5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Japanese-to-English Speech Translation System: ATR-MATRIX

Toshiyuki Takezawa (1), Tsuyoshi Morimoto (2), Yoshinori Sagisaka (1), Nick Campbell (1), Hitoshi Iida (1), Fumiaki Sugaya (1), Akio Yokoo (1), Seiichi Yamamoto (1)

(1) ATR Interpreting Telecommunications Research Laboratories, Japan
(2) Fukuoka University, Japan

We have built a new speech translation system called ATR-MATRIX (ATR's Multilingual Automatic Translation System for Information Exchange). This system can recognize natural Japanese utterances such as those used in daily life, translate them into English and output synthesized speech. This system is running on a workstation or a high-end PC and achieves nearly real-time processing. The current implementation of our system deals with a hotel room reservation task/domain. We plan to develop a bidirectional speech translation system, i.e., Japanese-to-English and English-to-Japanese. We also plan to develop multi-language output functions from ATR-MATRIX (Japanese-to-English, German and Korean) for the international joint experiment of C-STAR II (Consortium for Speech Translation Advanced Research).

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Bibliographic reference.  Takezawa, Toshiyuki / Morimoto, Tsuyoshi / Sagisaka, Yoshinori / Campbell, Nick / Iida, Hitoshi / Sugaya, Fumiaki / Yokoo, Akio / Yamamoto, Seiichi (1998): "A Japanese-to-English speech translation system: ATR-MATRIX", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0957.