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Translation for Massive Open Online Courses

Objective

Massive Open Online Courses have been growing rapidly in size and impact. Yet the language barrier constitutes a major growth impediment in reaching out to all peoples and educating all citizens. TraMOOC aims at tackling this impediment by developing high-quality translation of all types of text genre included in MOOCs (e.g. assignments, tests, presentations, lecture subtitles, blog text) from English into eleven European and BRIC languages (DE, IT, PT, EL, DU, CS, BG, CR, PL, RU, ZH) that constitute strong use cases, are hard to translate into and have weak MT support, thus complying with the call objectives. Phrase-based and syntax-based statistical machine translation models will be developed for addressing language diversity and supporting the language-independent nature of the methodology. For a high quality, automatic translation approach and for adding value to existing infrastructure, extensive advanced bootstrapping of new resources will be performed. An innovative multi-modal automatic and human evaluation schema will further ensure translation quality. For human evaluation, an innovative, strict-access control, time- and cost-efficient crowdsourcing setup will be used. Translation experts, domain experts and end users will also be involved. Separate task mining applications will be employed for implicit translation evaluation: (i) topic detection will be applied to source and translated texts and the resulting entity lists will be compared, leading to further qualitative and quantitative translation evaluation results; (ii) sentiment analysis performed on MOOC users’ blog posts will reveal end user opinion/evaluation regarding translation quality. Results will be combined into a feedback vector and used to refine parallel data and retrain translation models towards a more accurate second-phase translation output. The project results will be showcased and tested on the Iversity MOOC platform and on the VideoLectures.NET digital video lecture library.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/natural language processing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 690 565

Participants (9)

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 434 815
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 463 310
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IONIAN UNIVERSITY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 418 190
Address
Ioannou Theotoki 72
49100 Corfu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 550
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 42 000
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DELUXE MEDIA EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 937,50
Address
142 Wardour Street
W1F 8DD London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 144 530
Address
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IVERSITY GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 56 000
Address
Berliner Str 33
16321 Bernau Bei Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KNOWLEDGE 4 ALL FOUNDATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 250
Address
High Street 36 44 Surrey House
RH1 1RH Redhill
Activity type
Other