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Advanced Issues in LCT 1

Academic Year 2012/3, Year

Machine Translation


Prof. Aarne Ranta

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Gothenburg


Prof. Aarne Ranta is Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, since 2005. His earlier positions are Associate Professor in the same Department during 1999-2005, Visiting Professor at Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, during 1997-1999, and researcher at the Academy of Finland, 1988-1998. In his Department, Ranta’s main research topic, since 1998, is the Grammatical Framework, GF, of which he is the main designer. His other interests are type theory, functional programming, and compiler construction.


The course gives an introduction to the main problems and concepts of MT, including

  • rule-based vs. statistical vs. hybrid systems

  • interlingua vs. transfer

  • automatic vs. interactive

  • precision vs. coverage

  • evaluation methods

The main effort in the course will consist of hands-on implementation work, where the students learn to build their own systems using state-of-the-art tools: Giza++ and Moses for statistical translation, and GF for rule-based translation.



Last Updated: 1 October 2012

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