Transforming Global Content

Transforming Global Content

Projects on Machine Translation (MT) modelling, MT training data scarcity and human factors are pivotal to extending research in MT, human translation and their business impact.

New deep learning techniques are being augmented with linguistic knowledge to constrain the MT decoding space explosion due to increasing model complexity. Cloud-based models seed MT engines built on-the-fly using small amounts of data targeted to the translational requirements of the input document. We extend our previous research on domain adaptation to new ADAPT sectors and data types using grounding semantics, filtering out ‘noisy’ input, and where data is in short supply, supplement parallel training data with comparable corpora. We also extend our previous ethnographic studies of real users of MT output, which will uncover cognitive and social barriers to MT acceptability. Novel evaluation schemes are being developed which meet industry needs for flexible, configurable quality measures that reflect directly their core organisational goals.

Research team


Journal Article

Under pressure: translation in times of austerity

  • Posted: 1 Jan 2017
  • Author: Joss Moorkens
  • Publication: Perspectives: Studies in Translatology
Transforming Global Content

Dependency-based Recording Model for Constituent Pairs in Hierarchical SMT

  • Posted: 1 Nov 2015
  • Author: Andy Way, Arefeh Kazemi, Antonio Toral, Amirhassan Monadjemi and Mohammadali Neatbakhsh
  • Publication: EAMT2015

Incorporating Deep Visual Features into Multiobjective-based Multi-view Search Result Clustering

  • Posted: 25 Aug 2018
  • Author: Andy Way, Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, Sriparna Saha, Sayantan Mitra
  • Publication: COLING 2018 - 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Journal Article

Some Puzzles of Politeness and Impoliteness within a Formal Semantics of Offensive Language

  • Posted: 1 Jan 2015
  • Author: Carl Vogel
  • Publication: Conflict and Multimodal Communication: Social Research and Machine Intelligence

Research Goals

We provide MT with increased intelligence, by developing engines incorporating syntax, semantics and discourse features, constrained MT models using deep learning techniques, cloud-based data models for use by (disposable) MT engines, and engines for sentiment analysis and translation.

We connect texts with the real world, and investigate different ways to leverage grounding semantics (in contrast to abstract semantics), including named entities and relations, multimodality, and discourse semantics to improve translation quality in various scenarios. We use the state-of-the-art neural MT framework to incorporate grounding semantics and rich linguistic features.

Through a human-factors oriented approach, we seek to understand what the blocking points are, in order to overcome them. We take a cognitive ergonomic approach to this, which investigates three types of factors: cognitive (i.e. best presentation), physical (i.e. reduced editing effort), and organisational (i.e. best organisation for the adoption of MT).


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