It is with great pleasure that we present the proceedings of the Research Track (Volume 1) and Translator, Project and User Tracks (Volume 2) for the MT Summit XVII.
Paper Submission Deadlines
Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Notification of Acceptance
Friday, 17th May 2019
Final camera-ready versions
Friday, 21st June 2019
Second Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce the second call for papers for MT Summit XVII: the 17th Machine Translation Summit, which will take place in the Helix Theatre at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, from 19-23 August 2019. Nine workshops (https://www.mtsummit2019.com/workshops) and a number of tutorials will run on the first two days 19-20 August, with the main tracks of the Summit featuring on 21-23 August. Three invited speakers have been confirmed: Helena Moniz, Laura Casanellas, and Arianna Bisazza.
The conference is organised by the European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT: http://eamt.org), and overall chair of the conference is Andy Way (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland), supported by the following track co-chairs:
Research track: Barry Haddow & Rico Sennrich (University of Edinburgh, UK)
User track: John Tinsley (Iconic Translation Machines, Ireland) & Dimitar Shterionov (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University)
Translator track: Celia Rico (Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain) & Federico Gaspari (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland / University for Foreigners “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria, Italy)
Projects track: Mikel L. Forcada (Universitat d’Alacant)
We are keen to solicit novel, original contributions in each of these four areas that will advance the field of MT. In addition to regular contributions for the Research track, we are seeking submissions for the User, Translator, and Project tracks, which can report work-in-progress, or novel applications of technology to real application scenarios. Submissions must be unpublished, and written in English.
We seek submissions across the entire spectrum of MT-related research activity. Traditionally, the MT Summit is the place where researchers, developers, users and vendors all get together under one roof to discuss the issues of the day. Accordingly, we are especially interested in papers which demonstrate a clear interaction between researchers and practitioners who are applying MT technology to their specific use-cases. Thus, we particularly encourage submissions that are oriented towards building robust and practical systems, including systems where there is a user-in-the-loop, adaptation to particular domains or usage scenarios, and
utilization of available resources in real production scenarios.
There is little doubt that the quality of MT systems has improved significantly in recent years. In line with general overhyping of AI, we have seen some extraordinary claims about the capability of MT, so much so that translators have had cause to worry about the impact of this improved technology on their profession. In response, and as a clear attempt to bring translators and system developers closer together, the 2019 MT Summit will also feature a Translators track, where we get to hear what the issues of the day are for perhaps the largest set of users of the technology.
As well as the four main tracks, the conference will also feature invited talks, panel discussions, a technology showcase, tutorials and workshops, presentation of the 2019 EAMT Best Thesis Award, and presentation of the IAMT 2019 Award of Honour. The general assemblies of EAMT and IAMT will also take place (as well as the IAMT council meeting). More information about each of these will follow in due course.
Submission deadline: Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Notification of acceptance: Friday, 17th May 2019
Final camera-ready versions: Friday, 21st June 2019
Notification comes a full three months before the conference takes place, which should be plenty of time for conference attendees who need visas.
Full papers must not exceed 9 pages plus unlimited pages for references, and must be formatted according to the MT Summit 2019 style guide (PDF version / LaTeX version / MS Word version). These papers will be rigorously reviewed for novelty and impact, and published in the conference proceedings. They will be presented at the conference as either oral presentations or as posters.
For the translator track, we will be accepting submissions of no more than 6 pages, plus unlimited pages for references, reporting professional translators’ experiences with MT on issues such as the following:
Productivity measurements and their impact on MT adoption
Impact of MT on translators’ work (pricing issues, post-editing tasks assignment and their acceptance among translators)
Ethical and confidentiality issues when using MT
Psycho-social aspects of MT adoption (translator attitudes and (pre-)conceptions)
Types of MT errors which influence quality acceptance/rejection
Discussions on the role of professional translators in MT development
The business side of MT
Integration of MT in large-scale production processes
The importance of translator feedback in MT
The role of the freelance translator in MT
The eruption of neural MT and its effect on the translation profession
Accepted translator track papers will be published in the conference proceedings
For the user and translator tracks, we will be accepting submissions of no more than 6 pages, plus unlimited pages for references, which report analyses of the effects of applying research technology to practical application scenarios, or descriptions of demonstrations appearing at the technology showcase.
Submissions to the user track are particularly encouraged from industry. Submissions from academic institutions should endeavour to include a user partner or collaborator as co-author where possible. Accepted user track papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
For the project track, we will be accepting submissions of extended abstracts of no more than 2 pages, including references, which report publicly-funded projects in the field of machine translation and related translation technologies. The authors should be ready to present the projects in the form of posters during the conference. Accepted project track abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings
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 Easy Chair system, available here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mtsummit2019.
All submissions must be formatted according to the MT Summit 2019 style guide (PDF version / LaTeX version / MS Word version). Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Topics of interest, across all tracks, include but are not limited to:
Advances in various MT paradigms: data-driven, rule-based, and hybrid MT
Incorporating external knowledge (e.g. document, image, metadata etc) into MT models
MT applications and embedding: translation/localization aids, speech-to-speech, speech-to-text, OCR, MT for communication (chats, blogs, social networks), multilingual applications, etc.
Technologies for MT deployment: quality estimation and domain adaptation
MT in special settings: low resources, massive resources, high volume, low computing resources, crisis scenarios, etc.
Human factors in MT and user interfaces for MT
Ethical issues in translation
Linguistic resources for MT: dictionaries, terminology banks, corpora
MT evaluation techniques and evaluation results
Empirical studies on translation data
Papers (and abstracts) that will appear in the MT Summit 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. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time in the EasyChair submission form. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at MT Summit must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline as to whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings.
Authors submitting more than one paper to MT Summit must ensure that submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other in content or results. Track chairs have the right to redirect papers to other tracks if deemed appropriate.
EAMT has generously granted two €1000 travel stipends for authors of accepted papers in the main conference who are currently from the MENA region, or from elsewhere in Africa, and are members of the EAMT prior to the start of the MT Summit.