StarTrek-style communicator to break down cultural barriers

Aug. 20, 2017, 8 a.m.

EU supported project aims to create #StarTrek-style communicator to break down cultural barriers.The Horizon Magazine published an interesting article related to innovation technologies able to break down cultural barriers. You can find the article at the following web page: Horizon Magazine

Accoding to Richard Gray, users will be able to communicate easily with technology that translates any language instantly. Our project coordinator Prof. Leo Wanner has been interviewed explaining how KRISTINA is contibuting to the research and to the development of innovative communication technologies, together with Prof. Lapata, who is leading an EU European Research Council project called TransModal. 

‘Helping people overcome barriers when they arrive in an unfamiliar country is not just about translating the language – it is rather about communication that requires social, cultural and background knowledge. This is what our socially intelligent conversation agent is trying to do,’ said Prof. Wanner.

The idea of communicating with people in ways that are familiar to them is something Professor Mirella Lapata, from the University of Edinburgh, UK, also believes is essential. She has been developing technology that doesn’t simply translate information for people – it makes it simpler.


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