A better way to talk to machines

Northrop Grumman has been awarded an Air Force Research Laboratory contract to develop human language technologies (HLT) for talking to machines.

The company will "address some major challenges with HLT for use in military operations, particularly in achieving better performance, faster throughput and application development, and cheaper lifecycle costs," according to the Department of Defense contract announcement.

"Specific technical objectives include better use of context in HLT algorithms, on-line learning of translations and transliterations for out-of-vocabulary words, advanced computational methods for HLT, advanced data discovery capabilities and advanced audiovisual and text processing for multilingual multimedia information extraction," the DoD said.

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