One of the most challenging tasks for uniformed service personnel serving in foreign countries is effective verbal communication with the local population. To remedy this problem, several companies and academic institutions have been funded to develop machine translation systems as part of the DARPA TRANSTAC (Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use) program. The goal of this program is to demonstrate capabilities to rapidly develop and field free-form, two-way translation systems that would enable speakers of different languages to communicate with one another in real-world tactical situations. DARPA has mandated that each TRANSTAC technology be evaluated numerous times throughout the life of the program and has tasked the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead this effort. This paper describes the experimental design methodology and test procedures from the most recent evaluation, conducted in July 2007, which focused on English to/from Iraqi Arabic.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 6th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Conference Dates: May 28-30, 2008
Conference Location: Marrakech, MA
Conference Title: 6th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Pub Type: Conferences
Performance Evaluation, SCORE Evaluation Framework, Utility, Machine Translation