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AppTek Language Packages to Power Advanced AI-Enabled Live Automatic Transcriptions and Translations for Zoom

AppTek, a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Natural Language Processing / Understanding (NLP/U) technologies, announced that Zoom Video Communications, Inc. will purchase AppTek’s language packages as part of its journey to improve the state-of-the-art for live automatic transcriptions and translations in Zoom’s products, taking a step toward one day enabling users to communicate around the world regardless of the language they speak.

AppTek will allow Zoom the use of its high-quality acoustic and language packs. This drives language and dialect expansion, giving Zoom a step up as it works to create cross-language interactions across dozens of languages to improve meeting productivity and efficiency for Zoom users.

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“We are thrilled at the opportunity to support the impressive and innovative language technology and research group at Zoom,” said AppTek CEO Mudar Yaghi. “AppTek and Zoom share the same mission – to connect people around the globe regardless of their language or location. I look forward to the innovations this will bring to Zoom users around the world.”

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“Zoom is committed to seamlessly connecting people regardless of the language they speak,” said Vijay Parthasarathy, Head of AI/ML at Zoom. “We are excited to have use of AppTek’s groundbreaking and expert language packages to help us in our journey to make cross-language communication a reality.”

The purchase follows Zoom’s acquisition of Kites in June 2021. Kites, a startup dedicated to the development of speech translation technologies, was co-founded by Dr. Alex Waibel and Dr. Sebastian Stüker, both of whom have academic roots at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Waibel is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and pioneer in speech translation technologies. Dr. Sebastian Stüker, former CEO of Kites, serves today as Director of Research Science at Zoom.

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