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Franz Och, Ph.D., Expert in Machine Learning and Machine Translation, Joins Human Longevity, Inc. as Chief Data Scientist

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/
Published At: 2014-08-08 12:13 -

Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span, today announced they have hired Franz Och, Ph.D., an expert in machine learning and machine translation as the company's Chief Data Scientist. Och comes to HLI from Google where he was Distinguished Research Scientist and the Head of Google Translate. He will report directly to HLI Co-Founder and CEO, J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

"One of the biggest challenges in medicine and science today and thus, one of HLI's biggest challenges, is how to interpret the vast amount of biological data we are generating from sequencing individual genomes," said Venter. "To make these data interpretable and clinically actionable will require new computational tools. Franz brings not only unquestionable talent in this area, but also a fresh perspective and a creative mind to tackle what has never before been attempted. We are pleased to have Franz join us in our quest to revolutionize healthcare," he concluded.

HLI is building the world's most comprehensive human genotype and phenotype database to tackle the diseases associated with aging-related human biological decline. Building on Och's expertise in language translation, and using his skills in machine learning, he will be responsible for developing new computational methods to translate the human biological information in the forms of the whole human genome, microbiome, and protein sequencing data into the language of human health and disease using human phenotype data.

Och is currently recruiting and building a team of research scientists and software engineers who will be located in Mountain View, California.

"We're going to need the best and brightest from the areas of computer science, machine learning and big data generation and interpretation as well as those from biology, genomics and bioinformatics to reach a new level of understanding of this massive database" said Och. "I look forward to working with Craig and the team at HLI to enhance our understanding of human biology, to better manage the healthy aging process and thus increase the healthy human lifespan," he said.

Och will be working closely with Yaron Turpaz, Ph.D., MBA, HLI's Chief Information Officer.  Turpaz leads bioinformatics efforts at HLI. The new Mountain View facility headed by Och will complement the informatics program at HLI's La Jolla facility, and the computing and informatics program and facility in Singapore headed by Turpaz.

Since 2004 Och has been a research scientist and manager leading Google's Machine Translation Group. Och, who has been working on statistical machine translation since 1997, joined Google to research new ways by which Google could offer a much better machine translation system to their users, by employing an approach that uses massive amount of data. In just a few short years he and his team have revolutionized online translation. Now more than 80 different languages including Bengali, Basque, Swahili, Yiddish and Esperanto can be translated. Today there are more than 200 million active users on Google Translate and Och estimates that most of the translation done on the planet is done through Google's system.

Before joining Google Och was a researcher in the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, working on DARPA projects related to language translation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany.

About Human Longevity, Inc.
HLI, a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, CA was founded in 2013 by pioneers in the fields of genomics and stem cell therapy. Using advances in genomic sequencing, the human microbiome, proteomics, informatics, computing, and cell therapy technologies, HLI is building the world's most comprehensive database of human genotypes and phenotypes as a basis for a variety of commercialization opportunities to help solve aging related disease and human biological decline. HLI will be licensing access to its database, and developing new diagnostics and therapeutics as part of their product offerings. For more information please visit, www.humanlongevity.com

IBM report on Big Data

Published At: 2014-03-13 16:10 -

IBM recently published a report on Big data and its contribution in the private and government companies.

We invite you to read this interesting report, which reflects the progress in the digital domain.

Does your company manage a data dump?

Published At: 2014-02-28 10:16 -

Companies of all sorts are now in the garbage business. Without even thinking about it, companies collect so much data that they have data garbage dumps, filled up with bad data.

The big difference between data dumps and real landfills is the smell; bad data doesn't have the same odor. That's probably why companies keep collecting data they don't need. It's also cheap to keep data, and it's gotten cheaper in the last few years. That just makes comparing data harder to do1.

For more details, read Michael Fitzgerald’s article on InformationWeek website.

Netflix personalizes its service

Published At: 2014-02-21 15:29 -

Google isn’t the only company looking to make lots and lots of computers function more like human brains.

In a blog post published earlier today, Netflix research engineers Alex Chen, Justin Basilico, and Xavier Amatriain talked about ways the movie-streaming company has been experimenting with the construction of artificial neural networks using Nvidia graphic processing units (GPUs) running in Amazon Web Services’ vast public-cloud infrastructure. In other words, these new methods could do things like improve your video recommendations by mimicking how your brain works.

