About Appen

Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. With over 20 years of experience, expertise in more than 180 languages, and access to a global crowd of over 400,000, Appen partners with leading technology companies to enhance their machine learning-based products.

Data is Key: Takeaways from LocWorld China

Danny Duan, VP of China Business Development, and Willa Lin, Senior Project Manager for Appen’s Language Resources team, recently attended LocWorld in Shenzhen, China. LocWorld, one of the leading conferences for translation, localization, and global website management, presented a range of sessions and speakers focusing on high-value information in the language marketplace. […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Speech Recognition Goes Wrong

Automatic speech recognition (ASR) is something we work with every day here at Appen. Around the world, more and more people are using ASR on their phones, on their computers, or around the house. We have digital personal assistants at our beck and call to set reminders, reply to texts or emails, or even to search the web for us and recommend somewhere to eat. […]

By | March 14th, 2017|Press|2 Comments

You Have Blind Spots When It Comes to Your Site Search

If worries about robots taking over your job are keeping you up at night, there’s good news: people are better than robots at many things, including evaluating how well your search engine is performing. […]

By | March 6th, 2017|Press|0 Comments

What’s Your NLP Data Strategy?

At the Conversational Interaction Conference earlier this month, attendees converged to learn about the latest developments in devices and applications that interact with text or speech in natural language, and how to take advantage of this growing trend. Representatives from financial services, entertainment, automotive firms and more heard from experts on where the industry is headed. While many exciting developments have occurred in this space, there is still room to improve the consumer experience with chat bots, digital assistants and other natural language-based technologies. […]

By | February 15th, 2017|Press|0 Comments

Appen Awarded #1 Ranking on FlexJobs’ 100 Top Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2017

SYDNEY, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Appen is proud to announce that it has been named as the number one provider of remote jobs on FlexJobs’ annual list of the 100 Top Companies to Watch for Telecommuting and Remote Jobs. […]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Press|0 Comments

What’s Your Tail Telling You? How to Use Search Query Data to Increase Conversions

Does your retail website have a search engine? Then you’re sitting on a treasure trove of data—one that can help you convert more customers, increase satisfaction and even identify new business opportunities. The insight is just waiting to be discovered in what we call “the long tail” of your search query data. […]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Press|0 Comments

Impressions from the AI Frontiers Conference

Last week our VP of Business Development – Prithivi Pradeep – was on hand at the AI Frontiers conference in Santa Clara, CA to network with peers and hear from an impressive lineup of speakers on topics ranging from Autonomous Driving to Natural Language Processing to Deep Learning. Industry experts from Amazon, Baidu, Google, Microsoft and more highlighted their approaches to AI and provided glimpses of what the future may hold. We caught up with Prithivi to get some of his impressions from the event: […]

By | January 19th, 2017|Press|0 Comments

The Hunt for Human Speech Data

With voice activated devices launching weekly, one might think that we’re reaching a tipping point in the use of speech recognition technologies. However, a recent Bloomberg article argues that while speech recognition has made great strides in recent years, the technology has not yet reached a point where it would replace how most consumers currently interact with their devices. Consumers have embraced the concept of voice activated devices with enthusiasm, but the actual experience has room for improvement. What is holding the technology back? […]

By | January 11th, 2017|Press|0 Comments

How many ways can you spell a word?

Here’s a topic that’s near and dear to our hearts here at Appen: spelling standardization. If you’re providing training data to a computer system to produce machine translation, speech recognition, or a computer voice, it’s important to spell each word the same way every time it comes up (otherwise, you’re watering down your training data and the language model gets confused). […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Press|1 Comment

5 Overlooked Search Engine Issues that Steal Your Sales

People who use your on-site search are demonstrating their intent to purchase. They are looking for something specific, and expect relevant results when using search. Is your search able to deliver? In working with a variety of eCommerce companies using different types of search platforms, we’ve seen some key issues that your current analytics tools may not be telling you about. […]

By | November 29th, 2016|Press|0 Comments