4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

VERBMOBIL: The Evolution of a Complex Large Speech-to-Speech Translation System

Thomas Bub, Johannes Schwinn

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI), Kaiserslautern, Germany

The ambitious goal of the project Verbmobil is the development of a portable speech-to-speech translation system dealing with face-to-face dialogs. It constitutes a new generation of translation systems in which spontaneously spoken language, speaker independence and speaker adaptability are among the main features. Verbmobil brings together researchers from the fields of speech processing, computational linguistics and artificial intelligence and goes beyond the state of the art in these areas. Besides the speech and language processing issues, the specific constraints of the project represent an extreme challenge on the part of project management, software engineering and test and evaluation of the system: - size and complexity: 150 researchers from 29 organizations at different sites on three continents are involved in the software development, - integration of heterogeneous software: in order to reuse existing software, hardware and know-how, only a few restrictions were given to the partners. In the following article we describe the Verbmobil scenario, the system architecture and the system evolution.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bub, Thomas / Schwinn, Johannes (1996): "VERBMOBIL: the evolution of a complex large speech-to-speech translation system", In ICSLP-1996, 2371-2374.