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January 17, 2003: Universal Dialog Awarded NSF SBIR Phase I Grant


Dina Moskowitz V.P. Business Development Universal Dialog, Inc. 858.273.9060

Universal Dialog Awarded NSF SBIR Phase I Grant

Multilingual translation services company segues into cross language information retrieval technology

San Diego – January 17, 2003 – Universal Dialog, a provider of multilingual translation, localization and language management services, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate its proprietary cross language information retrieval technology.

The proposed technology allows native language queries to initiate searches for foreign language documents. It will become part of Universal Dialog’s Cross Language Information Extractor (“CLIE”), a system that returns native language summaries of the relevant foreign language documents retrieved in response to a query.

UDÕs CLIE product will target the markets of Cross-Language Communication, Taxonomy and Content Classification and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Additionally, CLIE is anticipated to provide tremendous value to Department of Defense agencies and organizations, particularly Intelligence and Homeland Security. These markets have as a goal to make unstructured data easier to translate, search, correlate, retrieve, understand and analyze. CLIE will provide significant support with the added proprietary benefit of performing across several different languages.

Universal Dialog CEO Alexandra Briskin stated, “We are very pleased to be able to develop CLIE with the funding support and confidence of NSF. I believe we have the right combination of expertise in the multilingual translation services sector and proprietary technology to develop a system that provides critical and priceless value to our intelligence community- and significantly enhance enterprise software and search applications.” Vice President of Business Development Dina Moskowitz added, “We are currently seeking strategic partners and investors interested in accelerating CLIE’s R&D efforts and path to commercialization.”

About Universal Dialog, Inc.
Universal Dialog, Inc. provides a wide range of Language Management services including translation, localization and interpretation in over 80 languages. Founded in 1995, the San Diego, California-based Company is a small, women-owned business and Department of Defense Certified Contractor specializing in highly technical and scientific multilingual translations. The company is registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) System (DUNS#: 176169860; CAGE Code#: 1U9D2) and certified by the U.S. government for handling unclassified military critical technical data (Certification # 00334988). For more information visit www.UniversalDialog.com, email dina@universaldialog.com, or call 888.563.8060.