Building translation networks at Michigan

UMSI Professor of Information Dragomir Radev joins Christi Merrill and Sidonie Smith from U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts on a project to develop a range of innovative applications that could make the interdisciplinary inquiries taking place through LSA’s Translation at Michigan efforts more engaging and fun.

Start date: 11/28/2012
End date: 11/28/2014

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This project has already received a New Initiatives/New Infrastructure (NINI) grant from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, enabling researched to start work on a cluster of apps, including the iPad-based That Translation Game!  The game pits teams of students against each other and challenges them to create translations of written works, cartoons or videos.

The goal of the project and the accompanying games and applications is to make people more aware of the process of translation. This collaborative project will work to further develop ideas and programs related to questions of translation. Ultimately, the researchers plan to develop working prototypes and make them available in order to apply for public funding in translation and the digital humanities.


MCubed seed grant: Building translation networks at Michigan, University of Michigan: $60,000 

 MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact.

Press and Web mentions

“Homer Meets Hip Hop,” LSA Today, 12/3/2012