The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC Signal and Image Processing Institute USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering University of Southern California

Technical Report USC-SIPI-363

“Understanding Speech-to-Speech Communication in Cross-Lingual, Face-To-Face, Computer-Mediated Contexts: The Social Technical Design of Transonics Solutions”

by Scott Millward

April 2005

To efficiently develop communication augmentation devices for cross-lingual, face to face exchanges design strategies must be guided by both social preferences and technological limits. This report describes the application of an iterative, social-technical design cycle to the development of Transonics Solutions, a speech-to-speech translation device. The inherent gap between user requirements and engineering capability is also discussed and several stages of Transonics' development are analyzed. Specific barriers are identified and recommendations given for overcoming them during the next phase of the project.

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