Speech Translation in 23 Languages will allow up to 5 users to chat simultaneously. International Research Consortium (U-STAR) with members from 23 Countries unveils a Speech Translation Application, “VoiceTra4U-M”.

An international research collaboration entity, “Universal Speech Translation Advanced Research Consortium (U-STAR)” consisting of 26 institutes from 23 countries, with an aim to enable everyone in the world to communicate without any language barriers, has developed a speech translation application called “VoiceTra4U-M”, allowing 5 people to chat simultaneously in 23 different languages (as of June 2012). Singapore’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), was a founding member of U-STAR.

“VoiceTra4U-M” can be downloaded for free from the App Store. It allows up to 5 users to chat in different languages from their own devices, in real-time either face-to-face or remotely from all around the world.

How to Use the “VoiceTra4U-M” Application

How to Use the “VoiceTra4U-M” Application


The rapid growth of information communication technologies and transportation has resulted in accelerating the explosive increase of interactions between people across the globe today. However, language barriers still stand tall and interfere with people’s communication. As a useful means to break these barriers, speech-to-speech translation systems; which allow a user’s speech to be translated into a selected language with a synthesized voice, is now drawing attention from various fields. Ongoing research in institutes all over the world has been taking place for speech recognition, machine translation, and acoustic synthesis. Connecting these speech translation servers in respective countries via a network became a pre-requisite in order to realize simultaneous multilingual speech translation. This was when the Consortium of U-STAR, Universal Speech Translation Advanced Research, was established.

Such a framework in the network-based speech-to-speech translation system brings huge advantages, as organizations need simply connect their speech translation servers to the U-STAR server, whenever they need to translate their own languages into multiple languages, and has accelerated further development and research in the speech translation field.

New Achievements

U-STAR, currently comprised of 26 institutes from 23 countries, has been conducting ongoing research on speech translation. U-STAR and its members have collaboratively developed the multilingual speech translation system to provide translation services via publicly-released client application, by connecting the servers of U-STAR member institutes mutually, with the communication protocol which was implemented based on the ITU-T recommendations F.745 and H.625. U-STAR hope to see people use “VoiceTra4U-M” in various occasions when translation and interpretation are requested at global events, such as the London Olympic Games in July 2012, and that “VoiceTra4U-M” may come in handy for people wishing to overcome language barriers.

U-STAR and its Members

U-STAR and its Members: 26 Institutes in 23 Countries (as of June, 2012) The orange areas indicate the countries that use the language U-STAR has covered so far, as their official language

Future Plans 

More languages will be available when other research entities participate by plugging in the U-STAR speech translation communication protocol libraries. U-STAR also seeks to utilize the log data of speech translation collected from field experiments, helping each research organization raise their accuracies in speech translation technology, as well as encouraging business opportunities for the speech translation service to be cultivated in various markets.

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For further information contact:

Ms Doris Yang
Corporate Communications
Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Email: yangscd@scei.a-star.edu.sg