[Elsnet-list] Machine Translation Marathon 2012 (MTM2012): First Call for Participation

Barry Haddow bhaddow at inf.ed.ac.uk
Thu May 31 22:13:51 CEST 2012


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MT MARATHON 2012
http://www.statmt.org/mtm12

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The MosesCore (http://www.mosescore.eu) consortium invites researchers, 
developers, students and users of machine translation to participate in the 
Machine Translation Marathon 2012.

This is the seventh time that this event has been held, and this year's MT 
Marathon will take place on 3-8 September 2012 in the Informatics Forum, 
Edinburgh, Scotland. It is organised by the Statistical MT group of the School 
of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh.

The MT Marathon will include

- Week-long open source hacking projects, led by experienced developers and 
researchers
- A "summer" school providing a complete introductory course on statistical 
machine translation, including hands-on labs. This will cover phrase-based and 
syntax-based MT, and computer-aided translation
- Talks from leading MT researchers and practitioners
- Technical talks about open source tools for MT.   

New for this year: The MT Marathon particularly welcomes participants from 
the MT developer/user community. As well as providing a forum for researchers, 
developers and users to meet, collaborate and share ideas, this years MT 
Marathon will feature projects run by the MosesCore commercial partners (ALS 
and TAUS) as well as presentations from leading MT deployers, and a round-
table discussion on the needs and requirements for open-source MT.

Registration is now open. It's free, but strictly limited to 100 people. For 
more information, see: http://www.statmt.org/mtm12

CALL FOR PAPERS

The MT Marathon will again host an Open Source Convention to advance the  
state of the art in machine translation. We invite developers of open source 
tools to present their work and submit a paper of up to 10 pages  that 
describes the underlying methodology and includes instructions on 
how to use the tools.

We are looking for stand-alone tools and extensions of existing tools, such as 
the Moses open source system. Accepted papers will be presented during the MT 
Marathon and published in the Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics 
(http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/pbml).

Possible Topics:

   *   Training of Machine Translation models
   *   Machine Translation decoders
   *   Tuning of Machine Translation systems
   *   Evaluation of Machine Translation
   *   Visualisation, annotation or debugging tools
   *   Tools for human translators
   *   Interfaces for web-based services or APIs
   *   Extensions of existing tools
   *   Other tools for Machine Translation

The papers from previous Marathons are available online among other PBML 
articles (http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/pbml-91-100.html).

Papers will be reviewed by two reviewers appointed by the program
committee. Most of the accepted papers will be printed in PBML in time
for the MT Marathon, some papers may require substantial revisions and
may be postponed to subsequent PBML issues.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: July 3, 2012 (1 paragraph, to allocate reviewers)
Paper submission: July 17, 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2012
Camera-ready: August 7, 2012
Presentations: September 3-8, 2012 (at the MT Marathon in Edinburgh)

Author Instructions

Please send full non-anonymous submissions in PDF to Philipp Koehn
(pkoehn AT inf DOT ed DOT ac DOT uk) and the full Xe(La)TeX source for a 
technical pre-review to Ondrej Bojar (bojar AT ufal DOT mff DOT cuni DOT 
cz).

The maximum length for submissions is 10 pages, including references.
This limit will be strictly enforced. If your paper has been accepted,
please send your camera-ready version in both PDF and Xe(La)TeX format
to Ondrej Bojar.

Submissions will be accepted only in the PBML Xe(La)TeX format
(http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/pbml-instructions.html) for short papers (i.e.
MS Word and other formats or a PDF without source files will not be
accepted).


Best regards,

Barry Haddow

(on behalf of the program and organising committees)


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