“கணிவழி காண்போம் தமிழ்”
This year Tamil Internet Conference 2009 is happening in City of Koeln, Germany from October 23-25, 2009. TIC is an annual Technical conference on Tamil IT topics organized by INFITT (உத்தமம்) in which I proudly serve as Vice-Chair currently. Tamil Internet Conferences of INFITT has been held earlier in Chennai (1999,2003)Singapore (2000, 2004), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2001) and in San Francisco, California (2002). TIC 2009 will be the first conference to be held in Europe.
TIC 2009 will be a technical conference devoted to discussing recent advances and challenges in Tamil Computing and Tamil Internet in general. To permit max. interaction, participation will be limited to 100-120 persons. We invite Tamil IT professionals worldwide to participate in this conference – only one of its kind devoted exclusively for Tamil. Please register immediately here to attend the event.
The TIC 2009 is being organized in close collaboration with the Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS) of the University of Koeln who will serve as the local host. IITS, headed by Prof. Ulrike Niklas is one of the major Tamil Studies and Research Center of Europe. The following are the 11 tracks that will happen during the conference with about 60 speakers from around the world (a major contingent from India):
- Computer Assisted Learning and Teaching of Tamil
- Tamil Diaspora, Teaching Tamil as a second-language and impact of Technology
- Tamil Portal: Blogger, Aggregator, Wikipedia
- Tamil localization, Tamil keyboard, open-source software
- Natural Language Processing: OCR, Information Retrieval, Artificial Intelligence
- Tamil in handheld, mobile phones, Tamil for special needs
- Preparation E-Texts, Corpora, Search Engines
- Computational Linguistics
- Natural Language Processing: Morphological Tagger
- Database of Tamil technical terms and glossaries
- Online Database of Tamil literature, Tamil Dictionaries and Search Engines
Today as Vice-Chair I was asked to record a 3-minute video clip inviting our European friends to the conference, you can see the video below: