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AMTA 2024 | 3rd and Final Call for Papers & Presentations

by | January 24, 2024
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Association for Machine Translations in the Americas

 

Third and Final Call for Papers & Presentations 

For AMTA 2024, a three-day event under the auspices of

the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

Monday, 30 Sept 2024 through Wednesday, 2 Oct 2024

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center  

Chicago, Illinois, USA 

 

The Board of Directors of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas is pleased to announce the third and final call for papers and presentations for AMTA 2024, the 16th biennial AMTA conference, a three-day hybrid event to be held from Monday, 30 September 2024 through Wednesday, 2 October 2024 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Like all AMTA events, AMTA 2024 will bring together researchers, practitioners, and providers of MT and related cross-lingual technology from academia, industry, and government. It will include keynote talks, panel discussions, individual presentations, and demonstrations from technology providers.

The organizing committee of AMTA 2024 is seeking proposals for papers and presentations on all topics related to research, development, application, and evaluation of Machine Translation and cross-lingual technologies. Our goal is to have a broad and engaging program that appeals to the various constituents of the MT community (researchers, developers, users, and language professionals). 

In a departure from previous years, instead of organizing the conference in discrete tracks for constituent groups, we will instead schedule the talks according to subject matter to encourage deeper interaction among researchers, users, and providers who share specific interests. So, instead of submitting a proposal to a particular track, we will instead ask authors to choose from two distinct review methods: 

  1. a traditional, rigorous peer review process for formal academic papers, and
  2. a less formal but still rigorous review process that will be used for all other presentations. 

Members of the research community are encouraged to submit papers for peer review focusing on recent research on machine translation and other cross-lingual technologies, including technical research and development topics as well as academic treatments of the application of these technologies. 

Developers, providers, users, or analysts of MT or LLMs as they relate to the task of translation or to the creation of processing of cross-lingual content are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations that cover leading-edge R&D experiments, practical applications, and case studies of these technologies.

Accepted papers and presentations will be presented as 20-minute talks (15-minute presentations, plus 5 minutes for questions). 

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

  • Latest advances in MT 
  • Using Large Language Models for translation, transcreation, and other cross-lingual use cases
  • Training Data: data sources, extraction, alignment, and cleaning of corpora, terminology, data augmentation, metadata extraction, multimodal data, etc.
  • Adaptation and customization of MT models or LLMs for cross-lingual use cases
  • Augmenting MT with ML, NLP or generative AI
  • Comparative evaluation of MT systems
  • 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, sign language, video, etc.)
  • MT for real-time communication (chats, social networks, etc.)
  • Integration of MT and related cross-lingual technologies in translation and localization pipelines
  • Output quality estimation and evaluation: tools, methods, and metrics, such as human evaluations, automatic scoring, and automatic annotation of MT output
  • Detecting and preventing catastrophic errors in output
  • Measuring fairness, bias, and transparency in output
  • Post-editing and human-in-the-loop methods: New approaches, successes and failures, applicability to different content-types, etc.
  • The interaction of language professionals (translators and interpreters) with MT and generative AI tools and output
  • Advanced MT fine-tuning and enhancement: including pre- and post-processing; controlling style, tone of voice, gender
  • Interactive and real-time adaptive MT systems: including advanced approaches to leverage TM and end-user feedback
  • Business Cases: making the business case for adopting MT and related cross-lingual technologies to drive business requirements
  • Ethics, policy, and regulatory trends concerning the use of MT or generative AI for cross-lingual use cases
  • Cross-language information retrieval
  • Source text improvement: improving the source content destined for MT through automatic tools such as grammar correction, guidelines, and NLP

 

Important dates  

  • Submission deadline: 6 June 2024, 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)
  • Notification of acceptance: 19 July 2024
  • Final “camera-ready” papers for proceedings: 16 August 2024

 

Submission Instructions

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.

 

For Research Papers

  • Research papers submitted for peer review must be submitted via the “Main Conference – Research (Peer Review)” track on the SUBMISSION WEBSITE
  • Papers should not be longer than 8 pages of content (for references, unlimited pages are allowed). Accepted papers will receive an additional two pages in which they can add content in response to reviewer requests if needed. 
  • The papers must follow the style guides (PDF version, LaTeX version, 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. 
  • For questions concerning the submission of peer-reviewed papers, please write an e-mail to  mtresearchers@amtaweb.org.

 

For Presentation Proposals

  • Proposals for presentations must be submitted via the “Main Conference – Presentation Proposals” track on the SUBMISSION WEBSITE
  • 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 Peer-Reviewed Research Paper Submission Instructions, above. Presentations in the form of slide decks are also acceptable for the Presentation Proposals 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. 
  • For questions concerning the presentation proposals, please write an e-mail to  presentation_proposals@amtaweb.org.

 

Publication and recording

For peer-reviewed papers, this is an archival event. The proceedings, which will include all papers and presentations given at the conference, will be published on the ACL Anthology website. 

Submission of a proposal will be understood by the Organizing Committee as the author’s tacit permission for AMTA to create an audio and video recording of the presentation and make it available to conference attendees and, through archiving on the association’s website, to members of AMTA.

While a selection of presentations will be streamed to the online audience, all presenters are highly encouraged to attend the conference in person. Accepted speakers who are staying in the official conference hotel will receive a 25% discount on the conference registration fee. 

This is a propitious year for a conference on MT and related cross-lingual technologies, as we will be marking the 30th anniversary of the first AMTA conference and the 70th anniversary of the first public demonstration of machine translation. We greatly anticipate celebrating these events at the conference with you while we continue our mission of deepening and spreading understanding of the science and application of machine translation and related technologies. 

 

Note about conference dates 

The organizing committee did its best to plan the conference without conflicting with other related conferences or any secular or religious holidays. We recognize that traveling home on the final day of the conference could conflict with the observation of Rosh Hashanah. Accepted speakers who have this or a similar conflict are encouraged to contact us so that we can make every effort to ensure that presentations are scheduled accordingly.

Note about workshops and tutorials

Traditionally, workshops and tutorials associated with the AMTA conference were held on a pre- and post-conference day. AMTA 2024, however, will feature a day of workshops and tutorials held completely virtually ahead of the main conference. For information about submitting a proposal for a workshop or tutorial, please see the separate CFP for those sessions on the amtaweb.org site.

Please direct any questions you may have to organizing.committee@amtaweb.org.

 

We look forward to receiving your submission!

 

Akikto Eriguchi, Rebecca Knowles (Co-chairs, Research Papers)

Steve LaRocca, Marianna Martindale, Konstantin Savenkov (Co-chairs, Presentations)

 

AMTA Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Jay Marciano, President

Alex Yanishevsky, Vice President

David Bishop, Treasurer

Janice Campbell, Secretary

Steve Richardson, Counselor

Board of Directors:

Akiko Eriguchi, Director

Cecilia Yalangozian, Director

Konstantin Savenkov, Director

Marianna Martindale, Director

Rebecca Knowles, Director

 

Steve LaRocca, Director

Alon Lavie, Consultant