Monday, March 23, 2009

Sahana 2009 Conference

The Free and Open Source Software Community of Sri Lanka is hosting the 1st Annual SAHANA Conference on March 24 & 25, 2009. In its inaugural year, the conference will provide opportunities for anyone involved in Disaster/Emergency management to network and share best practices with each other.

The conference is aptly named SAHANA, meaning Relief in Sinhala and is named after the SAHANA Disaster Management System, which was created as a Free/Open Source software solution in response to the 2004 South Asian Tsunami.

I am planning to attend this conference.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Problems Associated with Natural Language Processing (NLP)

There are lot of problems associated with Natural Language Processing. Such as,
  1. Prepositional Phrase Attachment
  2. Word Sense Disambiguation
  3. Ambiguity
  4. Ellipsis
  5. Dark Side of Machine Translation
Here is an interesting compilation of cartoons which further helps us to understand these problems.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Google Summer of Code is Back!

Google will be hosting their annual Open Source event this year as well. This will be it's 5th consecutive year. Check out the following video.