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Special course in Language Technology

MT06 — Finnish-Swedish Machine Translation Challenge


The course has the following basic objectives:

  • To provide understanding on different approaches in machine translation (MT)
  • To help in developing skills in assessing the benefits and drawbacks of different MT approaches
  • To provide practical experience on working in a multidisciplinary group developing a rather complex language technology system
  • To help in developing skills and understanding on how to use effectively existing language technology resources for a specific task

Requirements for passing the course

The course will be graded as accepted / failed. Requirements for passing the course:

  • Active participation in a group developing a working prototype of a Finnish-Swedish (Swedish-Finnish) MT system, and
  • Written presentation of group work

Prerequisities for attending

This special course is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Each participant is expected to have reasonably advanced understanding in a relevant discipline related to the domain of interest (e.g. language technology, machine translation, computer science, statistical machine learning).


The course will take place during autumn 2006 (periods III and IV).

The kick-off event will be organized on Friday, 22nd of September.

The videos and background material will be available at this page.

Available LT Resources


The course is organized in collaboration between

  • Laboratory of Computer and Information Science, Helsinki University of Technology (Doc. Timo Honkela, Dr. Ville Könönen, Dr. Mathias Creutz),
  • Department of Translation Studies, University of Helsinki (Prof. Lauri Carlson),
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki (Prof. Helena Ahonen-Myka), and
  • Department of General Linguistics, University of Helsinki (Prof. Kimmo Koskenniemi).

More information

Please, see the page

Topic revision: r5 - 2008-11-24 - HennaRiikkaLaitinen
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