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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $93,781)
This effort is to build and deploy for testing a voice-to-voice translator that both issues pre-programmed phrases in multiple languages, as well as receives and translates into English a test set of foreign language responses. This device is called in this proposal a one-way plus limited response (1+LR) voice-to-voice translator.
The project will modify the existing VRT circuit board, integrate it with a tactical 'hear-through' headset and other hardware as necessary, and develop new software to accomplish the one-way and response translation. The system resulting from this development will be field-deployable and provide the basis for an initial operational test of the form-factor and translation performance.
Testing to date with speech-to-speech (S2S)language translation devices has consisted mostly of characterization, experimentation and demonstration rather than true testing and evaluation, something one US Army observer called 'drive-by fieldings.' This has hurt the voice-to-voice translation field by allowing unproductive programs to continue while missing the opportunity to justify expenditures by documenting actual and potential operational contributions from systems that have performed well.
Testing allows evaluators to determine whether speech-to-speech language translation devices have or can make contributions to operational activities by focusing on tasks where users have identified language communication issues.
Integrated Wave Technologies (IWT) will provide professional services using Mr. Timothy S. McCune (Subject Matter Expertise and technical support) to DARPA and JFCOM in deploying speech-to-speech capability to Multinational Security Transition Command -- Iraq. IWT will provide training and technical assistance to support on selected S2S capability; and scenario development work for selected use cases in support of Multinational Security Transition Command -- Iraq.