Kevin Knight, Senior Research Scientist and Fellow, Information Sciences Institute, Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California
A clear long-term vision motivates research in automatic language translation. The vision is that you read, write, listen, and speak in your own language, and computer software translates whenever necessary. Reading this paragraph but don't know English? No problem, computer will translate. Launching a new product in Eastern Europe? No problem. Boyfriend doesn't speak Korean? No problem.
This is certainly one of the most compelling visions in computer science, and it has animated a great deal of research. How do we get from here to there? This talk will look at recent improvements, noting how ideas have moved from impractical to mainstream, as well as covering current problems and future directions.