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LangTec Certified as Research-Driven Innovative Enterprise again

For the second time running LangTec receives the certification ‘Innovative by Research’ from Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Founders’ Union for the German Economy). This certification recognises enterprises that dedicate a substantial part of their business activity to research and development. Stifterverband is a registered non-profit organisation with focus on education, science and innovation.

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Green Light for New Development Project

We are happy to support a leading manufacturer and supplier of operations control systems for railway traffic. LangTec’s contribution in this project is to support with dedicated expertise in the development of scripting solutions on Linux systems and the virtualisation of central control systems.

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Gold medal for AlatUno

LangTec participated in the Hessian Ministry of Economics Innovation Competition. One problem we want to tackle is to simplify the conversion of driving licenses for non-EU residents. A non-EU driving license is only valid for six months from the first arrival in Germany. After that, one must convert their driving license to a German driving license. However, the steps for one country can be different from one to another.

Therefore, we would like to propose a driving license conversion system to help facilitate this process. Our existing product, AlatUno, a multi-lingual PDF filling system, assists users in filling the necessary application form. In addition, based on the uploaded driving license, it will automatically detect the country and decide which steps are required.

We presented our solution in the final round of the Innovation Contest of the Hessian Ministry of Economics. Our competition was extremely strong and professional. Still, at the end of the day, the jury voted for us and our solution AlatUno was awarded the gold medal in this competition!

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See you on Teams, Soumya!

Last week we had a team lunch to say goodbye to Soumya, who will be working from India in the future. We had a delicious lunch at AuthenTikka and enjoyed getting together in real life.

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Parser for shipping client

In order to facilitate the settlement process between the harbour master and shipping companies, LangTec, with expert knowledge in NLP, develops a tailor-made parser for documents with commercial, technical, legal and safety information on tankers for our shipping client in South-East Asia. The processed documents include standardised questionnaires “Questionnaire 88” and harbour timesheets in a number of different input formats such as text, images or webpages. LangTec’s solution comprises information ingestion, parsing, analysis, normalisation and disambiguation of process-relevant data and is offered as a REST-compliant web service.

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Extension and optimization of the annotation and analysis software CATMA

The annotation and analysis software CATMA is one of the core components of the BMBF-funded research project forTEXT at the TU Darmstadt. forTEXT brings major extensions and optimizations for the git/Gitlab based backend of CATMA. This includes a simplified layout of CATMA’s underlying git-projects and their file and folder structure, an efficient indexing of text and annotations with regards to memory consumption and performance and a new and easy collaboration mode for the analysis of common annotation results without the need of lengthy merge processes.

LangTec supports this development with the expertise in software engineering, Java and graph-based data structures.

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A harbour cruise for Christmas

Hamburg was at its best self with the most excited winds and waves for our Christmas party and guess where we kicked-off the party!? We met at the Elbe river dock and we headed out for our journey on a harbour cruise along the river! The river ride was extremely adventurous with huge waves rocking our boat and winds fluttering the boat-roof, added on top of it was an engaging live commentary by a very humorous sailor.

After finally setting our foot on land, we dined at Philipps restaurant and tried some authentic German-style Christmas dishes. We had a very pleasant dinner with face-to-face conversations without a screen separating us! We really had a very successful evening with delicious food, drinks, splendid ambience and of course, light-hearted talks. 🙂

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LangTec for visit at Macromedia University

As part of the cooperation with Prof. Dr. Hestermann in the research project Police Press Releases, two of our computational linguists visited Marcomedia University Hamburg with the aim of introducing journalism students to the field of semantic text analysis. The automated processing of large amounts of data offers great potential for journalistic projects, as explained in the lecture using the research project of police press reports as an example: In order to be able to make statements about the origin of persons mentioned in police press reports, the distinction between suspects and victims is central to the quality of the statements. In implementing this distinction, the students actively support LangTec by annotating data sets that are later used to train the machine classification model. The seminar concludes with a lively discussion about difficulties and requirements for high-quality annotations and future uses of semantic text analysis.

The report of the Marcomedia University can be read here.

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Extension for ADAPI

Our research project ADAPI, which we are working on with the Fraunhofer Institutes IDMT and IBMT, has been granted an extension until May 2022. We are looking forward to the first results of our tests of ADAPI in the clinic.

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Expert Interview for the Ministry of Economics

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs sponsors long-running programs to promote the digitalization of the German economy (Measurement of the Digitalisation of the German Economy). They focus particularly on Artificial Intelligence as an enabler of economic growth; besides workshops and publicity initiatives, this also involves conducting in-depth interviews with practitioners in the field.

Every year investigates a different aspect of digitalization, and 2021 is the year of NLP. LangTec has been selected as a prominent example and invited to contribute the practitioner’s perspective in a semi-structured multi-hour interview. The Q&A process ranged over the topics of typical application areas, achievable levels of quality, requirements on IT platforms, modes of operation, cloud computing, user training and of course data protection.

LangTec was pleased to be able to contribute to the understanding of this dynamic market segment on the part of decision-makers in politics. It was a great opportunity to contribute an extensive ground-level view of our core competence, Semantic Text Processing, to interested scientist stakeholders. The results of all interviews will be published as a case study at the end of 2021.

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