New Faculty Member Steve Richardson

December 06, 2021


Before joining the BYU CS department, Steve worked for 10 years at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he was the Manager of Machine Translation (MT) and Translation Systems. Prior to working at the Church, he presided over the Brazil São Paulo South Mission with his wife Marianna. Before the mission, he worked for 17 years at Microsoft Research as a Principal Researcher and manager of the MT Group and for 11 years at IBM, including at the TJ Watson Research Center, focusing on natural language processing (NLP).

We are excited to have Dr. Steve Richardson join the faculty.

Dr Richardson holds BS and MA degrees in Computer Science and Linguistics from BYU and a PhD in Computer Science from the City University of New York. He has served on numerous advisory boards and conference program committees in organizations such as the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA), of which he is currently president. He is the author and/or editor of various books, conference proceedings, research papers, and patents. He began his career focus on MT and NLP as a junior working on BYU’s interactive MT project in 1975, and ever since, he has been passionate about advancing MT to help the world communicate and especially to spread the restored gospel throughout the world.  If he has any spare time, it is usually spent talking to or visiting the 12 children or 30 grandchildren he and Marianna have (none of whom live in Utah!). He also enjoys riding his bike or playing racquetball when he can. This picture gives you an idea of how many family members he has to visit.

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