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Ekushey Bangla keyboard: The first artificially intelligent Bangla keyboard

  • Published at 12:44 am February 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:45 am February 21st, 2018
Ekushey Bangla keyboard: The first artificially intelligent Bangla keyboard
A team lead by Biswapriyo Chakrabarty, Assistant Professor of the Computer Science and Engineering department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has unveiled the first artificially intelligent Bangla keyboard. The university had also created “Pipilika” the first Bangla search engine, and  RIBO,  the first Bangla-speaking social humanoid robot. An inauguration ceremony was held at the university's Dr MA Wazed Miah IICT Building and the invention was unveiled by SUST professor and author Md Zafar Iqbal. During the ceremony, the popular author said, “This keyboard has the ability to understand what you want to write. Before, we used to use English keyboards to write Bangla. That will no longer be necessary.” He also said, “This keyboard has artificial intelligence. For faster typing, there is a touch-sensitive system as well. Even people who do not know how to type can easily learn to do so with the help of this technology. ” Head of Computer Science department professor Dr Reza Selim, professor Dr Shahidur Rahman, and professor Dr Jahirul Islam were present at the event. The team behind the invention consists of Assistant Professor Biswapriyo Chakrabarty, Ukhoi Nu, Gautam Chowdhury, Buddha Chandra Banik, and user interface designer Faisal Haque among others. Bishwapriyo Chakraborti said, “The keyboard is very adaptive; it learns your preferences over time. ” He said users will be able to write with ease in both Bangla and English with this keyboard. The keyboard currently has 20 emojis, and more will be added later. The team behind plans to make the keyboard more interactive by adding voice search, emojis, and stickers. They also hope to release an iOS version soon.