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
Elena Simperl King's College London What Wikidata teaches us about data-centric AI Sep 20
Michael Hedderich Saarland University Characterizing Classification Errors in NLP Sep 13
Badr Abdullah Saarland University The representation of cross-linguistic variation in neural networks: A study on spoken language identification Aug 23
Iona Gessinger Dublin University College Cross-Cultural Comparison of Gradient Emotion Perception: Human vs. Alexa TTS voices Aug 16
Hema Devi Nachimuthu Saarland University Dementia and Speech Recognigion Aug 09
Aravind Krishnan DFKI and Saarland University Automatic Speech Recognition in Cockpits: The case for approach Aug 02
Miaoran Zhang Saarland University Sentence Embedding Learning with Pre-trained Language Models Tool July 26
Günter Neumann DFKI Saarbrücken Beyond Chatbot Design July 19
Tanja Bäumel, Soniya Vijayakumar, Simon Ostermann DFKI Saarbrücken The "Hots" and "Odds" at ACL-22 July 12
Vilém Zouhar EHT Zürich Fusion for Knowledge-Intensive NLP July 5


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

News from the Research Department

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Through an urgent plea for language data, the European Commission (EC) is supporting the development of technologies to enable cross-border…

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Together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) has developed, evaluated, and…

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On 28 July 2021, Andrea Lösch and Thierry Declerck from the research group "Multilinguality and Speech Technology" were invited to give a talk about…

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