Doubling down on Southeast Asia, Baidu opens research center in Singapore
July 27, 2012 by Terence LEE
The Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC) is a collaboration with the Institute for Infocomm Research, a research arm of the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Specifically, the press release mentions that BIRC will conduct research on Southeast Asian Language Resources, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval and Information Extraction, and Speech Information Processing.
According to TheNextWeb, the research center will develop technologies to localize Baidu’s products for Southeast Asia. The search engine is making a push into the region, most notably with the launch of the Tieba Web forum in Vietnam and web directory Hao123, which also operates in the country as well as Thailand.
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