Modularized Transliteration Engine based on DMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Amount:
$99,590.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HM1582-06-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number:
M061-001-0002
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
NGA06-001
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
SEMANTIC DESIGNS
12636 Research Blvd #C214, Austin, TX, 78759
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
884365610
Principal Investigator:
Ira Baxter
Chief Technical Officer
(512) 250-1018
idbaxter@semdesigns.com
Business Contact:
Mark O'Brien
VP Marketing
(512) 250-1018
mobrien@semdesigns.com
Research Institution:
n/a
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.

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