Speech-to-speech translation system, which allows a user’s speech to be translated into designated languages with synthesized voices, is a challenging and ongoing worldwide research carried out in many research institutes to remove language barriers in human communication.
U-STAR is an international research consortium embarking upon this research by building a global network for real-time, multi-party communication among different language speakers. It aims to connect the research activities and accessibility of speech translation technologies via network to realize simultaneous multilingual speech translations among as many languages as possible.
Southeast Asia is a region of great linguistic and geographic diversity where hundreds of languages are spoken. As the centre of the world’s economic is shifting to Asia at an unbelievable speed, with Southeast Asian nations form a significant part, increasing demand of ASEAN language technology to assist human communication and information exchange is getting higher and stronger.
The proposed project aims to leverage on U-STAR infrastructure to crowd source speech and translation language resources to further develop speech translation technology in ASEAN languages. The project also aims to promote innovative application development using U-STAR services and promote the use of U-STAR services within ASEAN to benefit the community in human communication and language learning.
There are active collaborations among the ASEAN institutions and NICT for speech translation research. All collaborators of this proposed project are either members or in the process of application for U-STAR membership. There are active researches carried out for different languages among the collaborators and NICT in different research and development activities.
The members of this project are as follows:
In Collaboration with University of Computer Studies, Yangon and Myanmar Computer Professionals Association (MCPA) will be held the 9th MCPA Day on 4th March, 2020 at 9:30 am.
Research Showcase, and Discussion for possible research collaboration with foreign universities.
The academic year 2019-2020 mid term examination will be held according to the time table in the University of Computer Studies, Yangon.
The 23nd Conference of Oriental COCOSDA will be hosted by the University of Computer Studies, Yangon (UCSY). With the Myanmar hosting Oriental COCOSDA for the first time, we turn a new leaf to continually help boost the research and development in the field of speech technology and for further enthusiasm towards speech technology in East and Southeast Asia.
Myanmar Universities’ Research Conference (2020) will be an online event via zoom application on 25-27 June 2020. (Detailed program will be announced later).
The National Journal of Parallel and Soft Computing will be published in University of Computer Studies, Yangon on 2020.
13th International Conference on Project Management, Yangon, Myanmar, 12 November - 16 November, 2019