Machine Translation and Language Studies


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • Time: 2:00-3:00PM
  • Date: Thursday, 15 April, 2021
  • Venue: HSG23


Machine translation (MT), as a typical and practical application of natural language processing (NLP), has been developed greatly with other NLP technologies in recent years in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). The development also speeds the growth of the related subjects and industry. Language learning and studies is one of the beneficiaries. Where will language learning and studies go next along with MT? How to integrate machine translation into language studies? The basic concepts, the state-of-the-art NLP technologies and the challenges will be introduced and analysed, and the merging of NLP and language studies will be proposed in this talk.


Prof. Chengqing Zong received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. He is a Research Fellow (Professor) at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR) in the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include machine translation, dialogue systems, text mining, and fundamental research on NLP. As a principal investigator he has been taking charge of more than 10 projects, including the Natural Science Foundation projects of China, the High-Tech Program (“863”) of China, the project supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China, and also some projects in international cooperation. He authored a book titled Statistical Natural Language Processing, co-authored a book titled Text Data Mining, and co-translated a book titled 《统计机器翻译》. He served many top-tier international conferences on NLP, such as the President of ACL-IJCNLP 2021, PC co-chair of COLING 2020 and ACL-IJCNLP 2015. He was awarded the prizes of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, Chinese Information Processing Science and Technology Award from The Chinese Information Processing Society of China and the Science and Technology Progress Award from The Chinese Institute of Electronics. He is an expert granted a Special Allowance from the State Council.

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