Aarne Ranta, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
19 January 2012
Host: Marc Dymetman
MOLTO‘s goal is to develop a set of tools for translating texts between multiple languages in real time with high quality. Prototypes covering up to 15 simultaneous languages are being built.
As its main technique, MOLTO uses domain-specific semantic grammars and ontology-based interlinguas. These components are implemented in GF (Grammatical Framework), which is a grammar formalism where multiple languages are related by a common abstract syntax. MOLTO also develops hybrid methods where statistical machine translation is used for increasing robustness and for automatically extracting parts of translation grammars.
MOLTO runs from March 2010 to May 2013. The talk will explain the main ideas of MOLTO and show some highlights of its results from the first two years.
Note: many ideas in MOLTO originate in the Multilingual Document Authoring project at XRCE in which Ranta worked in 1998-1999.