The MLLP research group will lead a new project on live automatic subtitling for Valencian public broadcaster À Punt

Public broadcaster Corporació Valenciana de Mitjans de Comunicació (À Punt) signed today an agreement with the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) for the development and deployment of live automatic subtitling technology in À Punt’s programmes, to be led by the MLLP research group of VRAIN Institut Valencià d’Intel·ligència Artificial.

The goal of this joint project is to research, develop and deploy automatic and computer-assisted subtitling technology for À Punt’s live and recorded broadcast contents, in Valencian/Catalan and Spanish, based on artificial intelligence.

The project is to begin formally from today, and will last for 2 years. In this project, MLLP researchers will collaborate with À Punt’s staff in integrating this technology in À Punt’s broadcast workflows and infrastructure, and in improving and adapting this technology for the needs of À Punt’s programmes and of the public of the València region.

The MLLP research group (www.mllp.upv.es), part of the VRAIN Institut Valencià d’Intel·ligència Artificial of UPV, is a group made up of researchers in machine learning and natural language processing, with expertise in the development of state-of-the-art deep-learning based technologies for speech recognition, machine translation and text-to-speech synthesis (as shown by their 1st rank in the 2018 RTVE-IberSpeech TV Speech-to-Text Transcription Challenge, and their well-ranked results in the WMT 2019 machine translation shared tasks), and in the transfer of their technology to society through projects and contracts with public and private organizations in Europe and the US. The principal investigator for this project at the MLLP is Alfons Juan Ciscar (head of the MLLP).

The UPV’s VRAIN Institut Valencià d’Investigació en Intel·ligència Artificial (vrain.upv.es) is a flagship AI and ML centre in Spain, made up of 90 researchers with over 30 years of experience in research lines including learning, planning, reasoning, natural language processing, intelligent agents and multiagent systems, and agreement technologies. VRAIN is part of the CLAIRE Research Network and a participant in the EU’s TAILOR project. VRAIN is one of the largest research institute’s of Universitat Politècnica de València (www.upv.es), the best techonological university in Spain according to the Shanghai ARWU Ranking.

The Corporació Valenciana de Mitjans de Comunicació (www.cvmc.es) is the public broadcaster of the region of València (Spain), with its À Punt channels on TV, radio and the Internet. Its goals as a public organization include innovation, research and the development of its public service. The person responsible for this project at the CVMC is Vicent Fuster Fuster (head of computer engineering at À Punt).

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