Vistatec in initiative to deliver Next Generation Localization
On 13 November 2007 Science Foundation Ireland announced the establishment of a 30 million research partnership to be funded under its Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) Campus-Industry Partnerships Programme. Funding was awarded to a consortium of universities and industry partners for a collaborative, multidisciplinary research project that will carry out fundamental and applied research underpinning the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the next generation of high-tech automatic language translation.
Vistatec was invited to join the university-led consortium as an industry partner along with seven other domestic and international localization industry companies.
Vistatec's Chief Technology Officer, Phil Ritchie, commented, "We are delighted to have been invited to join a group of such prominent localization industry experts and distinguished academics. We are looking forward to contributing with enthusiasm and excited about the planned outputs from the research. This initiative comes at an opportune moment for the localization industry as it faces several key business and technology challenges."
The project, which will run over five years, counts Prof. Andy Way of Dublin City University's Machine Translation group and Reinhard Schüler of the University of Limerick and LRC among its senior academic members and includes firms like IBM, Microsoft, and Alchemy Software. The project intends to tackle the problems of volume, content delivery and personalization, which are considered critical problems for the localization industry.
"We have always endeavored to keep ourselves at the cutting edge of localization technology in order that we may provide our clients with efficient and cost effective services." Ritchie continued. "Along with our current technology partnerships and participation in groups such as TAUS, we're set to continue to provide our customers with the combination of technical and linguistic expertise that they demand."