Barbara Plank wins Amazon Research Award

Barbara Plank from ITU’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) research group has received a prestigious Amazon Research Award (ARA) for her work on multi-task deep learning for NLP under adverse conditions. Such adverse conditions include learning for noisy domains up to the extreme case of adaptation, learning new languages. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Amazon Alexa AI, Aachen. The aim of the project is to expedite natural language understanding to dozens of domains and languages.

The ARA awards are granted to foster innovation and collaboration with major research institutions around the globe. The annual award offers up to $80,000 in funding to faculty members at academic institutions worldwide and $20,000 in Amazon Web Service credits to support research in a variety of Artificial Intelligence areas such as computer vision, natural language processing, robotics and security. 

This year, 82 faculty around the globe received the award. In 2017, Amazon awarded 49 researchers, out of which only 5 in the Europe, from over 800 submissions.

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