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Publication Citation: Performance Assessments of Two-Way, Free-Form, Speech-to-Speech Translation Systems for Tactical Use

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Author(s): Brian A. Weiss; Craig I. Schlenoff;
Title: Performance Assessments of Two-Way, Free-Form, Speech-to-Speech Translation Systems for Tactical Use
Published: June 03, 2011
Abstract: A critical challenge for military personnel when operating in foreign countries is effective communication with the local population. To address this issue, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created the Spoken Language Communication and Translation Systems for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) program. The program's goal is to develop speech-tospeech translation technologies enabling English speakers to quickly communicate with the local population without an interpreter. DARPA has funded the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to lead the design and implementation of the TRANSTAC performance evaluations. This article presents these evaluations that enabled the collection of rich quantitative and qualitative metrics.
Citation: The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation
Volume: 32(1)
Pages: pp. 69 - 75
Keywords: Automated speech recognition; English speakers; lab and field evaluations; machine translation; military‹civilian communication; offline evaluation; Pashto speakers; text-to-speech; translation software
Research Areas: Information Technology, Information Processing Systems
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