Fabienne Braune

Fabienne Braune

Fabienne Braune
Telefon 0049 711 685-81408
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
Pfaffenwaldring 5b
70569 Stuttgart

I am a PhD student and reasearch assistant in Statistical Machine Translation. My research focuses on improving state-of-the art SMT systems using syntactic information. I work on two projects funded by the DFG (See "Projects" for a detailed description).

I will defend my PhD early December. My thesis is about "Decoding strategies for syntax-based SMT".

  • Models of Morphosyntax for Statistical Machine Translation where I work with Alex Fraser.
    We proposed a rule extraction procedure and modified the Moses Open Source Toolkit (Moses) to deal with long-distance reordering (up to 50 words) in hierarchical SMT. In another piece of work, we intergrated the high-speed classifier Vowpal Wabbit (VW) into the hierarchical and string-to-tree components of Moses. We used VW to train rule selection models for hierarchical and string-to-tree SMT. Our hierarchical rule selection model yielded to significant improvements in translation quality in French-English translation tasks.
  • Tree Transducers in Machine Translation where I work with Andreas Maletti.
    We investigate tree-based formalisms for SMT. We designed a composition algorithm for Extended Top-down Tree Transducers. We have implemented a training procedure and a decoder for shallow local multi-bottom-up tree transducers (Sh-l-MBOT) in Moses. Our Sh-l-MBOT based SMT system yielded significant improvements in translation quality in English-German, English-Arabic and English-Chinese translation tasks.


  • Statistical Machine Translation
  • Machine learning
  • Tree Automata and Tree Transducers
  • Synchronous Grammars
  • Sentence Alignment
  • Syntactic and Semantic Analysis of Paraphrase and Reformulation Mechanisms




  • Formal Models in NLP
  • Statistical Machine Translation
  • Tree Automata (exercises)




Nina Seemann, Fabienne Braune, Andreas Maletti. A Systematic Evaluation of MBOT in Statistical Machine Translation. In Proceeding of the 15-th MT Summit (MT Summit), to appear.

Fabienne Braune, Nina Seemann, Alexander Fraser (2015). Rule Selection with Soft Syntactic Features for String-to-Tree Statistical Machine Translation. In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), to appear.

Nina Seemann, Fabienne Braune, Andreas Maletti (2015). String-to-Tree Multi Bottom-up Tree Transducers. In  Proceedings of the 53th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Braune, Fabienne; Bauer, Daniel; Knight, Kevin (2014) Mapping Between English Strings and Reentrant Semantic Graphs Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014) European Language Resources Association (ELRA).

Fabienne Braune, Nina Seemann, Daniel Quernheim, Andreas Maletti (2013). Shallow Local Multi Bottom-up Tree Transducers in Statistical Machine Translation. In  Proceedings of the 51th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Fabienne Braune, Anita Gojun, Alexander Fraser (2012). Long Distance Reordering During Search for Hierarchical Phrase-based SMT. In Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT).

Aurélie Lagoutte, Fabienne Braune, Daniel Quernheim, Andreas Maletti (2012). Composing Extended Top-down Tree Transducers. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL).

Fabienne Braune, Alexander Fraser (2010). Improved Unsupervised Sentence Alignment for Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Parallel Corpora. In Proceedings of the the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), pages 81-89, Beijing, China, August. Software


Nina Seemann, Daniel Quernheim, Fabienne Braune, and Andreas Maletti. Preservation of recognizability for weighted linear extended top-down tree transducers. In Frank Drewes and Marco Kuhlmann, editors, Proc. 2nd Workshop Applications of Tree Automata in Natural Language Processing. © Association for Computational Linguistics, 2012. (to appear).


Ales Tamchyna, Fabienne Braune, Alexander Fraser, Marine Carpuat, Hal Daume III, Chris Quirk (2014). Integrating a Discriminative Classifier into Phrase-based and Hierarchical Decoding. The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, No. 101, pages 29-41, April.

Robin Kurtz, Nina Seemann, Fabienne Braune, Andreas Maletti. DIMwid - Decoder Inspection for Moses (using Widgets). The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics. Num



Analysing and Improving Unsupervised Sentence Alignment
Masters Thesis in Computer Science, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 2009

Propositional Probabilistic Argumentation Systems and Defeasible Reasoning
Bachelor Thesis in Computer Science, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 2008

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Masters Thesis in French Linguistics, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 2006