1st Joint SIG-IL/Microsoft Workshop on Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages

Porto Salvo, Portugal
September 3-4, 2009

Microsoft Language Development Center’s Activities in 2008/2009

Daniela Braga, António Calado, Pedro Silva, Miguel Sales Dias

Microsoft Language Development Center, Porto Salvo, Portugal

Microsoft Language Development Center was launched in 2005, integrated in the Portuguese Microsoft (MS) subsidiary. MLDC (http://www.microsoft.com/portugal/mldc) is the first MS R&D center with the mission to bring key language component product development to Europe and neighboring regions. MLDC acts as an expansion branch of the Redmond based product group, responsible for speech R&D in Microsoft and benefits from its experience, technological background and support. The Global Speech Development Group in MS has four locations: Redmond (USA), Mountain View (Silicon Valley, USA), Porto Salvo (Portugal) and Beijing (China). MLDC works closely with the Mountain View, Redmond and Beijing groups in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team dealing with all aspects of ASR, TTS and speech applications for a large number of languages. MLDC staff included 17 researchers (including 3 PhDs), software engineers and computational linguistics in Fiscal Year 2009 and currently includes 11 people in the beginning of Fiscal Year 2010.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Braga, Daniela / Calado, António / Silva, Pedro / Sales Dias, Miguel (2009): "Microsoft language development center˛s activities in 2008/2009", In SLTECH-2009, 137.