Multilinguality and Language Technology

The research department “Multilinguality and Language Technology” (MLT) in Saarbrücken is headed by Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith. MLT focuses on three thematic areas: Machine Translation (MT), Question Answering and Information Extraction Systems (QA/IE), and “Talking Robots” (TR).

In our research, machine learning as well as knowledge-based approaches are employed.

  • The MT group focuses on state-of-the-art machine translation (QT21, DEEPLEE) and data collection (ELRC).
  • Question answering and information extraction systems based on highly scalable text analysis are the subject of the QA/IE group (DEEPLEE, iRead, PRECISE4Q, Excitement).
  • The TR group develops dialogue technologies for human-robot communication in collaborative human-machine teams for disaster response (TRADR, A-DRZ) as well as medical and social application scenarios (PAL, INTUITIV).

In addition to research and development projects, MLT is strongly involved in contract research and industrial projects. These include machine translation, text analytics and text classification, and question answering as well as information extraction and dialogue systems.
At Saarland University, members of the MLT group are involved in leading positions within multiple projects, including the collaborative research cluster SFB 1102 (Information Density, subproject B6), a Leibniz project on cross-lingual search (CLUBS), a DFG project on multi-modal interfaces for post-editing of MT results (MMPE), and the European Erasmus Mundus Master's program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT).



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

Deputy Head
Prof. Dr. Stephan Busemann
Phone: +49 681 85775 5286


Phone: +49 681 85775 5282
Fax: +49 681 85775 5338

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)
Campus D3 2
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken

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When? 14 October 2020, 09:30 am to 03:30 pm (CEST)

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