Computing That Serves

Colloquium: Undergrad Career Seminar


Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:00am


Steve Richardson


Mike Jones

Hastening the Work of Translation with Machine Translation

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 11:00 A.M.

1170 TMCB

For the past two years, the LDS Church has undertaken an effort to deploy machine translation (MT) with human post-editing in its translation processes in order to reduce costs and increase volumes. This presentation will provide some background on the evolution of machine translation and the current state of the technology behind it, an overview of its deployment and use at the LDS Church, evaluations of its effectiveness, and a demonstration of some of the tools with which it is integrated.




Steve Richardson is the manager of Translation Systems in the LDS Church’s Publishing Services Department. Before working at the Church, he completed a 3-year mission assignment in Brazil with his family, and spent 17 years at Microsoft Research as a Principal Researcher and manager of the Machine Translation Group and 11 years at IBM working in Natural Language Processing. He received Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Linguistics from BYU and a PhD in Computer Science from the City University of New York.