University of Twente


 Self-learning Cross Lingual Interface    


The aim of the Pidgin project is to develop a cross lingual interface that is capable of improving itself using machine learning techniques. The various partners in the project are each developing modules (reflecting their own specialties) ready for integration. With the finished Pidgin interface it will be possible for a user to type in their part of a dialogue (with either the system, in a man-machine dialogue, or with another user, in a person-to-person dialogue via a chat environment) in their own language. The Pidgin interface will appear to the user as a blackbox acting as interpreter between them and their foreign discussion partner. It must give a correct translation as far as meaning and register are concerned but this does not necessarily mean that it has to be a grammatically correct translation: precision above prettiness!

Project Duration and Funding

Pidgin is one of the Technological Co-operation ICT breakthrough projects funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Pidgin started on the 1st of April 2002 and will run until the 30th of September 2004.


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Contact Information

prof. A. Nijholt    
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science,     
Department of Computer Science,    
Language, Knowledge and Interaction,    
University of Twente    
Postbus 217    
Tel.: +31 53 4893686

Last modified 21 July 2003 Lynn E. Packwood