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Navigating the AI Hype: Building Natural Language Processing for Low Resource Languages

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  • UserAsmelash Teka Hadgu (Lesan; DAIR)
  • ClockFriday 10 March 2023, 12:00-13:00
  • HouseVirtual (Zoom).

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Natural Language Processing (NLP) research has made remarkable progress, yielding impressive results on benchmark datasets and fueling the development of real-world products such as ChatGPT. However, this progress has also been accompanied by hype from large corporations like META , who claim breakthroughs in machine translation across hundreds of languages. This talk will examine the challenges and opportunities of creating datasets, developing systems, and navigating the hype from big tech companies when building language technologies for low resource languages. NLP research for low resource languages holds tremendous potential, e.g., for the hundreds of millions of people in Africa who speak many of these languages. It has the potential to enhance access to critical information, improve education and healthcare outcomes, and promote peaceful coexistence by enabling communication across language bubbles.


Asmelash Teka Hadgu is the Co-founder and CTO of Lesan and a fellow at the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR). At Lesan, he has built state-of-the-art machine translation systems to and from Amharic, Tigrinya and English. Prior to Lesan, Asmelash did his PhD at the Leibniz University Hannover where his research focused on applied machine learning for applications in scholarly communication, crisis communication and natural language processing in low resource settings.

Topic: NLIP Seminar Time: March 10, 2023 12:00 PM London

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