[Elsnet-list] Boston: AMTA 2006 - 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas -- FINAL CFP

Priscilla Rasmussen rasmusse at research.rutgers.edu
Thu Apr 27 01:07:11 CEST 2006


                         FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                                AMTA 2006 

                         7th Biennial Conference
            Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

                           Boston, August 8-12

                  Web Page: http://amta2006.amtaweb.org/  
		     Submission Page:
		     http://www.softconf.com/start/AMTA06/

		             **** FULL SUBMISSION DUE MAY 1st, 2006
                                  ****
					 (It's not too late to
					 submit!!  See below!)


Visions for the Future of Machine Translation
=============================================

The last few years have witnessed major changes in the field of
machine
translation. Statistical methods have taken a lead place in the field
and
managed to cross the bridge from research to commercial
enterprise. Interest
in hybridization has returned.  There is more work on introducing
morphology
and syntax into statistical systems to capture linguistic generalities
that
seem hard to model statistically.  And there is also more work on
introducing
statistical resources and techniques into already existing symbolic
systems to
increase their robustness.  As each of the competing paths of
statistical and
symbolic approaches has reached its independent potential, the focus
now is
moving towards methods for exploiting complementary strengths of these
different methodologies.  These are exciting times!  But, the future
is not
here yet.

So, where are we heading?  What will the field be like in 10 years or
20
years?  How easily will we be able to move to a new source language or
language pair?  What about other modalities besides text, such as
speech or
OCR output?  Where is the user in all of this?  The user as
professional
translator or as language educator?  Should the field expand its user
base by
reincorporating its core technologies in new directions?  How well do
the best
systems do under severe restrictions in terms of computer memory and
power?
These are only a few of the important questions facing our field
today.


Call for Research Papers
========================

We solicit submissions in English for unpublished papers describing
original
research on all aspects of Machine Translation.  Topics of interest
include
but are not limited to:

   * Advances in data-driven MT (Statistical MT, Example-based MT,
     etc.)
   * Advances in rule-based MT (Transfer-based MT, Interlingual MT,
     etc.)
   * Lexicon and grammar building and induction
   * Hybridization of rule-based MT and statistical MT 
   * MT for resource-poor languages 
   * MT on resource-limited machinery (e.g. PDAs)
   * Speech-to-speech and speech-to-text MT
   * MT for OCR
   * MT Evaluation

Papers should not be longer than 10 pages.

**Important Note**: papers will be accepted by the submission deadline 
(May 1st, 2006) regardless of whether or not authors have submitted an 
"Intent to Submit" as requested in previous announcements.

Calls for User Sessions, Showcase, Tutorial and Workshop Proposals and
Panel
Proposals have been issued separately.


Important Dates
===============

May 1		Submission deadline for research papers, 11:59pm EST
(GMT-5:00)
June 15		Notification to authors
June 30			     Camera-ready copy due
August 8-12		     Conference
  

Submission Instructions
=======================

(1) Go to http://www.softconf.com/start/AMTA06/
(2) Use the box of the left part of the page, labeled "For Authors".
    ** If you have already submitted an "Intent to Submit" for your
    paper:
    - Enter the passcode you received by email when you submitted your
      "Intent to Submit".  This will take you to the page with all of
      the
      information you had previously entered for the paper.
    ** If you have *NOT* submitted an "Intent to Submit" for your
    paper:
    - Click on the link "HERE" under "Click HERE to make a new
    submission".
      This will take you to a web page where you enter all the
      information
      regarding your paper.  Fill in all requested information.
(3) Upload your full paper in the "Submit Paper" section at the bottom
of 
    the page.  When you are done, click the "Submit" button at the
    very 
    bottom of the page.
(4) If this is a new submission, you will receive an email message
containing 
    a confirmation and a submission password.  You can use the
    passcode later 
    in order to upload an updated version of your paper at any time
    before the 
    deadline.


Contacts
========

Program Chairs: Nizar Habash <habash at cs.columbia.edu> 
                and Alon Lavie <alavie at cs.cmu.edu>

Contacts for advance information on User Sessions, Showcase, Tutorial 
and Workshop Proposals and Panel Proposals:

User Sessions - Laurie Gerber <lgerber at languageweaver.com>
Showcase - Jennifer Decamp <jdecamp at mitre.org>
Tutorial and Workshop Proposals - Michelle Vanni <mvanni at arl.army.mil>
Panel Proposals - Violetta Cavalli-Sforza <violetta at cs.cmu.edu>



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