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Bridges Across the Language Divide

Project description

Language Technologies 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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2011-7
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 578 570
Administrative Contact
Sebastian Stüker (Dr.)

Participants (11)

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 004 000
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 270
Address
Talstrasse 9A
76337 Waldbronn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Fügen (Dr.)
ACCIPIO PROJECTS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 531 876
Address
Roermonder Strasse 216
52072 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Steinbiss (Dr.)
NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Site Nokia Paris Saclay, Route De Villejust
91620 Nozay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dohy HONG (Dr.)
ANDREXEN
France
EU contribution
€ 207 744
Address
Rue Louise Michel 17
92300 Levallois-perret
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
KAROLYN FAVREAU (Mrs.)
HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Hong Kong
EU contribution
€ 352 000
Address
Clear Water Bay Kowloon
999077 Hong Kong
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Cheng (Ms.)
FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy
EU contribution
€ 986 000
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Umberto Silvestri (Dr.)
PERVOICE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 859 540
Address
Viale Verona 190/1
38123 Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dario Franceschini (Mr.)
POLSKO-JAPONSKA AKADEMIA TECHNIK KOMPUTEROWYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 386 000
Address
Ulica Koszykowa 86
02 008 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Muniak (Ms.)
Red Bee Media Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 438 000
Address
Uxbridge Road Ealing Cross 7Th Floor
W5 5TH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nilani Thavalingham (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 033 000
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frederick Max-Lino (Mr.)