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The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. In its 2010 World University Rankings, Times Higher Education rated Edinburgh as one of the world's leading universities, placing it at rank~40 in the world and at rank~7 in Europe. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 63% of the University's research activity were rated in the two highest categories (world-leading and internationally excellent). This confirms the University's position as the top university in Scotland, by volume of world-leading research.

School of Informatics
The School of Informatics at Edinburgh is the largest department of its kind in the UK; it returned 104 staff in the 2008 RAE, of which 35% were rated as world-leading and 50% as internationally excellent. The School of Informatics contributes 10% of the UK's total world-leading research in the Computer Science and Informatics, and delivers 44% more world-leading or internationally excellent research than its nearest competitor.

The present project will be based at the Institute for Language, Cognition, and Computation (ILCC), which conducts research on natural language processing, human-computer interaction, and cognitive modeling. ILCC comprises six professors, eleven readers or lecturers, 35 post-doctoral researchers, and around 50 PhD students. The project will also be integrated into the interdisciplinary Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC), a cross-college entity bringing together researchers from Informatics, Linguistics, and Psychology. HCRC has strong links with the Psycholinguistics Group at Psychology, whose members work on sentence processing, language production, lexical processing, reading, and cognitive modelling.

ILCC and HCRC have a long track record of hosting projects funded by the European Commission, the UK research councils, and US funding agencies including DARPA and ONR. Current and recent EU-funded projects with HCRC participation include AMI (Augmented Multiparty Interaction), JAST (Joint-Action Science and Technology), LeActiveMath (Tutorial Dialogue Systems for Mathematics), and TALK (Machine Learning in Multimodal Dialogue Systems). HCRC also hosted the Edinburgh-Stanford link, a £6M research, training, and commercialisation initiative in speech and language technology, funded by Scottish Enterprise.

Edinburgh is involved in the EuroMatrixPlus and EuroMatrix projects which focus on building machine translation systems for all European language pairs and bringing them to the user. Edinburgh is the scientific coordinator of these projects and is carrying out work in statistical machine translation and the development of open source SMT tools and resources.

Role in the project
Edinburgh will build on its strength in statistical machine translation by leading WP4 on improving and adapting machine translation systems for the goals of the project, and also leading WP7 on monolingual post-editing, based on its experience in the development of computer aided translation tools.