iLanguageCloud on Google Play

This week Josh released iLanguage Cloud alpha on Google Play. iLanguageCloud is a fun Android application that allows users to generate word clouds using an Android share intent. Clouds can be exported as SVG for use in high-res graphics applications such as InkScape or as png for sharing with friends on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Flickr or any other social applications a user choses.

Create, save, and share word clouds from text on any website or any another application, share your word cloud with friends and colleagues.

iLanguage Cloud is now available on Google Play

iLanguage Cloud is now available on Google Play

To vote for features, check out the GitHub milestones page.

iLanguage Cloud uses Jason Davies’ D3 word cloud layout engine, you can find his source code on his GitHub repository.

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Using Technology to Bridge Gaps @Carlton University

Hisako and Elise went to Carlton University this week to present at FEL 2013, the 17th Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Language. The theme of this year’s workshop was Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research.

Elise McClay (BA ’12), Erin Olson (BA ’12), Carol Little (BA ’12), Hisako Noguchi (Concordia), Alan Bale (Concordia), Jessica Coon (McGill) and Gina Cook (iLanguage Lab) presented an electronic poster titled “LingSync: Using Technology to Bridge Gaps between Speakers, Learners, and Linguists.”

Hisako and Elise demo Tobin's app at FEL

Hisako and Elise demo Tobin’s app at FEL 2013

Source code available on GitHub.

Computational Field Workshop @McGill

On May 27th the Mi’gmaq Partnership (Listuguj, McGill, iLanguage) will be hosting its first Computational Field Workshop at McGill. Lab members Hisako, Gina, Josh and Tobin along with Louisa and Carol presented some of their recent scripts and tools developed as part of the partnership.

The workshop will focus on computational tools for transcribing, storing and searching linguistic data. There is a special focus on fieldwork, but it should be of broader interest as well––no background required.

In addition to work by Montreal-based iLanguage Lab, a key partner in the Mi’gmaq Partnership, the workshop will feature a talk and workshop by keynote speaker Alexis Palmer.

More details can be found in the workshop program.

The workshop will be held at the Thompson House, McGill.

The workshop will be held at the Thompson House, McGill.

The “Android Market” in Shenzhen

This month Gina travelled to Shenzhen China, a major manufacturing port of China to launch  one of our closed source partners’ Android data collection app. While there she visited the real “Android Market” of Shenzhen.

 

Shenzhen Wholesale Electronics District

Shenzhen Wholesale Electronics District

 

 

The "Android Market" in Shenzhen

The “Android Market” in Shenzhen

UpAndRunningWithAndroid workshop @Google Montreal

Lab member Gina led a hand on workshop at Google Montreal as part of the All Girls Hack Night. The workshop shows how to get “up and running” with Android Intents in a three part tutorial, resulting in a gesture and/or voice remote control Android app.

Over 80 registered for the hacknight.

Over 80 registered for the hacknight.

Try it out! Here are the installers for each step of the workshop:

Step 1: Make it Talk

Step 2: Make it Listen

Step 3: Make it Understand Voice and Gesture

The tutorial is available on Android Montreal’s GitHub,  it extends our Cloud Robotics project from last March.

Making your apps smarter @Notman House

Next Wednesday our software engineering intern Bahar Sateli will be presenting her OpenSource Named Entity Recognition library for Android which is powered by the Semantic Software Lab‘s Semantic Assistants web services platform, which in turn, is powered by GATE, an Open Source General Architecture for Text Engineering developed at the University of Sheffield.

As part of her MITACS/NRC-IRAP funded project in collaboration with iLanguage Lab she created an Android Library to make it possible to recognize people, locations, dates and other useful pieces of text, on Android Phones. The sky is the limit as it can run any GATE powered pipeline.

The current open source pipelines range from very specialized (recognizing Bacteria and Fungi entities in bio-medical texts) to very general (recognizing people, places and dates).

She will be presenting her app iForgot Who which takes in some text, and automatically creates new contacts for you, a handy app for all those party planners out there. It is a demo application to show new developers how they can use her OpenSource system to make their own apps smarter and automate tasks for users.

The presentations start at 6:30, and we will be going out for drinks afterwards at around 8:30/9:30 at Pub Quartier Latin (next to La Distilierie, corner of Onario and Sanguinet, 1 block walk from the talk).

Come one, come all, for the presentation and/or for drinks!

Code is open sourced on SourceForge.

 

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Bahar presents at Android Montreal

Bahar presents to a record breaking crowd at Android Montreal