Uppsala universitet  

Machine Translation, 7.5 HP, VT 2017

Course codes : 5LN426 (bachelor) 5LN711 (master)
Course coordinator: Fabienne Cap
Course examiner: Mats Dahllöf
Teachers: Fabienne Cap, Sara Stymne, Sharid Loáiciga, Yan Shao, Anna Sågvall Hein

News

  • The seminar presentation schedule is now online! Please observe that attendance in both seminars is mandatory for everyone. If you cannot attend, please inform Fabienne beforehand, and we will find a different solution for you. In case you cannot attend your own presentation, it will be canceled and re-scheduled to be held in August. If you cannot attend other presentations, we will give you one additional reading assignment to do (and submitted before August 31st).
  • Yan's and Fabienne's slides on NMT are now online, together with some suggestions for further reading
  • Lab 5 is now online!
  • The results of the mid-course evaluation are now online!
  • Lab 4 and the slides of Anna's guest lecture are now online!
  • Schedule change! We have to move the 3rd lab which was originally scheduled for next Monday 14h-16h to next Wendesday, 14h-16h. We apologize for any inconveniences this might cause.
  • The instructions of Lab 3 and the slides of Sharid's lecture are now online!
  • The project groups have now been assigned! Find more information here
  • More details for the Master and Bachelor projects are now online! Please pick 3 topics and send them to Fabienne before April 14th, 20:00h.
  • The instructions for your first Lab on Wednesday are now online!
  • The slides of the first and second lecture are now online!
  • Important note on deadlines: The final deadline for submitting something for the first time (labs and reports) is June 2nd.
    The re-examination deadline for submissions who did not pass this deadline is August 31.


More Information on

Literature
Labs
Examination for Masters
Examination for Bachelors


Preliminary Schedule

Please observe the changing room numbers!

Date
  Time   
Room
Type
Content Teacher
Reading / Assignments
2017-03-27 10-12 6-0031 Lecture Introduction Fabienne Cap Koehn Ch.1; JM 25.1-2; HS;
2017-03-29 10-12 16-0041 Lecture MT evaluation Sara Stymne Koehn Ch.8; JM 25.9
2017-04-03 10-12 16-2043 Lecture MT in practice (Convertus) - guest lecture Anna Sågvall Hein
2017-04-05 10-12 Chomsky Lab Lab1: MT Evaluation Sharid Loáiciga lab report 1
2017-04-10 10-12 Room change! Now: 6-0022 Lecture Introduction to SMT Fabienne Cap Koehn Ch.2-4
2017-04-12 9-12 Chomsky Lab Lab2: Word-based SMT - I Sara Stymne oral assessment in class
2017-04-19 10-12 16-1058 Lecture Alignment and Language Models Sharid Loáiciga Koehn Ch.4, Ch.7
2017-04-24 10-12 Chomsky Lab Lab2: Word-based SMT - II Sara Stymne lab report 2
2017-04-26 14-16 Chomsky Lab Lab3: Parallel corpora & alignment Yan Shao lab report 3
2017-05-03 10-12 2-1077 Lecture Phrase-based SMT Fabienne Cap Koehn Ch.5
2017-05-08 10-12 Chomsky Lab Lab4: Phrase-based SMT - I Sharid Loáiciga lab report 4
2017-05-10 10-12 16-0041 Lecture Decoding Sara Stymne Koehn Ch.6
2017-05-15 10-12 Chomsky Lab Lab4: Phrase-based SMT - II Sharid Loáiciga lab report 4
2017-05-17 10-12 16-2043 Lecture Tuning + More Sara Stymne Koehn Ch.10.2+11
2017-05-17 13-16 Chomsky Lab Lab5: Decoding Sharid Loáiciga oral assessment in class
2017-05-22 10-12 2-1024 Lecture Introduction to Neural Networks
Introduction to NMT
Yan Shao Fabienne Cap Further Reading
2017-05-24 10-12 16-0041 Lecture Introduction to NMT Fabienne Cap Further Reading
2017-05-29 10-12 16-0041 Seminar Master projects I schedule
2017-05-31 10-12 6-0022 Seminar Master projects II schedule

Please observe that attendance is mandatory for the two seminars with the project presentations.
If you cannot attend, please inform Fabienne beforehand and we will find an alternative solution for you.

Literature

Most of the course is based on Koehn's introduction to Statistical Machine Translation.

Labs

Both bachelor and master students have to pass all labs in order to pass the course. Labs reports will not be graded but only be divided into pass and not pass. Please upload your lab reports to Studentportalen on the day of the deadline, at 20h00 at the latest.
Later submissions will be considered failed submissions and assessed after the final re-submission deadline on June 2nd.

The labs should be done in pairs of two students, who will submit one single joint report. You can choose a lab partner freely. When you have found a lab partner, sign up for the labs by emailing Fabienne (fabienne.cap@lingfil.uu.se) by March 31st at the latest. If you do not find a lab partner on your own, contact Fabienne, and we will set you up with someone else. You may not work on your own, and hand in labs on your own, unless there are special circumstances, and you have agreed on this beforehand with Fabienne.

Lab Theme Deadline
Lab 1 Evaluation April 14
Lab 2 Word-based SMT - I April 12 during lab (or April 28 with a report)
Lab 2 Word-based SMT - II April 28
Lab 3 Parallel corpora & alignment May 5
Lab 4 Phrase-based SMT May 26
Lab 5 Document-wide decoding May 17 during lab (or May 26 with a report)

If you fail to meet a lab deadline (or do not pass), there will be one final deadline for all labs on June 2nd.

Examination for Masters

In order to pass the course for the Masters Programme, you have to:
  • Do the labs and pass all lab reports (see Labs section above for details). Lab reports will not be graded.
  • Perform a project on a specific topic in MT in a group of 3-4 students. This includes practical group work resulting in a written group report, a joint seminar presentation and an individual reflection report. There will be a joint grade (VG/G/U) for all members of the written group report, which will be the basis for your course grade. You can then individually increase (or decrease) with your part of the presentation and your indidivual reflection report. All reports are to be written in English and are due June 2nd, 20h00 via Studentportalen.
    Details on the projects can be found here.

Examination for Bachelors

In order to pass the course for the Bachelors Programme, you have to:
  • Do the labs and pass all lab reports (see Labs section above for details). Lab reports will not be graded.
  • Perform a project on a specific topic in MT in a group of 3-4 students. This includes practical group work resulting in a written group report and an individual reflection report. There will be a joint grade (VG/G/U) for all members of the written group report, which will be the basis for your course grade. You can then individually increase (or decrease) this grade with your indidivual reflection report. You may submit both reports in either English or Swedish on June 2nd, 20h00 via Studentportalen at the latest.
    Details on the projects can be found here.