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Translation industry think tank inspired by ILLC article.

The most recent article by Markos Mylonakis and Khalil Sima'an (Language and Computation, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, FNWI) has been selected by TAUS, a major innovation think tank and interoperability watchdog for the translation industry, as one of the two outstanding articles featured by the ACL 2011 Conference.

The TAUS review "What machines still can't translate" considers recent work taking on the big challenges of data-driven Machine Translation. The review concludes that the article "marks a new era in the debates about the possibility of using syntax in hierarchical statistical machine translation". The work of Mylonakis and Sima'an constitutes the first successful automatic learning (as opposed to heuristic crafting) of statistical translation models from human translation data in tandem with linguistic information.

It is also stimulating for the ILLC that a former graduate student (Andreas Zollmann, CMU) is a co-author of the other selected article. Zollmann is a graduate of the ILLC Master of Logic programme; his Master thesis was supervised by Dr. Sima'an.

ACL is the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), the most influential conference in the area of Natural Language Processing. For more information, see http://www.translationautomation.com/technology/.

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