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EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation

Objective

Automatic translation is an undeniable need in a globalized world where communication using several languages becomes increasingly more relevant. Translation Memory (TM) and Machine Translation (MT) systems are the two most elaborate technologies to support human translation. Recent developments in the area of Example-based and Statistical Machine Translation (EBMT and SMT), in particular, have shown the potential of data-driven approaches for producing fast and low cost translations. A number of user studies have however established shortcomings in the state-of-the-art of these technologies, including poor quality translations for low resource languages, interfaces that do not take into account user requirements and user feedback, etc. We propose the creation of an Initial Training Network to train young researchers on ways to improve current data-driven MT technologies (TM, SMT and EBMT) by exploiting their individual strengths through their combination and by addressing some of the main limitations of each of these technologies. Leading academic and industrial partners in all data-driven translation technologies, along with both professional translators and end-users of translation technologies will support young researchers of the network during the whole research and development cycle, providing guidance, core and complementary training skills and evaluating the resulting technologies. A comprehensive set of training materials on core and complementary skills developed during this project will be made freely available to other researchers interested in the field. We expect the training of researchers in the new skills required for the development and use of technologies that can increase productivity and reduce costs in the translation sector, as well as facilitate reliable communication and content creation in multiple languages, will contribute to several aspects of Europe’s ICT development.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
Address
Wulfruna Street
WV1 1LY Wolverhampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 821 463,28
Administrative Contact
Constantin Orasan (Dr.)

Participants (8)

PANGEANIC B I EUROPA SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 151 887,83
Address
Calle Profesor Beltran Baguena Num 4 Planta 4 Puerta 02
46009 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elia Yuste (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 486 363,24
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jose Antonio Molina Ruiz (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 603 113,28
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 477 137,76
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elke Teich (Prof.)
TRANSLATED SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 135,24
Address
Piazza Citera 1
00040 Pomezia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Marco (Mr.)
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 522 628,92
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josef Van Genabith (Prof.)
HERMES TRADUCCIONES Y SERVICIOS LINGUISTICOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 151 887,83
Address
Calle Colquide 6/2P/3i
28230 Las Rozas Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan José Arevalillo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 506 722,92
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Dijkers (Mr.)