Statistical Machine Translation at the University of Edinburgh

The dream of automatically translating documents from foreign languages into English (or between any two languages) is one of the oldest pursuits of artificial intelligence research. Armed with vast amounts of example translations and powerful computers, we can witness significant progress toward achieving that dream. Our group exploits large datasets of translated and monolingual text to learn translation with statistical models, with a current focus on neural models.



  • Abhishek Arun (PhD), now research scientist at Bing
  • Michael Auli, (PhD), now at Facebook AI Research
  • Amittai Axelrod (MSc), UW Ph.D. 2014, now at Amazon Research
  • Phil Blunsom (postdoc), now associate professor at Oxford University and scientist at Google Deepmind
  • Chris Callison-Burch (PhD), now assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania
  • Trevor Cohn (postdoc), now senior lecturer at University of Melbourne
  • Loďc Dugast (PhD), now research fellow at the University of South Africa
  • Nadir Durrani, now scientist at QCRI
  • Yang Gao (MSc), now at Snapchat
  • Liane Guillou (PhD), now research scientist at Brainnwave Technologies Limited
  • Eva Hasler (PhD), now postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University
  • Hieu Hoang (PhD, then postdoc) now contracting for Air Force Research Lab
  • Matthias Huck, (postdoctoral researcher), now postdoctoral researcher at LMU
  • Marcin Junczys-Dowmunt (postdoctoral researcher)
  • Abby Levenberg (PhD), now research scientist at WorkFusion
  • David Madl (research associate)
  • David Matthews (graduate student) now at Skyscanner
  • Josh Schroeder (MSc), now software engineer at Google
  • Miles Osborne (Reader), now Senior Software Engineer at Bloomberg
  • Herve Saint-Amand (research associate), now at NCR Edinburgh
  • David Talbot (PhD), now research scientist at Google
  • Chara Tsoukala (research associate), now NLP Engineer at Unbabel
  • Oliver Wilson (research associate), now at Optiver


  • Rachel Bawden (PhD student, LIMSI, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay), May-August 2017
  • Gozde Gul Sahin (PhD student, Istanbul Technical University), May-November 2017
  • Jindra Helcl (PhD student, Charles University) October 2016-March 2017
  • Shuoyang Ding (PhD student, Johns Hopkins), Jun-Aug 2015
  • Chara Tsoukala (PhD student, U Groningen), Feb-Aug 2013
  • Youzheng Wu (NICT), Mar-Jun 2013
  • Jesús González Rubio (researcher, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia), Jun-Aug 2010
  • Anoop Sarkar (associate professor, Simon Fraser U.), Sep 2009-Apr 2010
  • Andreas Zollmann (PhD student, CMU), Jul-Aug 2009
  • Juri Ganitkevitch (Phd student, Johns Hopkins), Jul-Aug 2009
  • Chris Dyer (Phd student, U. Maryland), Feb-Mar 2009




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