Public PhD defence on May, 28: Tommi Jauhiainen

Tommi Jouhiainen is defending his PhD thesis in language technology on “Language Identification in Texts” on Tuesday, May, 28 at 12 in auditorio XII in the main building of the university. The thesis is available at http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-5131-5 and the opponent is Nikola Ljubešić from the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and the University of Zagreb.

University of Helsinki Language Technology group successful at WMT18 machine translation tasks

Our research group successfully participated in this year’s WMT machine translation tasks, taking the shared first place in both the English-Finnish and Finnish-English news translation tasks.

Shared Task: Machine Translation of News

We also participated in the Multimodal Machine Translation task as part of the MeMaD project, taking the first place in English-German and in English-French translation.

Shared Task: Multimodal Machine Translation En-De

In both the news and multimodal translation tasks, the best systems from the Language Technology group utilised state-of-the-art neural machine translation models.

System papers describing the models will be presented at EMNLP 2018 Third Conference on Machine Translation (WMT18) later this year.

Shared Task: Multimodal Machine Translation En-Fr

Congratulations to our team!

FoTran2018

We organise an event on representation learning from multilingual language data (FoTran2018). We have great invited speakers:

  • Kyunghyun Cho, NYU, New York
  • Manaal Faruqui, Google
  • André Martins, Unbabel, Lisbon
  • Ivan Vulić, University of Cambridge
  • Željko Agić, IT University of Copenhagen

Sign up if you want to participate or even present your work! Participation is free but registration is required. More info here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/language-technology/fotran-2018/

NLUxG project presentation at the Academy of Finland AIPSE seminar

The Academy of Finland funded research project Natural Language Understanding with Cross-Lingual Grounding was presented in the Academy of Finland opening seminar Novel Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Physical Sciences and Engineering Research (AIPSE) on 18 June by Dr. Alessandro Raganato and Dr. Hande Celikkanat.

Our presentation and the poster attracted a lot of interest from the seminar participants.