Multilinguality and Language Technology

The research department Multilinguality and Language Technology (MLT) in Saarbrücken is headed by Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith.

MLT covers the following main topics: Machine Translation (MT), Question Answering and Information Extraction Systems (QAIE), Talking Robots (TR), and Data and Resources (D&R).

  • MT group: Machine translation between texts and from text to sign language;
  • QAIE group: Highly scalable text analysis and, based on this, question-answering and information extraction systems;
  • TR group: Dialog processing for human-robot collaboration and for teamwork support. Basic dialog technologies as well as applications, e.g., for disaster response management and health care;
  • D&R group: Collection of language data and processing into resources for the development of intelligent language technologies.

We work with machine learning and knowledge-based approaches. Besides basic research, MLT is strongly involved in contract research and industrial projects. 

At Saarland University, members of the MLT group are involved in leading positions in SFB 1102 (Information Density and Linguistic Encoding, subproject B6), a DFG project on multi-modal interfaces for post-editing of MT results (MMPE), and the “Erasmus Mundus European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies” (LCT).


Talks at MLT-Meetings


Presenter Affiliation Title Date
Natalia Skachova DFKI Saarbrücken Performance measures for classifiers trained on imbalanced data Sep 28
Andrea Lösch DFKI Saarbrücken Approaches to Language Repositories Sep 14
Yasser Hamidullah DFKI Saarbrücken Sign Language Translation: An Overview Sep 07
Torge Berckmann DFKI Saarbrücken Low Resource Translation as Language Modelling Aug 24
Thierry Declerck DFKI Saarbrücken Towards an Ontology for Data Categories used for the Description of Sign Languages and an ontological Encoding of their Lexical Data Aug 10
Cennet Oguz DFKI Saarbrücken Synthesis of Compositional Animations from Textual Descriptions Aug 03
Stalin Varanasi DFKI Saarbrücken Learning Language-Invariant Representations for Universal Machine Translation July 27
David Adelani, Jesujoba Alabi, Dana Ruiter Saarland University The Effect of Domain and Diacritics in Yorùbá-English Neural Machine Translation July 20
Hongfei Xu DFKI and Saarland University Multi-Head Highly Parallelized LSTM Decoder for Neural Machine Translation July 13
Rik van Noord Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Character-based Neural Semantic Parsing: what did we learn and where do we go next? July 6


Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith
Phone: +49 681 85775 5287

Deputy Head
Prof. Dr. Stephan Busemann
Phone: +49 681 85775 5286


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Fax: +49 681 85775 5338

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Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken

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