Talk on Neural Machine Translation


Talk on Machine Translation

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 12 pm to 1 pm at the IWC, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

2018 ITIA pre-AGM event – a talk by Dr Joss Moorkens, Dublin City University:

What to expect from neural machine translation (NMT)

As part of the artificial intelligence hype cycle, grand claims regularly appear about new breakthroughs in machine translation (MT) quality. This presentation provides a short history of MT development, during which promises have often been followed by disappointment, and an overview of contemporary MT technology. Recent evaluations show improvements in fluency and accuracy for gist translation between major languages, but any leap forward in productivity for translators working with MT appears to be modest.


Dr Joss Moorkens is an Assistant Professor at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University and a researcher affiliated with the ADAPT Centre and the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies. He has authored articles and chapters on translation technology, machine translation post-editing, translation evaluation, translator precarity, and translation technology standards. He is coeditor of the book ‘Translation Quality Assessment: From Principles to Practice’ (published by Springer) and a forthcoming special issue of Machine Translation journal focusing on human factors in neural machine translation.

Free of charge and open to members and non-members!

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