$16m awarded for fast-translation project
BBN Technologies has landed $16 million in additional funding to develop a program to rapidly process foreign languages.
The Cambridge firm said today that it was awarded the funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
BBN is working on a program called GALE, for global autonomous language exploitation; the object is to develop and apply software technologies to transcribe speech, translate speech and text, and distill large volumes of speech and text in multiple languages, with over 90 percent accuracy.
Such a capability would help US analysts recognize critical information in foreign languages quickly, BBN said.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)