ADAPT Expert Gives Keynote Address at a Conference on Translation Ethics in Lithuania

20 October 2022

Associate Professor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University (DCU) and researcher at the ADAPT Centre, Prof Joss Moorkens was invited to present the keynote address on ‘Ethics and Sustainability in Neural Machine Translation’ at the Translation, Ideology, Ethics: Response and Credibility Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Department of Translation and Interpretation Studies at Vilnius University, and was held from the 22nd to the 24th of September, 2022. The talk by Prof Moorkens addressed key ADAPT objectives of balancing the benefits of artificial intelligence with protecting the rights and needs of translation stakeholders. 

With ever increasing multicultural and multinational exchange of ideas, the demand and significance of translation continues to soar. However, the very process of translation involves the intermingling of ideologies, cultures and stands affecting the product, its participants and the wider context they operate in. To balance its benefits, translation research must also assume an ethical stance, so as to empower and protect the stakeholders who are impacted by such technology. 

ADAPT’s mission is centered around the empowerment of people and communities in such scenarios. The keynote address by Prof Moorkens touched upon this objective, highlighting the importance, benefits, challenges and realities of a future where translation will continue to have far reaching impact.  

In attendance at the keynote address was the incoming Irish ambassador to Lithuania, Séadhna MacHugh who is working extensively in strengthening the trade and socio-cultural ties between the countries, facilitating better partnership and cooperation. Prof Moorkens was also joined by his DCU and former ADAPT colleague Prof Sharon O’Brien, in delivering the keynote presentations. 

Prof Moorkens has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on translation technology, leading path-breaking research in the area. Prof Sharon O-Brien was former Principal Investigator at ADAPT who also has extensive work to her credit in this field. Read more about Prof Moorkens’ research in this space. 

Know more about the Translation, Ideology, Ethics: Response and Credibility Conference.