Monday, October 18, 2004

Strong Angel II (Second Part)

I've just run into another presentation or brief on The Strong Angel project I talked about in this blog (see entry SA2 Lessons on Wed August 4th). It just keeps amazing me how innovative these series of technological exercises got in the desert in Hawaii last July. Check out the photos of the real-time multilingual chat tool in Groove (see above). Also, mp3 audio files were shared and synchronised on Groove to support the translation of radio announcements between agencies and translation support groups in remote locations. And what about the real-time streaming video translator using Virage? For the ones that haven't seen Virage before, you should take a look at it. It uses a technology called Autonomy in the back end for automating processes such as information classification, retrieval, taxonomy generation and clustering and all of it, independent of language!! Thanks to Virage and Autonomy we can analyze in real-time the incoming information from hundreds of TV channels round the world (i.e. English, Arabic, Spanish, etc) and identify patterns and threats that require immediate action. Excellent scenario to showcase the capabilities of Groove, Autonomy and Virage in humanitarian aid coordination activities such as this experiment. Great job guys!!

If you want to see the full presentation, click here.



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