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AMTA 2020 | Commercial MT Users and Translators: Call for Presentations

by | January 14, 2020

Contact: Janice Campbell, Dmitriy Genzel (commercialmtusers@amtaweb.org)


The Commercial Users and Translators track will focus on how MT helps corporations, Language Service Providers, and professional translators deliver products and services more effectively. Submissions should report on the use of MT and/or related tools, processes and technologies, to support business goals and serve customer needs in commercial settings.

Theme – Applying Innovation to Business Challenges

Producing ever-increasing volumes of multilingual content with constrained budgets has become a mantra for businesses entering global markets. 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 might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making the business case for adopting MT to drive business requirements, expand markets and engage with customers.
  • Practical applications for using raw (aka stock) MT no human intervention, such as post editing.
  • Novel approaches to using MT in a commercial environment.
  • Advances in adaptive and interactive MT technologies.
  • Process and criteria for migrating to Neural MT from other systems, such as Statistical MT.
  • Using MT for leveraging between similar languages, such as Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian, Spanish and Catalan; and language variants such as US to UK English, Brazilian to Continental Portuguese.  
  • MT quality and confidence scoring, tools, and metrics that support business KPIs.
  • Productivity measures and quality frameworks that enhance business processes and translation workflows.
  • TM cleanup and corpus preparation techniques for engine training.
  • Approaches and challenges to building your own MT engines.
  • Quality vs. quantity and fit for purpose when choosing corpora for customizing engines (e.g. Translation Memories, terminology/glossaries, Do Not Translate lists).
  • MT Post Editing challenges.
  • New business applications for MT; for example, speech to speech, speech to text, videos, search and indexing applications, emergency response and disaster management, social media, chatbots.
  • API challenges such as tag handling and/or reordering.
  • Open Standards for machine translation
  • Overview and comparisons of open source MT tools and services.
  • Artificial Intelligence approaches to machine translation including Natural Language Processing or Machine Learning applications to enhance the translation process (e.g. information extraction and retrieval, text categorization, Named Entity Recognition, POS tagging, etc.).
  • Approaches and challenges to using MT for low-resource or long-tail languages.
  • Advances in domain adaptation.
  • Handling potentially offensive, illegal or profane language in MT output.

Important dates

Submission deadline: April 27, 2020

Notification of acceptance: June 8, 2020

Final “camera-ready” versions: July 27, 2020

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). Address any questions to this 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 Exhibitions.


Please indicate whether you intend to submit your presentation for publication in the AMTA 2020 Conference Proceedings. Although it  is not a requirement, we strongly encourage you to make your presentation available in the Proceedings so that others 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.