SRI International and SYSTRAN Announce Licensing Agreement for SRI’s Language Modeling Toolkit

SYSTRAN integrates SRI’s toolkit into SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 7, its hybrid machine translation solution for publishable multilingual content

MENLO PARK, California, and PARIS, France – September 23th, 2009
SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development institute, and SYSTRAN, a leading provider of language translation technologies, today announced that SYSTRAN has licensed and fully integrated SRI’s Language Modeling (SRILM) toolkit into the SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 7 product line. SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 7, released in June 2009, provides customers with a hybrid, state-of-the-art machine translation engine, which combines the strengths of rule-based and statistical machine translation, for publishable translation quality.

The SRI Language Modeling Toolkit

Under the licensing agreement, SRI is providing SYSTRAN with SRILM, its toolkit for building and applying statistical language models for applications such as speech recognition, statistical tagging and segmentation, and machine translation. The SRI Language Modeling toolkit has been under development in the SRI Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory since 1995.

“We are excited that SYSTRAN came to SRI’s STAR Laboratory when they needed a proven language modeling toolkit that has been successfully applied in research and commercial projects”, said Andreas Stolcke, senior research engineer in SRI’s STAR Laboratory. “SRI is pleased to have played a role in enabling SYSTRAN’s innovative hybrid approach and we look forward to a long relationship with the company”.

“SRI International is a leader in natural language processing technologies, with an excellent reputation for its language modeling toolkit”, said Jean Senellart, chief scientist at SYSTRAN. “Based on SRI’s track record, they were an obvious technology partner for us in successfully introducing SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 7 to the market. Using SRILM reduced the time-to-market of our solution”.

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About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology development organizations. SRI, which was founded by Stanford University as Stanford Research Institute in 1946 and became independent in 1970, has been meeting the strategic needs of clients and partners for more than 60 years. Perhaps best known for its invention of the computer mouse and interactive computing, SRI has also been responsible for major advances in networking and communications, robotics, drug discovery and development, advanced materials, atmospheric research, education research, economic development, national security, and more. The nonprofit institute performs sponsored research and development for government agencies, businesses, and foundations. SRI also licenses its technologies, forms strategic alliances, and creates spin-off companies. In 2008, SRI’s consolidated revenues, including its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, Sarnoff Corporation, were approximately $490 million.


SYSTRAN ( is the market leading provider of language translation software products and solutions for the desktop, enterprise and Internet that facilitate communication in 52 language combinations and in 20 vertical domains. Use of SYSTRAN products and solutions enhances multilingual communication and increases user productivity and time-savings. SYSTRAN delivers real-time language solutions for search, content management, online customer support, intra or inter-company collaboration, and eCommerce. With the ability to facilitate communication in 52 language combinations and in 20 vertical domains, SYSTRAN’s software is the choice of leading global corporations, portals including Apple, Yahoo! and AltaVista, and public agencies such as the US Intelligence Community and the European Commission.

SYSTRAN has been pioneering advances in machine translation for over four decades. Its latest achievement, SYSTRAN Hybrid MT, combines the predictability and language consistency of rule-based machine translation with the fluency of statistical MT.

SYSTRAN is headquartered in Paris, France with a North American office located in San Diego, California, USA.

SYSTRAN (Code ISIN FR0004109197, Bloomberg: SYST NM, Reuters: SYTN.LN) is listed on EuroNext Paris, Compartiment C. For more information, visit

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