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U of T research contributes to instant verbal translation

When Microsoft’s chief research officer took to the stage in Tianjin, China, last month, his language skills made an auditorium of hundreds of native Mandarin speakers applaud wildly. But he only spoke English at the conference. As he explained new developments in instantaneous translation and interpretation, Rick Rashid’s English spoken words were simultaneously translated robotically to Mandarin. The stunned crowd applauded the new computer system that can recognize human speech patterns, thanks to a U of T research team.

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New Sunnybrook wing to battle diseases of tomorrow

The CEO of Sunnybrook hospital says its new research wing has remedies that reach far into the future. On Friday Sunnybrook Health Science Centre unveiled its new Centre for Research in Image Guided Therapeutics, or CeRIGT Construction of the $160-million CeRIGT facility started after the Canada Foundation for Innovation awarded Sunnybrook a $75-million grant in 2008. Dr. Barry McLellan, Sunnybrook’s CEO, emphasized that CeRIGT will be introducing technology that will be able to treat incurable diseases in the future. “These new therapies and devices are not just improved versions,” he said. “They will save lives and keep them out of hospitals.”