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Silicon Republic article on DCU's Adapt centre's MT Evolution

Adapt LogoAdapt's Prof. Andy Way was recently interviewed by Silicon Republic on the MT evolution and it's application at the Adapt Centre, where Way and his team tackle language barriers that are “key challenges in enabling content to flow fluently across the globe”.

“From the late ’80s to about 2015, the dominant approach to MT was statistical (SMT). We needed large amounts of parallel data, ie source sentences and their human-provided translations, to build our statistical translation models, which essentially would suggest target-language words and phrases, which the model believed to be translations of the source sentence.

The last three years in MT have also seen neural MT (NMT) come to the fore. With NMT, all a research team needs is parallel data. The dominant model encodes the source sentence into a numerical vector representation, “which is in turn sent en bloc to the target-language decoder, whose job it is to generate the most likely target text from that vector”.

Way explained that NMT typically outperforms SMT and could be considered the “new state of the art”, citing more fluent translations and better word order as results. NMT does require much bigger training datasets, and models generally also take longer to train.

Full article: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/machine-translation-adapt-dcu

ADAPT Innovation shortlisted for QS Reimagine Education Award

Adapt LogoAn ADAPT designed platform, DCU FUSE, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious QS Reimagine Education Award under the Ethical Leadership Category. DCU Fuse, an innovative initiative rolled out in Dublin City University earlier this year was aimed at informing the direction of the University’s next strategic plan through a 24 hour public brainstorming session supported by technology developed by researchers at the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology.

Reimagine Education is a significant international competition, rewarding innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability. Each year, over 1000 educational innovators from all the world submit their projects to 16 Award Categories. The Ethical Leadership Award, sponsored by the World Economic Forum, is presented to the project most successful in fostering and encouraging leadership among students, and ensuring that students are aware of the ethical implications of leadership.

Computing's Andy Way & Markus Helfert Honoured by Enterprise Ireland

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School of Computing's and ADAPT Centre researchers, Prof. Andy Way and Dr. Markus Helfert, were honoured at an Enterprise Ireland event at the end of June. They were amoung the researchers named by Enterprise Ireland as Ireland's champions of EU Research for their projects which exhibited outstanding leadership in their respective programme areas under Horizon 2020. H2020 is the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation.  It runs over the period 2014-2020 and has a total budget of €75 billion.

John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development with Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland recognised six ADAPT researchers who have reached the pinnacle of European research at ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’ event taking place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin on the 28th of June.

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