Our History

AI-powered machine translation

Language Weaver provides enterprise-grade machine translation that transforms your multilingual content. Allowing you to protect data, accelerate insight, access markets and ignite growth. 

RWS provides a range of specialized services and advanced technologies to help you take global further from content and intellectual property to localization and artificial intelligence. From our roots in scientific research at the University of Southern California back in 2002, we now have over 20 years' experience of pioneering developments in Artificial Intelligence.

The journey

Language Weaver originated as a spin-out company from the University of Southern California in 2002. It took cutting-edge machine translation technology out of the research lab and into the hands of organizations with real-world multilingual data challenges. 

In a similar vein, Iconic Translation Machines originated as a spin-out company from Dublin City University in 2012, pioneering domain-specific machine translation and going on to be the first commercial provider of Neural Machine Translation in 2016. Language Weaver was acquired by SDL in 2010 and became the core of SDL’s machine translation software. Both organizations eventually joined RWS in 2020 and have begun to weave their journeys together.

The origins of the name

Language Weaver is a ‘tip of the hat’ to one of the father figures of machine translation — Warren Weaver. Dr Weaver first proposed the idea of using computers to ‘decode’ or ‘decrypt’ language in a famous memorandum back in 1947! 

The name also reflects how the technology works, as words in one language weave their way through the layers of a neural network to find meaning in another language. 

As SDL and Iconic weave their teams and technologies together, we are also weaving new solutions to today’s problems — providing cutting-edge language technology solutions to our customers.

Language Weaver today

Machine translation is accelerating insight and revolutionizing the way people collaborate and reach global audiences.
Language Weaver’s AI-powered machine translation can be adapted to provide translations that are attuned and tailored to your specific organization, domain context and business use cases. Explore how Language Weaver protects your data with our secure-by-design infrastructure backed by the strictest data residency and privacy provisions across on-premises and cloud platforms.

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