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Columbia University awarded $14 million grant to develop machine-translation system

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William Ewing
Nov 13, 2017 22:50
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The system, called SCRIPTS, which stands for System for Cross Language Information Processing,Translation and Summarization, will be capable of transcribing speech from sources such as videos, news broadcasts, and video content from social media.

It will also transcribe text documents such as newspapers, reports and social media posts.

Given a query, the human-language technology system will retrieve documents in languages with relatively low presence on the internet (called low-resource languages) such as Hausa and Uyghur.

It will find and translate the documents into English while producing short summaries of relevant portions for the user.

An English query can be submitted and it will be translated into a foreign language and matched against the stored foreign language documents.

The system will also use other strategies such as matching an English query against translated documents or summarizing foreign-language documents and then translating the summary.

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