More than 500 academics from 32 countries will attend the 19th International Conference on Computational Linguistics at the Academia Sinica in Taipei Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, a spokesman for the research institution said yesterday. \nThree international scholars have been invited to give keynote speeches at the conference. Hans Uszkoreit from Saarland University in Germany will speak on "new chances for deep linguistic processing," William S.Y. Wang, a member of the Academia Sinica, will speak on "evolutionary linguistics and computer modeling" and Charles Fillmore from UC Berkeley will give a report on "linking sense to syntax in FrameNet." \nDuring the five-day conference, the participants will present 190 papers. On Aug. 31 and Sept.1, 11 workshops will be held, and the participants will present 130 papers on grammar engineering and evaluation, machine translation in Asia, Chinese language processing, natural language learning, Asian language resources and international standardization and semantic networks. \nThere will be a panel discussion on the last day of the conference. Four prominent international scholars will exchange views on applications of semantics on the Web in language learning. \nIt will be the first time that the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) will hold its annual conference in Taiwan. \nACL is an international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. \nAccording to a Academia Sinica spokesman, the annual conferences are held in the summer in locations where significant computational research is carried out. \nThe spokesman said that the Academia Sinica Academia Sinica has four research groups concentrating on the studies of Chinese knowledge information processing and spoken languages, and several local universities have set up laboratories for the research of natural language systems, speech and audio processing, speech signal processing as well as Chinese information processing.
An improvised protective device for use when intubating patients designed by Taiwanese doctor Lai Hsien-yung (賴賢勇) is being adopted in the Philippines to help doctors there stay safe amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. “We made this acrylic aerosol box for my sister Dra. Frances Legaspi for Antipolo Doctors Hospital. Credits to Dr Lai Hsien-yung for the concept and design,” Anton Legaspi, whose family owns a business that makes customized designs, said on Facebook on Monday. The hospital is in Antipolo, about 25km east of Manila. Legaspi’s post was accompanied by several photographs of the box and a short demonstration video
Nearly 60 percent of Kaohsiung residents polled said that they would vote to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), think tank Taiwan Brain Trust, which conducted the survey, said yesterday. A petition to recall the mayor is undergoing a second review and if it is passed, a vote is to be held in the latter half of June. Of those polled, 69.7 percent said that they would participate in a vote, while 56 percent said they would still participate if there was a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 infections. The data showed that, irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic, Han would likely
FALSE INFORMATION: The report quoted the mother of a British woman quarantined in Taiwan as saying that her daughter and the daughter’s partner are ‘in prison-like conditions’ A BBC report that quotes Britons’ complaints about quarantine conditions they experienced in Taiwan is not true, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, expressing regret over damage done to the nation’s reputation for competent disease-prevention measures. The BBC report published on Wednesday quoted the mother of a British woman quarantined in Taiwan as saying that her daughter and the daughter’s partner were quarantined on Wednesday last week and are being kept “in prison-like conditions.” “The room is filthy. She has no hot water and nowhere to wash her clothes,” the mother was quoted as saying, without naming the location of
ODD TIMING: Taiwan has called Chinese drills around the Taiwan Strait provocative and urged Beijing to focus on combating COVID-19 rather than harass its neighbor China yesterday accused the US of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a US warship passed through Taiwan Strait. China has been angered by the administration of US President Donald Trump stepping up support for the nation, such as through more arms sales, US patrols near Taiwan and last month’s visit to Washington by former premier and vice president-elect William Lai (賴清德). US Seventh Fleet spokesman Lieutenant Anthony Junco said the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Wednesday, in line with international law. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US’ commitment