AIXPLAIN AG was a German corporation founded in 2000, developing human language technologies that are self-learning. Part of the offering was machine translation and automatic speech recognition. AIXPLAIN AG was formed as a spin-off from the University of Technology in Aachen, Germany, where AIXPLAIN AG had its headquarters. In 2004, the AIXPLAIN assets were sold to AppTek. The founders of AIXPLAIN AG are today leading researchers and executives in Fortune-500 companies in the field of speech recognition and machine translation.
Applications Technology (AppTek) was a U.S. software company specializing in human language technology, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. AppTek's primary focus was on machine translation (MT) and automatic speech recognition (ASR). Originally using a rule-based engine with a transfer approach (based primarily on Lexical Functional Grammar), AppTek acquired AIXPLAIN in 2004, thereby adding a statistical engine as well. The two engines have since been merged into a hybrid machine translation engine covering many language pairs. Apptek was sold to SAIC [NYSE:SAI] in November of 2010 as an asset deal.