2022 Steven Krauwer Award for Achievements Awarded to the u4u Team of the Charles Translator for Ukraine

Submitted by Julia Misersky on 26 September 2022

 About the Winners

This year’s second Achievement Award went to a team effort of students, researchers and developers at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (UFAL) of the Charles University's Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (Prague), including Martin Popel (researcher, head of the team), Jindřich Helcl (researcher), Zdeněk Kasner (PhD student), Ondřej Košarko (developer), Tomáš Krabač (developer), Jindřich Libovický (researcher), David Nápravník (undergraduate student), Michal Novák (researcher) and Rudolf Rosa (researcher).

The u4u team at Charles University has developed a translation tool for Czech and Ukrainian in order to support Ukrainians in the current situation of war. The translator is publicly available and designed to help those from Ukraine to overcome the language barrier and to navigate the Czech environment. 

The translator runs on the LINDAT technical infrastructure. As a result of the web service’s popularity, a mobile application has also been developed. The application allows translation between Czech and Ukrainian in both audio and text form, and phonetic transcriptions between Latin and Cyrillic are available for translations. 


The Award Ceremony

The eighth edition of the award ceremony took place during the 2022 CLARIN Annual Conference, a hybrid event held in Prague and online from 10 to 12 October. 

The Steven Krauwer Award for CLARIN Achievements, named after CLARIN ’s first Executive Director, was initiated in 2017 and is awarded annually. Since 2021, multiple awards can be awarded to  exceptional scientists or engineers in recognition of outstanding contributions towards CLARIN goals in the areas of language resource building, tools or services.