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Unbabel’s Head of Research, André Martins has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for his proposed 5-year research project DeepSPIN — Deep Structured Prediction in Natural Language Processing.

With a multitude of new language interfaces like digital assistants, messenger apps, and customer service bots on the rise, André has rightly stated that these emerging technologies still have a long way to go:

Julia was born in a middle-sized city in Bavaria, Germany, called Fürth. Although she spent half her childhood in San Diego, California, it didn’t take her long to come back to Germany with her parents and siblings, and to later on set up her life in the heart of Bavaria, where she now lives with her husband, their two young boys, and her seven loving snakes.

I know what you’re thinking. Portuguese startup talks about what to do in Lisbon during the Web Summit and they get a foreigner to do it?

Hi, I’m Ed and I moved to Lisbon a year ago to join Unbabel as the VP of Partnerships. After spending 5 arduous years in rainy London, I had my heart set on getting to know Lisbon like the back of my hand, with a little help from my friends here at Unbabel.

I’ve been to all kinds of different places, restaurants, bars, and cafes. From the best seafood I’ve ever had in my life to my favourite Mexican restaurant in town, from the greatest Portuguese tapas, or petiscos, to the very best pastel de nata in Lisbon (and no, it’s not the one in Belém).

So, if you’re coming to Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon make some time to escape the big tech frenzy and take a look at these recommendations.

New people come in through our office every day, we’ve kind of gotten used to it. But, when one of the fathers of machine translation walks in through the door, it’s reason enough to jump out of one’s skin.

That’s what happened when Professor Andy Way of the ADAPT Center at Dublin City University joined us in Lisbon for the first episode of Understand with Unbabel.

Meet Daniel Wellington

Daniel Wellington is a watch brand, known for sleek and timeless design, its interchangeable NATO straps and mid-price positioning. Founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011; by February 2017 the venture was crowned the fastest growing business in Europe with growth across three years of over 4500%. 

A retail all-rounder, the company has a strong e-commerce presence, including a committed global following on social media (Daniel Wellington on Instagram has over 3 million followers). It also boasts a mature reseller network in stores across the world, in partnership with flagship retail brands. Daniel Wellington is today still a private company, so valuations vary; but it is generally believed to be worth around $200m.

“It’s always been a pleasure for me”

Rebecka was born and raised on the west coast of Finland, in a small municipality called Larsmo (Luoto). Situated in the middle of a large archipelago consisting of about 360 islands and skerries, Larsmo is one of the larger islands, home to tall pine forests, a number of small towns and Finland’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Larsmo. 

“It’s the kind of place where almost everyone knows everyone,” Rebecka recalls: a small place with lots of forests and water.”

“Born to be bilingual”  Ray Kwan, like most others on the Unbabel platform, is not your typical translator: “translators are supposed to be more concerned with the liberal arts, but I am more of a geeky guy. I like chasing all the new techie stuff, and...

In part 1 of this series, we saw how history and luck put English at the top of the world’s linguistic tree. It might not have been the most spoken language in the world, but if English had a GDP, it would dwarf any other language on the planet.

In part 2, we found out that, particularly online, the strength of the English language is dwindling. Just 23 languages (out of more than 7000) are the native tongue of over 4 billion people that’s more than half the world. 

This gentle decline in the use of English should be discussed in terms of the economically-driven success of other countries. Whilst China for its sheer size has hogged the headlines, large parts of Asia and Africa are starting to assert themselves on the world stage. This has consequences for business.