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Linguist's Ambiguity Tutor and Rehearsal System (LATARS)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79169
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-026-3936
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BCL COMPUTERS
990 Linden Dr. Suite 203 Santa Clara, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Linguist's Ambiguity Tutor and Rehearsal System (LATARS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-6682
Award Amount: $99,831.00
 

Abstract:

BCL plans to research methods to develop Linguist's Ambiguity Tutor and Rehearsal System (LATARS) that trains US military personnel in a new language along with the subtleties of correct semantics of ambiguous, double meaning, and slang phrases. The overall approach will use COTS language specific NLP parsers, lexicons, semantic processing, thematic role assignment, semantic heuristics, single semantic representation and word sense disambiguation techniques to rapidly train systems for the subtleties mentioned above for multiple languages and environments. In its Phase I work, BCL will develop a prototype LATARS for the Arabic language. With the ongoing war against terrorism, understanding the subtleties of Arabic is a key requirement for U.S. military personnel deployed overseas. The prototype system will train on text from emails, chat rooms, voice transcriptions, memos and published documents that will be put in a document repository. At the end of the Phase I research BCL will evaluate the Arabic LATARS for disambiguation, and understanding of slang phrases. In Phase II BCL will work with the Air Force to develop a prototype LATARS for two additional languages. Possible languages of interest include those used by countries potentially working on WMD such as Farsi (Persian), Urdu/Hindi and Korean.

Principal Investigator:

Hassan Alam
President
4082494126
hassana@bcltechnologies.com

Business Contact:

Hassan Alam
President
4082494126
hassana@bcltechnologies.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BCL COMPUTERS
990 Linden Dr., Suite 203 Santa Clara, CA 95050

EIN/Tax ID: 770343635
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No