Final project meeting in Valencia

transLectures partners met this week in Valencia for the final project meeting.

With transLectures coming to an end, project partners travelled to Valencia to attend the final project meeting, held at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Here we all are, enjoying the unseasonable sunny spell (especially those coming from further north) after the first day of presentations :)

At the meeting, the different partners reported final results in the key lines of research. Definitive word error rates (WER), and other quality scores and scientific findings will be published in the final project deliverables by the end of the year, but for now we are pleased to say that:

  • For the more widely-spoken (data-rich) languages our systems generate transcriptions that can not only be brought up-to-scratch with minor post-editing, but are in most cases perfectly fit-for-purpose as generated by the automated system. Even in the case of the data-scarce Slovene language, significant quality gains have been achieved.
  • Translations, as expected, need more work but, for the most part leading to productivity gains at the post-editing stage, can be considered usable.
  • Both project case studies have transLectures technologies up-and-running and, in the case of poliMedia, they are fully integrated into the repository workflow.
  • Plugins for Opencast Matterhorn have also been developed as promised.
  • transLectures technologies are already out there in the wild at two universities in Spain, and interest in the broader education community is gaining momentum.
  • As an extra, first experiments have also been carried out into a possible text-to-speech functionality for online video repositories.
A tour of the Old Town…

 

Besides official transLectures business, the UPVLC were keen to take the other project partners, hailing from France, Germany, Greece and Slovenia, on a guided tour around Valencia old town.

It began with a talk from the lead architect on the recent restoration of Plaça Redona. An historic hub of activity for merchants and neighbours alike, it has now been rehabilitated, rescued from its semi-abandoned state to fulfil both modern criteria and the original architect’s vision. We were even lucky enough to get a bird’s-eye view.

The tour was followed by a delicious meal at the Alma del Temple restaurant, which gave a modern twist to traditional Mediterranean dishes. Set in the foundations of the old Arab wall that surrounded the city, then called Balànsiya, it was a fitting venue to end the evening.

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