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AMTA 2022 | 1st Call for Papers, Presentations, and Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

by | February 8, 2022
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AMTA 2022

The 15th biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

12-16 September 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA

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We are pleased to announce the first call for papers, presentations, and proposals for Workshops and Tutorials, for AMTA 2022, the 15th biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas, to be held 12-16 September 2022.

AMTA 2022 will be the premiere Machine Translation conference in 2022, providing engaging and productive networking opportunities for in-person attendees, as well as virtual access for remote participants from around the world. Our previous AMTA 2020 and MT Summit 2021 events had the highest attendance in the almost 30-year history of the series, and we hope to break the record again in 2022.

We have waited more than two years to finally enjoy the spectacular Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, located just outside the Disney theme parks. We anticipate that this venue will provide additional reasons for our diverse audience to come together, if they are able, and once again enjoy stimulating in-person networking opportunities.

AMTA conferences are unique in bringing together MT researchers, users, and providers of MT technology from academia, industry, and government.

  • For researchers, AMTA 2022 will provide unique opportunities to share their latest results with colleagues as well as understand real-world user requirements.
  • Participants from industry and government will benefit from updates on leading-edge R&D in Machine Translation and have a chance to present and discuss use cases.

As with our previous conferences, AMTA 2022 will provide parallel tracks of sessions addressing a variety of topics. There will be outstanding keynote talks and panels by recognized MT experts, fresh demonstrations of the latest offerings from MT providers, relevant tutorials for both beginners and more experience practitioners in MT, and in-depth workshops for specialist participants. Students interested in MT and computational linguistics will be able to connect in special sessions with academic and industry mentors, as they have in the previous two conferences hosted by AMTA.

Conference Tracks

The conference will feature three main tracks – Research, Users and Providers, and Government, each dedicated to the respective area of machine translation research, commercial application, and government use.

IMPORTANT DATES: these dates apply to submissions to each of the tracks, including tutorials:

  • Submission deadline:                          Monday, 6 June 2022
  • Notification of acceptance:             Monday, 18 July 2022
  • Final “camera-ready” versions:     Monday, 8 August 2022

Please note the earlier deadline for submission of Workshop proposals:

  • Submission deadline:                           Friday, 6 May 2022

The submission and “camera-ready” deadline time zone for all the above dates is “Anywhere on Earth” (UTC–12).

SUBMISSIONS: All papers for the Research track and abstracts for the Users and Providers or Government tracks must be submitted to the SUBMISSION WEBSITE by the submission deadline indicated above. This site requires an easy-to-perform registration as an author.

Final versions of papers and/or slide presentations will be published digitally on the AMTA website and on the ACL Anthology website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the hybrid nature of the conference, all papers, presentations, tutorials, and workshops will be recorded without exception. Any submission will be understood by the AMTA 2022 Organizing Committee as giving your tacit permission for the organizers to create a video recording of your presentation and make it available to conference attendees, and potentially to members of AMTA, AAMT, or EAMT as well. Depending on the final format of the conference, we may also request that presentations be pre-recorded.

Guidelines for submission to the tracks of the conference are as follows:

Research Track

Chairs: Kevin Duh, Francisco Guzman (mtresearchers@amtaweb.org)

We invite original, substantial, and unpublished research in all aspects of machine translation (MT). We seek submissions across the entire spectrum of MT-related research, but with a particular focus on the conference’s strength: the close interaction between researchers and practitioners who are looking to apply the latest MT technology to their tasks. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in data-driven MT (e.g., neural, statistical)
  • Lexicon acquisition and integration into MT
  • MT for low resource languages
  • Model distillation, compression, and on-device MT
  • MT in production scenarios, robustness and deployment issues.
  • MT for multiple modalities (Speech, OCR)
  • MT for communication (chats, blogs, social networks)
  • Few-shot adaptation of pre-trained MT systems
  • Deep integration of MT technology within translation and localization pipelines
  • Large-scale mining of translation resources
  • Computer Assisted Translation (CAT)
  • MT Evaluation
  • Measuring Fairness, Bias, Transparency in Translation
  • Detecting and preventing Catastrophic errors in Translation
  • Best practices in annotation for Translation

