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Generic Automatic Recognition System for Handwritten Arabic Script Documents

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81427
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-057-2621
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Generic Automatic Recognition System for Handwritten Arabic Script Documents
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-08-C-0027
Award Amount: $69,979.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal addresses the feasibility of developing a generic system framework for automatically recognizing handwritten text for non-Arabic languages using Arabic-style script such as Urdu or Pashto. Despite recent progress in automatic handwritten Arabic recognition, little attention has been paid to non-Arabic languages using Arabic-style scripts. Nonetheless, automatic recognition of non-Arabic languages using Arabic-style scripts such as Urdu and Pashto has great potential in both military and commercial applications. Hence, the goal of this proposal is to develop a generic system framework for automatically recognizing handwritten text for non-Arabic languages using Arabic-style script. In particular, we focus on extending the optical Arabic text recognition capability to the Urdu language in which computing standards are established. The generic Arabic-style script recognition system will be based on the Hidden Markov Model approach that is suitable for cursive and context-sensitive Urdu scripts. Various feature-extraction algorithms will be implemented based on the proposed generic handwritten Arabic-style script recognition framework. We shall evaluate the basic performance of the developed system using a handwritten Urdu database collected during Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Hui-Ling Lu
Principal Scientist
6502138585
vicky@optisyn.com

Business Contact:

P. K. Menon
President
6502138585
menon@optisyn.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

OPTIMAL SYNTHESIS, INC.
868 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

EIN/Tax ID: 770484755
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No