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David Chiang Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Virginia Watterson • DATE: April 2, 2015

Google Research recently announced the winners of its Faculty Research Awards for Winter 2015. This is Google’s biannual call for research proposals on Computer Science and related topics, including systems, machine perception, structured data, robotics, and mobile devices. The grants provide both faculty and students the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers.

This round, Google Research received 808 proposals, an increase of 12% over the previous round, covering 55 countries on 6 continents. Of these, 122 were funded. The subject areas that received the highest level of support were systems, human-computer interaction, and machine perception.

Dr. David Chiang received the award for Machine Translation. His proposal, titled “Learning Better Translation Models by Learning More Translation Models,” addresses the fact that although most machine translation systems learn from parallel text, in many situations, parallel text is limited. The goal of the project is to learn better translation models by simultaneously learning several models at once – translation models for multiple languages, or models for translation and other tasks like transliteration or semantics.

For Google's complete announcement, see Google Research. The official program page can be found at Google Program.