Philipp Koehn

Lecturer, Edinburg University

Philipp Koehn received his PhD from the University of Southern California, where he was a research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) from 1997 to 2003. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, and joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 2005. His research centers on statistical machine translation, but he has also worked on speech in 1999 at AT&T Research Labs and text classification in 2000 at Whiz-bang Labs. Besides his research, his major contribution to the machine translation community are the preparation and release of the Europarl corpora, as well as the Pharaoh and Moses decoders - all of which are widely used. The statistical machine translation system developed under his leadership over the last years is a top performers in recent DARPA and IWSLT competitions. He has been organizing workshop on statistical machine translation at ACL including a shared task involving the translation between European languages since 2005. Koehn has been the scientific coordinator of the EuroMatrix and EuroMatrixPlus projects.

He currently serves as the president of the ACL Special Interest Group on Machine Translation. He authored the textbook on statistical machine translation.