JSFoo 2015

The future of JavaScript

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MLR Convention Centre, J P Nagar, Bangalore

JSFoo is India’s premier JavaScript conference. This year is the fifth edition.

The theme for the 2015 edition is the future of JavaScript.

We are looking for talks and workshops from academics and practitioners who are at the cutting edge of developments in JavaScript.

We want to hear all about:

  • Advances in browser JavaScript
  • JavaScript in hardware
  • Functional JavaScript
  • Cutting edge developments, including original work
  • ES6

Editorial panel

  • Santosh Rajan, founder Geekskool
  • Shwetank Dixit, Extensions Program Manager and Web Evangelist, Opera Software
  • Sindhu S, Recurse Center alumni
  • Zainab Bawa, editorial coordinator, co-founder at HasGeek

Commitment to Open Source

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Workshops

If you are interested in conducting a hands-on session on any of the topics falling under the themes described above, please submit a proposal under the workshops section. We also need you to tell us about your past experience in teaching and/or conducting workshops.

BOF sessions

If you are interested in doing an unconference during the breakout sessions, propose a topic which will be of interest to the community.

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 July 2015
Conference dates: 18-19 September
Workshops: 15, 16, 17 and 20 September

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Rabimba Karanjai

@rabimba

Building a self learning word prediction and auto-correct module for FirefoxOS and openweb handling multilingual input

Submitted Jul 16, 2015

Language input for mobile devices has always been a challenge on how to provide intuitive experience along with the easy of type. One approach towards that end is predictive text input. But predictions are as good as the wordlist that it gets generated from. Often it becomes a much harder problem to implement the same approach for localized languages like Hindi,Bengali (India, Bangladesh) and languages that require IME to type effectively. One approach is to learn from users typing preference and improve the dictionary weight-age to improve prediction. This talk will discuss upon how this can be implemented in Firefox OS and how the same approach can be used for openweb apps universally without locking in to any specific language. We also will briefly discuss how it manages to improve localized language predictions and the challenges some transliteration system faces along with how we can tackle them.

Outline

A predictive text input system predicts the user’s next input word from the characteristics of natural languages and the user’s text input history. It can dramatically reduce the burden of text input tasks especially in environments where standard full-size keyboards cannot be used. When a user of a predictive text input system types the “a” key and “p” key to enter “application”, the system suggests “apple”, “application”. Candidate words are usually selected based on the word frequencies and the user’s usage pattern, but it would be better if the system can predict words based on the context of the text composition task.
Also for localized/asian languages transliteration has been one of the common methods for multilingual text input. One such way predictive transliteration, where user could input a word, by intuitively combining the input alphabet phonetically and the predictive transliteration system should correctly convert it to the target language.

For both of these cases it is of paramount importance to learn about the users usage of the words and learn from the usage pattern/words to dynamically improve upon the prediction for better output candidates. The talk will be organised as follows. In first part we will discuss briefly on how to integrate a modular learning algorithm to the prediction engine of FirefoxOS(gaia). Then we will talk about specific challenges to be addressed by a phonetic transliteration system and how we can address them. We will finish it with the limitations of present approach and what can be done to improve it.

Speaker bio

Full Time Graduate Researcher, part time hacker and FOSS enthusiast.

I used to write code for Watson and do a bunch of other things at their lab (mostly deals with algorithm,NLP, Ontologies,reading papers among other stuff). At present intern at Almaden Research Center. And crawling my way towards a PhD at RICE University.

My present interest deviates towards security. Primarily static analysis and marginally towards systems.

Slides

https://goo.gl/iURYGy

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