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MOOC on Machine Translation online on Coursera!

History, application, approaches, evaluation, metrics, models, data: Get a unique and comprehenisve overview on Machine Translation on Coursera

Summer Term Lectures start in April

All lectures held by ISL will start as planned in the university calendar.  All information under lectures...

IWSLT 2020 - online conference!

On July 09 and 10 the 17th International Conference on Spoken Language (IWSLT) will take place as official workshop of ACL in Seattle. The workshop will take place as online conference.

Further info.... 

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Sebastian Stüker @ UNESCO Headquaters

Sebastian Stüker was invited to present "Communicating with Everybody: Going the Extra Mile toward Automatic Simultaneous Interpretation for All" on the international conference "Language Technologies for All", Enabling Lingusitic Diversity and Multilingualism Worldwide, UNESCO Headquaters, Paris, Dec. 4-6, 2019

ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award for Alex Waibel

Alex Waibel recieved the ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award at the 2019 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction in Suzhou (Shanghai) China the 15-17 October. The Sustained Accomplishment Award is awarded each year at ICMI to a senior scientist who has made innovative, long-lasting, and influential contributions to the field of multimodal/multimedia interaction. Further information...

Visit of Stefan Kaufmann

Dr. Stefan Kaufmann is member of the German Parliament and member of the committee on education, research and technology assessment. He visited KIT on October 09. Dr. Sebasitan Stüker presented to him our automatic simultaneous translation system. 

Head of DFKI @ ISL

On July 30, 2019 Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler, the new head of the German Center for AI (DFKI) visited KIT. After a presentation of KIT, followed by technical discussions, a lab tour to the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics was done. The work of the humanoid robotics lab was presented and Dr. Sebastian Stüker showed the simultaneous speech translation in action.

Digital People

KIT's Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning presents the "Digital People". Follow the latest interview with Prof. Alex Waibel (in German only)...

AI - interview with Alex Waibel

Artificial Intelligence - what's next? Listen to the interview with Alex Waibel (campus report, in German only).

Join us at KIT-Innovation Day!

On July 10, 2019 we will present our Lecture Translator in action: 

Visit us @ stand 12, KIT, Audimax, foyer

Talk by Dr. S. Stüker on Breaking the Language Barrier (2pm, A)

Live translation for foreign guests

further info

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Lecture Translator live @ Annual KIT Celebration

The Lecture Translator was successfully offered as service for foreign participants at the annual celebration of KIT on May 16, 2019. All presentations, talks and discussions were translated from German to English. Prof. Alex Waibel  discussed visions, chances and risks of Artificial Intelligence, more information….

"Hacktival" in Karlsruhe

Interested in "hacks"? Join the "Hacktival" at ZKM in Karlsruhe on May 11&12, 2019. Alex Waibel is member of the jury and more info can be found here....

LT Goes to Hannover Messe!

We are proud to present the Lecture Translator at this years Hannover Messe!
Visit us @ Halle 2!

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Many languages - one voice

The Horizon 2020 project „ELITR - European Live Translator“ started in January 2019. The goal is to remove the language barrier in communication within and among European citizens, companies, institutes and organizations. Further info here.

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15th IWSLT, Bruges

The 15th IWSLT took place in the Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges on Oct. 29-30, 2018. What has began as a small workshop has since grown into an important international evaluation campaign, followed by a two-day workshop. Happy birthday IWSLT!

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French Academy of Science and Leopoldina: Robotics AI Symposium

September 05, the French Academy of Science and the German Leopoldina jointly organised the "Robotics AI Symposium" in the in the prestigious building of the Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca, Paris. Alex Waibel gave ta talk on  "Where Mind and Matter Meet". Further info....

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KIT wins "MINTernational innovativ"

KIT won the German prize "MINTernational innovativ" in Berlin on June 28, 2018 for its leading work on internationalisation, where ISL's lecture translator plays a leading role in.  Further information (in German)...

SAP Next-Gen - open lectures

"Intelligent Systems and a Language Transparent World" was the title of Prof. Waibel's open lecture @ SAP Next-Gen on June 19, 2018, where about 100 participated discussed the future of language and translation.

Keynote @ ARTE Masterclass

"Artificial Intelligence" was the topic of the Masterclass @ ARTE on June 15, 2018. Alex Waibel was invited for a keynote on "Machine Intelligence and a Language Transparent World". 

