Pau Baquero-Arnal


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MLLP-VRAIN UPV systems for the IWSLT 2022 Simultaneous Speech Translation and Speech-to-Speech Translation tasks
Javier Iranzo-Sánchez | Javier Jorge Cano | Alejandro Pérez-González-de-Martos | Adrián Giménez Pastor | Gonçal Garcés Díaz-Munío | Pau Baquero-Arnal | Joan Albert Silvestre-Cerdà | Jorge Civera Saiz | Albert Sanchis | Alfons Juan
Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT 2022)

This work describes the participation of the MLLP-VRAIN research group in the two shared tasks of the IWSLT 2022 conference: Simultaneous Speech Translation and Speech-to-Speech Translation. We present our streaming-ready ASR, MT and TTS systems for Speech Translation and Synthesis from English into German. Our submission combines these systems by means of a cascade approach paying special attention to data preparation and decoding for streaming inference.


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Direct Segmentation Models for Streaming Speech Translation
Javier Iranzo-Sánchez | Adrià Giménez Pastor | Joan Albert Silvestre-Cerdà | Pau Baquero-Arnal | Jorge Civera Saiz | Alfons Juan
Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)

The cascade approach to Speech Translation (ST) is based on a pipeline that concatenates an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system followed by a Machine Translation (MT) system. These systems are usually connected by a segmenter that splits the ASR output into hopefully, semantically self-contained chunks to be fed into the MT system. This is specially challenging in the case of streaming ST, where latency requirements must also be taken into account. This work proposes novel segmentation models for streaming ST that incorporate not only textual, but also acoustic information to decide when the ASR output is split into a chunk. An extensive and throughly experimental setup is carried out on the Europarl-ST dataset to prove the contribution of acoustic information to the performance of the segmentation model in terms of BLEU score in a streaming ST scenario. Finally, comparative results with previous work also show the superiority of the segmentation models proposed in this work.


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The MLLP-UPV Spanish-Portuguese and Portuguese-Spanish Machine Translation Systems for WMT19 Similar Language Translation Task
Pau Baquero-Arnal | Javier Iranzo-Sánchez | Jorge Civera | Alfons Juan
Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Machine Translation (Volume 3: Shared Task Papers, Day 2)

This paper describes the participation of the MLLP research group of the Universitat Politècnica de València in the WMT 2019 Similar Language Translation Shared Task. We have submitted systems for the Portuguese ↔ Spanish language pair, in both directions. We have submitted systems based on the Transformer architecture as well as an in development novel architecture which we have called 2D alternating RNN. We have carried out domain adaptation through fine-tuning.


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The MLLP-UPV German-English Machine Translation System for WMT18
Javier Iranzo-Sánchez | Pau Baquero-Arnal | Gonçal V. Garcés Díaz-Munío | Adrià Martínez-Villaronga | Jorge Civera | Alfons Juan
Proceedings of the Third Conference on Machine Translation: Shared Task Papers

This paper describes the statistical machine translation system built by the MLLP research group of Universitat Politècnica de València for the German→English news translation shared task of the EMNLP 2018 Third Conference on Machine Translation (WMT18). We used an ensemble of Transformer architecture–based neural machine translation systems. To train our system under “constrained” conditions, we filtered the provided parallel data with a scoring technique using character-based language models, and we added parallel data based on synthetic source sentences generated from the provided monolingual corpora.