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AMTA 2016: The Twelfth Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

Hilton Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas
October 29 - November 2, 2016
http://amtaweb.org/amta-2016-in-austin-tx

PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) will be held at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, from Saturday October 29th through Wednesday November 2nd, 2016. AMTA 2016 is co-located with and will take place immediately prior to EMNLP 2016 (Nov 2-6), with a shared day of workshops on November 2nd.

AMTA 2016 is soliciting contributions to research, commercial user, and government user tracks; workshops and tutorials; and a technology showcase of commercial and research-stage MT technology.

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AMTA 2016 | Call for MT Research Papers
Contact: Lane Schwartz, Spence Green (mtresearchers@amtaweb.org)

AMTA-2016 solicits original research papers that will advance the field of Machine Translation. We seek submissions across the entire spectrum of MT-related research activity. In addition to standard contributions, we are also seeking papers that describe research software to be demonstrated as part of the technology showcase (see call below). Submissions must be unpublished, and in English.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline : Monday, 27 June 2016
  • Notifications of acceptance : Monday, 08 August 2016
  • Final "camera-ready" versions: Monday, 12 September 2016

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in various MT paradigms: data-driven, rule-based, and hybrids
  • MT applications and embedding: translation/localization aids, speech-to-speech, speech-to-text, OCR, MT for communication (chats, blogs, social networks), multilingual applications, etc.
  • Technologies for MT deployment: quality estimation and domain adaptation
  • MT in special settings: low resources, massive resources, high volume, low computing resources
  • Human factors in MT and user interfaces for MT
  • Linguistic resources for MT: dictionaries, terminology banks, corpora
  • MT evaluation techniques and evaluation results
  • Empirical studies on translation data

Multiple submissions:

Papers presented at the AMTA conference must represent new work that has not been previously published. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to inform the program chairs of any potential problem with respect to this requirement. Authors submitting a similar paper both to AMTA and another conference or workshop must inform the program chairs by email (mtresearchers@amtaweb.org), specifying to which other conference or workshop they are submitting their work. If the paper is accepted and presented at the AMTA conference, then it must be withdrawn from other conferences and workshops.

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AMTA 2016 | Commercial MT Users and Translators: Call for Presentationss
Contact: Steve Richardson and Olga Beregovaya (commercialmtusers@amtaweb.org)

The Commercial Users and Translators track will focus on how MT helps individual translators, Language Service Providers, and enterprise users deliver their products and services more effectively. Submissions should report on the use of MT to support business goals and serve customer needs in commercial settings by integrating it with other processes and technologies.

Example MT use cases include supplying on-demand localization, providing technical support information in multiple languages, and enabling global consumer-to-consumer transactions. Example products and services include MT integration with translator productivity tools, cloud-based MT services for integration with other web and mobile applications, and customization and deployment of MT engines for specific needs. See more possible topics below.

Important dates:
  • Submission deadline : Monday, 27 June 2016
  • Notification of acceptance : Monday, 08 August 2016
  • Final "camera-ready" versions : Monday, 12 September 2016

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of MT as a translator productivity tool: benefits, challenges, training requirements
  • Methods for obtaining and using post-editor productivity data
  • Quality evaluation and pricing methods for MT post-editing services
  • Integrating MT into the localization program lifecycle
  • Integrating MT with source content analysis and classification tools
  • Integrating MT with web and mobile applications, such as social media
  • Integrating MT into CAT tools
  • Use of MT for publishing “noisy” source content types (user generated content, consumer–to-consumer communications, support web sites)
  • Static and real-time domain adaptation and change management of MT systems in commercial deployments
  • Use of MT to address global enterprise “big data” requirements such as web analytics
  • Use of MT for cross-language search
  • Use of MT in crowd-sourced translation environments
  • Business applications of speech-to-speech MT
  • Return on Investment (ROI) analysis of MT in commercial settings

What to submit:

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing your presentation to the Commercial MT Users Chairs (commercialmtusers@amtaweb.org). If you have any questions, you can ask the Program Chairs at this same email address. Ideal presentations will describe how MT helps to address a specific business challenge, with an objective assessment of its strengths and weaknesses for that particular challenge, supported by quantitative measures. Submissions should not contain commercial solicitations of specific tools. If you have original software that you would like to show, you may also consider submitting a proposal to the technology showcase (see call below).

Publication:

Please indicate whether you intend to submit your presentation for publication in the AMTA 2016 Conference Proceedings. Publication in the Conference Proceedings is not a requirement, but we strongly encourage you to make your presentation available in the Proceedings so that other people can learn from your experiences. If you agree to have your presentation published in the Proceedings, it is preferred that you format it according to the Research track submission guidelines (TBD). However, slide decks may also be accepted. While only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date, only papers or slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.

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AMTA 2016 | Government MT Users: Call for Presentations
Contact: Jen Doyon and Lucie Langlois (governmentmtusers@amtaweb.org)

Government users are encouraged to contribute to AMTA 2016 by submitting proposals for this year's conference that pertain to the research, development and operational use of MT and MT-related technologies in government settings. We would also like to hear from users who have had issues with implementing MT, whether on the technical side, the human side or both.

