Colloquium: Steve Richardson

Date(s) - 02/16/2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Steve Richardson, Associate Professor of Computer Science will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, February 16. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.

Title: Machine Translation: Hype vs. Reality

The advancement and use of Machine Translation (MT) for both spoken and written translations has exploded in the past few years. Sentences and spoken utterances produced by MT are becoming almost indistinguishable from those produced by humans. The Church is now making regular use of MT in its translation workflows, and work has commenced once again at BYU to contribute to this field of global importance. Come and find out what is hype and what is reality.

Steve Richardson received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Computer Science and Linguistics from BYU and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the City University of New York. Prior to joining the BYU CS faculty in November 2021, he was the manager of machine translation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he worked for ten years. Before that, he completed a 3-year mission assignment in Brazil, 17 years at Microsoft Research as a Principal and Partner Researcher and manager of the Machine Translation Group, and 11 years at IBM working in NLP, including at the TJ Watson Research Center. He is currently serving as the president of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas and served previously in the same role of the International Association for Machine Translation, as well as on numerous advisory boards and conference program committees. He is the author and/or editor of various books, conference proceedings, and research papers, as well as numerous patents in NLP and MT.

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