Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organisations secure and manage their information-driven world. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries.
Language Technology Research group
The Language Technology Research group is part of the Shared Engineering Services (SES) organisation, which provides cross-product leadership for User Experience, Content Solutions, Internationalisation and Localisation. SES brings common development tools, practices, automation and education in these areas of core competency, enabling a consistent framework for product development teams. Symantec Ltd. is also an industrial partner in the SFI-funded Centre for Next Generation Localisation, which is a dynamic Academia-Industry partnership addressing the key localisation challenges of volume, access and personalisation.
The Language Technology Research group is headed by Dr. Fred Hollowood and brings innovative language technology solutions to the company. The group works closely with partners and internal customers to deliver research-based solutions that increase the efficiency of existing processes and help Symantec users gain access to personalised multilingual content. The group provides regional groups with language technology expertise ranging from Machine Translation to Community-based Collaborative Translation.
Role in the project
Symantec has over the last few years developed community based bilingual translation hubs for some of its software products. It will leverage its expertise in Community development and deployment of translation application in online environments. Symantec has contributed to the uptake of post-editing in industry through its research in the area (as shown by its recent involvement in the drafting of Post-Editing tutorials and guidelines http://summitxii.amtaweb.org/summitxii-tutorials.html, http://www.translationautomation.com/machine-translation-post-editing-guidelines.html. It also acted as a pioneer in the IT sector in the adoption of machine translation and controlled language in source and in the use of automated metrics in human evaluation studies. This background will be extensively leveraged in the ACCEPT project.