Important dates:
  • Submission deadline: Monday, 27 June 2016
  • Notifications of acceptance: Monday, 08 August 2016
  • Final "camera-ready" versions: Monday, 12 September 2016

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of MT as a translator tool
  • Use of MT as an analyst tool
  • Use of MT as an information tool
  • Use of MT in chats, blogs and social networks
  • Non-traditional uses of MT
  • MT post-editing
  • MT evaluation
  • MT research and development
  • MT case studies
  • Linguistic resources for MT
  • MT tool integration
  • MT - the Human Factor
  • MT - How to calculate the ROI in government
  • MT - when is good enough good enough

What to submit:

Initial submissions should be 250-500 word abstracts. The following should accompany each abstract submission:

  • Presentation Title
  • Presenter Name
  • Representing Organization
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

All accepted submissions will be allotted 30 minute time slots. While not mandatory, presenters wishing to have their submissions published in the AMTA 2016 Proceedings are required to produce papers in accordance with the MT Research Track Submission Instructions (TBD). Presenters are advised to obtain the broadest level of release of their presentations and papers in their approval/release process in order to facilitate sharing and distribution.

How to submit:

Please email your abstract to the Government MT Users Chairs (governmentmtusers@amtaweb.org) by Monday June 27, 2016

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AMTA 2016 | Call for Workshop Proposals
Contact: Roland Kuhn (workshops@amtaweb.org)

AMTA workshops are intended to provide the opportunity for MT-related communities of interest to spend time together advancing the state of thinking or the state of practice in their area of endeavor. We are particularly interested in submissions related to commercialization of MT and/or its use by professional translators. However, any themes connected to MT research, development, deployment, use, and evaluation are welcome. Topics for past workshops have included post-editing, treatment of Arabic-script languages, translation of patents and scientific literature, collaborative translation, lexical resources, and the impact of MT research on the translation industry.

Important dates:

  • Proposal deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2016
  • Notification of workshop acceptance: Ongoing
  • Camera-ready deadline for workshops with proceedings: September 12, 2016
  • Workshop days: Saturday, October 29 or Wednesday, November 2. NOTE: It is possible that workshops scheduled for Nov. 2 may be organized jointly with EMNLP.

How to submit:

Workshop proposals must be submitted to workshops@amtaweb.org. They should include:

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AMTA 2016 | Call for Tutorial Proposals
Contact: Roland Kuhn (tutorials@amtaweb.org)

AMTA 2016 is seeking proposals for tutorials on all topics related to MT. We are interested in tutorials from experts in the following areas:

  • MT Researchers and developers
  • Commercial MT Users
  • Government MT Users
  • Translators using MT

However, any themes connected to MT research, development, deployment, use, and evaluation are welcome.

Important dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2016
  • Notification: July 5, 2016
  • Tutorial materials due date: October 15, 2016. NOTE: AMTA will not print out materials for tutorial organizers - if the organizers plan to distribute such materials, they should bring them to AMTA.
  • Tutorial days: Saturday, October 29 or Wednesday, November 2.

Guidelines:

Tutorials are a forum for experts in MT and MT-related areas to deliver concentrated training on a topic of interest in half-day (or occasionally full-day) teaching sessions. Please consult the AMTA 2016 Tutorial Proposal Form http://amtaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AMTA2016_Tutorial_Proposal_Form.docx for a detailed description of appropriate formats, appropriate supporting material, and compensation for AMTA 2016 tutorials.

How to submit a tutorial proposal:

To submit your proposal, fill in the AMTA 2016 Tutorial Proposal Form and send it to the Tutorials Chair: Roland Kuhn (tutorials@amtaweb.org) with the subject line: "AMTA 2016 tutorial proposal".

After you have submitted your proposal, you can continue to edit your proposal submission until the submission deadline. If you have any questions about the Tutorials proposal submission process please contact the AMTA 2016 Tutorials Chair: Roland Kuhn (tutorials@amtaweb.org) with the subject line: "AMTA 2016 tutorial proposal".

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AMTA 2016 | Call for Exhibitors in the Technology Showcase
Contact: Jen DeCamp (techshowcase@amtaweb.org)

If you are interested in exhibiting/demonstrating your commercial, academic, or government software at the AMTA 2016 Technology Showcase, please send the following information to Jen DeCamp. We are particularly interested in software that is discussed in presentations at the conference.

The Technology Showcase will be held from noon to 5:00 on October 30, with setup starting at 11:00.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of MT as a translator tool
  • Use of MT as an analyst tool
  • Use of MT in chats, blogs and social networks
  • Non-traditional uses of MT
  • MT post-editing
  • MT evaluation
  • MT research and development
  • MT case studies
  • Linguistic resources for MT
  • MT tool integration
  • Terminology management and other tools for assisting human translation
  • Government applications
  • Student research

What to Submit:

Submissions should include a completed exhibitor template booklet http://amtaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Template-for-Exhibitor-Booklet.docx This information will be used in the Showcase booklet, if the proposal is accepted. Booth numbers will be added by AMTA. Please limit descriptions to 400 words. You may use graphics, but please submit the form in Word (non-PDF) format. If products have been demonstrated at a previous AMTA or MT Summit Technology Showcase, please include information under Description of what is new this year.

Note: if you are demonstrating research software and would like to submit a demo paper to appear in the conference proceedings, make an additional submission for that to the research track, following the guidelines above.

Logistics:

Exhibitors will be provided with a table, draping, chairs, a sign, electrical outlets, and wifi. Exhibitors are welcome to bring posters and signs. However, signs may not be attached to the hotel walls. Please note special requests on the submission form or contact Jen DeCamp (jdecamp@mitre.org) or Priscilla Rasmussen (business@amtaweb.org).

Exhibitors can choose to rent large-screen monitors from the AMTA registration page for $200. The monitors will be delivered to and picked up from the exhibit table.

Exhibitors can mail signs and brochures to the hotel in advance of the conference in care of Priscilla Rasmussen.