IBM MASTOR SYSTEM: Multilingual Automatic Speech-to-speech Translator
IBM THOMAS J WATSON RESEARCH CENTER YORKTOWN HEIGHTS NY
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In this paper, we describe the IBM MASTOR, a speech-to-speech translation system that can translate spontaneous free-form speech in real-time on both laptop and hand-held PDAs. Challenges include speech recognition and machine translation in adverse environments, lack of training data and linguistic resources for under-studied languages, and the need to rapidly develop capabilities for new languages. Another challenge is designing algorithms and building models in a scalable manner to perform well even on memory and CPU deficient hand-held computers. We describe our approaches, experience, and success in building working free-form S2S systems that can handle two language pairs including a low-resource language.
- Operations Research
- Computer Hardware