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Browser-based Multilingual Translation

Objective

The Bergamot project will add and improve client-side machine translation in a web browser. Unlike current cloud-based options, running directly on users' machines empowers citizens to preserve their privacy and increases the uptake of language technologies in Europe in various sectors that require confidentiality. Free software integrated with an open-source web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, will enable bottom-up adoption by non-experts, resulting in cost savings for private and public sector users who would otherwise procure translation or operate monolingually.
To understand and support non-expert users, our user experience work package researches their needs and creates the user interface. Rather than simply translating text, this interface will expose improved quality estimates, addressing the rising public debate on algorithmic trust. Building on quality estimation research, we will enable users to confidently generate text in a language they do not speak, enabling cross-lingual online form filling. To improve quality overall, dynamic domain adaptation research addresses the peculiar writing style of a website or user by adapting translation on the fly using local information too private to upload to the cloud. These applications require adaptation and inference to run on desktop hardware with compact model downloads, which we address with neural network efficiency research. Our combined research on user experience, domain adaptation, quality estimation, outbound translation, and efficiency support a broad browser-based innovation plan.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 983 383,75

Participants (5)

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 478 012,50
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 542 187,50
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 413 125
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MZ DENMARK APS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
C/o Njord Law Firm Pilestraede 58
1112 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MZ DENMARK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 582 387,50
Address
Schlesische Str 27
10997 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)