LIRNEasia researcher Yashothara Shanmugarajah was part of the team that recently awarded the e-Swabhimani Award in the Government and Citizen Engagement category by ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure.
The e-Swabhimani Awards 2018 honor outstanding digital social innovators who have impacted society using digital technologies. The ‘Government and Citizen Engagement Award’ recognizes ideas that deliver content-rich solutions to the public and connect the public, businesses, and organizations. e-Swabhimani serves as a stepping stone to the World Summit Award and regional awards such as the Manthan Awards South Asia and the mBillionth Award for mobile applications.
Yashothara’s was part of the Si-Ta systems team which was declared winner from a shortlist of six finalists, for their work in developing computer-assisted Sinhala-Tamil translation systems. She contributed towards the development of the system at every stage from research to training workshops for end users.
Si-Ta is a computer-assisted translation system for Sinhala and Tamil, with post editing support to correct translation. The input document is translated by the Si-Ta system which also highlights words it cannot translate.