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National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR)

Tuesday morning, October 20. I am guest of the Research Group of Speech and Language Technology At NLPR, CAS (Chinese Academy of Science). They are working on automatic translation, name-entity extractions, speech to speech translation. Prof. Chengqing Zong, one of the group leaders in the lab, gave us an introduction to the work of the and 2 demos of systems. NLPR by itself is amazing. More than 200 researchers in 5 research groups.

Beijing in the sun and dinner

Monday evening, just for sunset I arrived in Beijing, nice weather, warm and sunny, but fresh. Air in Beijing gets better. The airport is now enormous. I had not seen it for years.

All is new and shiny, the terminals are linked by an internal train. But, there is now also an external Expresstrain, which links the airport to the city center. But obviously :-) we took the taxi.

Asian Mirror for necessary

This morning, at the Harbin Institute of Technology I gave embarassed up, when trying to get on the screen. It was tooooo slow, much slower than other sides. I have read that 10s is the maximum time that people wait for a website. If this is true at Harbin Institute of Technology will not be used! To get a more objective impression I made a pinging of some websites sending 3 datablocks to, and

Harbin in the Rain

Well, I arrived in Harbin on October 18th and the weather was, let's say as a normal January in Hamburg and I was stupidly dressed with a linen jacket and mocassins - just out of Rome. January in Harbin could be worse. Wikipedia says - 13 C is the medium High Temperature, they call it also Ice -City in China.
Harbin is known for it's pollution problems and the picture below, taken from my Hotel room might confirm this.

Killing the pig

Arrived in Harbin this evening and had Dinner with Burley and two of his friends. We went to a traditional popular Harbin Restaurant.
The title of the selection was "Killing the pig" and the single dishes were

- blood sausages
- boiled pig head meat
- A soup with cabbage and bacon
- small intestine with green peppers
- mushrooms and eggs
- Fried sticks of Cornbread

Trip to China and Malaysia

From October 18 to 27 I am on a trip to China and Malaysia with two main goals:
a) to find a partner in China to develop with us a reading assistant for quick automatic translations from Chinese to English/French/Spanish and from English to Chinese.
b) to meet MIMOS representatives in Kuala Lumpur and to establish a formal collaboration on the hosting and further development of the AGROVOC conceptserver.

Online Again!

After quite some time is online again. (Grazie Antonella!!). I was telling in my offline message that the side had been hacked. Well, this was exaggerated. First I had discovered that links behing pictures had been changed, then I found strange words in my vocabularies. I opened the site as "anonymous user" and found that all public posts could not only be viewed, but also be edited. I was horror-stricken and thought about a severe hacking. I put the site offline. I did not find the reason for what happened. Antonella did.

ICSD 2009

The International Conference on Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web is an Initiative to bring together two communities: those who are working on semantic web technology and those who managing big digital libraries. Too often the work on Digital Library Systems is poor in Semantic Technology; too often also the work on Semantic tools is not aware of the issues when working with large real world data sets.


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