Flexible speech translation systems

Tanja Schultz, Alan W. Black, Stephan Vogel, Monika Woszczyna

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Abstract

Speech translation research has made significant progress over the years with many high-visibility efforts showing that translation of spontaneously spoken speech from and to diverse languages is possible and applicable in a variety of domains. As language and domains continue to expand, practical concerns such as portability and reconfigurability of speech come into play: system maintenance becomes a key issue and data is never sufficient to cover the changing domains over varying languages. In this paper, we discuss strategies to overcome the limits of today's speech translation systems. In the first part, we describe our layered system architecture that allows for easy component integration, resource sharing across components, comparison of alternative approaches, and the migration toward hybrid desktop/PDA or stand-alone PDA systems. In the second part, we show how flexibility and reconfigurability is implemented by more radically relying on learning approaches and use our English-Thai two-way speech translation system as a concrete example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-411
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

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Keywords

  • Multilinguality
  • Portability
  • Speech translation
  • System deployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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