Language Technology Research Laboratory
Language Technology Research Laboratory
University of Colombo School of Computing

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Language Technology Research Laboratory (LTRL) was established in 2004 to address the growing need of local language computing in Sri Lanka by doing Localization and Language Processing research and development.

With the award of a Canadian IDRC grant, LTRL started its work on the PAN Localization Project with the aims of producing a large Sinhala Corpus, a Lexical Resource, a Text-to-Speech Engine (TTS) and an Optical Character Recognition application (OCR), which are some of the fundamental requirements for language processing tasks. Having completed those, now we are interested in disseminating the technology, experience and knowledge we acquired in past years.

In addition, LTRL is also involved in basic localization work in collaboration with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) localization initiative as well as in research in various other areas of Language Processing including Part-of-Speech Tagging, Automatic Word Clustering, Speech Recognition and Machine Translation among others.

LTRL also provides technical support for various government and private organizations in dealing with language processing and localization activities. Moreover, it acts as a help desk as well as an educator in Language Processing and Localization fields.

University of Colombo
University of Colombo has been a pioneer in computer localization since late 80's by developing fonts and keyboard drivers for DOS and Windows environments. In 90's, work on Sinhala Language Processing was carried out as undergraduate projects with tools like dictionaries and spell-checkers being produced at research level.

University of Colombo School of Computing
With the establishment of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) in September 2002, more focused work in the field of Language Processing started.The researches were carried out at different levels from undergraduate to masters. Later on it has become apparent that these efforts would only bear real fruit if industry standards are adopted for both Localization and Language Processing research and development. In order to realize this, a serious effort at producing commercial grade tools and resources began in 2003.

Now, thorough LTRL, the University of Colombo School of Computing has stream-lined this process and displays an active participation in the field and works with hand-in-hand with private organizations operating under similar motives.

In 2006, UCSC took the bold step to be the first in Sri Lanka to introduce Natural Language Processing as an undergraduate subject. The course is conducted under the expertise of LTRL.
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