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Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for foreign language and speech translation technologies in a coalition military environment

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Authors
Marshall, Susan LaVonne
Subjects
Human systems
Human language translation
Automated human language translation
Automated language translation
ALT
Machine language translation
Voice response translator
VRT
P2 phraselator
Concept of operations
CONOPS
Language and speech exploitation resources
LASER
Speech-to-speech translation
Phrase based translation
Advisors
Ehlert, James F.
Date of Issue
2005-03
Date
March 2005
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This thesis presents Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for two specific automated language translation (ALT) devices, the P2 Phraselator and the Voice Response Translator (VRT). The CONOPS for each device are written as Appendix A and Appendix B respectively. The body of the thesis presents a broad introduction to the present state of ALT technology for the reader who is new to the general subject. It pursues this goal by introducing the human language translation problem followed by nine characteristic descriptors of ALT technology devices to provide a basic comparison framework of existing technologies. The premise is that ALT technology is presently in a state where it is tackled incrementally with various approaches. Two tables are provided that illustrate six commercially available devices using the descriptors. A scenario is then described in which the author observed the two subject ALT devices (depicted in the CONOPS in the Appendices) being employed within an international military exercise. Some unique human observations associated with the use of these devices in the exercise are discussed. A summary is provided of the Department of Defense (DOD) process that is exploring ALT technology devices, specifically the Language and Speech Exploitation Resources (LASER) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration ACTD.
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Thesis
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Information Sciences (IS)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
xii, 67 p. : col. ill.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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