Keynote @ IWSDS and GAITC

In May Prof. Alex Waibel hold two keynotes at international conferences in Asia:

On May 15  IWSDS in Singapore on "M3 Dialgos - Multimodal, Multilingual, Multiparty" and at GAITC in Beijing, China on May 19. 

Keynote at United Nations Office, May 07, 2018

Alex Waibel held a keynote on "Toward a Language Transparent World" on the International Annual Meeting on Computer-Assisted Translation and Terminology at the United Nations Office at Geneva on May 08, 2018. 

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Alex Waibel received Leopoldina Certificate

On March 21, 2018 Prof. Alex Waibel received the certificate by the Leopoldina, one of the oldest academies of science in the world. Prof. Waibel is part of "class 1 - Mathematics, natural science and engineering".

Join us @ Hackathon - Open Codes @ ZKM


Inside the ZKM, the „open codes exhibit, the hackathon a sort of inventor competition, takes place. Join the hackathon on the weekend, learn about apps, get in touch with the teams and the jury 

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Alex Waibel Intelligent Systems Breaking the Language Barrier @ Leopoldina Symposium

On the Symposium organized by Leopoldina on „Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning“, to be held on March 22, 2018 Prof. Waibel will give a lecture on: Intelligent Systems Breaking the Language Barrier. All interested are Kindly invited, please register see link  

March 21, official ceremony @ Leopoldina

During the official ceremony on March 21, Prof. Dr. Alex Waibel will receive his certificate by the Leopoldina. Please register for the event and the following lecture on „the architecture of the internet - trends and risks“ by Prof. Anja Feldmann see link 

Lecture Translation Demo @ EP, Jan. 2018

Prof. Alex Waibel was invited by the European Parliament to present the automatic simultaneous lecture translation system @ the "European Parliament Administrative Innovation Day", January 12, 2018, Brussels. 

IWSLT 2018 - save the date!

The 15th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) will take place in Bruges, Belgium, on Oct. 30-31, 2018 - save the date! 

IWSLT 2017, Japan

The 14th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation took place at Waseda University, Japan on Dec. 14-15, 2017. Further information..

Keynote @ "Translating and the Computer"

At "Translating and the Computer", to be held in London on November 16&17, 2017, Alex Waibel gave a keynote on "Breaking down language barriers". Further information... 

Keynote @ MetaForum 2017

Alex Waibel was invited to give a keynote with the title "A Language Transparent Society" at Meta Forum 2017 in Brussels. Further information....

"Lecture Translator"welcomes international students

On October 12, 2017 (10.00-12.00am) KIT welcomes its new international students. The Lecture Translator is our welcome gift for all newcomers and will be presented during the welcome-event in the Audimax (further info...) - come and join us!

Keynote @ HAI, Bielefeld, Oct. 17-20, 2017

Alex Waibel will give a keynote on "Multilingual and Multimodal Assistants and Mediators" @ the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent-Interaction, to be held in Bielefeld, Germany on Oct. 17-20, 2017  

ISL and QT21 win Machine Translation Tasks

On Sep. 30. the „International Translation Day“ takes place. ISL and his team in project „QT21“ have won several machine translation tasks at WMT 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark (detailed results...). ISL's machine translation is also part of the lecture translation system.  

CLICS & interACT exchange program, new deadline on Nov. 27, 2017

CLICS and interACT offer a student exchange program, next deadline for application is on Nov. 27, 2017. Do your final thesis in one of the best labs worldwide. Further info on CLICS and on interACT... 

Lecture Translator @ KIT's open door day

We presented our simultaneous machine translation on June 30, 2017 within the open door day at KIT's campus north. About 35.000 people visited the open door day! 

Alex Waibel "Ehrensenator" of HRK

The German Rector's Conference (HRK) will award Prof. Alex Waibel "Ehrensenator" on Monday, June 26, 2017. Further information on HRK-web

Alex Waibel's talk @ Digital Europe: Investment in the Future, Malta, June 2017

Alex Waibel was invited to discuss the "The next generation internet - a key priority of the future" during the "Digital Assembly", organized by the European Commission in Malta on June 15-16, 2017.  Follow the discussion via web stream.... 

Alex Waibel elected member of "Leopoldina"

On March 15, 2017 Prof. Alex Waibel was elected to the Leopoldina, one of the oldest academies of science in the world.  It is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humankind and to the goal of shaping a better future. With some 1.500 members, the Leopoldina brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries.

