The SC CTSI helped create a computerized speech translation system to be used in clinics and hospitals. SpeechLinks is designed to translate between English and Spanish in near real time. “This is the first study of its kind in the United States that deals with the Spanish-speaking population in a culturally relevant manner,” said Shrikanth Narayanan, PhD, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; professor of linguistics, psychology and neuroscience, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; and professor of pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Following SC CTSI support, the SpeechLinks team received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation and was mentioned in the MIT Technology Review. The project team further included researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC (Win May, MD, PhD; Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH), from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (Margaret McLaughlin, PhD), and from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering (Panayiotis Georgiou, PhD).

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