Submission Instructions:

Papers should not be longer than 10 pages of content (for references, unlimited number of pages is allowed). The papers must follow the style guides (PDF version, LaTeX version, MS Word version) and be submitted in PDF format. To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and affiliations within the paper and avoid obvious self-references. Research track papers must represent new work that has not been previously published (pre-prints posted online on servers such as arXiv do not count as published papers, and thus are allowed to be submitted; we do not require a 1-month anonymity period for previous submissions on arXiv). Authors submitting a similar paper to another conference or workshop must specify this at submission time; if the paper is accepted to multiple venues, the author must choose which one to present at. Papers must be submitted via the SUBMISSION WEBSITE. This site requires an easy-to-perform registration as an author.

MT Users and Providers Track

Chairs: Janice Campbell, Jay Marciano, Konstantin Savenkov, Alex Yanishevsky (mtusers-providers@amtaweb.org)

This track is intended for users, providers, and developers of machine translation, as well as professional translators and Language Service Providers, to present novel, original, and unpublished applications of machine translation technology or specific commercial use cases.

We seek submissions for 15-20-minute presentations (including a few minutes for questions and discussion) concerning the use of MT and/or related tools, processes, and technologies to support business goals and serve the customer or user in commercial settings. 

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

  • Domain adaptation and customization of MT models: commercial customization platforms, implementation of open frameworks, and comparison of methodologies used to adapt and customize baseline engines.
  • Data preparation: data sources, extraction, alignment, and cleaning of corpora, terminology, data augmentation, metadata extraction, working with data drift.
  • MT for low-resource languages: language pairs with limited data; cross-dialect and cross-domain translation.
  • Comparison and evaluation of MT systems: with respect to business, technical and linguistic requirements. 
  • MT output quality and confidence scoring: tools, methods, and metrics, such as human evaluations, automatic scoring, and MTQE.
  • Advanced MT fine-tuning and enhancement: including pre- and post-processing; controlling style, tone of voice, gender, pseudonymization; automatic post-editing (APE).
  • Interactive and real-time adaptive MT systems: including advanced approaches to leverage TM and end-user feedback.
  • MT Post-Editing: New approaches to MTPE, success and failure stories, applicability to different content-types, MTPE training, defining fair pricing models and working with translation buyers and providers.
  • Technical challenges to MT adoption: file format and tag support, integration, security, performance, data protection, profanity filters, locality, and compliance.
  • Business Cases: making the business case for adopting MT to drive business requirements, expand markets and engage with customers. Post-edited MT, real-time MT, cross-language information retrieval.
  • Augmenting MT with ML and NLP: classification, context awareness, content moderation, sentiment analysis, OCR, ASR, and TTS.
  • Source text improvement: improving the source content destined for MT through automatic tools such as grammar correction, guidelines, and NLP.
  • Video localization: MT usage in video localization workflows, including captioning, subtitling, and voiceovers.

Submission Instructions:

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing your presentation topic along with a 100 word or less biography of the proposed speaker(s). We welcome presentations from MT technology and service providers, but their presentations should not constitute a “sales pitch.” The focus should be on innovative MT technology, processes, and real-world use cases, rather than on a particular product or offering.

If you submit a paper for publication, it should be formatted according to the Research Track Submission Instructions (see above). Presentations in the form of slide decks are also acceptable for the Users and Providers Track and should be submitted as PDFs. Only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date. Final versions of papers and slide decks must be submitted by the final camera-ready date for publication. All versions of abstracts, papers, and slide decks must be submitted via the SUBMISSION WEBSITE. This site requires an easy-to-perform registration as an author.

