SOURCE: SRI International

July 14, 2008 08:00 ET

SRI International Ships 150 IraqComm Translation Systems for Field Use in Iraq

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced the successful delivery of an additional 150 IraqComm™ speech-to-speech (S2S) translation systems to the U.S. Government for its forces in Iraq.

Prior to this shipment, SRI had delivered 57 units for investigative fielding. The IraqComm system provides two-way spoken language translation between English and Iraqi Arabic and will be used by U.S. military personnel for interacting with Iraqi forces and civilians. IraqComm system users have the option of using a computer screen or the eyes-free mode, allowing them to focus on gestures and expressions.

"This recent expanded deployment of the IraqComm system incorporates valuable feedback from the first phase of the project," said Kristin Precoda, director of SRI's Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory. "With this shipment, we offer an advanced system that addresses the pressing translation needs in Iraq with high-accuracy translations through a very simple interface."

The IraqComm system performs spontaneous bidirectional translation, and has a vocabulary of tens of thousands of English and Iraqi Arabic words. The system runs on industry-standard laptop and tablet PCs. In addition to SRI's technology, the IraqComm system leverages synthetic voice translation provided by Cepstral LLC in both English and Iraqi Arabic.

The recent order was placed by the Sequoyah Transition Management Office (STMO). The STMO is chartered to provide automated foreign translation solutions to the Department of Defense (DOD).

The IraqComm system was developed as part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) program. The system was selected in 2006 for a first investigative fielding by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), in support of the Multinational Force Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I).

About SRI's Speech Technology and Research Lab

The Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory at SRI International (; is a world leader in speech technology, active in both technology creation and technology transfer. The Speech Technology and Research Laboratory's staff of about 25 includes engineers, computer scientists, and linguists, offering a broad spectrum of the skills required for leading edge development, including signal processing, mathematical modeling, machine learning, linguistics, and software engineering.

About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients and partners for more than 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, businesses, and foundations. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates spin-off companies.

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