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Modularized Transliteration Engine based on DMS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Award ID:
79150
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
M061-001-0002
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SEMANTIC DESIGNS
13171 Pond Springs Road Austin, TX 78729-7102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Modularized Transliteration Engine based on DMS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Contract: HM1582-06-C-0004
Award Amount: $99,590.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR project will define a means for specifying and executing multiple transliteration systems to map written words in scripts in a variety of natural languages into Latin scripts. The work will investigate the issues behind transliteration of place names. It will define a domain-specific language, TSL, in which a transliteration system can be coded in a format easily written, understood and maintainable by a transliteration expert, using the scripting systems of the source and target natural language. The goal for TSL is to be able to specify transliterations between many pairs of language, but emphasis will be place on transliterations to Latin scripts. The work will encode in TSL the 70 systems used in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Geographic Names Database. A compiler for TSL will be constructed to generate an extremely efficient implementation of a TSL instance. Compiled transliterators will be packaged for integration with systems such as NGA-GND, and will include heuristic spelling correctors based on supplied lists of potential target phrases. The transliteration compiler technology will be based on a mature, automated source-to-source transformation system, DMS, which has been used for many computer-language translation and analysis tasks over the past decade.

Principal Investigator:

Ira Baxter
Chief Technical Officer
5122501018
idbaxter@semdesigns.com

Business Contact:

Mark O'Brien
VP Marketing
5122501018
mobrien@semdesigns.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SEMANTIC DESIGNS
12636 Research Blvd #C214 Austin, TX 78759

EIN/Tax ID: 742762312
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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