Lockheed funds language study for social media analytics tool

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A study of the Arabic language and its dialects is being undertaken by Khalifa University to improve Lockheed Martin's Web and social media analytics tool.

The Lockheed tool, called LM Wisdom, is used for monitoring and analyzing rapidly changing open source data, such as newspaper feeds and social media content, in near-real time.


Lockheed says LM Wisdom captures cultural context, trends and sentiment for deeper situational awareness.

"Big data analytics is one of the most important emerging research areas worldwide," said Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, senior vice president of research and development at Khalifa University. "We are very excited that our faculty and students will be engaged in this groundbreaking research jointly with an international industrial leader such as Lockheed Martin.

"This will no doubt enrich the experience of our faculty and students and will make their research of direct relevance to industry and the society."

The study, for a period of two years, is being funded by Lockheed but the funding amount was not disclosed.

Khalifa University faculty and students will use computer engineering and other techniques for the study, Lockheed said.


"We are excited about this partnership, not just for the present but for the potential follow-on work we may be able to continue with Khalifa University," said Bob Eastman, vice president for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions. "Our partnership with the university is an investment in not only our future growth, but in helping to build local talent pools with the UAE."

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