Alon Lavie



Language Technologies Institute

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Alon Lavie

Vice President of Language Technologies at Unbabel and Consulting Professor at the Language Technologies Institute

Research Interests:

Since joining Carnegie Mellon in 1996, my research has focused primarily on machine translation (MT) and natural language processing (NLP). In particular, I'm interested in NLP technologies applied to language translation and multilingual processing problems. My current research investigates machine translation adaptation approaches with human feedback; and syntax-driven statistical and hybrid approaches to MT, applied to both high-resource language pairs and low-resource and minority languages. One of my main focus areas has been developing novel syntax-based methods for acquiring the resources necessary for MT. I have also actively worked on frameworks for multi-engine machine translation (MEMT) and on developing automatic metrics for MT evaluation (particularly, METEOR). In the past, I worked extensively on developing parsing approaches for accurate annotation of grammatical relations (GRs) in spoken language data, on robust parsing algorithms for analysis of spoken language, and on the design and development of speech-to-speech machine translation systems.

In 2009, I co-founded Safaba Translation Solutions, where I serve as chairman of the board, president and CTO. Safaba develops automated translation solutions for large global enterprises that allow them to migrate and maintain large volumes of content in all the languages in their markets. We also develop advanced solutions that integrate machine translation (MT) technology into the workflow processes used by commercial language service providers (LSPs).