GIAN Course on Machine Translation: Theory and Practice

December 9 to 15, 2016, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India

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Dr. Bruno Pouliquen is a senior software engineer with specialization in machine translation. He is working at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva since 2009, where he is in charge of exploring and building patent machine translation software. He works now in statistical machine translation. Focusing on building automatic machine translation tools based on open source and working with 10+ languages. The software that he developed in WIPO is now installed and used in the United Nations, and in various United Nations agencies (ITU, IMO, FAO), as well as in patent office (Eurasian Patent Office, Moscow). He gives specific trainings on Machine translations to international organization officials and gives lectures to researchers on practical use of open source software.

Anil Kumar Singh is a researcher and a teacher who has been working in the area of NLP for the last thirteen years. He is working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India. He has published on various topics in NLP and has organized a couple of research workshops and a couple of introductory workshops on NLP. He will be organizing ICON-2016 at IIT (BHU) immediately after this course. He is the creator of Sanchay, a collection of tools and APIs familiar to some researchers in India, and also some other open source software related to NLP. At present, he is also involved in building machine translation systems for Bhojpuri, Maithili and Magahi, which are all less resourced languages.

Prof. Rajeev Sangal is the Director of the IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He holds a B Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is known for his work on computers and processing of human languages, and in particular on automatic translation among Indian languages. His research in Natural Language Processing led to the development of Computational Paninian Grammar (CPG) framework. It has been applied to parsing; semantics and morphological analysis of Indian languages etc. and forms the basis of several machine translation systems among Indian languages as well as English. He leads/mentors the multi-institutional consortium that has developed MT systems for 18 Indian language pairs. He has authored 4 books and many research papers. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and of Computer Society of India. He was given Vasvik award in 2008. As the President of NLP Association, India from 2002 onwards he helped organize the community of NLP researchers and started ICON, a high-quality annual NLP conference.