Albert Gatt

name {dot} surname {at} um.edu.mt

Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, Rm 111, University of Malta
Tal-Qroqq Msida MSD2080, Malta

(+356) 2340 2150

albert gatt

I'm currently Senior Lecturer and Director, Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, University of Malta.

I'm also a research Associate, Tilburg center for Communication and Cognition (TiCC), Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

I'm a member of the RiVaL (Research in Vision and Language) research group and am affiliated with the Blockchain research group.

research interests

My research mostly focusses on the generation of language by machines (a.k.a. Natural Language Generation) and the production of language by humans. My methods include both experimental psycholinguistic methods, and computational methods, including machine learning models such as neural networks. Here are some of the topics I explore:

  • Data-to-text generation, that is, the automatic summarisation of non-linguistic information, in forms that are understandable by people
  • The vision-language interface, especially image captioning and grounded inference
  • The production and generation of referring expressions, especially the question of what to include in object descriptions in visual scenes

Apart from these, another long-standing interest is morphology. Here, I'm particularly intrigued by languages such as Maltese, which have hybrid systems of word-formation processes, making them very challenging both from a computational and a psycholinguistic perspective.

Our new project, Maltese Automatic Speech RecognItion (MASRI) was featured at the 2018 edition of Science in the House. Some news coverage here.

Invited speaker at the 2018 Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2018), in Co Kildare, Ireland.

NEW BOOK! Languages of Malta: Recent Studies, edited by Patrizia Paggio and Albert Gatt. Berlin: Language Science Press 2018.