For more information, read Jordan Novet’s entire article on VentureBeat’s website.

Trending - Facebook’s New Feature Built with Natural Language Processing

Published At: 2014-02-18 13:28 -

In January, Facebook launched Trending, a new feature which offers topics that are growing in popularity. Like Twitter, the social network presents trendy topics. The main difference is that Trending offers topics according to your personal interests. However, the approach isn’t linked to hashtags introduced by Facebook last year. Rather, this is made possible through the use of natural language processing.


With the help of Graph Search, a database that uses natural language processing, Facebook engineers are able to analyze form fields entries, status updates, comments and user ratings. All such strings, called "nodes" in computer language, are then analyzed by Graph Search.


Read VentureBeat’s article for more details.

Workshop on Automatic and Manual Metrics for Operational Translation Evaluation – MTE 2014

Published At: 2014-02-11 08:57 -

The 9thedition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) will take place from May 26 to 31, 2014, in Reykjavik, Iceland.

On May 26, a workshop entitled Automatic and Manual Metrics for Operational Translation Evaluation will

regroup representatives from academia, industry and government institutions to discuss and assess metrics for manual quality evaluation of machine translation (MT) and compare them with well-established metrics for automatic evaluation, as well as reference-less metrics for quality prediction. The format of the workshop will be a half-day of short presentations, followed by a half-day of hands-on collaborative work with MT metrics that show promise for the prediction of task suitability of MT output1.

You have until February 14 to submit your abstract or abstract plus paper.

Call for nomination - Workshop “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use”

Published At: 2014-01-31 13:01 -

In the context of its fourth medium-term Programme (2012-2015) Learning Through Languages , we have received a Call for nomination of participants for Workshop No 2/2014 “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use” (PIU) , [that will take place in Graz, Austria from March 26-28, 2014]. 

The Call for nomination for this Workshop comprises of the following documents which are attached: circular letter, nomination form, description and conditions specific to the Workshop. To consult the 2012-2015 Programme brochure, please refer to the following link.

 We invite you to consult the abstract of the project “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use” (PIU), as well as the attached documents, and let us know if your institution would like to recommend a participant to this Workshop.

Please note that your institution will have to cover the travel and accommodation costs of the participant (approximately $3000). Please note that the deadline for nomination for this Workshop is February 10, 2014.

Please contact [Richard Clément (613 562-5359) rclement@uottawa.ca], or Hilaire Lemoine (613-562-5800 ext.1575) hlemoine@uottawa.ca, if you wish to recommend a participant to this Workshop, or if you require additional information.

Source: Richard Clément, Ph. D., FRSC, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languagesand BilingualismInstitute (OLBI), University of Ottawa

Call for proposals – internships through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French program (YCWCEF)

Published At: 2014-01-31 08:59 -

The Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-fançaise (FJCF) is launching a call for proposals from Canadian organisation who wishes to send interns abroad through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French program (YCWCEF).

The FJCF manages a portion of Young Canada Works (YCW) which, all together, offers up to 2 300 salary grants for summer jobs and internships. These grants give students and young Canadian graduates an opportunity to use their skills and gain valuable work experience.

The international internships offered under YCWCEF for the year 2014-2015 are now available. The main goal of these internships is to promote “international exposure particularly in the Canadian language industries”. The internship must be for 4 to 12 consecutive months (preference will be given to employers who offer an internship for a 6 to 12 month period)but the contract should be done no later than March 31st, 2015. These internships are subsidized up to a maximum of $13,000 of the committed costs. A Web database will be available where you can look for potential candidates.

Eligible organizations can apply directly online until Friday, March 14th, 2014. We suggest you visit the website seen below or if you need more information, you can contact Pierre-Luc Lanteigne at 1(800) 267-5173 or pierre.luc@fjcf.ca

For more information or to fill directly the application form on line: www.youngcanadaworks.ca

 

Source: Pierre-Luc Lateigne, Coordinator, Young Canada Works

         

The NLP Revolution

Published At: 2014-01-24 12:11 -

NLP just might be the critical piece of technology that opens up the world of big data for everyone, and it might just do the same to predictive analytics and many other areas of information technology. - Gil Dibner

We invite you to read Gil Dibner’s blog on the natural language processing (NLP) revolution in business intelligence (BI).

