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Global Under-Resourced MEedia Translation

Global Under-Resourced MEedia Translation

Objective

Machine translation (MT) is an increasingly important technology for supporting communication in a globalised world. MT technology has gradually increased over the last ten years, but recent advances in neural machine translation (NMT), have resulted in significant interest in industry and have lead to very rapid adoption of the new paradigm (eg. Google, Facebook, UN, World International Patent Office). Although these models have shown significant advances in state-of-the-art performance they are data intensive and require parallel corpora of many millions of human translated sentences for training. Neural Machine translation is currently not able to deliver usable translations for the vast majority of language pairs in the world. This is especially problematic for our user partners, the BBC and DW who need access to fast and accurate translation for languages with very few resources.

The aim of GoURMET is to significantly improve the robustness and applicability of neural machine translation for low-resource language pairs and domains.

GoURMET has five objectives:
- Development of a high-quality machine translation for under-resourced language pairs and domains;
- Adaptable to new and emerging languages and domains;
- Development of tools for analysts and journalists;
- Sustainable, maintainable platform and services;
- Dissemination and communication of project results to stakeholders and user group.

The project will focus on two use cases:
- Global content creation - managing content creation in several languages efficiently by providing machine translations for correction by humans;
- Media monitoring for low resource language pairs - tools to address the challenge of international news monitoring problem.

The outputs of the project will be field-tested at partners BBC and DW, and the platform will be further validated through innovation intensives such as the BBC NewsHack.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Address

Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 948 047,50

Participants (4)

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UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 385 521,25

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 490 567,50

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 549 462,50

DEUTSCHE WELLE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 532 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825299

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 906 098,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 906 098,75

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom