Li Sheng receives 2015 Association for Computation Linguistics Lifetime Achievement Award

During its 53rd annual meeting in Beijing, China (July 26-31, 2015), the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) awarded its 2015 ACL Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Li Sheng.

Li Sheng (Chinese: 李生; Li is the family name; born in 1943), is a professor at the School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China. Prof. Li began research on Chinese-English machine translation 30 years ago in 1985, making him one of the first Chinese scholars in this field.

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