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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:

Talks 2022

Presenter Affiliation Title Date
Maurice Rekrut DFKI Saarbrücken Anaphoric annotations for combined entities in recipes Aug 29
Doreen Osmelak Saarland University Towards efficient dialogue processing in the emergency response domain Aug 22
Rishu Kumar DFKI Saarbrücken Cross-lingual transfer learning with Persian Aug 08
Anna Mochova Saarland University Exploring Mention Representations for Coreference Resolution in Dialogue July 25
Aravind Krishnan DFKI Saarbrücken Multilingual Relation Classification via Efficient and Effective Prompting July 18
Lonneke van der Plas IDIAP Martigny Cross-Lingual Transfer for Low-Resource Languages July 11
Noon Pokaratsiri DFKI Saarbrücken Towards Understanding the Role of Graph Structures in Medical Codes Classification July 04
Alina Leippert DFKI Saarbrücken Clarification Request Identification in Knowledge-based Question Answering Jun 27
Rishu Kumar DFKI Saarbrücken Does multilingual training improve the performance for low resource language summarization? Jun 13
Xudong Huong Saarland University Visual Writing Prompts: Character-Grounded Story Generation with Curated Image Sequences May 30
Joseph Renner INRIA & Sorbonne Université Exploring Category Structure with Contextual Language Models and Lexical Semantic Networks May 23
Matúš Pikuliak Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies An In-Depth Look at Word Filling Societal Bias Measures May 16
Natalia Skachkova DFKI Saarbrücken Prompting Large LMs with OpenPrompt May 09
Tanja Bäumel DFKI Saarbrücken An Introduction to Explainable AI May 02
Yusser Al-Ghussein DFKI and Saarland University Exploring Paracrawl for Document-level Neural Machine Translation Apr 25
Michael Roth Univ. Stuttgart Language Understanding and Misunderstanding Apr 18
Lukas Lange Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence SwitchPrompt: Learning Domain-Specific Gated Soft Prompts for Classification in Low-Resource Domains Apr 11
Urs Peter DFKI and Saarland University Co-reference Resolution in Low-Resource Annotation Apr 04
Vanessa Camilleri University of Malta XR for training & Development - a look at the promises and ethical pitfalls of emerging tech for teaching and learning Mar 28
Marta R. Costa-jussà Meta AI No-language-left-behind: Scaling Human-Centered Machine Translation* and Toxicity at Scale Mar 14
Brielen Madureira Lasota Uni Potsdam What is going on at colab Potsdam — and why research on dialogue games is cool Mar 07
Yasser Hamidullah DFKI Saarbrücken Sentence Embeddings as Joint Latent Space Linking Vision and Text in Sign Language Translation Feb 22



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

Deputy Head:
Prof. Dr. Günter Neumann​​​​​​​
Phone.: +49 681 85775 5298



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66123 Saarbrücken