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  • NL Seminar-Translating faster than a keystroke and dumpster diving for training data

    Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Kenneth Heafield, Univ of Edinburgh

    Talk Title: Translating faster than a keystroke and dumpster diving for training data

    Abstract: REMINDER Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

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    Machine translation has a deserved reputation for computational cost. But by burning even more GPU time upfront, we can
    make inference fast enough to translate thousands of words per second on a desktop or a sentence in under 10 ms on one CPU core. I will talk about optimizations from chopping off transformer heads to writing assembly that make this possible. Software is available at translatelocally.com and coming soon as a Firefox extension. Fast translation was also useful for the ParaCrawl project, where we went dumpster diving on the web for translations and found a few COMET/BLEU points.

    Biography: Kenneth Heafield is a Reader/Associate Professor in en-US)
    at the University of Edinburgh working on fast and often good machine translation. He coordinates the Bergamot project adding local translation to Firefox, ran the ParaCrawl project, and was friendly competition with ISI in MATERIAL. He wrote kenlm to do large language models before they were cool.

    Host: Jon May and Thamme Gowda

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93223825200

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93223825200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

    Event Link: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

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