International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) 2006

Keihanna Science City, Kyoto, Japan
November 27-28, 2006

TC-STAR: a Speech to Speech Translation Project

Gianni Lazzari

ITC-irst - Centro per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, Povo (Trento), Italy

Speech to speech translation is a challenging research problem. To simplify the task and make it somewhat more feasible, the first research project addressing this topic in the 1990's worked on restricted domains such as scheduling appointment.
   TC-STAR (Technology and Corpora for Speech to Speech Translation) is the first joint research project addressing speech-to-speech translation in an unrestricted domain. TC-STAR works on European parliamentary speeches in native or non-native English and Spanish. The topics of the speeches include everything that is discussed in the European Parliament. Moreover the translation of Chinese broadcast news into Englis was chosen in order to link the project to available international benchmarks.
   My talk will give an overview of the TC-STAR project, the main achievements and the results of the last evaluation campaign.


Bibliographic reference.  Lazzari, Gianni (2006): "TC-STAR: a speech to speech translation project", In IWSLT-2006, (abstract)