AMTA 2020 – VIRTUAL

October 6-9

Registration for AMTA 2020 will open soon. Fees are below.

The 14th biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas.

The single registration fees listed in the table below will include attendance at all tutorials and workshops, as well as at all presentations in the three conference tracks: Commercial, Research, and Government. Additionally, after each presentation, a recording will be available for viewing on demand during the conference week and for a period of weeks after the conference. Attendees will thus be able to enjoy all sessions and presentations even if they could not attend them at the time they were given.

The regular registration fees also include a two-year membership in AMTA (a US$100 value for non-students and US$50 for students), which allows members to register for the upcoming MT Summit XVIII conference in 2021 as well as for conferences hosted by our sister organizations, EAMT and AAMT, at a discounted member rate.

We further announce that due to the generous sponsorship of Microsoft, the first one hundred students who register for AMTA 2020 will pay a significantly discounted fee.

Registration for AMTA 2020 will open soon. Fees are below:

Registration TypeEarly Fee*Late Fee **Includes
Regular Individual$190$225conference registration and 2-year AMTA membership
Regular Student$75$90conference registration and 2-year AMTA membership
First 100 Students Sponsored by Microsoft$10N/Aconference registration and 2-year AMTA membership
Current Members of EAMT or AAMT$90$125conference registration; no AMTA membership

*Early Fee – through Monday, September 28

**Late Fee – starting Tuesday, September 29


Conference workshops and tutorials will take place on Tuesday, October 6. Currently confirmed are:

Tutorial 1Quick-Start Guide to Understanding & Working with Machine Translation

Presenter: Adam Wooten (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
Tutorial 2NMT Domain Adaptation Techniques

Presenter: Yasmin Moslem (ADAPT Centre)
Workshop 11st Workshop on Post-Editing in Modern-Day Translation (PEMDT1)

Organizers: John E. Ortega (Universitat d’Alacant and New York University), Marcello Federico (Amazon), Constantin Orasan (University of Surrey), Maja Popovic (ADAPT Centre)
Workshop 2Virtual Workshop on the Impact of Machine Translation (iMpacT 2020)

Organizers: Sharon O’Brien (ADAPT, CTTS Dublin City University), Michel Simard (National Research Council Canada)

On the three main conference days, Wednesday, October 7 – Friday, October 9, the schedule* will be:

8:00am-9:00amsession opening and keynote speaker
9:00am-11:00amparallel tracks consisting of four half-hour presentations each
11:00am-1:00pmfour half-hour demonstrations by exhibitors and/or lunch break
1:00pm-2:00pmsession opening and keynote speaker
2:00pm-4:00pmparallel tracks consisting of four half-hour presentations each

*All times are Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7):

A complete program will be posted in early August after the paper acceptance date.

The keynote talks will feature these recognized experts in the development and application of machine translation from research, industry, and government:

Colin Cherry (Google Research)Mona Diab (George Washington University)
Chris Wendt (Microsoft Research)Danielle Silverman (National Virtual Translation Center)
Eric Paquin (Translators without Borders)Andy Way (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University)

Additionally, there will be two 1-hour student mentoring sessions featuring experts from research, industry, and government who will give brief opening presentations and then lead Q&A discussions on employment opportunities in machine translation and on preparing for those opportunities. These sessions will be held in parallel with other tracks and/or scheduled in the evening to avoid conflicts for students who wish to attend the live session.

For academic and commercial researchers, AMTA 2020 provides a unique opportunity to share the latest results with colleagues as well as understand real-world user requirements. Business and government participants will benefit from updates on leading-edge R&D in Machine Translation and have a chance to present and discuss their use cases.

We look forward to “seeing” you at AMTA 2020 – VIRTUAL!

Steve Richardson

AMTA President

AMTA 2020 – VIRTUAL

October 6-9

New Submission Deadline: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (AOE).

The 14th biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas. 

While we have already received several submissions, we have noted that due to pandemic-related and other challenges, there are others who desire to submit but need additional time to do so. Consequently, we have decided to make a single extension of 12 days to our submission due date, which will now be Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (AOE). All other dates will remain the same.