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Franz Och, Ph.D., Expert in Machine Learning and Machine Translation, Joins Human Longevity, Inc. as Chief Data Scientist

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/
Published At: 2014-08-08 12:13 -

Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span, today announced they have hired Franz Och, Ph.D., an expert in machine learning and machine translation as the company's Chief Data Scientist. Och comes to HLI from Google where he was Distinguished Research Scientist and the Head of Google Translate. He will report directly to HLI Co-Founder and CEO, J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

"One of the biggest challenges in medicine and science today and thus, one of HLI's biggest challenges, is how to interpret the vast amount of biological data we are generating from sequencing individual genomes," said Venter. "To make these data interpretable and clinically actionable will require new computational tools. Franz brings not only unquestionable talent in this area, but also a fresh perspective and a creative mind to tackle what has never before been attempted. We are pleased to have Franz join us in our quest to revolutionize healthcare," he concluded.

HLI is building the world's most comprehensive human genotype and phenotype database to tackle the diseases associated with aging-related human biological decline. Building on Och's expertise in language translation, and using his skills in machine learning, he will be responsible for developing new computational methods to translate the human biological information in the forms of the whole human genome, microbiome, and protein sequencing data into the language of human health and disease using human phenotype data.

Och is currently recruiting and building a team of research scientists and software engineers who will be located in Mountain View, California.

"We're going to need the best and brightest from the areas of computer science, machine learning and big data generation and interpretation as well as those from biology, genomics and bioinformatics to reach a new level of understanding of this massive database" said Och. "I look forward to working with Craig and the team at HLI to enhance our understanding of human biology, to better manage the healthy aging process and thus increase the healthy human lifespan," he said.

Och will be working closely with Yaron Turpaz, Ph.D., MBA, HLI's Chief Information Officer.  Turpaz leads bioinformatics efforts at HLI. The new Mountain View facility headed by Och will complement the informatics program at HLI's La Jolla facility, and the computing and informatics program and facility in Singapore headed by Turpaz.

Since 2004 Och has been a research scientist and manager leading Google's Machine Translation Group. Och, who has been working on statistical machine translation since 1997, joined Google to research new ways by which Google could offer a much better machine translation system to their users, by employing an approach that uses massive amount of data. In just a few short years he and his team have revolutionized online translation. Now more than 80 different languages including Bengali, Basque, Swahili, Yiddish and Esperanto can be translated. Today there are more than 200 million active users on Google Translate and Och estimates that most of the translation done on the planet is done through Google's system.

Before joining Google Och was a researcher in the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, working on DARPA projects related to language translation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany.

About Human Longevity, Inc.
HLI, a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, CA was founded in 2013 by pioneers in the fields of genomics and stem cell therapy. Using advances in genomic sequencing, the human microbiome, proteomics, informatics, computing, and cell therapy technologies, HLI is building the world's most comprehensive database of human genotypes and phenotypes as a basis for a variety of commercialization opportunities to help solve aging related disease and human biological decline. HLI will be licensing access to its database, and developing new diagnostics and therapeutics as part of their product offerings. For more information please visit, www.humanlongevity.com

IBM report on Big Data

Published At: 2014-03-13 16:10 -

IBM recently published a report on Big data and its contribution in the private and government companies.

We invite you to read this interesting report, which reflects the progress in the digital domain.

Does your company manage a data dump?

Published At: 2014-02-28 10:16 -

Companies of all sorts are now in the garbage business. Without even thinking about it, companies collect so much data that they have data garbage dumps, filled up with bad data.

The big difference between data dumps and real landfills is the smell; bad data doesn't have the same odor. That's probably why companies keep collecting data they don't need. It's also cheap to keep data, and it's gotten cheaper in the last few years. That just makes comparing data harder to do1.

For more details, read Michael Fitzgerald’s article on InformationWeek website.

Netflix personalizes its service

Published At: 2014-02-21 15:29 -

Google isn’t the only company looking to make lots and lots of computers function more like human brains.

In a blog post published earlier today, Netflix research engineers Alex Chen, Justin Basilico, and Xavier Amatriain talked about ways the movie-streaming company has been experimenting with the construction of artificial neural networks using Nvidia graphic processing units (GPUs) running in Amazon Web Services’ vast public-cloud infrastructure. In other words, these new methods could do things like improve your video recommendations by mimicking how your brain works.

