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Franz Josef Och

Machine translation researcher and engineering director


Franz Joseph Och is a research scientist and engineering director who led Google Translate for its first half decade.

He studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and RWTH Aachen University.

In 2003, while a research scientist at the University of Southern California, he co-authored a paper on phrase-based statistical machine translation, along with Philipp Koehn and Daniel Marcu.

In 2004, he joined Google, where he led Google Translate.

In 2014, he left Google to join Human Longevity, Inc. In 2016, he joined Grail. In 2018, he joined Facebook.


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