Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing

Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing

M. A. Karim (Old Dominion University, USA), M. Kaykobad (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh) and M. Murshed (Monash University, Australia)
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Release Date: April, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 425
ISBN13: 9781466639706|ISBN10: 1466639709|EISBN13: 9781466639713|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3970-6


Many take advantage of software and hardware accessibility in the English language. However, for non native speakers, this inevitably becomes a problem; specifically for the complex Bangla language which is not easily integrated into the world of technology.

Technical Challenges and Design Issues in Bangla Language Processing addresses the difficulties as well as the overwhelming benefits associated with creating programs and devices that are accessible to the speakers of the Bangla language. Professionals, students, and researchers interested in expanding the fields of computing, information and knowledge management, and communication technologies in the non-English realm will benefit from this comprehensive collection of research.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Braille Adaptation
  • Character Recognition
  • Fonts and Displays
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Translation
  • Parsing and Grammar
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Speech processing

Reviews and Testimonials

Bangla, or Bengali, is an Indo-Iranian language spoken by over 250 million people, most them on the eastern flank of South Asia surrounding the Bay of Bengal. Bangla language processing is a computer science discipline that seeks to create a robust digital platform for use by the large majority of the Bangla-speaking population who are not conversant in English or the language of their diaspora host, and so cannot access information and communication technology. Computer scientists and engineers who are working on the project discuss such aspects as machine learning approaches for Bangla statistical machine translation, parsing Bangla grammar using context free grammar, the perception of vowels and dental consonants in Bangla speech processing, and the search and study of lexical richness in the Bengali literary collection of Rabindranath Tagore.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mohammad Ataul Karim is professor of electrical and computer engineering and vice president for research of Old Dominion University in Virginia, with expertise on computing, electro-optical displays and systems, information processing, and pattern recognition. Professor Karim is an elected fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the Institute of Physics (InstP), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), and Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. He has authored 18 books, 7 chapters, and over 375 research articles. In addition to being the Editor of Optics & Laser Technology and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education, he guest-edited to-date 33 journal special issues. Karim received his BS in physics in 1976 from the University of Dacca, Bangladesh, and MS degrees in both physics and electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering all from the University of Alabama respectively in 1978, 1979, and 1981.
Mohammad Kaykobad is professor of computer science and engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. He received his M.S. (Honors) in Engineering in 1979 from Odessa Maritime University, in Russia, M.Eng. degree in 1982 from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and completed PhD in 1986 from the Flinders University of South Australia. Elected a fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, he is known for his leadership role in pushing forward the higher education agenda of Bangladesh, in particular, in science, mathematics and information technology. He has authored 15 books, over 45 refereed journal articles, and over 200 opinion pieces in leading dailies. Recognized as the Outstanding Coach in 2002, he has been leading BUET team to participate in the World Finals of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) ICPC since 1998. He has also played a pioneering role in introducing Bangladeshi school/college students to International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
Manzur Murshed is an Associate Professor and Head of Gippsland School of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia, with major research interests in the fields of Video Technology, Wireless Communications, Information Theory, Distributed Coding, and Security and Privacy. He received his B.Sc.Eng. (Hons.) degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1994 and Ph.D. in computer science from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, in 1999. He has authored over 160 refereed papers and received more than $1 million nationally competitive research funding including three Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants. He has successfully supervised 16 PhD students and five postdoctoral research fellows. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, an Editor of International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting, and has had served as a Guest Editor of special issues of Journal of Multimedia.