Lecturer AY-B, Psychology
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Tues / Thurs, 3:45-4:30 in DMH 230
My professional interests center on how people (and machines) use their knowledge of a topic and of a language to process texts for meaning.
I have degrees in Linguistics -- a BA from SUNY Buffalo (where I focused on bilingualism and Iberian languages), Masters' degrees from both the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil and McGill University in Canada (where I focused on linguistics, cognition, and epistemology) -- as well as a PhD earned at McGill's Laboratory of Applied Cognitive Science. My dissertation was on the cognitive processes that constitute simultaneous translation of technical information. After all that, I was Professor of Linguistics and ran a Laboratory of Language and Cognition at a leading university in Brazil, and I worked on the editorial boards of several technical journals. For 30 years now, I've been researching and teaching a wide range of topics related to language, in about a dozen countries, and in four languages.
I use this background in other activities besides teaching. I work as a management consultant, travelling around the world to help industrial and government clients improve (through training and automation) their processes of writing and translating technical documentation -- they call this "content management". I also do research and development work as an engineer: I build software that analyzes words, sentences, and large collections of texts to imitate human text processing abilities. I'm an expert in machine translation and I work at a startup company that's building an automatic speech-to-speech translation system. From 2006 to 2008, I was President of an international professional association: the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA); now I'm the Vice President.
My personal web site is here
Laboratory of Applied Cognitive Science, McGill University, Canada
Linguistics Department, McGill University, Canada
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Linguistics Department, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
Linguistics Department, SUNY at Buffalo, USA