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
Matthieu Deru DFKI Saarbrücken Transparency Page Tracking and Analysis Tool Jun 28
Anastasiia Kysliak DFKI Saarbrücken NotAs project: challenges and possible solutions Jun 14
Pasquale Minervini University College London Complex Query Answering with Neural Link Predictors (Outstanding Paper Award @ ICLR 2021), with some new developments Jun 08
Sonal Sannigrahi DFKI and Saarland University Developing Effective Document-level Representations from Sentences Jun 01
Timo Homburg Saarland University Cuneiform Paleography and Machine Learning - A status report May 24
John Kelleher ADAPT Centre, Dublin Heh BERT is this an idiom? Well it depends on the topic! May 17
Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb Saarland University Modeling and investigating variation in language use from a communicative perspective: methods, challenges, and types of evidence May 10
Tanja Bäumel DFKI Saarbrücken AIden: Intermediate evaluation and future plans for a chatbot in education May 03
Niyati Bafna Saarland University Subword-based Crosslingual Transfer of Embeddings from Hindi to Marathi and Nepali Apr 26
Tatiana Anikina DFKI Saarbrücken Experiments with data augmentation in the emergency response domain Apr 19
Andrea Lösch DFKI Saarbrücken ELRC Update and Perspectives Apr 12
Yvette Graham Trinity College, Dublin Achieving Reliable Human Assessment of Open-Domain Dialogue Systems Apr 05


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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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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