28th, 1998 4pm
The FALCon Testbed: OCR, MT and Multi-lingual Retreival
Broome, Ann Brodeen, Clare Voss, Chris Schlesiger
Army Research Laboratory
today's Army, soldiers are expected to use sophistocated computing
technology under noisy and dangerous conditions. With little or
no prior language training, they must operate in a multi-national
environment. ARL's language research program seeks to provide
more natural and effective methods for accomplishing multi-lingual
communication tasks. The program emphasizes the use of testbeds
to focus research on the barriers to satisfying specific user
requirements. This talk will describe our experience with the
FALCon testbed, used to support troops in Bosnia and Haiti.
Overview with Demo (Broome/Schlesiger), System Evaluation Issues
and OCR (Brodeen) Machine Translation and Multi-lingual Retrieval
ARL FALCon team includes researchers in the fields of computer
science, engineering, linguistics, psychology, and statistics.
Today's presenters include: Ms Barbara Broome, who leads the Intelligent
Systems Branch of the Army Reseach Laboratory (ARL); Ms Ann Brodeen,
responsible for test design and evaluation on the FALCon program;
Dr. Clare Voss, who leads the research effort in multi-lingual
computing; and Mr. Chris Schlesiger, who leads the software integration
effort for multi-lingual testbed development.