Pingar Signs With Chinese University To Develop Next Gen Algorithms

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Pingar Signs With Chinese University to Develop Next Gen Algorithms

SHANGHAI, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

             Collaborative Research Agreement with East China Normal

    University A Significant Breakthrough For New Zealand Internet Search

                            Technology Supplier.

    Pingar, the New Zealand based tech company that has developed the next

generation 'intelligent' search platform, announced in Shanghai today that it

has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of China's largest

and most prestigious tertiary institutions, the East China Normal University


    The MoU was signed by Peter Wren-Hilton, the Managing Director and

co-founder of Pingar, and Professor Junzhong Gu who is ECNU's Head of

Computer Applications and Director of Multimedia Information Technology

(MMIT). Wren-Hilton travelled this week with the New Zealand Minister for

Communications and Information Technology Hon. Steven Joyce as part of a high

level trade delegation to Shanghai, which included the signing of the Pingar


ECNU MoU as one of the major highlights. The other VIP guest who attended

today's signing of the MoU was Wang Zhen, Director of International

Collaboration at the Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre.

    Peter Wren-Hilton says that currently the Chinese Government has a

preference for technology products which feature Chinese language versions.

    "Pingar's launch of its Chinese language version at the NZ Pavilion at

the Shanghai Expo in July has led to interest from several of China's leading

universities who have expressed a desire to work collaboratively with us so

that they commercialise research outputs. As Pingar increases its

collaboration with Chinese partners like ECNU these relationships can only

lead to bigger networks and expose us to new Chinese customers," says


    Wren-Hilton adds that among other things, Pingar's MoU with ECNU includes

specific research collaboration with Professor Gu's team of researchers.

    "Professor Gu's team are at the cutting edge of complex algorithm

development which is used in high performance search platforms such as Pingar

which relies on advanced query and text search functions. This means that

Professor Gu's team will no doubt be involved in the development of

algorithms used in Pingar's next generation Chinese language search


    For this reason, Wren-Hilton says that the agreement with ECNU is another

milestone as it is Pingar's first commercial engagement with a key Chinese


    "What is so exciting about the MoU with ECNU is that it sets up a close

R&D relationship with a leading Chinese university which is a first for

Pingar. The joint collaborative efforts between Pingar and ECNU will help

develop and grow Pingar's core search platform so that we will always be at

the forefront globally of search technology for enterprise."

    "Pingar has a proven model in forming close working relationships with

research universities such as the University of Waikato, Auckland University

of Technology, and the University of Wales. All of these have been successful

in producing collaborative research outputs that have directly benefitted

both partners and we are confident that this will also be the case with


    Pingar is very active in the region, having had a presence in Hong Kong

since early 2009 at the Hong Kong Science and Innovation Park. Pingar's

partnership with Hong Kong's Compose System, a major developer of print

publishing solutions, is helping to expand its operations throughout China

and Asia.

    Wren-Hilton notes that the agreement with ECNU also holds even wider


    "We expect our collaboration with Professor Gu to generate other ideas

that Pingar can work on jointly with ECNU. We are looking at new ways to

enhance the Pingar search platform for the Chinese and global market. This is

an extremely important step forward for Pingar as we continue to build our

business in China and show that our technology is truly competitive in global


    About Pingar

    Established in 2006, Pingar has developed a semantic search platform that

returns comprehensive search query results inside formatted PDF documents.

    Based in Auckland and Tauranga, Pingar also has offices in the United

Kingdom and Hong Kong.

    Pingar is a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Search Partner.

    Pingar's technology was developed in cooperation with the University of

Waikato (WaikatoLink) and Auckland University of Technology and has received

significant support from New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the Foundation

for Research Science & Technology.

    About East China Normal University (ECNU)

    One of China's key universities, ECNU is a high level normal university

founded in October 1951.

    The ECNU campus is spread over 220 hectares, and is made up of 18

full-time schools and colleges, 2 higher colleges and 4 advanced research

institutes, with 54 departments offering 67 undergraduate programmes.

    Based on the former Great China University and Kwang Hua University, ECNU

was one of the first 16 universities officially graded as national Key

Universities in 1959. This status was reaffirmed in 1978. Again ECNU was also

one of the first 33 higher education institutions authorised, by the State

Council in 1986, to establish their graduate schools. In 2006 the Ministry of

Education and Shanghai Municipality signed into partnership for co-sponsoring

the development of the university, qualifying ECNU as a member of Project 985

and facilitating ECNU's efforts and progress towards a world renowned

high-level research university.

    For more information, please visit:

SOURCE: Pingar

    CONTACT: Peter Wren-Hilton, Managing Director of Pingar, 

             Mobile, +64-21-791-120; or 

             Julien Leys of JML Communications, 

             +64 9 358 2828, 

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             Mobile, +64-21-655-598, 

   , for Pingar



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