Arabic Speech-Centered Machine Translation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-05-C-W005
Agency Tracking Number: A043-101-2125
Amount: $69,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-101
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1016 16th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20036
DUNS: 155774941
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evelyne Tzoukermann
 Senior Researcher
 (202) 722-2440
 tzoukermann@streamsage.com
Business Contact
 Seth Murray
Title: President
Phone: (202) 722-2440
Email: murray@streamsage.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Today there is an incredible and rapidly growing amount of Arabic broadcast data available over the air and digitally. Furthermore this media is of high interest to governments and corporations worldwide. In the proposed work, StreamSage proposes to develop a new type of recognition and translation system that would greatly improve the accuracy with which the deluge of broadcast content can be automatically transcribed and translated for use by non-Arabic speakers. At the crux of the proposed system are new approaches for greatly reducing the errors in Arabic speech recognition and reducing the effect of recognition errors on translation accuracy. The goal of the project is to translate Arabic speech to English text with nearly the same accuracy as translating Arabic text to English by constructing a translation system from the ground up with a focus on the unique difficulties presented by spoken language.

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