Invited Speakers

Marcello Federico (Amazon)

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Marcello Federico

Marcello Federico is a Principal Applied Scientist at Amazon AI, USA, since 2018. At Amazon, he leads a research project on automatic dubbing and oversees the science work behind the Amazon Translate service. His research expertise is in automatic dubbing, machine translation, speech translation, language modeling, information retrieval, and speech recognition. In these areas, he co-authored 225 scientific publications, contributed in 20 international and national projects, mostly as scientific leader, and co-developed open source software packages for machine translation (Moses) and language modeling (IRSTLM) used worldwide by research and industry. He has served on the program committees of all major international conferences in the field of human language technology. Since 2004, he is on the steering committee of the International Conference on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) series. He has also been editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing; associate editor for Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, and a senior editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He has been a board member of the Cross Lingual Information Forum and the European Association for Machine Translation (chair of EAMT 2012), founding officer of the ACL SIG on Machine Translation. He is currently President of the ACL SIG on Spoken Language Translation and associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM.


Silvia Hansen-Schirra (Mainz University)

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Prof. Silvia Hansen-Schirra

Silvia Hansen-Schirra is Professor for English Linguistics and Translation Studies and Director of the Translation & Cognition (Tra&Co) Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germersheim. She is the co-editor of the book series "Translation and Multilingual Natural Language Processing" and “Easy – Plain – Accessible”. Her research interests include machine translation, accessible communication and translation process research.

Juan Miguel Pino (Facebook AI)

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Juan Miguel Pino

Juan Pino is a Research Scientist at Facebook, currently working on speech translation. He received his PhD in machine translation from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Bill Byrne.

Bart Defrancq (Gent University)

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Prof. Bart Defrancq

Born in 1970, studied Romance Philology at Ghent University (1987-1991) and was granted a PhD in Linguistics at the same University in 2002. Worked at the College of Europe as a French lecturer from 1992 until 1995, as a researcher at Ghent University from 1995 until 2007, as a visiting professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve from 2004 until 2009 and as a postdoctoral researcher at Hogeschool from 2007 until 2010. Trained as a conference interpreter in 2010 and was appointed as an assistant professor of interpreting and translation the same year. Has been head of interpreter training both at the masters' and at the postgraduate levels since 2010, both at Hogeschool Gent and University Ghent (since 2013, when the department was moved from the Hogeschool to the University in the framework of an institutional reform). Is a member of the Department Board, the Faculty Board, the Research Commission of the alpha-Faculties, the Doctoral School Board and of the CIUTI Board.