Government Track

Chair: Steve LaRocca (govtmtusers@amtaweb.org)

This track is intended for users, providers, and developers of machine translation involved in the government sector to present novel, original, and unpublished applications of machine translation and related human language technologies.

We seek submissions for 15-20-minute presentations (including a few minutes for questions and discussion) concerning the use of MT and/or related tools, processes, and technologies to support business goals and serve the customer or user in commercial settings. 

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

  • Advancements in continuous learning for MT and NLP
  • Government research programs for MT and related technologies
  • Online MT for lectures and training
  • MT for low resource languages 
  • Model distillation, compression, and on-device MT 
  • End-to-end models for speech to translated text or speech
  • Advances in transfer learning with pre-trained models
  • Advances in OCR and handwriting recognition

Submission Instructions:

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing your presentation topic along with a 100 word or less biography of the proposed speaker(s). We welcome presentations from MT technology and service providers, but their presentations should not constitute a “sales pitch.” The focus should be on innovative MT technology, processes, and real-world use cases, rather than on a particular product or offering.

If you submit a paper for publication, it should be formatted according to the Research Track Submission Instructions (see above). Presentations in the form of slide decks are also acceptable for the Users and Providers Track and should be submitted as PDFs. Only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date. Final versions of papers and slide decks must be submitted by the final camera-ready date for publication. All versions of abstracts, papers, and slide decks must be submitted via the SUBMISSION WEBSITE. This site requires an easy-to-perform registration as an author.

Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Chairs: Jay Marciano, Kenton Murray (tutorials@amtaweb.org or workshops@amtaweb.org)

The organizing committee of AMTA 2022 is seeking proposals for workshops and tutorials on all topics related to MT research, development, application, and evaluation. Our goal is to have a program of workshops and tutorials that appeals to the various constituents of the MT community (researchers, developers, commercial users, and language professionals). Therefore, we welcome not only proposals on deeply technical research and development topics but also on, for instance, the collection and curation of training data, best practices in training MT systems, human/computer interaction among translators, interpreters, and other users of MT output, and the evolving role of translation automation in the commercial translation production pipeline. 

Tutorials and Workshops will be held on Monday, September 12, immediately preceding the main conference, and Friday, September 16, immediately following the main conference.

Tutorials

Tutorials are a forum for experts in MT and MT-related areas to deliver concentrated training on a topic of interest in half-day teaching sessions. Tutorials help conference participants enrich their understanding of specific technical, applied, and business matters surrounding research, development and use of MT and associated technologies, or, in the case of tutorials designed for newcomers, provide background information that facilitates greater understanding of the overall conference program.

Proposals for tutorials should be submitted by June 6, 2022, to tutorials@amtaweb.org and include: 

  • the title
  • a 250-500 word description of the proposed content
  • a short (<100 words) biographical introduction to the proposed presenter(s)
  • any technical requirements you may have
  • and a scanned signed copy of the Tutorial Policy and Leader Agreement Form.

Workshops

AMTA workshops are intended to provide the opportunity for MT-related communities of interest to spend focused time together advancing the state of thinking or the state of practice in their area of interest or endeavor. Workshops are generally scheduled as full-day events.

Every effort will be made to accept or reject (with reason) workshop proposals as soon as possible after they are received by the organizing committee so that the workshop organizers have adequate time to prepare the workshop.

We encourage you to submit your proposals for a workshop as early as possible. They should be submitted no later than Friday, May 6, 2022, to workshops@amtaweb.org and include: 

  • the title
  • a 250-500 word description of the proposed content
  • whether this is an ongoing or new workshop
  • a short (<100 words) biographical introduction to the proposed presenter(s)
  • the expected number of participants
  • and dates for important milestones (call for papers, recruitment of speakers, etc.)
  • any technical requirements you may have
  • and a scanned signed copy of the Workshop Policy and Leader Agreement Form.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!


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