Tuesday, 30 August 2011

prize for PhD thesis on localisation

The Localisation Research Centre (LRC), at the University of Limerick, invites entries for the 2011 LRC Best Thesis Award. The LRC Best Thesis Award, sponsored by Symantec, is an annual award given to the author of the best research publication in an area relevant to internationalisation and localisation.

Students who have completed a thesis on a relevant theme within the past two years are invited to submit their work to the LRC for consideration. Theses may be submitted prior to their degree award and will be judged by a panel of academic and industry experts.  

James Grealis, Senior Director of Operations with Symantec Ireland, said: “Symantec are delighted to sponsor this worthwhile award. As an industry we should encourage new thinking and the Best Thesis Award is an excellent example of encouraging change and critical analysis of the tools & processes that underline our industry. The award offers a prize of €1000, plus one item from Symantec’s range of retail professional products. As a world leader in Internet security, Research and Development is core to our business. Innovation is a key value in our world today. Symantec is proud to be the supporter of this LRC Award.”

Reinhard Schäler, director of the LRC at the University of Limerick said: “Ireland is a world leader in software localisation, a multi-billion euro business that employs approximately 12,000 people in Ireland alone. Research is the lifeblood of this industry and the LRC Best Thesis Award encourages researchers to address the issues faced by the localisation industry in order to sustain development of this key area, especially in the context of the emerging eContent industry.”

The scope of the thesis need not be confined to a technical area, and applications are also invited from students who are carrying out research into commercial and management aspects of the localisation industry. 

Possible areas of research might include:

Global web design and content management

Machine Translation and Computer-aided translation

Computer Aided Translation

Post Editing

Localisation Workflows

Terminology databases

Software quality assurance and localisation 

Software engineering for the international market


Project management and localisation

The winner will receive €1,000 and one of Symantec’s professional retail products. In addition, the winner will be invited to attend and possibly present at the LRC Internationalisation and Localisation Conference as well as contribute a paper to Localisation Focus, The International Journal of Localisation.  

Should you wish to enter your thesis, please forward a copy (hard copy and electronic copy) together with your full contact details, a short CV (max. one page) and relevant information on the thesis to:  

Localisation Research Centre – LRC
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)
University of Limerick – National Technological Park - Limerick - Ireland
(Tel. +353-61-202881, email LRC at ul.ie)

By submitting their work authors acknowledge the right of the LRC to publish their work should it be awarded the LRC Best Thesis Award, or receive a special mention. 
Closing date for submission is 02 September.

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