NIST Evaluates Smart Phone-based Language Translators

By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL C

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is evaluating three smart phone-based Pashto and Dari language translation devices the U.S. Defense Department is developing for use in Afghanistan. The institute recently assessed Pashto language translation capabilities, and in late August, it will evaluate translation technology for Dari, another Afghani language. The devices are being developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) program, which is intended to develop and field the technology rapidly. NIST has previously assessed Iraqi Arabic devices.