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

Priscilla Rasmussen rasmusse at research.rutgers.edu
Fri Mar 17 00:29:46 CET 2006

                             CALL FOR PAPERS

                                AMTA 2006 

                         7th Biennial Conference
            Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

                           Boston, August 8-12


Visions for the Future of Machine Translation
The last few years have witnessed major changes in the field of
translation. Statistical methods have taken a lead place in the field
managed to cross the bridge from research to commercial enterprise. 
Interest in hybridization has returned.  There is more work on
morphology and syntax into statistical systems to capture linguistic 
generalities that seem hard to model statistically. And there is also
work on introducing statistical resources and techniques into already 
existing symbolic systems to increase their robustness.  As each of
competing paths of statistical and symbolic approaches has reached its 
independent potential, the focus now is moving on exploiting 
complementarities. 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
severe restrictions in terms of computer memory and power?

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We solicit submissions in English for unpublished papers describing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

    * Advances in Statistical MT
    * Advances in Rule-based MT
    * 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 or speech to text MT
    * MT for OCR
    * MT Evaluation

Papers should not be longer than 10 pages.

Calls for User Sessions, Showcase, Tutorial and Workshop Proposals and
Proposals will be issued separately.

Important Dates
April 10	Submission **intention** deadline for conference
	(abstract [max 200 words] + title + category + author(s) name)
May 1		  Submission deadline for technical papers, 11:59pm
EST (GMT-5:00)
June 15		Notification to authors
June 30			     Camera-ready copy due
August 8-12		     Conference

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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