|Industry Localisation, eCommerce, Travel, Enterprise and Government|
Founder Gregory Binger, Dion Wiggins, Bob Hayward
Number of locations Singapore, Thailand, The Netherlands
Key people Gregory Binger, Dion Wiggins, Philipp Koehn, Andrew Rufener
Products Language Studio Machine Translation and Language Processing Platform
Omniscien Technologies (formerly Asia Online) is a privately owned company delivering machine translation and language processing software and services. The company is backed by individual investors and institutional venture capital. Omniscien Technologies is headquartered in Singapore, with R&D operations in Bangkok, Thailand, and European operations based out of The Hague, The Netherlands. The firm was founded in 2007 by Prof. Dr. Philipp Koehn, a leading scientist in the field, Gregory Binger a technologist and IT/IP lawyer, and former Gartner senior analysts Bob Hayward and Dion Wiggins.
The firm delivers professional machine translation solutions for the localisation industry as well as government, eCommerce and large Enterprise customers based on statistical machine translation (SMT) technology as well as the emerging neural machine translation (NMT) technology. Omniscien Technologies supports in excess of 540 global language pairs in 12 industry domains.
The firm's statistically and neural based translation software employ recent advances in automated translation as well as extensive data manufacturing technologies. Until the early 1990s, almost all production-level machine translation technology relied on collections of linguistic rules to analyze the source sentence, and then map the syntactic and semantic structure into the target language. Its current approach uses statistical and/or neural techniques from cryptography, applying machine learning algorithms that automatically acquire statistical models from existing parallel collections of human translations, in the same way as Google Translate and the systems made using Koehn's own open source Moses tool for SMT.
Differences from other approaches
Google, Microsoft and SDL Language Weaver and others have also created SMT and more recently NMT systems, some publicly accessible. The specific difference in Omniscien Technologies approaches are:
The firm currently has more than 540 language pairs available in a baseline form and is progressively deploying 12 domains across each language pair. In addition, Omniscien Technologies offers in excess of 100 Industry Engines that can be used "off the shelf". Currently supported languages are the Asian languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese; and the European languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian. The additional Asian languages Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu are currently under development.