Pocketable Language Translation System for use in Noisy Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-C-0368
Agency Tracking Number: N023-0163
Amount: $539,383.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
106 East Fourth Street, Northfield, MN, 55057
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Palmquist
 President & CEO
 (507) 664-9123
 rpalmquist@speechgear.com
Business Contact
 Robert Palmquist
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (507) 664-9123
Email: rpalmquist@speechgear.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 Theodore Berger
 500 Olin Hall
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (310) 791-3808
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Mission Statement: To develop and deploy a Pocketable Language Translation System that identifies languages and user-selected keywords as they are spoken in the foreign language. Users will enter keywords into the system using their native language andthe system will automatically identify when they occur in the foreign language that is being spoken. This system will provide robust and reliable results even when significant background noise and/or degradation of the audio signal are present.Conversations shall be automatically recorded and saved. The system shall be capable of operating in a stand-alone manner, be low in cost, easy-to-use in all environments, comfortable to carry and/or wear, be easily expandable to additional languages andvocabulary words, ruggedized to shock, dust and water, be small in size, lightweight and have an extended battery life. The object of this effort is to develop and deploy a fully functional Pocketable Language Translations System (PLTS) that meets theabove requirements. The two main team members are SpeechGear, Inc., and the USC. SpeechGear's knowledge in the design, development and deployment of mobile translation systems will be combined with USC's expertise in recognizing speech in noisyenvironments to complete the design, development and deployment of the PLTS. Applications include all individuals who require multi-lingual translation capabilities in noisy environments. The mobile translator system will benefit a wide range ofindividuals including military personnel, airport employees, border patrol and customs agents, police, fire fighters, rescue personnel, retail clerks, bank tellers, delivery personnel, phone operators, tourists and any industry that sells, develops ormanufactures products to/in global markets or employs individuals that do not speak the native language.

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