International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) 2009

Tokyo, Japan
December 1-2, 2009

Two-way Speech-to-Speech Translation for Communicating Across Language Barriers

Premkumar Natarajan

BBN Technologies, USA

Two-way speech-to-speech (S2S) translation is a spoken language application that integrates multiple technologies including speech recognition, machine translation, text-to-speech synthesis, and dialog management. In recent years, research into S2S systems has resulted in several modeling techniques for improving coverage on broad domains and rapid configuration for new language pairs or domains. This talk will highlight recent advances in S2S area that range from improvements in component technologies to improvements in the end-to-end system for mobile use. I will also present metrics for evaluating the S2S technology, a methodology for determining the impact of different causes of errors, and future directions for research and development.

Bibliographic reference.  Natarajan, Premkumar (2009): "Two-way speech-to-speech translation for communicating across language barriers", In IWSLT-2009, 202.