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ICE (Intercultural Collaboration Experiment) is a joint research project of universities, research institutes, and research societies in Asia. The objective of ICE is to support intercultural and multilingual collaborations using machine translation technologies (MT). MT have been mainly applied to written documents so far, whereas we apply them to human-to-human communications.

In 2002, we conducted the first experiment named ICE2002. In ICE2002, students from China, Japan, Korea, and Malaysia conducted open source software development in their first languages through multilingual MT.

In 2003 and 2004, we worked for various research issues which were founded in ICE2002, such as analysis on human mental model forward MT, design of intercultural collaboration environment including TransSMS and TransSearch, and so forth.

In the year of 2005, we conducted several experiments once again as ICE2005.


TransBBS is a WWW based discussion forum that enables users to discuss in their first languages in the context of intercultural collaboration. TransBBS incorporates multilingual machine translation services provided by J-server, and translate messages among Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. If you are interested in trying to use TransBBS, please contact us!

This expenriment is sponsored by
Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation,
Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University

And supported by
Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
Korean Intelligent Information Systems Society (KIISS)
IEEE Malaysia Section
Shanghai Computer Society(SCS)
Asia-pacific Association for Machine Translation(AAMT)

In ICE, we are using following Translation Servicies.

NTT Cyber Space Laboratories,
J server, Kodensha
  • AAMT
  • China-Japan Project