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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-1

Coordinator

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Net EU contribution
€ 690 565,00
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 690 565,00

Participants (9)

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 434 815,00
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 434 815,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 463 310,00
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 463 310,00
IONIAN UNIVERSITY
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 418 190,00
Address
Ioannou Theotoki 72
49100 Corfu

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Region
Κέρκυρα Ιόνια Νησιά Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 418 190,00
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 319 550,00
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 319 550,00
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 42 000,00
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 42 000,00
DELUXE MEDIA EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 234 937,50
Address
142 Wardour Street
W1F 8DD London

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 234 937,50
TILBURG UNIVERSITY- UNIVERSITEIT VAN TILBURG
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 144 530,00
Address
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg

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Region
Noord-Brabant Midden-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 144 530,00
IVERSITY GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 56 000,00
Address
Berliner Str 33
16321 Bernau Bei Berlin
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Barnim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 56 000,00
KNOWLEDGE 4 ALL FOUNDATION LBG
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 277 250,00
Address
High Street 36 44 Surrey House
RH1 1RH Redhill

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South East (England) Surrey, East and West Sussex East Surrey
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 277 250,00