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University of Texas at Arlington Renews Academic Ties with Machine Translation Leader, KantanMT

KantanMT strengthens academic relationship with the Texan University as undergraduates once again use the cloud based platform to customise, improve and deploy machine translation engines


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Wednesday, 19 October, 2016

KantanMT is pleased to announce the renewal of its academic partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington for the academic year 2016/2017. UTA is one of the very few universities internationally teaching MT to undergraduates. This year, 63 Students studying modern languages will learn to use KantanMT’s custom MT platform to better understand the theoretical and practical approaches to localization when translating language.

Under the guidance of UTA Chief Analytics Officer Dr. Pete Smith; Alicia Soueid, Senior French lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages; and J. Blake Carpenter, French Lecturer and Data Services Manager for University Analytics, 13 undergraduate students will use KantanMT this semester to learn how to customise, improve and deploy statistical machine translation as part of the course ‘Introduction to Computer Assisted Translation (CAT)’. During the 2017 Spring semester, 50 students will use the platform.

“I am delighted that UTA students of language and culture are leading internationally in learning cutting-edge technologies for machine translation,” says Dr. Pete Smith, Chief Analytics Officer at UTA. “UTA and its program in Localization and Translation is one of only very few university programs globally that offers this highly-specialized learning at the undergraduate level, significantly increasing employment opportunities for its graduates in this high-tech age of globalization.”

In addition to joining the academic program, Dr. Pete Smith will host a panel on academic-industry relationships at the annual TAUS Conference in Portland Oregon 24-25 October 2016. KantanMT Founder and Chief Architect, Tony O’Dowd will join Dr. Alan Melby (BYU) and Claudia Mirza (Akorbi) on a panel that will discuss the ‘Talent Shortage and Talent Convergence’ of the translation industry.

Questions addressed by the panel will include:

  • Where is the next generation of MT professionals and visionaries coming from?
  • How will undergraduates impact upon talent shortages?
  • Where will future talent come from?

The panel will present and discuss these questions from a variety of perspectives, from both within higher education and outside of it. The panel is scheduled for the first day of the conference, on Monday 24 October at 14:15 in the Sentinel Hotel.

“The responsibility for educating the next generation of translation and localization professionals should not rest solely with academic institutions,” says Tony O’Dowd, Founder and Chief Architect of KantanMT. As major language technology players, we make a conscious effort to collaborate with universities, like the University of Texas at Arlington to improve technology education for graduates so they have the most up-to-date technology skills that will help improve their employability and be successful in their careers.”

View the TAUS Annual Conference Program

To join the KantanMT Academic program, contact Louise Irwin ([email protected]) or visit the KantanMT’s partner page for more information.

About the University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. US News and World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine.

About KantanMT

KantanMT.com is a leading SaaS based machine translation platform that enables users to develop and manage customised machine translation engines in the cloud. The innovative technologies offered on the KantanMT.com platform enable users to easily build MT engines in over 760 language combinations, seamlessly integrating into localization workflows and web applications. KantanMT is based in the INVENT Building, DCU Campus, Dublin 9, Ireland.

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