By the new date or before, we intend to open registration for the conference. We are currently finalizing the registration fee, but we now announce that there will be a single fee for the entire conference, which will include attendance at the tutorials and workshops scheduled for the first day of the conference (October 6).

The registration fee will also include a two-year membership in AMTA, which allows members to register for the upcoming MT Summit XVIII conference in 2021 as well as for conferences hosted by our sister organizations, EAMT and AAMT, at a discounted member rate.

We further announce that due to the generous sponsorship of Microsoft, the first one hundred students who register for AMTA 2020 will pay a significantly discounted fee of only US$10, and students whose papers are accepted in our Student Research Workshop will have their registration fee waved completely.

For academic and commercial researchers, AMTA 2020 provides a unique opportunity to share the latest results with colleagues as well as understand real-world user requirements. Business and government participants will benefit from updates on leading-edge R&D in Machine Translation and have a chance to present and discuss their use cases.

The virtual conference will continue to feature three main tracks – Research, Commercial, and Government, each dedicated to a respective area in machine translation research, commercial application, and government use. The Student Research Workshop will provide students an opportunity to present their work during sessions of the main conference. 

The conference program will feature engaging keynote talks from these recognized experts in the research, development, and application of machine translation:

                  
Colin Cherry (Google Research)Mona Diab (George Washington University)
Chris Wendt (Microsoft Research)Danielle Silverman (National Virtual Translation Center)
Eric Paquin (Translators Without Borders)    Andy Way (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University)

With the extended submission date, we encourage those who may have needed additional time to prepare the submissions to carefully note the following dates, which apply to each of the conference tracks listed below:

The submission and “camera-ready” deadline time zone is “Anywhere on Earth” (UTC–12). Before the conference, the organizing committee will work with each presenter to ensure readiness for presenting in the virtual environment. By default, we expect presenters to give live presentations with an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of each presentation. In certain cases, however, the committee may determine that pre-recording the presentation is a preferable option to ensure its quality.  More information on acceptable modes of presentation will be forthcoming.

We look forward to “seeing” you at AMTA 2020 – VIRTUAL!

Steve Richardson

AMTA President

Call for MT Research Papers

Contact: Michael Denkowski, Christian Federmann (mtresearchers@amtaweb.org)

AMTA solicits original research papers that will advance the field of Machine Translation. In addition to regular contributions, we are also seeking extended abstracts that report in-progress work or novel applications of technology to real scenarios. Submissions must be unpublished and in English.

We seek submissions across the entire spectrum of MT-related research, but with a particular focus on AMTA’s strength: the close interaction between researchers and practitioners who are looking to apply the latest MT technology to their tasks. We particularly encourage submissions that are oriented towards building robust and practical systems, including user-in-the-loop translation systems, adaptation to particular domains or usage scenarios, and utilization of available resources in production scenarios.

Submission instructions:

Full papers must not exceed 12 (twelve) pages plus 2 (two) pages for references, and must be formatted according to the AMTA style guide: PDF version / LaTeX version / MS Word version. These papers will be rigorously reviewed for novelty and impact, and they will be published in the AMTA proceedings. They will be presented at the conference as either oral presentations or posters.

We will also be accepting submissions of extended abstracts of no more than 6 (six) pages plus 2 (two) pages for references. These abstracts can be used to report in-progress or late-breaking research results, analyses of the effects of applying research technology to practical application scenarios, or descriptions of demos appearing at the conference. Abstract submissions are further divided into two subcategories:

  1. Original contributions, which will be included in the conference proceedings upon acceptance.
  2. Non-archival submissions, which will not appear in the proceedings, but will still be presented at the conference.

Both types of abstracts will be double-blind reviewed for informativeness, correctness and clarity. They will be presented at the conference as posters. Abstracts should be anonymized, and should put “This is a submission to the [original / non-archival] extended abstract track.” at the end of the abstract field in the START submission page (it does not need to be noted in the paper itself).

