What is Himl

  • The project "Health in my language" is supported by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme, and coordinated by Barry Haddow, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • It runs from February 1st, 2015 to January 31st, 2018. 
  • The partners are University of Edinburgh, Charles University, Prague, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, NHS 24, Cochrane and Lingea.  


HimL aims to make public health information available in a wider variety of languages using fully automatic machine translation, which combines the statistical paradigm with deep linguistic techniques. Fully automatic translation systems will be created to translate public health information from English into Czech, German, Polish and Romanian. This MT will be integrated into the live systems run by project partners NHS 24 and Cochrane

To be effective, our machine translation addresses three important problems:

  • The translation system should be adapted to the domain.
  • It should produce an accurate rendering of the original, avoiding blatant semantic errors such as misuse of negation.
  • It should support morphologically rich languages, such as those found in Central and Eastern Europe.