R2D2 for everybody - lecture at "Goethe-Institut Warschau"

On April 21 Dr. Sebastian Stüker was invited by the "Goethe Institut Poland" to present new technologies in automatic speech recognition and machine translation, followed by a discussion with about 50 participants, further information...

Welcome gift for students from abroad: The lecture translator!

On April 18 the welcoming event for students from abroad took place in the Audimax, followed by an exhibition in the foyer. We presented our welcome gift to the students: Automatic simultaneous translation of lectures by the lecture translator! 

TAUS Speech-to-Speech Translation Technology Report online!

The report (Authors: Mark Seligman, Alex Waibel and Andrew Joscelyne) provides an overview of S2S translation technologies for everyone who is working in the translation field. Further information / download....


interACT exchange: May 15 - Deadline for Application!

You want to do your final thesis in one of the best research labs worldwide? Apply for the interACT-exchange until May 15, 2017. Further information... 

TAUS-webinar by Alex Waibel

Follow the "Translation Technology Webinar" Alex Waibel hold on Feb. 01, 2017 on Speech to Speech Translation  

Save the date: IWSLT 2017

The 14th "International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation, IWSLT" will take place in Tokyo, Japan on De. 14 & 15, 2017 - further information... 

IWSLT 2016, Seattle, US

IWSLT 2016 took place at Microsoft Research, Seattle, Redmond from Dec. 08-09, 2016. Further information, program, presentations, papers,... on the IWSLT2016-website... 

First CLICS-Winterschool, Dec. 2016

"Challenges in Automatic Speech Recognition" was the title of CLICS' first winter school, which took place in Seattle from Dec. 04-09, 2016. See program here... 

Keynote at ELRC Conference & demo at European Commission

"The use of MT at universities" was the topic of Alex Waibel's keynote @ the 2nd ELRC Conference, Brussels, Oct. 26. On the "Translating Europe Forum 2016", organised on Oct. 27&28 by the European Commission, Prof. Waibel presented in the "Tech-lab" during the hands-on sessions with experts his simultaneous automatic translation as tools to help with translations.

Invitation for students: Abroad with interACT, KIT, Oct. 26, 2016

How to get abroad during my studies? The event: "Studying computer science - going abroad" will inform about all possibilities to study in a foreign country, including interACT. Join us on October 26, 2016, 5.30 pm, Bldg. 50.34, KIT. 

Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers: Video online!

We could gain high level speakers from research, industry and politics for our symposium: Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers, to be held on July 14 and 15 in Baden-Baden. See the detailed program or spot the symposium in 10 minutes (video)

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interACT recieves Meta Prize

The META Prize is awarded by the META Technology Council to outstanding products or services supporting the European Multilingual Information Society. In 2016 interACT was awarded for its outstanding and innovative contributions to cross-lingual and multilingual communication technologies. further information....

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Conference: Going Forward - Strategic Partnerships as a Driver for Internationalisation, April 18, 2016

CLICS - the thematic network funded by the DAAD, participated in the international conference "Going Forward - Strategic Partnerships as a Driver for Internationalisation" in Berlin on April 18, 2016. The picture shows CLICS leader Prof. Alexander Waibel, Dr. Anette Pieper (DAAD), and Dr. Patti McGill Peterson (Presidental Advisor, Global Initiatives, Center for Internationalisation and Global Engagement, American Council on Education) 

CFP - MT Journal: Special Issue on Spoken Language Translation

There will be a special issue of MT Journal on the topic of Spoken Language Translation. Deadline for paper submission is July 15, 2016. Call for papers see here....

Symposium: 25 years of interACT, July 14-16, 2016

Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers is the topic of the international symposium on the occasion of interACT's 25th birthday. We will celebrate in Baden-Baden, Germany on July 14-16, 2016. For further information please visit the event-web under


Nova Acta Leopoldina, article on breaking the language barrier

Following Alex Waibel's invited talk at the annual meeting of Leopoldina in September 2014, Leopoldina just published his talk in the Nova Acta Leopoldina with the title: Breaking the language barrier: Utopia or Reality? The article in German (English version follows)....

