An IDEAI researcher has received a 2018 Google Faculty Research Award

Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà, a researcher from the IDEAI-UPC, has been selected by the 2018 Google Faculty Research Awards.

Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà, a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the IDEAI-UPC, has been selected by the Google Faculty Research Awards. Her project, which is called "Interlingua-based Neural Machine Translation to reduce complexity and better exploits low resources in highly multilingual environments", has been awarded in the category of Machine Translation.

The project tries to explore a neural network for translation based on an Interlingua learned automatically. This translation architecture, compared to current systems, will reduce the complexity and exploit the training data more efficiently, especially in highly multilingual environments and / or with few resources.

Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà

Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà is a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the UPC. Master's Degree in Language and Speech Technologies and European Master's in Research on Information and Communication Technologies, both from UPC. She has worked at LIMSI-CNRS in Paris, the Media Innovation Center of Barcelona, the University of São Paulo, the Infocomm Research Institute of Singapore and the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. She is currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher from the UPC and leads the DeepVoice and ALLIES projects.


The Google Faculty Research Awards, one of the most prestigious in computer science and engineering at an international level, gives grants for technical research in projects related to quantum computing, machine learning, algorithms, natural language processing or others. The grants offer the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers.


In this call, 910 proposals have been received from 40 countries and more than 320 universities. The committee selected 158 projects as finalists, among which is the project presented by Marta Ruiz Costa-Jussà, researcher at IDEAI-UPC within the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). In Spain, there are two other awarded projects from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and another from the University of the Basque Country.

Credit to the original source (in Catalan).