Submitted papers must be in PDF. To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and affiliations within the paper, and avoid obvious self-references. Papers must be submitted to the START system (https://www.softconf.com/amta2020/papers/) by the submission deadline listed above.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Multiple submissions:

Full papers and extended abstracts that will appear in the AMTA proceedings 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). It is the responsibility of the author(s) to inform the program chairs of any potential problem with respect to this requirement. Authors submitting a similar paper both to AMTA and another conference or workshop must inform the program chairs by email (mtresearchers@amtaweb.org), specifying to which other conference or workshop they are submitting their work. If a paper is accepted at both AMTA and another conference, then to appear at AMTA it can either be presented at AMTA as a full paper and withdrawn from the other conference, or it can be withdrawn from the AMTA proceedings, but still presented at AMTA as a non-archival extended abstract. Full papers presented at the conference and included in the proceedings will also be hosted on the ACL Anthology.

Call for Student MT Research Papers

Contact: Matt Post (studentworkshop@amtaweb.org

A Student Research Workshop will be held as part of the main AMTA 2020 conference and we invite submissions from students at all stages of their education.

The purpose of the Student Research Workshop is to provide students with a special opportunity to present their work and receive focused, intentional feedback from international experts in the field of machine translation. Accepted work will have at least one experienced member of the government, industry, and/or academia with knowledge in the student’s particular research area. These senior members will prepare comments and questions ahead of time and will work with the student to provide them with an outside perspective on their work’s impact and potential.

We invite two types of submissions:

Submissions:

All submitted papers must be in PDF. Papers must be submitted to the START system at https://www.softconf.com/amta2020/srw/ by submission deadline listed above.

For Research Papers please follow the submission guidelines found in the Call for MT Research Papers, noting the alternate submission URL above.

Research Proposals should be no longer than 5 (five) pages (not counting references, which have no page limit). Another page will be allowed for accepted papers.

Call for Presentations: Commercial MT Users and Translators: 

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

The Commercial MT Users and Translators track will focus on how MT helps corporations, NGOs, 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. 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 principles rather than on a particular product or offering.

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 may include, but are not limited to, the following:

What to submit

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing the topic of your presentation by the submission deadline listed above 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 (more information coming soon).

Publication

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 submission guidelines in the AMTA 2020 Call for MT Research Papers above. However, slide decks are also acceptable. Only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date, however, only papers and slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.

Call for Presentations: Government and Military MT Stakeholders

Contact: Ben Huyck (govtmtusers@amtaweb.org)

We invite you to submit a proposal to speak at AMTA 2020 about your insights on research, development and operational use of MT and MT-related technologies in government and military settings. We especially encourage perspectives that challenge the broader MT community, including issues with implementing and utilizing MT, whether on the technical side, the human side, or both.

Topics of interest:

1. MT as an operational tool for translation, analysis, information discovery.

2. MT for “non-standard” language in chats, blogs and social networks.

3. Evaluation of MT including estimation of ROI and human factors.

4. MT research and development in government and military settings.

5. Integration of MT into broader workflow, including case studies.

6. Linguistic resources for MT, especially those hard to find or create.

7. Neural MT opportunities and challenges.

8. MT in Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief contexts.

9. Challenges, opportunities and insights into MT needs for the government and military.

Submissions:

Initial submissions should be abstracts 250-500 words in length. The following should accompany each abstract submission:

1. Presentation Title

2. Presenter Name

3. Representing Organization

4. Email Address

5. Phone Number

Please email your abstract to the Government/Military MT Stakeholders Chair (govtmtusers@amtaweb.org) by the submission deadline listed above.

If you have original software that you would like to show, you may also consider submitting a proposal to Exhibitions (more information coming soon).

Publication

While not mandatory, presenters are strongly encouraged to have their submissions published in the AMTA 2020 Proceedings, producing papers in accordance with the submission guidelines in the AMTA 2020 Call for MT Research Papers above. Slide decks may also be accepted. While only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date, only papers or slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.

