April 2020 saw InstaDeep proudly participate in ICLR for the first time with no less than three research papers! Following a successful virtual conference, the content has been made publicly available for everyone to enjoy.

The papers were part of the workshop ‘AfricaNLP: Unlocking Local Languages’ aiming to ‘put Africa on the NLP map’ which took place on 26th April. Our contributions were:

 

1) On optimal transformer depth for low-resource language translation

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Arxiv paper: On optimal transformer depth for low-resource language translation
GitHub repository can be found here
Authors: Elan van Biljon (ICLR presenter), Arnu Pretorius, Julia Kreutzer

 

2) Towards Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation Baselines for Nigerian Pidgin

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Arxiv paper: Towards Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation Baselines for Nigerian Pidgin (Accepted as a contributed talk)
Authors: Orevaoghene Ahia (ICLR presenter) and Kelechi Ogueji

3) Masakhane Machine Translation for Africa

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Arxiv paper: Masakhane — Machine Translation For Africa
Authors: Contribution from InstaDeep’s Elan van Biljon, Orevaoghene Ahia and Kelechi Ogueji. Full list of authors is available in the paper’s link. ICLR presenter: Jade Abbott

 

The full collection of videos from the AfricaNLP workshop can be found here.

We are incredibly proud of all our colleagues who took part in ICLR, huge congratulations on the successful execution to everyone!