Keynote speakers

Angelika Zerfass
Translation Tools are TOOLS.
How do we make the most of them?


Given the incredible sophistication of tools and enormous increase in computing power do we still expect too much? What are the flies in the ointment and how can they be eliminated.

Angelika Zerfass, a consultant, trainer and provider of technical support for users of translation tools is located in Bonn, Germany.

After her studies (degree in translation for Chinese and Japanese plus Computational Linguistics) she came to the translation industry first as a training specialist for a tools provider in 1997 and has been working freelance since 2000.

Her main focus being the translation technologies, she is traveling the world on a mission to make translation tools understandable.

Gábor Prószéky
Some thoughts on progress in MT — almost fifty years after the (first?) ALPAC report


Gábor Prószéky is a professor and vice dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest) and CEO of MorphoLogic, a leading Hungarian language technology company.He is in charge of the MTA-PPKE Hungarian Language Technology Group co-financed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Pázmány University.He graduated at the ELTE University both in software engineering and in general & applied linguistics. He holds a PhD (1994) in computational linguistics. In 2005 he received the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Since his university years, he has been involved in more than thirty R&D projects in human language technologies (HLT), and computational and theoretical aspects of humanities.

His research interest covers various aspects of computational analysis of highly inflectional languages, intelligent dictionaries and machine translation.

Aside of more than 140 scientific publications mainly on HLT, he is the author of three comprehensive books on human language technologies.

Among others, he was a Board Member of the European Language Resources Association and the President of the Lexicographical Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2006-2012). Since 2013 he has been the president of the Association of Hungarian Applied Linguists, and in 2014 he became the president of the Council of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund.

In 1991, with software engineer colleagues working on human language technology applications, he founded MorphoLogic, the first language industry company in Hungary. Since then, MorphoLogic’s various applications have been licensed by Microsoft, IBM, Xerox, among others. In 1999, MorphoLogic won the IST Prize of the European Commission.

Gábor Prószéky received Hungary’s highest award, the Széchenyi Prize, for his activities in 2000. Among others, he also received the Kalmár Award of the John von Neumann Computer Society (1995), IT Manager of the Year (2002), Award for the Hungarian IT (2005), Special Prize to the IT Lecturer of the Year (2009) and Dennis Gabor Award (2010).