar, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS), University of the Punjab, has presented research paper titled... Details.
 
CLE team has participated in one day Symposium on Document Image Analysis held at LUMS, on 20th March, 2012. Head CLE, Dr. Sarmad Hussain, was the one of the speakers of the workshop. He talked on topic Challenges in Developing Urdu Nastaleeq OCR Systems.
 
Mother Tongue and Heritage for Education and Research (MOTHER), a civil society organization, has been re-organized at a meeting in Islamabad. Representatives of 11 language communities attended the meeting and vowed to work together for upholding the cause of the organization. Details.
 
The government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa has decided to establish a Regional Languages Authority for the purpose of teaching and promotion of regional languages in the Province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A bill has already been passed in the KPK provincial assembly.
 
mLab project preparation meeting was held at CLE on 30th December, 2011. The meeting was attended by representatives from all the partner organizations including PSEB, KICS, NCA, Indus Valley and chaired by Zia Imran, Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board. Details.
 
Chairman National Language Authority Pakistan, Dr Anwaar Ahmed visited CLE on 28th December, 2011 along with the other dignitaries from universities including GCU, PU, BZU and NUML. Details.
 
Dr. Tafseer Ahmed Khan, Post Doctorate Scholar, from Konstanz University, Germany visited CLE on 23th December, 2011 and discussed upcoming collaborative projects in detail.
 
Admin and Accounts Staff, CLE attended the training on The World Bank Procurement and Implementation Issues, facilitated by Mr. Gurcharan Singh, Senior Procurement Specialist Transport, Water and Information Communication Technology (TWICT), World Bank on 3rd Jan, 2012 at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), UET, Lahore.
 
Mr. Qaisar Khalid, Research Assistant , CLE and M.Phil student, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies ( ISCS), Punjab University, Lahore was nominated to attend... Details.
 
Researchers at CLE contribute to the global efforts to deploy domain names in local languages. Dr. Sarmad Hussain has been a member of the WHOIS Review Team constituted by ICANN, and is one of the authors of its recently published WHOIS Review Draft Report, published for public comment. Details.
 
Researchers at CLE contribute to the global efforts to deploy domain names in local languages on the Internet. Dr. Sarmad Hussain, the coordinator of the Arabic Script Case Study team for ICANN's TLD Variant Issues Project, and one of the author of Arabic Case Study Team Issues Report. Details.
 
Researchers at CLE contribute to the global efforts to deploy domain names in local languages on the Internet. Dr. Sarmad Hussain (selected as the coordinator of the Arabic Script team) and Huda Sarfraz have been contributing to this effort as members of a global team working to identify relevant issues for languages using the Arabic script. More Details [1][2].
 
The closing ceremony of Subh-e-Nau project was held on Thursday, 28th of April 2011 at APWA Punjab, Lahore to appreciate the efforts of the workshop participant and to view the digital stories.
 
Conference on Human Lanaguage Technology for Development (HLTD 2011), jointly organized by PAN L10n, ANLoc and IDRC, will be held from 02 to 05 May, 2011 at Alexandria, Egypt.
 
The Department of Information Technology and Telecom of Bhuttan (DITT), Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology of Pakistan (KICS-UET), Language Technology Kendra of Nepal (LTK), ... Details.
 
CLE launches Online Torwali Dictionary on 21st of Feb.2011. It is a collaborative effort of CLE, The Genographic Project of National Geographic and PAN Localization Project of International Development Research Centre, Canada.
 

CLE is participating in Fourth International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies (ICOSST-2010) organized by Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS). ICOSST-2010 will be held at KICS, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) on December 22-24, 2010.

 

CLE is participating in 13th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) from 21 to 23 December 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This year’s Conference is titled ‘“Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: The Way Forward”.

 

CLE is participating in International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology 2010 organized by COMSATS from 21 to 23 December 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

 
 

CLE is participating in 13th Oriental COCOSDA (The International Committee for the Co-ordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques) 2010. O-COCOSDA 2010 will be held at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 24-25, 2010.

 

CLE in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has developed Urdu Language version of Punjab Government’s Flood Relief Website.

 

CLE in collaboration with National Language Authority (NLA) is organizing Conference on Language and Technology 2010 (CLT10). CLT10 will be held at National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad on October 23, 2010.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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