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Research at Unbabel

Where machine learning meets human ingenuity

Our research team is advancing the state of the art — and changing the way humans work for the better.

Leading voices in the field

At Unbabel, we’ve built up a team of area experts from around the world, with particular strengths in natural language processing.

João Graça

Founder and CTO

André Martins

VP of Artificial Intelligence Research

Paulo Dimas

VP of Product Innovation

Alon Lavie

VP of Language Technologies

Carla Parra Escartín

Director of Linguistic Services

Recent publications

We support our researchers as they place their innovative work in top publications. You can see some recent highlights from our team below.


Selective attention for context-aware neural machine translation.

Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL'19) 2019

Learning classifiers with Fenchel-Young losses: Generalized entropies, margins, and algorithms

International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS'19) 2019


Towards Dynamic Computation Graphs via Sparse Latent Structure.

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'18) 2018

Sparse and Constrained Attention for Neural Machine Translation.

Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL'18) 2018

SparseMAP: Differentiable Sparse Structured Inference.

International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML'18) 2018


All our research is designed for maximum impact. For our contributions to natural language processing and applied AI, we’ve received numerous awards.

INTERACT - International Network On Crisis Translation

Timely and accurate communication is essential for crisis management, but what if the only information available to you is in a language you cannot understand?


Deep learning is revolutionizing the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), with breakthroughs in machine translation, speech recognition, and question answering. New language interfaces (digital assistants, messenger apps, customer service bots) are emerging as the next technologies for seamless, multilingual communication among humans and machines.

Most Innovative Company

2017, 2015

Best Global Machine Translation Quality Estimation System

2019, 2016

Blending Human & Artificial Intelligence, in partnership with Concentrix, UK


CBInsights AI List of Most Innovative Artificial Intelligence Startups for Disruptive Technology of the Year


Want to do research with us?

Our AI team is growing — and we’re looking for candidates with unique skills and stories.