Kalam Showcases New Language Translation Software

April 13, 2011

The Silicon India News article “Kalam Launches Language Translation Software” introduces a new program launched by former president Kalam. The Machine Translation (MT) system is designed to transplant languages on the Internet and is the collaboration of 17 institutions. The new program was recently introduced at the 20th International World Wide Web Conference. We learned:

“According to Rajeev Sangal, Director, IIIT Hyderabad, the MT System was based on the computational paninian grammar (CPG), which works very well for free word order languages, and Indian languages in particular.

India has hundreds of languages and this new technology could be a direct step towards breaking down the language barrier that exists even within the country itself. There are a limited number of languages available on the market right now but there are immediate plans to introduce more in the near future. The translation program definitely sounds promising but in a world where most people have access to the free Google translation program it seems hard to compete. Over time additional language pairs will be added. Most of the enterprise search vendors with multi-lingual support handle a number of languages. Kalam is focusing on languages often not included in the standard language pair pack.

April Holmes, April 13, 2011



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