Singapore opens competition for next generation search engine
Singapore based agency A*STAR on Thursday has officially announced an open global competition ‘The Star Challenge’ for all, individual and 10-member team to create a new generation search engine that can recognise not only the text within websites but also the objects in music and video files. The winner for this ‘Star Challenge’ will win the cash prize of US$1,00,000 after eight-month exercise.
A*STAR, a renowned agency of Science, Technology and Research has called all the top software engineers and researchers of the globe for creating an advance multi media search engines that can works on all multi-media platforms especially Web 2.0 and user-generated content websites like Facebook and YouTube while all the available search engines can only find pictures, video or audio files based on file names, tags and other contextual text that appears on the same web page as the media file.
"Developing such search capabilities will radically change the way people interact with multi-media information, creating seamless and accessible platforms for people across different online communities," said Lim Chuan Poh, the chairman of the a*star.
The agency has informed the media that after the tough eight-month global competition which would held under an international advisory panel, only top five teams out of all will get the chance to fly Singapore for the finals at Fusionopolis, a science and technology research centre that is set to open in October this year.
The last date of submission of the application is February 29, 2008. For more detail; log on www.thestarchallenge.sg.
Before this a*star has already conducted a global competition in biomedical field. Now it is planning for scanning top brains from the technology industry.
The Singaporean government is promoting this sort of competition for not only getting top search engines and genius scientists, but it is also eyeing to develop Singapore a global digital media hub, officially statement informed.
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