Machine translation researcher, entrepreneur and engineering director
Alon Lavie is a machine translation researcher and entrepreneur.
His work on machine translation has included:
- adaptation approaches
- quality evaluation
- quality estimation
- combination of multiple systems
He studied at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1996 to 2015, he worked as a research professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Lavie served as president at the International Association for Machine Translation and the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas. He was also a member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
In 2004, Lavie and Michael Denkowski published METEOR, an automatic metric for the evaluation of machine translation output.
In 2009, he co-founded Safaba. In 2015, it was acquired by Amazon, and became Amazon Translate.
In 2019, Lavie joined Unbabel as Head of AI.