On this National Technology Day, it is important to note that it has been 50 years since Indian language computing took hold, thanks to several veterans who led the way. However, not much is known about Indian language computing or the efforts to create a user-friendly online ecosystem for regional languages. Computing in the Indian language is a complex and difficult problem to solve, given the variety of languages and their scripts.
In order to raise awareness of Indian linguistic computing, its history, importance and applications, Reverie Language Technologies has put on a series of powerful and insightful events.
Reverie Language Technologies gives back to the Indian speaking community in honor of the Golden Jubilee.
Commenting on honoring 50 years of Indian language computing, Vivekananda Pani, Co-Founder and CTO of Reverie Language Technologies, said :, which laid the foundation for the internet in Bharat. While we still have a long way to go, we can be proud that such robust language technologies have been developed in India and have finally been adopted by the world. “
A virtual Internet conference in Indian language with the main players in the industry
Reverie Language Technologies organized a virtual conference on “What is the relevance of a first English Internet for Digital Bharat?” To address the importance of providing the Indian Internet to the masses in their own language.
Even after almost 25 years of existence, the Indian internet is primarily aimed at English users.
As the pandemic has pushed 536 million people onto the internet, users of regional languages are increasing more than ever. To meet this rapidly growing user base, major industry stakeholders have come together to discuss:
• Importance of Indian languages on the Indian Internet
• Challenges and complexities in their implementation
• Infrastructure for the Indian Internet to support such an ecosystem
• Differences and similarities between other non-English speaking countries and India in terms of internet usage in regional languages
• Real-time applications and implementations of Indian language technologies for the Indian Internet
Key industry stakeholders
Arvind Pani, Co-Founder and CEO, Reverie Language Technologies
Vivekanand Pani, Co-Founder and CTO, Reverie Language Technologies
Rajesh Kalra, Executive Chairman, Asianet News
Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, Indiamart
Sandeep Nulkar, Founder and CEO, BITS Private Limited, Co-founder, Vernac Language Technologies
The virtual conference brought together more than 250 participants.
Link of the virtual conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBx_gxFv6eo
Indian Language IT Veterans Recognition
When it comes to Indian language computing, Reverie Language Technologies and its current counterparts sit on the shoulders of giants who have paved the way for building a solid foundation for the same. In no particular order, here are the Indian-language computing veterans that Reverie Language Technologies recognized in celebrating 50 years of Indian-language computing:
1. Dr RMK Sinha is the inventor of Multilingual Graphics Technology and Indian Script Technology (GIST) / IDC, ISCII encoding, INSCRIPT keyboard and other Indian language technologies. He is also the first person to work on Devanagari OCR in the early 1970s.
2. Mohan Tambe is the founder of the GIST group at CDAC in 1988. He contributed to and is the author of ISCII encoding and INSCRIPT keyboard standards. He developed the script composition algorithms for the 10 Indian scripts standardized in ISCII for GIST.
3. SK Mohanty led the font and type design activities at CDAC. Fonts were used to support Indian languages in early computers, printers, televisions, cell phones, and smartphones. He was instrumental in the creation of ISFOC and ISCII.
4. Shashank Shekhar Pujari was instrumental in the development of most of the early material solutions for the use of Indian languages. In addition, the first person to develop an Indian language subtitle system which has helped Door Dharshan and other broadcasters to broadcast regional language movies showing local language subtitles in different regions.
5. Raymond Doctor designed the first Indian language spell checkers and developed the first machine learning algorithms to enable transliteration of Indian names.
6. Dr Cooper founded the first private company dedicated to the development of font technologies for Indian languages in 1983.
7. Dr Bidyut B Chaudhuri has developed a common printed text recognition system and software to convert Indian Braille text to natural text and vice versa. In addition, huge contributions to pattern recognition, especially OCR of Indian language scripts.
8. Dr Hemant Darbari, Director General of C-DAC, is a pioneer of machine translation for Indian languages using deep learning. He also designed the “Mantra” software which translates text from English to other Indian languages.
9. Dr. P. Ramanujan of CADC developed the ISCII Standard Annex G, the Vedic Extension Overlay IS 13194: 1991, and the Palm Leaf Manuscript Editor Pandulipi Samshodhaka.
10. Professor Pery Bhaskar Rao was the first researcher to work on Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Text-to-Speech (STT) for Indian languages in the 1990s.
Launch of RevAcademy to provide free Indian language NLP courses to coders, developers, students and entrepreneurs.
Reverie Language Technologies launched the RevAcademy in partnership with NASSCOM, Karnataka Startup and the Government of Karnataka. RevAcedemy aspires to add value to the Indian language ecosystem by imparting valuable knowledge and insights on Indian language computing. This initiative enables individuals such as coders, developers, students, entrepreneurs and startups interested in pursuing a career in Indian language computing and / or looking to enter the Indian language NLP market.
The NLP free course series broadly covers:
• How NLP works in Indian language
• The basics of computing in Indian language
• The versions of IT in regional languages
• Technologies and their implementation and real-time applications
About Reverie Language Technologies
Reverie Language Technologies offers businesses and governments a wide range of language technologies for text and voice.
These include machine translation, speech-to-text and text-to-speech conversions, search and discovery, Indic fonts, and more. Our technologies and solutions power digital assets such as websites, applications (mobile / web), chat bots, IVRs, etc. .
With a dedicated team of highly experienced experts who specialize exclusively in Indian languages, we provide cutting edge solutions to governments and businesses.
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