Company Profile

Language Weaver Inc (AKA: SDL Language Weaver)
Profile last edited on: 6/15/2021      CAGE: 3BNT1      UEI:

Business Identifier: Statistical machine translation: machine automated translation solutions
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Inactive (Acquired)
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Location Information

6060 Center Drive Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90045
   (310) 437-7300
Location: Multiple
Congr. District: 36
County: Los Angeles

Public Profile

In July 2010 Language Weaver, Inc. was bought by the British firm SDL Tridion Inc (SDL:London) and now operates as a subsidiary of that firm under the name SDL Language Weaver. With facilities now in VA, Belgium and France, Language Weaver develops machine translation systems based on a proprietary statistical learning technology. The company's technology is a spinoff of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). The first company to commercialize statistical machine translation technology, Language Weaver's automatic machine translation systems currently available on the market employ manually written rules that require many person-years to develop. These rules spell out all possible translations of a given word and how translated words have to be re-ordered to produce grammatical sentences. Extending and adapting such systems to work with different jargons and language pairs is extremely difficult and error-prone. In contrast to current commercial systems, the Language Weaver statistical translation system uses statistical/cryptographic techniques that automatically learn how texts are translated from one language into another. The company, develops and licenses automated translation solutions for multinationals, government organizations, and translation providers. Focusing on automated language translation. SDL Language Weaver offers LW Enterprise Translation Server, an on-site software for language translation within a enterprise; LW Custom Enterprise Translation Server for translations in a specific domain, such as information technology, automotive, medical, and finance; and LW Translation On Demand, an on demand translation service. The company also provides LW Custom Translation On Demand, an on demand translation service hosted on a dedicated server by Language Weaver; and LW Professional Services, which include software training, custom language pair development, and preparation of parallel data.

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2008 2 AF $843,849
Project Title: Rapid Development Techniques for Spoken Language Translation
2004 1 Army $69,952
Project Title: Near-Real Time Tactical Automated Machine Translation Technology(N-TAMTT)
2003 2 NSF $1,100,000
Project Title: NUMBERS: Bringing Statistical Machine Translation into the Real World

Key People / Management

  Mark Tapling -- Chief Executive Officer and President

  C Bryce Benjamin -- former President

  Alex Fraser

  Laurie Gerber -- VP Business Development

  Kevin Knight -- Co-Founder

  Daniel Marcu -- Co-Founder

  Richard Morganstern -- Founder

  Kirti Vashee -- Vice President of Sales & Marketing

  Wei Wang

  Judi Wolfe

  William J Wong -- CoFounder VP Engineeirng