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



Brian A. Weiss, Craig I. Schlenoff


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-to-speech 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 paper will present these evaluations which enabled the collection of rich quantitative and qualitative metrics.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2010 International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Annual Symposium
Conference Dates
September 13-16, 2010
Conference Location
Glendale, AZ


Performance evaluation, TRANSTAC, speech-to-speech translation systems, military technology, SCORE
Created October 20, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017