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QT21: Quality Translation 21

Objective

A European Digital Single Market free of barriers, including language barriers, is a stated EU objective to be achieved by 2020. The findings of the META-NET Language White Papers show that currently only 3 of the EU-27 languages enjoy moderate to good support by our machine translation technologies, with either weak (at best fragmentary) or no support for the vast majority of the EU-27 languages. This lack is a key obstacle impeding the free flow of people, information and trade in the European Digital Single Market. Many of the languages not supported by our current technologies show common traits: they are morphologically complex, with free and diverse word order. Often there are not enough training resources and/or processing tools. Together this results in drastic drops in translation quality. The combined challenges of linguistic phenomena and resource scenarios have created a large and under-explored grey area in the language technology map of European languages. Combining support from key stakeholders, QT21 addresses this grey area developing (1) substantially improved statistical and machine-learning based translation models for challenging languages and resource scenarios, (2) improved evaluation and continuous learning from mistakes, guided by a systematic analysis of quality barriers, informed by human translators, (3) all with a strong focus on scalability, to ensure that learning and decoding with these models is efficient and that reliance on data (annotated or not) is minimised. To continuously measure progress, and to provide a platform for sharing and collaboration (QT21 internally and beyond), the project revolves around a series of Shared Tasks, for maximum impact co-organised with WMT. To support early technology transfer, QT21 proposes a Technology Bridge linking ICT-17(a) and (b) projects and opening up the possibility of showing technical feasibility of early research outputs in near to operational environments.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 932 625

Participants (13)

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 314 679
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 274 089
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 253 503
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 358 215
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 061
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 256 318
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 283 063
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy
EU contribution
€ 322 500
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 290 625
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAUS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 108 750
Address
Oosteinde 9
1483 AB De Rijp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEXT & FORM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 107 500
Address
Neue Grunstrasse 25
10719 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TILDE SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 116 500
Address
Vienibas Gatve 75 A
1004 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Hong Kong
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Clear Water Bay Kowloon
999077 Hong Kong
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments