Navigation Links
Carnegie Mellon releases data on Haitian Creole to hasten development of translation tools
Date:1/27/2010

PITTSBURGHIn response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) have publicly released spoken and textual data they've compiled on Haitian Creole so that translation tools desperately needed by doctors, nurses and other relief workers on the earthquake-ravaged island can be rapidly developed.

Since Carnegie Mellon began to make the data publicly available last week, a team at Microsoft Research has used it to help develop an experimental, web-based system for translating between English and Haitian Creole (http://www.microsofttranslator.com/). Translators Without Borders (http://www.tsf-twb.org/), a not-for-profit association based in Paris, plans to distribute a medical triage dictionary to doctors in Haiti once that data has been converted into a readable format. LTI researchers, likewise, have begun working on their own translation system for Haitian Creole. Although French is the official language of Haiti and is spoken by elites, Haitian Creole is the most widely spoken language in Haiti, said Robert Frederking, LTI senior systems scientist. Haitian Creole is based on French, but has evolved substantially since Haitians overthrew the French colonists more than 200 years ago. Word meanings have drifted and the language incorporates some African syntax.

"French speakers can sort of puzzle through it, but Creole isn't penetrable if you don't know French," Frederking said. Few translation resources are available for the language, he added.

The Carnegie Mellon data base for Haitian Creole was created in the late 1990s for Diplomat, a project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The project was headed by Jaime Carbonell, LTI director, and focused on developing portable, speech-to-speech translation devices that could be deployed rapidly for Haitian Creole and other languages of special interest to the Department of Defense. Frederking and Alex Rudnicky, principal systems scientist in the Computer Science Department, served as co-principal investigators.

A prototype Haitian Creole translation system was delivered to the U.S. Army, but "as far as we know, nobody ever field-tested it," Frederking said. The project ended in the late 1990s, but LTI retained the data compiled and produced for the project.

Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, LTI researchers decided to begin work on an updated translation system for Haitian Creole that would incorporate the latest translation technologies. To aid other groups pursuing parallel efforts worldwide, they also opted to release the data publicly at www.speech.cs.cmu.edu/haitian/, making it available with minimal restrictions. In addition to the Diplomat material, other data developed by researchers at LTI and elsewhere are being added to the site as they become available.

Given the extreme poverty of Haiti, "nobody is going to make money on a Haitian Creole translator," Frederking said. "But translation systems could be an important tool, both for the relief workers now involved in emergency response and in the long-term as rebuilding takes place."


'/>"/>

Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Carnegie Mellon Researcher Links Health Care Debate to Risk of Dying in the U.S. and Europe
2. Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Novel Tool to Rank Death Rates
3. Carnegie Mellon leads NSF initiative to develop modeling tools for disease and complex systems
4. Carnegie Mellon develops innovative method to detect genetic causes of complex diseases
5. Carnegie Mellon algorithm charts evolution of genetic networks during fruit fly life cycle
6. Carnegie Mellon engineers create mobile video service
7. Carnegie Mellon scientists offer explanation for face blindness
8. Carnegie Mellon International Autism Symposium to Feature Groundbreaking Research, Oct. 17-18
9. Carnegie Mellon to host micromanufacturing conference
10. Trouble quitting?: A new Pitt-Carnegie Mellon smoking study may reveal why
11. Phoenix Health Systems Awarded Level 2 Carnegie Mellon University eSCM-SP Certification
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... in Newburgh, New York, has recently begun offering three new minimally invasive procedures ... best cutting-edge procedures and reducing downtime, Dr. Rubinstein is excited to bring microneedling, ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Aesthetic Channel has ... Dr. Talei has come up with a proprietary technique that he calls the ... that have dropped. For all ages, patients can expect to look refreshed, rejuvenated, and ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... MD Now Urgent Care opened its newest location ... and marks the urgent care center's eighth location in Miami-Dade county. , The center's ... mall. The new clinic offers a wide array of services to patients ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ulster University, Magee Campus ... from 9 am to 3 pm to present to graduate students exciting new and ... an original curriculum project led by The Health Improvement Service of the Western Health ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... financial planning to families and business owners in North Central West Virginia, is ... provide services to differently abled residents in the region. , The Stepping Stones ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/20/2017)... , June 19, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ... call and webcast on Friday, July 28, 2017, beginning at ... Call Audio Only Dial-in information: To participate in the conference ... dial into the call at least 10 minutes prior to ... is 34090339.  Webcast: ...
(Date:6/16/2017)... June 16, 2017  Exactly 50 years ago today, the ... later became known as the San Francisco "Summer of Love."  ... unveiling two radical innovations in strategic market research portals that ... marks the beginning of Northern Light,s "Summer of Love (For ... ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... , June 14, 2017  In 2016, Embodied ... Startups pitch competition and came away with $25,000 ... is described by Forbes as "entering the life of ... Association as teaching "empathy to medical professionals in an ... was recently named a finalist for the Department of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: