Program Objective:

The goal of the Babylon program is to develop rapid, two-way, natural language speech translation interfaces and platforms for the warfighter for use in field environments for force protection, refugee processing, and medical triage. Babylon will focus on overcoming the many technical and engineering challenges limiting current multilingual translation technology to enable future full-domain, unconstrained dialog translation in multiple environments.

Two way communication between
english speaking male and Farsi speaking woman showing automated
translation capabilities

Program Strategy:

The Babylon seedling project, “RMS,” or Rapid Multilingual Support, was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2002. The Babylon program will focus on low-population, high-terrorist-risk languages that will not be supported by any commercial enterprise. Mandarin and Arabic were selected based on immediate and intermediate needs.

Planned Accomplishments: