CRACKER: Cracking the Language Barrier : Coordination, Evaluation and Resources for European MT Research

Start Date: 01/01/2015
End Date: 31/12/2017
Funding: HORIZON 2020 – ICT 17c
Project Leader: Piperidis Stelios

CRACKER pushes towards an improvement of MT research in terms of efficiency and effectiveness by implementing the successful example of other disciplines where massively collaborative research on shared resources – guided by interoperability, standardisation, agreed major challenges and comprehensive success metrics – has led to breakthroughs which would have been impossible otherwise. The nucleus of this new research, development, and innovation strategy towards High-Quality MT is the group of projects funded through H2020-ICT-17a/b (also including relevant FP7 actions such as QTLeap, LIDER and MLI), to be coordinated and supported by CRACKER (ICT-17c). In order to achieve its challenging goals efficiently, CRACKER will build upon and consolidate developments toward massively collaborative MT research initiated through previous EU-funded research activities. These include evaluation and benchmarking campaigns such as the Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (WMT) and the International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT), the META-SHARE open infrastructure for sharing language resources and technologies, training, as well as open-source tool building (MT Marathons). Coordination, communication and outreach in CRACKER will build upon existing networks and communication infrastructures such as the META-FORUM event series and the close collaboration with industrial associations like GALA and TAUS.