Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Lynne Bowker, The School of Translation and Interpretation, the University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Professor Mikel L. ForcadaLynne Bowker holds a PhD in Language Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK) and is a Full Professor at the School of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Ottawa (Canada) where her teaching and research interests focus on machine and computer-aided translation, corpus linguistics, terminology and language for special purposes. Owing to her interest in multilingual information retrieval and representation, she also holds a cross-appointment to the School of Information Studies. She is the author of Computer-Aided Translation Technology (University of Ottawa Press, 2002) and co-author of Working with Specialised Language: A Practical Guide to Using Corpora (2002, Routledge).

  • Professor Mikel L. Forcada, The Department of Software and Computing Systems, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain.
  • Professor Mikel L. ForcadaProf. Mikel L. Forcada was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1963 and is married with two children. He graduated in Science in 1986 and got his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1991. Since 2002 he is full professor of Computer Languages and Systems at the Universitat d’Alacant. Prof. Forcada is president of the European Association for Machine Translation since 2015, president of the International Association for Machine Translation since 2017. From the turn of the millennium on, Prof. Forcada’s interests have mainly focused on the field of translation technologies, but he has worked in fields as diverse as quantum chemistry, biotechnology, surface physics, machine learning (especially with neural networks) and automata theory. He is the author of more than 70 articles in international journals, papers in international conferences and book chapters, of which about 40 are about translation technologies. In 2004, after heading several publicly- and privately-funded projects on machine translation he started the free/open-source machine translation platform Apertium (with more than 40 language pairs), where he is currently the president of the project management committee. He is also administrator in three more free/open-source software projects (Bitextor, Orthoepikon, Tagaligner) and co-founder of Prompsit Language Engineering (2006). Prof. Forcada has participated in the scientific committees of more than thirty international conferences and workshops. During 2009–2010 he has been an ETS Walton Visiting Professor in the machine translation group at Dublin City University, and during 2016–2017 he was visiting professor at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh.