Published: 25 October 2021

Dr Lucas Vieira delivers lecture on societal implications of machine translation

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is delighted to announce the next event in the Convergence lecture series. Dr Lucas Vieira will give an online lecture discussing Some societal implications of machine translation. The event will take place online on Wednesday 10 November 2021, 15:30 BST.

Title of the lecture: Some societal implications of machine translation

Abstract of the lecture: Research on machine translation’s human factors has in many cases focused on how students and professional translators use machine translation systems. Machine translation has a much larger user base, however. Translation tools have significant implications for cross-cultural communication, for information accessibility and for the conceptualisation of translation as a practice and disciplinary area. This talk will examine some of these implications. The discussion will draw on three sources: a review of machine translation use in legal and medical settings, an analysis of how machine translation is portrayed in the English-language press, and a nationally representative survey of 1,200 UK residents on their uses and perceptions of machine translation systems. The talk is hoped to raise awareness of different social factors in machine translation use and highlight areas of priority for human-centric machine translation research.

Speaker's short bio: Dr Lucas Nunes Vieira is a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Bristol. He researches the use of machine translation in human translation processes and in communication. He has a PhD on post-editing of machine translation and is Principal Investigator of IMPETUS (Improving Products and Processes in Translation Technology Use), a project funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.

Event details: The event will take place online on Wednesday 10 November 2021, 15:30 BSTRegistration is free and can be done on this Eventbrite webpage.

More information about the Convergence lecture series can be found in this news article.

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