Invitation: Open lab @ ISL

Invitation for KIT's students: Explore our lab, join our hands-on demonstrations, learn about our research and projects: All interested students are invited to our lab (Bldg. 50.20) on June 22, starting at 3.30pm

With interACT to top research - information session

Learn about the different possibilities to study abroad: interACT presents its possibilities to do you final thesis in the best labs worldwide. Join the event organised by KIT's computer science departement, Bldg, 50.34, June 17, 2015, 5pm

Save the date: IWSLT 2015!

The 12th Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam on December 03-04, 2015. More information...

Alex Waibel awarded IEEE Fellow

The IEEE Board of Directors elevated Prof. Alex Waibel to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2015, for his contributions to neural network based speech recognition and translation and multimodal interface, further information... 

Olga Cosmidou key note at IWSLT 2014

Olga Cosmidou, Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conference in the European Parliament, hold an invited talk at IWSLT 2014 in Lake Tahoe, USA on "Quality assurance in multilingual conference interpreting - the European Parliament experience".

Visit of Prof. Milberg, Oct. 23, 2014

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, Prof. Joachim Milberg visited KIT and the IAR. During his lab visit we presented the simultaneous automatic speech translation system to Prof. Milberg and the KIT-delegation. 

Personal Translator for Students in WS 14/15!

The Lecture Translator offers in the winter semester 2014/2015 about 20 lectures, simultaneously and automatically translated - follow the lectures on!

Join IWSLT 2014!

The 11th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) will take place in South Lake Tahoe on December 04-05, 2014. Save the date...

Delegation from Changzhou, Oct. 16, 2014

A delegation from Changzhou, Province of Jiangsu, China, visited the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics on Oct. 16, 2014. After the presentations on KIT, the Institute and the Province, a lab-tour was organised to the robotics lab and a demonstration of the simultaneous translation of university lectures.

Alex Waibel KIT Expert

KIT's expert team has a new member: Prof. Alex Waibel is KIT's contact in the field of speech recognition, language processing, speech translation, multimodal and perceptual user interfaces and neural networks. See his profile on the KIT's experts page.

Lecture Translator @ "Lust auf Technik" in Stuttgart

ISL presents its automatic simultaneous speech translation system to the young participants of the exhibiton "Lust auf Technik", to be held in Stuttgart, Germany on November 20-23. Visit us and explore our system! Further information....

Alex Waibel Talk @ Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2014

"Perception and Control: Sensory systems in biology and engineering" is the topic of the annual assembly of the academy of science, which will be held in Rostock, Germany on September 19-21, 2014. Alex Waibel was invited to give a talk on "A World without Language Barriers: Utopia or Reality?". Further information...

IWSLT 2014 - save the date

The 11th IWSLT will take place in South Lake Tahoe, California Nevada on Dec. 4-5, 2014. More information: IWSLT 2014 website 

Antonio Zampolli Prize for Alex Waibel

Prof. Alex Waibel was awarded the Antonio Zampolli prize. The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) gives the prize for outstanding contributions to the advancement of language resources and language technology evaluation within human language technologies. The prize was handed over at LREC 2014 during the official ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Further information... 

Invitation: interACT Seminar with Prof. Satoshi Nakamura

Prof. Satoshi Nakamura, NAIST will held an interACT seminar on

Information Theory: Source Coding

We kindly invite all students and faculty to his lecture, to be given at KIT on June 3-6, 2014, 05.00 - 06.30 pm, Bldg. 50.20, Room 223 (Adenauerring 2)

Invitation: Student Welcome Day, June 02, 2014

Same procedure as every year: We kindly invite all students to our lab on June 02, 2014, 4pm. Explore our work, see our demos, talk to Prof. Waibel and to all our collegues - we are looking forward to welcoming you in our lab (Bldg. 50.20, KIT Campus South).

ISL @ KIT-Annual Reception

ISL showed its lecture translator at the annual reception of KIT on March 20, 2014. The guests explored our service for our students live during the exhibition. More infos....

Stefan Riezler @ ISL

Prof. Stefan Riezler, Heidelberg University hold a lecture on "Theoretical and Practical Grounding in Empirical Computational Linguistics" @ ISL on February 11, 2014. Further information...

