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Prof. Dekai WU

Short Bio

I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) prior to joining HKUST in its founding year in 1992. Other degrees include an Executive MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University) and HKUST in 2002, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of California at San Diego (Revelle College departmental award, cum laudePhi Beta Kappa) in 1984. I have been a visiting researcher at Columbia University in 1995-96, Bell Laboratories in 1995, and the Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany) during 1986-87.

In December 2011, I was selected by the Association for Computational Linguistics as one of only 17 scientists worldwide to be awarded the honor of founding ACL Fellow, with a citation for "significant contributions to machine translation and the development of inversion transduction grammar" which pioneered the integration of syntactic and semantic models into statistical machine translation paradigms.

I serve as Associate Editor of AI Journal and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Natural Language Engineering. I am serving as a Statistical Machine Translation Area Co-Chair for ACL 2013, Machine Translation Area Chair for IJCNLP 2013, and Chair of IWSLT 2012, as well as the ongoing SSST workshop series from 2007 to 2013. I have also served as Co-Chair for EMNLP-2004, and on the Editorial Board ofComputational Linguistics and Machine Translation and as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing, the Organizing Committee of ACL-2000 and WVLC-5 (SIGDAT 1997), and the Executive Committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

South China Morning Post has a nice overview of my accomplishments, activities, and approaches.