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Speechalator: two-way speech-to-speech translation in your hand

Alex Waibel$ ^{\rm 1,4}$, Ahmed Badran$ ^{\rm 1}$, Alan W Black$ ^{\rm 1,2}$$ ^{\rm 1,2}$, Robert Frederking$ ^{\rm 1}$, Donna Gates$ ^{\rm 1}$, Alon Lavie$ ^{\rm 1}$, Lori Levin$ ^{\rm 1}$, Kevin Lenzo$ ^{\rm 2}$, Laura Mayfield Tomokiyo$ ^{\rm 2}$, Juergen Reichert$ ^{\rm 4}$, Tanja Schultz$ ^{\rm 1}$, Dorcas Wallace$ ^{\rm 1}$, Monika Woszczyna$ ^{\rm 3}$, Jing Zhang$ ^{\rm 4}$
$ ^1$ Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
$ ^2$ Cepstral, LLC, $ ^3$ Multimodal Technologies Inc, $ ^4$ Mobile Technologies Inc.


This demonstration involves two-way automatic speech-to-speech translation on a consumer off-the-shelf PDA. This work was done as part of the DARPA-funded Babylon project, investigating better speech-to-speech translation systems for communication in the field. The development of the Speechalator software-based translation system required addressing a number of hard issues, including a new language for the team (Egyptian Arabic), close integration on a small device, computational efficiency on a limited platform, and scalable coverage for the domain.

Alan W Black 2003-06-12