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
Jingyi Zhang DFKI Saarbrücken MT models for the NotAs project Mar 29
Karla Štěpánová CTU, Prague Controlling robots via language and gestures Mar 15
Günter Neumann DFKI Saarbrücken 3SC - Semantic Search for Science Communication Mar 08
Natalia Skachkova DFKI Saarbrücken KELM: Knowledge Enhanced Pre-Trained Language Representations with Mar 01
Cennet Oguz DFKI Saarbrücken A Weak supervision with Syntactic Cues for Reference Resolution Feb 22
Ioannis Dikeoulias DFKI Saarbrücken Low-rank Tensor Completion for Temporal Knowledge Graphs Feb 15
Saadullah Amin DFKI Saarbrücken MedDistant19: A Challenging Benchmark for Distantly Supervised Biomedical Relation Extraction Feb 08
Daria Pylypenko, Kwabena Amponsah-Kaakyire DFKI and Saarland University Comparing and Explaining Feature-Engineering and Feature-Learning Approaches to Translationese Classification Feb 01
Anastasiia Kysliak DFKI Saarbrücken Natural Language Processing Services for Emergency Call Handling Jan 25
Stalin Varanasi DFKI Saarbrücken A Survey on Unsupervised / Semi-supervised / Zero-Shot / Few-Shot Question Answering (QA) and Question Generation (QG) Jan 18
Tom Vanallemeersch, Arne Defauw CrossLang, Ghent Automating anonymisation: opportunities and challenges Jan 11
Cristina España-Bonet DFKI Saarbrücken LT-BRIDGE + ELRC Shared Task: Multilingual Low-Resource Translation for Indo-European Languages Jan 04


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


Phone: +49 681 85775 5292

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)
Campus D3 2
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken

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