For more information, read Jordan Novet’s entire article on VentureBeat’s website.

Trending - Facebook’s New Feature Built with Natural Language Processing

Published At: 2014-02-18 13:28 -

In January, Facebook launched Trending, a new feature which offers topics that are growing in popularity. Like Twitter, the social network presents trendy topics. The main difference is that Trending offers topics according to your personal interests. However, the approach isn’t linked to hashtags introduced by Facebook last year. Rather, this is made possible through the use of natural language processing.


With the help of Graph Search, a database that uses natural language processing, Facebook engineers are able to analyze form fields entries, status updates, comments and user ratings. All such strings, called "nodes" in computer language, are then analyzed by Graph Search.


Read VentureBeat’s article for more details.

Workshop on Automatic and Manual Metrics for Operational Translation Evaluation – MTE 2014

Published At: 2014-02-11 08:57 -

The 9thedition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) will take place from May 26 to 31, 2014, in Reykjavik, Iceland.

On May 26, a workshop entitled Automatic and Manual Metrics for Operational Translation Evaluation will

regroup representatives from academia, industry and government institutions to discuss and assess metrics for manual quality evaluation of machine translation (MT) and compare them with well-established metrics for automatic evaluation, as well as reference-less metrics for quality prediction. The format of the workshop will be a half-day of short presentations, followed by a half-day of hands-on collaborative work with MT metrics that show promise for the prediction of task suitability of MT output1.

You have until February 14 to submit your abstract or abstract plus paper.

Call for nomination - Workshop “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use”

Published At: 2014-01-31 13:01 -

In the context of its fourth medium-term Programme (2012-2015) Learning Through Languages , we have received a Call for nomination of participants for Workshop No 2/2014 “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use” (PIU) , [that will take place in Graz, Austria from March 26-28, 2014]. 

The Call for nomination for this Workshop comprises of the following documents which are attached: circular letter, nomination form, description and conditions specific to the Workshop. To consult the 2012-2015 Programme brochure, please refer to the following link.

 We invite you to consult the abstract of the project “ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use” (PIU), as well as the attached documents, and let us know if your institution would like to recommend a participant to this Workshop.

Please note that your institution will have to cover the travel and accommodation costs of the participant (approximately $3000). Please note that the deadline for nomination for this Workshop is February 10, 2014.

Please contact [Richard Clément (613 562-5359) rclement@uottawa.ca], or Hilaire Lemoine (613-562-5800 ext.1575) hlemoine@uottawa.ca, if you wish to recommend a participant to this Workshop, or if you require additional information.

Source: Richard Clément, Ph. D., FRSC, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languagesand BilingualismInstitute (OLBI), University of Ottawa

Call for proposals – internships through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French program (YCWCEF)

Published At: 2014-01-31 08:59 -

The Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-fançaise (FJCF) is launching a call for proposals from Canadian organisation who wishes to send interns abroad through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French program (YCWCEF).

The FJCF manages a portion of Young Canada Works (YCW) which, all together, offers up to 2 300 salary grants for summer jobs and internships. These grants give students and young Canadian graduates an opportunity to use their skills and gain valuable work experience.

The international internships offered under YCWCEF for the year 2014-2015 are now available. The main goal of these internships is to promote “international exposure particularly in the Canadian language industries”. The internship must be for 4 to 12 consecutive months (preference will be given to employers who offer an internship for a 6 to 12 month period)but the contract should be done no later than March 31st, 2015. These internships are subsidized up to a maximum of $13,000 of the committed costs. A Web database will be available where you can look for potential candidates.

Eligible organizations can apply directly online until Friday, March 14th, 2014. We suggest you visit the website seen below or if you need more information, you can contact Pierre-Luc Lanteigne at 1(800) 267-5173 or pierre.luc@fjcf.ca

For more information or to fill directly the application form on line: www.youngcanadaworks.ca

 

Source: Pierre-Luc Lateigne, Coordinator, Young Canada Works

         

The NLP Revolution

Published At: 2014-01-24 12:11 -

NLP just might be the critical piece of technology that opens up the world of big data for everyone, and it might just do the same to predictive analytics and many other areas of information technology. - Gil Dibner

We invite you to read Gil Dibner’s blog on the natural language processing (NLP) revolution in business intelligence (BI).

Page: 1/4Last Page
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