AMTA is the North American component of the International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT), which also includes the Asian-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT) and the European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT). The IAMT Council comprises a balanced representation of all regions. Members of any of the three regional associations automatically become part of the IAMT network. AMTA is governed by the by-laws codified in the documents here: doc / pdf.
1991 – 1996: Muriel Vasconcellos
1996 – 2000: Eduard Hovy
2000 – 2004: Elliott Macklovich
2004 – 2006: Laurie Gerber
2006 – 2008: Mike Dillinger
2008 – 2012: Alon Lavie
2012 – 2014: Mike Dillinger
2014 – 2016: George Foster
2016 – 2018: Olga Beregovaya
The main activity of AMTA is the biennial conference which includes speaker tracks devoted to research, commercial users, and governmental and NGO users. The most recent conference was held from October 28 – November 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas, collocated with EMNLP 2016.
The AMTA conference attracted 135 registrants, and the program included 16 research papers, 21 presentations in the commercial uses track, and 14 papers and 2 panels for governmental and NGO users. In addition, the conference featured 4 workshops and 4 tutorials.
During the conference, the election of the new board was announced, and the bylaws were amended to remove the position of newsletter editor, and create a new webmaster position.
Every conference includes a general meeting for the AMTA membership. The bulk of time during the 2016 AMTA general meeting was spent discussing strategies for increasing conference attendance in the future. Suggestions included attracting students and young academics, creating an association with an academic journal, moving the conference dates off of Halloween, collocating with other conferences, and offering ATA credits for AMTA sessions. A working group was formed to explore these and other possible solutions further.
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