GALE Project

Nightingale: Novel Information Gathering and Harvesting Techniques for INtelligence in Global Autonomous Language Environments

Principal Investigators:

James Allan, PI
W. Bruce Croft, Co-PI
Andrew McCallum, Co-PI
Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR)
Computer Science Department
140 Governors Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9264

Project Summary

The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) is embarking on a five-year DARPA project under the Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE) program. The goal of GALE is make foreign language (Arabic and Chinese) speech and text accessible to English monolingual people, particularly in military settings. The Nightingale research team includes UMass Amherst, Columbia University, International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), IDIAP Research Institute, HNC/Fair Isaac Corporation, New York University, National Research Council (NRC) Canada, Purdue University, RWTH Aachen University, University of California San Diego, University of Washington, Systran Software, and SRI International. The UMass Amherst team, led by Associate Professor James Allan (PI), Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft (co-PI), and Associate Professor Andrew McCallum (co-PI), focuses on highly accurate retrieval, dynamic topic models, social network discovery, and statistical machine translation.

This work is supported in part by the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) and in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract # HR0011-06-C-0023.