Invited Speakers

Sharon O’Brien

Sharon O’Brien is Professor of Translation Studies in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland, where she teaches translation technology, localisation, and research methods, among other topics. Since 2020, she is Associate Dean for Research at DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously, she was coordinator of an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral Horizon 2020-funded project on translation in emergency and disaster settings – INTERACT, The International Network in Crisis Translation (2017-2020), a topic that she continues to research. She has been a funded investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland national research centre, ADAPT. Sharon has supervised twelve PhD students to date and has mentored several post-doctoral fellows.

Mikel Forcada

Prof. Mikel L. Forcada is full professor of Computer Languages and Systems at the Universitat d’Alacant and he has also been president of the European Association for Machine Translation from 2015 to 2021. From the turn of the millennium, Prof. Forcada’s research 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) and the free/open-source software project Bitextor (which crawls Internet sites to harvest parallel corpora). He is also the 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 was an ETS Walton Visiting Professor in the machine translation group at Dublin City University; during 2016–2017 he was visiting professor at Sheffield University and the University of Edinburgh.

Marcello Federico

Marcello Federico is a Principal Applied Scientist at Amazon AI, USA, since 2018. At Amazon, he leads science teams working on automatic dubbing and machine translation. From 2002 to 2020, he has been lecturer and member of the ICT International Doctoral School’s Committee of the University of Trento. He was co-founder and scientific advisor of MateCat Srl (2014-2021), co-founder and former CEO of MMT Srl (2017-2018), the first company offering a real-time adaptive neural machine translation technology. His research expertise is in machine translation, spoken language translation, language modelling, information retrieval, and speech recognition. Since 2004, he is on the steering committee of the International Conference on Spoken Language Translation series. He served as editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing; as associate editor for Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, and as senior editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He has been a board member of the Cross Lingual Information Forum and the European Association for Machine Translation (chair of EAMT 2012), founding officer of the ACL SIG on Machine Translation. He is currently President of the ACL SIG on Spoken Language Translation and associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM.

Christos Ellinides

Christos Ellinides is currently the acting Director-General for the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) at the European Commission. He joined the Commission in 2006 as Director for Corporate Digital Solutions and Services and was selected later for the post of Deputy Director-General in DGT, responsible for four operational directorates. Prior to this, Christos has been responsible for the introduction and effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in various organisations operating mainly in Europe, for more than 2 decades.
His career has evolved through posts and assignments in varying industries and has acquired broad and extensive experiences mostly in a management capacity
including the functions of both a CEO and a CIO. He has delivered speeches,
lectures and presentations on business, ICT and linguistic matters on a pan European level and is an active member in several professional bodies. He has
been a director and board member in a number of organisations with substantial
international exposure.
Christos Ellinides is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered IT Professional (CITP)
and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS). He holds a M.Sc. in Business
Systems Analysis and Design from the City University of London (UK) and a B.Sc. in
Business and Computing from the Nova University of Miami (USA)