Andrei Popescu-Belis

I am a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute, a lecturer at EPFL, and the head of Idiap's Natural Language Processing (NLP) group.

My research interests are in natural language processing, machine translation, information retrieval, language and multimodal resources, and the evaluation of linguistic and interactive systems.

I teach a doctoral course at EPFL on Human Language Technology.

Andrei Popescu-Belis

Idiap NLP group

Current members
   - postdocs: Nikolaos Pappas, Pierre-Édouard Honnet
   - PhD students: Lesly Miculicich, Xiao Pu
   - interns: Jonathan Pilault, Khalil Mrini (EPFL semester project)

Past members and alumni
   - postdocs: Chidansh Bhatt, Najeh Hajlaoui, Parvaz Mahdabi, Ngoc-Quang Luong
   - PhD students: Nikolaos Pappas (EPFL 2016), Maryam Habibi (EPFL 2015), Thomas Meyer (EPFL 2014), Majid Yazdani (EPFL 2013), Paula Estrella (UniGe 2008)
   - visitors: Pierre Lison (postdoc, 2014), Jeevanthi Liyanapathirana (PhD student, 2015)
   - interns: Catherine Gasnier, Quoc Anh Le, Kexing Li, Sharid Loaiciga, Lukas Matena, Lesly Miculicich

More about me

Publications by type  |  on Google Scholar (with a note)  |  Multimodal Signal Processing book (CUP)  |  IM2 book (EPFL Press)

Recent publications

Machine translation: going beyond sentence by sentence, press release by the SNSF on April 3, 2017, relayed by Le Nouvelliste, Swissinfo, RTS, and others.

Pappas N. & Popescu-Belis A. (2017) - Explicit Document Modeling through Weighted Multiple-Instance Learning. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), vol. 58, p. 591-626.

Pu X., Mascarell L. & Popescu-Belis A. (2017) - Consistent Translation of Repeated Nouns using Syntactic and Semantic Cues. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), Valencia, 5-7 April 2017.

Luong, N.Q. & Popescu-Belis A. (2017) - Machine translation of Spanish personal and possessive pronouns using anaphora probabilities. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), Valencia, 5-7 April 2017.

Miculicich Werlen L. & and Popescu-Belis A. (2017) - Using Coreference Links to Improve Spanish-to-English Machine Translation. Proceedings of the EACL Workshop on Coreference Resolution Beyond OntoNotes (CORBON), Valencia, 4 April 2017.

Habibi M., Pappas N. & Popescu-Belis A. (2017) - Topic and Sentiment in Phrase-Based Statistical Machine Translation. Idiap Research Report, 10-2017, Idiap Research Institute, March 2017, 19 p.


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Bio and research

I graduated from the French Ecole Polytechnique in 1995, with majors in maths and computer science, and I hold a Masters in AI from the University of Paris VI. I have a PhD in computer science and natural language processing from LIMSI-CNRS, University of Paris XI (1999). I was a postdoc at the UCSD Department of Cognitive Science, and then a senior research assistant at ISSCO, University of Geneva, before joining the Idiap Research Institute as a senior researcher in 2007. I have taught computer science and NLP courses at the Technology Institute in Orsay, the University of Geneva, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

I am the leader of the MODERN SNSF Sinergia project (2013-2016) on Modeling Discourse Entities and Relations for Coherent Machine Translation, which follows the COMTIS Sinergia project (2010-2013), on Improving the Coherence of Machine Translation Output by Modeling Intersentential Relations. I have been involved in the IM2 NCCR from its start (2002-2013), working on dialogue processing, data management and HCI, as head or deputy head of two individual projects. I am contributing to the SUMMA EU project, and I have previously contributed to the inEvent European project (2011-2014), and to the AMIDA European integrated project (2007-2010) as head of a work package on interfaces and evaluation.

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