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Extending a Very Warm Welcome to Marc!

We are delighted to welcome Marc Ditschke to our team. Marc will support us as an intern on software systems development in the forthcoming six months. In his internship at LangTec he will be working on the functional extension of our team management software TeamTracker.

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Browser Plug-In Development for Automatic Handling of Cookie Requests

We are very pleased to have started the development of an innovative browser plug-in for a large online mail order company in the hardware and software sector. The plug-in will automatically answer requests for the approval or rejection of cookies or the collection of website usage data. Approval or rejection can be set either globally or for each domain individually. To implement this, the plug-in uses the same JavaScript APIs that Consent Management Platforms (CMP) use to manage cookie requests.

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Completion of Pro-Bono Project:

The very interesting graduation project of two Master’s students in communication design and architecture about remembrance culture using the example of Warehouse G that we supported with our NLG solution TextWriter, has now been successfully completed. The eponymous Warehouse G  (“Lagerhaus G” in German) is a former warehouse in the port of Hamburg located at Dessauer Ufer (nowadays Dessauer Straße), in the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter. During the second World War, the building was used as a subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. Up to 3,000 persons were detained there.

On the website visitors can get information about the history of the building. TextWriter generates different variants of the remembrance text, depending on parameter selection. Parameters vary in tonality, form, and content. The Erinnerungsgenerator allows to experience the past from different perspectives and encourages to reflect on one’s own behaviour towards remembrance. It poses the question: how will we remember in the future?

The Erinnerungsgenerator is presented at the second meeting of the Hamburg quarter Veddel, taking place on September 5, 2020. The goal of this meeting is networking among neighbours and discussing current topics. Some of the organisers are members of the Initiative Dessauer Ufer. The initiative is promoting a memorial at Warehouse G and using the building for the quarter. The inhabitants of Veddel can use the Erinnerungsgenerator – during the meeting and afterwards – to approach the place in their own way and develop their own ideas for using it.

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GPU Compute Power @ LangTec

With the availability of fully scalable compute power on demand these days, extending one’s on-site hardware requires careful deliberation. In view of the substantial amounts of money we have been transferring to our preferred provider of virtual infrastructure, we thought time had come to extend our own server’s compute capabilities further. At the time of writing, our new compute GPU is being installed alongside the much needed upgrade on the power supply. We look forward to noticeable speedups in training our deep-learning machine learning models. The time saved, we’ll probably spend drinkin’ more of the good coffee in the office 🙂

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New Machine Learning Master’s Project

We’re delighted to report that Anand will be joining our team as a working student and Master-level researcher in the area of machine learning. In the context of his Master thesis project Anand will be exploring discriminative and generative deep-learning approaches for the intelligent processing of filled forms.

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Welcome @ LangTec, Marco!

Super-happy to have Marco join our team of seasoned software developers. Marco brings more than twenty years of experience in full-stack development to the table and will be managing the technical realisation of our ADAPI-project in which we are developing, together with our partners from the Fraunhofer Institutes IBMT and IDMT as well as the Augenklinik Sulzbach, an AI solution for the fully automated analysis and documentation of doctor-patient dialogues.

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Have a safe trip home, Heet!

After a truly amazing research project over the past few months on automated quality estimation for machine translation, the time had come for Heet to return home. Needless to say, we could not let him go without a joint excursion through Europe’s culinary topology, all at a Corona-safe distance.

We’re also extending a heart-felt Thank you! to the Oechsle Team, who really have been taking care of us wonderfully that afternoon.

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Certifiedly Innovative through Research

That we are innovative here at LangTec, we’ve known for a while. Being certified as innovative through research, however, is good news even to us. Last week we received the Stifterverband’s research seal. Stifterverband is a joint initiative of companies and foundations dedicated entirely to consulting, networking and promoting improvements in the fields of education, science and innovation. Since 2014 the Stifterverband’s research seal ‘Innovative through research’ is awarded annually to enterprises actively conducting research. The award recognises the special responsibility these companies take within state and society. We are delighted to be one of those companies.

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Next DAX Client, please …

We are delighted to report the signing of a new project in the area of consumer goods. For our third DAX-listed client with more than twenty thousand staff and a yearly revenue of more than 7.6 Bn Euro (2019) we shall develop a multilingual solution for the automated semantic analysis of customer feedback.

And yes, quite frankly, we are also a little bit proud of the fact that we as a really small vendor get the opportunity to work for and with such a big global player 🙂

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Pro-Bono Project: Remembrance Culture “Warehouse G”

We are delighted to provide our NLG solution TextWriter to support a graduation project focusing on remembrance culture from the perspectives of communication design and architecture at two Hamburg-based universities.

The eponymous Warehouse G  (“Lagerhaus G” in German) is a former warehouse in the port of Hamburg located at Dessauer Ufer (nowadays Dessauer Straße), in the Kleiner Grasbrook quarter. During the second World War, the building was used as a subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. Up to 3,000 persons were detained there.

Given the current urban development of the Grasbrook area, the two Master’s students want to present the history of the building and at the same time explore new ways of remembrance. Part of their concept is to develop an interactive application, so visitors can explore the historical background of the site. Users can select various parameter settings such as “informative” or “emotional”. Depending on which parameters were selected, TextWriter dynamically generates according varieties of the memorial text differing in tonality, form, and content.

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