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Projects at ISL

In 1991, ISL introduced JANUS, the first speech translation system in Europe and the US and demonstrated the feasibility of speaker-independent, continuous speech translation. In 1992, the ISL founded the international Consortium for Speech Translation Advanced Research (C-STAR), the earliest team effort on speech translation, together with partners in the US and Japan. C-STAR continues to host and manage the annual IWSLT workshops and evaluations. In 1993, it presented the first spontaneous speech translation system, and in 2005 the first real-time simultaneous speech translation system for lectures. ISL served as coordinating or founding partner in a number of European key speech translation programs including Verbmobil, Nespole, TC-STAR and the French-German collaborative R&D program ‘Quaero’. ISL was also leading efforts on multimodal interfaces for the DFG Sonderforschungsbereich ‘Humanoid Robots’, and served as the general scientific coordinator of CHIL, the largest Integrating Project on Multimodal Interfaces during FP-6. ISL was coordinator of the EU-funded project EU-BRIDGE which aimed at developing automatic transcription and translation technology that will permit the development of innovative multimedia captioning and translation services of audiovisual documents between European and non-European languages. See further information on the previous projects...

 

Student and researcher exchange, distinguished lectures, winter schools and the developement of three MOOCs ist the purpose of the Thematic Network CLICS, funded by the German Exchange Research Service. Quality Translation 21 is a machine translation project which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program me. The goal of SecondHands is to design a robot that can offer help to a maintenance technician in a pro-active manner. Project BULB  aims at supporting the documentation of unwritten languages with the help of automatic speech and language processing. See further information on the projects...