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Translingual Instant Messaging (TrIM)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008419D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-12

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Related People

MITRE Technology Transfer Office: SUBMITTER

Abstract

The TrIM prototype provides machine translation services to instant messaging users. TrIM and related prototypes are intended for use in coalition environments. A secure version of TrIM will be included in Coalition Collaboration MOIE system. Translation services are provided by wrapping machine translation software (Cybertrans) as a Simple Instant Messaging Presence (SIMP) client - see http://simp.mitre.org. The SIMP protocol is used to request and deliver translations. This architecture allows fine-grained distribution of translation services, and is arguably the key technical innovation in the TrIM prototype. The TrIM client interface design ensures that each user always sees both the original message, and its translation. This allows the user to leverage any passive knowledge of the interlocutor's language to clarify imperfect machine translations. Machine translation engines are optimized for document translation, and expect relatively formal and correct language. By contrast, the Language used in IM and other chat tends to be terse, idiomatic, devoid of grammatical niceties, and laden with jargon. By instrumenting TrIM, various challenges to the translation can be noted, and the translation subsystem can be tuned. Cybertrans supports pre and post-processing, requiring no direct intervention in the COTS translation engines. This research must be done to make the technology most useful to a specific user community.

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Translingual Collaboration Prototypes

Rod Holland

Flo Reeder

Keith Miller

Galen Williamson

John Ramsdell

Michael Krutsch

Justin Richer

Keith Crouch

March 2002


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Simple Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol (SIMP)

Simple Instant Messaging and Presence (SIMP) defined a protocol and sample implementation for a highly distributed service architecture for instant messaging.

This is needed to meet operational requirements for government networks.

SIMP was developed in support of the IETF IMPP standardization effort; http://simp.mitre.org.

SIMP uses email as a model: many servers, many clients, local administration, global access.

Rather than store-and-forward, deliver-or-drop.

SIMP is first instance of Collaboration Fabrics approach to collaboration services.


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SIMP Client

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TrIM: Translingual Instant Messaging

The TrIM prototype provides machine translation services to instant messaging users.

TrIM and related prototypes are intended for use in coalition environments.

  A secure version of TrIM will be included in Coalition Collaboration MOIE system.

Translation services are provided by wrapping machine translation software (Cybertrans) as a SIMP client.

  The SIMP protocol is used to request and deliver translations.

  This architecture allows fine-grained distribution of translation services.


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TrIM: Translingual Instant Messaging

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