Professor Qun Liu, an ADAPT PI, has more than 20 years’ experience at the forefront of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Translation (MT) and is a Full Professor at Dublin City University (DCU).
Leading the Understanding Global Content Theme, Professor Liu leads research on the analysis, annotation and extraction of meaningful knowledge from textual, spoken and video content across languages and domains.
Professor Liu’s distinguished career has seen him author or co-author more than 250 peer-reviewed research publications in the areas of NLP and MT, among which many are on the top conferences including ACL, EMNLP, COLING, or top journals including Computational Linguistics, Aritifial Intelligence, ACM TALLIP, etc. He has led the development of one of the world’s most popular open source Chinese word segmentation systems. He and his research group have been working on syntactic-based MT approaches with the representative work on tree-to-string model, MEBTG model, forest-based translation, etc. Professor Liu has won numerous funding calls from China’s NSFC and “863” plan, Science Foundation Ireland, EU FP7 or EU H2020 programs, etc., and awards including the COLING-ACL 2006 Meritorious Asian NLP Paper and Google Research Award 2012. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 40 students to the completion of their PhD and MSc degrees, among whom many have become the active researchers in academic institutions or directors or main developers of the NLP or MT teams in large Internet companies.