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João Graça

Founder and CTO

João Graça is a co-founder and the CTO of Unbabel. He did his PhD in Natural Language Processing and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, where he developed a new statistical learning method that allowed for the insertion of declarative knowledge during learning, unlocking previously impossible-to-tackle problems for solving. João was also awarded a Marie Curie, Welcome II program (2011) Scholarship, which he ended up declining to pursue entrepreneurship. He is also one of the co-founders of the Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School (LxMLS).

Papers published


The Interact Project and Crisis MT.

XVI Machine Translation Summit 2017


  • Unbabel4EU

    We’re working on advancing European language engines for borderless business communication. Create Europe’s Translation Layer, specifically, by enabling seamless human-quality translation between any pairing of the 24 official languages of the EU in different content types such as Email, Chat and Listings (P2020 Co-Funded Project).