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EU-BRIDGE

Project ID: 287658
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Bridges Across the Language Divide

From 2012-02-01 to 2015-01-31, closed project | EU-BRIDGE Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 10 368 777

EU contribution:

EUR 7 875 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Today Europe is facing larger and more critical language challenges than ever before. The production of multilingual content now far outpaces our ability to translate it by human effort and we must turn to automatic methods to cope. Thus, effective and innovative alternatives must be provided to Europe's citizens and businesses. High performing machine translation technology can be part of the solution.Recent advances in machine translation (MT) technology now show great promise, as systems can be trained automatically from data and achieve respectable performance, even from speech input. However, MT still has very high maintenance costs, and is unsuited to cope with many of today's digital media's relentlessly changing streams of information, across different topics, styles, and genres. 'Bridges Across the Language Divide' (EU-BRIDGE) proposes to advance speech translation to the point where it can deal with the varying input conditions occurring in digital media, and is able to automatically adapt itself to the changing domains.Training data for modern state-of-the-art statistical speech translation models has become a valuable resource that is difficult and expensive to collect in sufficient quantities for all languages and domains of interest. EU-BRIDGE will therefore seek to reduce the cost of data collection and the dependency on collected data.In its research EU-BRIDGE will address European and non-European languages of high importance to the businesses and citizens of Europe, also dealing with the problem of addressing under-resourced languages and their specific peculiarities.EU-BRIDGE will further be working on European infrastructure and network services in order to provide European businesses with a tangible benefit when operating in a multilingual market, e.g. TV captioning and translation. EU-BRIDGE has identified four use cases which will be serviced by its infrastructure and which will proof the concept of EU-BRIDGE to stimulate use by many more use case developers in the future.

Objective

Today Europe is facing larger and more critical language challenges than ever before. The production of multilingual content now far outpaces our ability to translate it by human effort and we must turn to automatic methods to cope. Thus, effective and innovative alternatives must be provided to Europe's citizens and businesses. High performing machine translation technology can be part of the solution.Recent advances in machine translation (MT) technology now show great promise, as systems can be trained automatically from data and achieve respectable performance, even from speech input. However, MT still has very high maintenance costs, and is unsuited to cope with many of today's digital media's relentlessly changing streams of information, across different topics, styles, and genres.'Bridges Across the Language Divide' (EU-BRIDGE) proposes to advance speech translation to the point where it can deal with the varying input conditions occurring in digital media, and is able to automatically adapt itself to the changing domains.Training data for modern state-of-the-art statistical speech translation models has become a valuable resource that is difficult and expensive to collect in sufficient quantities for all languages and domains of interest. EU-BRIDGE will therefore seek to reduce the cost of data collection and the dependency on collected data.In its research EU-BRIDGE will address European and non-European languages of high importance to the businesses and citizens of Europe, also dealing with the problem of addressing under-resourced languages and their specific peculiarities.EU-BRIDGE will further be working on European infrastructure and network services in order to provide European businesses with a tangible benefit when operating in a multilingual market, e.g. TV captioning and translation. EU-BRIDGE has identified four use cases which will be serviced by its infrastructure and which will proof the concept of EU-BRIDGE to stimulate use by many more use case developers in the future.

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 578 570


KAISERSTRASSE 12
76131 KARLSRUHE
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Sebastian Stüker
Tel.: +49 721 608 46284
Fax: +49 721 607 721

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Participants

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 004 000


TEMPLERGRABEN 55
52062 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ernst Schmachtenberg
Tel.: +49 241 8090490
Fax: +49 241 8092490

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MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 498 270


TALSTRASSE 9A
76337 WALDBRONN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Christian Fügen
Tel.: +49 721 608 44734
Fax: +49 721 607 721

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ACCIPIO PROJECTS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 531 876


ROERMONDER STRASSE 216
52072 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Volker Steinbiss
Tel.: +49 241 1570510
Fax: +49 3212 1106226

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ALCATEL - LUCENT BELL LABS FRANCE
Participation ended
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


ROUTE DE LA REINE 148-152
92100 BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Dohy HONG
Tel.: +33 6 6937 8738

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ANDREXEN
France

EU contribution: EUR 207 744


RUE LOUISE MICHEL 17
92300 Levallois-Perret
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: KAROLYN FAVREAU
Tel.: +33 1 72 74 15 90

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

EU contribution: EUR 352 000


Clear Water Bay
999077 Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Jenny Cheng
Tel.: +852 2358 6946
Fax: +852 2358 1541

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FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 986 000


VIA SANTA CROCE 77
38122 TRENTO
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Umberto Silvestri
Tel.: +39 0461 314375
Fax: +39 0461 302040

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PERVOICE SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 859 540


VIALE VERONA 190/1
38123 TRENTO
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Dario Franceschini
Tel.: +39 0461 383960
Fax: +39 0461 383910

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POLSKO JAPONSKA WYZSZA SZKOLA TECHNIK KOMPUTEROWYCH PJWSTK
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 386 000


ULICA KOSZYKOWA 86
02 008 WARSZAWA
Poland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Anna Muniak
Tel.: +48225844565
Fax: +48225844501

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Red Bee Media Limited
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 438 000


UXBRIDGE ROAD EALING CROSS 7TH FLOOR
W5 5TH LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Nilani Thavalingham
Tel.: +44 208 4955497

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 1 033 000


OLD COLLEGE, SOUTH BRIDGE
EH8 9YL EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Frederick Max-Lino
Tel.: +44 131 650 4442
Fax: +44 131 650 6626

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