Call for Proposals for Workshops and Tutorials

Contact: Jay Marciano (tutorials@amtaweb.org or workshops@amtaweb.org

The organizing committee of AMTA 2020 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 AMTA (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 Tuesday, 6 October 2020, immediately preceding the main conference, and Friday, 9 October 2020, immediately following the main conference. All tutorial presenters and workshop chairs will receive training on the conference’s virtual meeting platform.

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 particular 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.

Because of the unusual circumstances of this conference, every effort will be made to accept or reject (with reason) tutorial proposals as soon as possible after they are received by the organizing committee.

Proposals for tutorials should be submitted by the submission deadline listed above, to tutorials@amtaweb.org and include:

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 a full-day event.

Because of the unusual circumstances of this conference, 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.

Workshop proposals should be submitted by the submission deadline listed above, to workshops@amtaweb.org and include:

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Machine Translation is here to stay. For many years, MT has seen advances in the quality of output, the number of users, language pair and domain coverage, as well as the number of enterprises investing in MT. MT is now an integral part of most CAT tools and post-editing is a de facto task required from language professionals in many domains. The introduction and wide-scale adoption of NMT has boosted this even more. Languages and domains that were not supported previously are now serious contenders for MT, at least for gisting, if not for more. As MT becomes more and more mainstream, an increasing number of people are interacting with it, for a variety of purposes, even beyond the commercial language industry. The 2020 AMTA conference is therefore an excellent moment in time to take stock of the nature of this interaction, the impact to date and the potential impact into the future.

For more information, including the Call for Papers, click here.

Building on the success of past workshops that address post-editing, such as the ones held at AMTA 2018 and MT Summit 2019, we present PEMDT1. Like its predecessors, this workshop will bring together post-editing translation tool users (practitioners) and researchers to compare and contrast how each use digital technology for translation. Specifically, the workshop focuses on novel advances in modern-day Computer-Assisted Tools (CAT) such as, but not limited to, Automatic Post-Editing (APE), Neural Machine Translation (NMT), and post-editing techniques and their usefulness as components in a practitioner’s workflow. The workshop’s aim is to gain a modern-day outlook on tools and the latest research in the post-editing sector. There will be open discussion amongst attendees along with invited speakers with an attempt to discern what is best for the post-editing field.

For more information, including the call for Papers, click here.

The 14th biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas has been rescheduled to OCTOBER 6-9 and will be held as a virtual conference using Microsoft Teams, a powerful, enterprise collaboration platform. It was previously scheduled from September 8th to the 12th in Orlando, Florida

We apologize for sending out this notice only now, but along with the organizers of many other conferences, we have been scrambling to finalize the new arrangements.

The submission deadline for all papers and presentations has now been extended to Monday, July 13, 2020 in order to give everyone plenty of time to rework their submissions, and in some cases reconsider making submissions during what continues to be a time of great uncertainty.

The Call For Papers and Presentations with new dates and submission instructions is now available.

Please know that we will do everything possible to maximize virtual interactions between conference attendees within all the contexts normally provided by a physical conference, and we expect to have an expanded virtual audience of experts and practitioners from research, industry, and academia, including many students who might normally not be able to attend.

For academic and commercial researchers, AMTA 2020 provides a unique opportunity to share the latest results with colleagues as well as understand real-world user requirements. Business and government participants will benefit from updates on leading-edge R&D in Machine Translation and have a chance to present and discuss their use cases.

The virtual conference will continue to feature three main tracks – Research, Commercial, and Government, each dedicated to a respective area in machine translation research, commercial application, and government use.There will be invited talks from experts in the field such as Colin Cherry (Google Research), Mona Diab (George Washington University), Chris Wendt (Microsoft Research), Eric Paquin (Translators Without Borders), Danielle Silverman (National Virtual Translation Center), and Andy Way (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University), as well as panels of practitioners from across the MT spectrum. A special Student Research Workshop that will provide students an opportunity to present their work during a session of the main conference. Relevant and engaging tutorials and workshops will also be held on the first and last days of the conference.

We look forward to “seeing” you at AMTA 2020 – VIRTUAL!

Steve Richardson

AMTA President

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