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AMTA 2018 | Commercial MT Users and Translators: Call for Presentations

by | October 23, 2017

Contact: Janice Campbell, Alex Yanishevsky (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.

Theme – Applying Innovation to Business Challenges

Producing ever-increasing volumes of multilingual content while keeping costs in check has become a mantra for businesses poised for growth. These challenges are being met through the adoption of innovative technologies and tools, the automation of processes and workflows, and the application of artificial intelligence approaches.        

The machine translation technology landscape is dotted with innovations in translation productivity tools, advancements in neural networks, and novel approaches to producing and delivering content to international audiences.

The goal of the commercial track is to provide a broad spectrum of machine translation applications to achieve the rapid delivery of multilingual content within the constraints of time, cost, scope and quality.   

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

  • PBSMT vs. NMT: considerations on cost, quality, maintenance and fit for purpose.
  • Adaptive and interactive MT tools.
  • Approaches for automated language variety converters, such as US to UK English, Brazilian to Continental Portuguese.
  • Approaches for related language pair converters, such Russian < > Ukrainian, Croatian < > Serbian, Spanish < > Portuguese.
  • MT Quality evaluation scores, tools, and metrics that support business KPIs.
  • Productivity measures and quality frameworks that enhance business processes.
  • TM cleanup and corpus preparation techniques for engine training (generic versus domain specific engines).
  • MT Post Editing challenges.
  • New business applications for MT: S2S, video, mobile, SEO, emergency response, disaster management, social media
  • API challenges such as tag handling and/or reordering
  • Open Standards for MT
  • Overview and comparisons of open source MT tools and services
  • Skills needed to support advances in AI approaches to machine translation.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 11 December 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2018
Final “camera-ready” versions: 16 February 2018

What to submit

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing the topic of your presentation to the Commercial MT Users Chairs (commercialmtusers@amtaweb.org). Should you have any questions, use this same email address. Presentations will describe how MT services, as well as complementary systems, technologies, tools and processes address specific business challenges. 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.


Please indicate whether you intend to submit your presentation for publication in the AMTA 2018 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, you should format it according to the Research Track submission guidelines. However, slide decks are also acceptable. Only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date. Papers and slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.



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