Arul Menezes heads the Machine Translation team at Microsoft Research. Over the past 15 years, he has driven Machine Translation at Microsoft Research from a basic research project to a web-scale production service with a variety of offerings for consumers and businesses, and millions of users worldwide, including Bing Translator and the Microsoft Translator Hub customization service, as well as the upcoming Skype Translator product.
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Episode 24, May 16, 2018 -Humans are wired to communicate, but we don’t always understand each other. Especially when we don’t speak the same language. But Arul Menezes, the Partner Research Manager who heads MSR’s Machine Translation team, is working to remove language barriers to help people communicate better. And with the help of some innovative machine learning techniques, and the combined brainpower of machine translation, natural language and machine learning teams in Redmond and Beijing, it’s happening sooner than anyone expected. Today, Menezes talks about how the advent of deep learning has enabled exciting advances in machine translation, including applications for people with disabilities, and gives us an inside look at the recent “human parity” milestone at Microsoft Research, where machines translated a news dataset from Chinese to English with the same accuracy and quality as a person.