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Language Technology

Relating to multilingual interpretation and translation through big-data analytics and other methods

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The U.S. Government operates globally and frequently encounters so-called “low-resource” languages for which no automated human language technology capability exists. Historically, development of technology for automated exploitation of foreign language materials has required protracted effort and a large data investment. Current methods can require multiple years and tens of millions of dollars per language—mostly to construct translated or transcribed corpora.
Warfighters encounter foreign language images in many forms, including captured paper documents and computer files. Given the quantity of foreign-language material and the scarcity of linguists, military personnel and analysts can find it difficult to identify, translate and interpret important information in a timely fashion. What these personnel and analysts have lacked to date is the capability to automatically and rapidly convert foreign-language text images into English transcripts that provide relevant, distilled and actionable information.
Existing speech signal processing technologies are inadequate for most noisy or degraded speech signals that are important to military intelligence.