NAIST Delegation at KIT

On Feb. 07, 2014 we had the pleasure of the visit of a high level delegation from NAIST in order to discuss the future collaboration in interACT

EU-BRIDGE @ ICT in Vilnius

"Bridges Across the Language Divide" presents his news at ICT 2013 in Vilnius in a booth and a networking session! Further information… 

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Alex Fraser @ ISL

Dr. Alex Fraser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München hold a lecture on "Improving Translation to Morpholgically Rich Languages" at ISL on July 10, 2013. Further information… 

Alex Waibel key note at ICRA 2013

Alex Waibel gave a key note on "Multi- und Cross-lingual Robotic Assistants" at ICRA 2013 in Karslruhe. 

EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes at EU-BRIDGE booth

Prof. Alex Waibel presented EU-BRIDGE and in particular its use-case "simultaneous translation of university lectures" to EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes at CeBIT in Hannover on March 05, 2013.

ISL @ CeBIT 2013!

ISL will show the simultaneous automatic translation of lectures at CeBIT 2013. You will find us in the CeBIT-lab (hall 9) at the KIT-booth. For further information see the lecture translator at CeBIT-web

ISL @ "Sprachtechnologietag 2013"

Status and future of speech technologies are discussed during the German Speechtechnologyday, held in Berlin on January 24-25, 2013. Prof. Alex Waibel presented "Socially Aware Ineractive Assistants" and participated in the panel discussion where the German part in the speechtechnology was discussed. A poster on ISL's multilingual technologies showed ISL's research and milestones. For further information can be found on the page of the organiser, meta-net...

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IWSLT 2013 - save the date!!!

The 10th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) will take place in the castle of Heidelberg on Dec. 05-06, 2013. IWSLT-2013-web-site

IWSLT 2012 - Best Paper Award for Jan Niehues & Alex Waibel

Jan Niehues and Alex Waibel won the "IWSLT 2012 Best Paper Award" with their paper entitled: Continuous Space Language Models using Restricted Boltzmann Machines

9th IWSLT, HKUST, Dec. 6-7, 2012

The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) is a yearly scientific workshop, associated with an open evaluation campaign on spoken language translation, where both scientific papers and system descriptions are presented. The 9th IWSLT takes place at the interACT-partner HKUST, Hong Kong on Dec. 6-7, 2012. More information... 

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Alex Waibel Keynote at the European Parliament

Prof. Alex Waibel presented the automtic simultaneous lecture translation technology at the European Parliament on the conference: „New Technologies and Education for Multilingualism going Global“ (October 18 and 19, 2012). Follow his talk „Simultaneous Machine Interpretation – Utopia?“ via the live stream from October 19, 09.30am


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Lecture Translator @ ShanghAI Lectures

On Oct. 11, 2012 Alex Waibel gave a guest talk "Breaking the Language Barrier" @ the ShanghAI lectures. Follow the lecture and the simulteneous translation by machine via the webcast:

University without Language Barriers!

On June 11, 2012 we have introduced the First Simultaneous Translation Service by Computer. 

Follow the presentaion via the live-stream

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NAIST new partner in interACT

The Nara Institute of Science and Technology is the eight interACT-partner. NAIST-president Akira Isogai and KIT-president Horst Hippler signed the agreement on April 09, 2012 at NAIST, Japan


Luxembourg, Feb. 6-7: Official kick-off EU-BRIDGE. The 11 partners will develop above state-of-the art speech and machine translation capabilities in view of new and more challenging business us cases. Further info under:

ISL @ AAAS 2012

ISL will present it’s open domain speech translation system at the AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Feb. 16-20, 2012.
KIT im Rathaus

The KIT-Focus Anthropomatics and Robotics" will be presented at the next "KIT im Rathaus" in Karlsruhe, on January 17, 2012, beginning at 6.30 pm. Further information under

ISL @ Fakultätentag 2011

ISL presented it's research fields to the new students of computer science during the "Fakultätentag 2011". Warm welcome to all new students and the invitation to always stop by our lab to gather more information!

IWSLT 2011

Evaluation and registration is now open for the 11th international workshop on speech translation, to be held in San Francisco on Dec. 8-9, 2011. Further information under: 

Meta-Prize winner Prof. Alex Waibel, Georg Rehm (DFKI) and
META Prize for Jibbigo

Jibbigo received the European Meta Prize for outstanding mobile voice translators bringing speech translation to mobile devices. Awarded by the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance (META), the prize was handed over to Prof. Alex Waibel in Budapest on June 28, 2011.  

Best Results

Three times best results in three speech pairs: Alex Waibels team received outstanding results in the most important evaluation for European Languages: On the 6th Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation 2011.