Franz Josef Och
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Franz Josef Och (born 1971) is a German computer scientist. He is working as Distinguished Research Scientist and head of machine translation at Google. He is based at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters south of San Francisco.
Life and work
He studied computer science at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, where he graduated with a Dipl.Ing. degree in 1998. In 2002, he received his PhD in Computer Science at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany. The same year he moved to the United States.
From 2002 to 2004 he worked as a Research Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California (USC). His research activities are in statistical machine translation, natural language processing and machine learning where he has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers. He has written several open-source software packages related to statistical natural language processing and is the chief architect of Google Translate.
In addition to German, he speaks English and some Italian.
- Franz Josef Och at Google Research
- Works by or about Franz Josef Och in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Google and Facebook roll out Farsi language tools, The Guardian, June 19, 2009
- Franz Josef Och, Google's translation uber-scientist, talks about Google Translate, David Sarno, Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2010
- Can Google break the computer language barrier?, Tim Adams, The Observer, December 19, 2010