Raytheon BBN Technologies awarded $16 million in DoD funding to enhance text understanding

 Raytheon BBN Technologies awarded $16 million in DoD funding to enhance text

Deeper language understanding to reveal implications and larger context

PR Newswire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 4, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon BBN Technologies has
been awarded $16 million under the Deep Exploration and Filter of Text (DEFT)
program, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. BBN Technologies is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

Government analysts collect and process huge amounts of data from a variety of
sources to create and assess plans and to execute missions. Advances in speech
and language technologies have provided them with robust tools for their
tasks, but discovering information that is implied but not explicitly stated
remains a challenge. The DEFT program aims to enhance currently available
analytical tools by developing a deep natural language exploration and
filtering capability to find operationally significant information and deliver
relevant alerts to users.

"Much of the information that our analysts need is couched in ambiguous
language. The DEFT program aims to strip away that ambiguity and also to make
it easier to integrate new facts into our existing knowledge bases in a
meaningful way," said Prem Natarajan, executive vice president of Speech,
Language & Multimedia for Raytheon BBN Technologies.

Drawing on decades of experience in speech and language technologies, Raytheon
BBN scientists will tackle two significant goals of the DEFT program: to
develop new techniques to infer meaning, discover relationships, and detect
anomalies in text; and to research and develop tools to integrate new,
individual facts into existing large information stores. The enhanced
understanding enabled by these capabilities will allow analysts and other
users to effectively exploit not just the surface information in massive data
archives, but also to discover the rich interconnections between disparate
data elements and the tactically and strategically significant nuances.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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