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                             AMTA-2010

                     The Ninth Biennial Conference
           of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

                Westin Tabor Center, Denver, Colorado
                    October 31 - November 05, 2010

              Conference Website:  http://amta2010.amtaweb.org/

                 SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS

              MACHINE TRANSLATION IN THE PRODUCTION PIPELINE

The ninth biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in
the Americas (AMTA-2010) will be held at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver
Colorado, Sunday, October 31 through Friday, November 5.  AMTA-2010 will take
place immediately following the 51st Annual Conference of the American
Translators Association (ATA), also taking place in Denver, October 27-30.
The two conferences are planning multiple coordinated events around joint
topics of interest.  These are designed to deepen MT researchers' and
developers' understanding of the needs of the commercial translation industry
and human translators, while also fostering translators' understanding of
modern MT technology and the role of advanced translation automation in
commercial translation processes.

In addition to a research track, the main AMTA-2010 conference program will
include presentation tracks for government and commercial users of MT and a
"Technology Showcase" of commercial and research-stage MT technology.  The
research program will include a peer-reviewed competitive "Student Research
Workshop" designed to highlight and foster the work of the next generation of
MT researchers.  Tutorials will be held on Sunday, October 31, and workshops
will take place primarily on Thursday and Friday, November 4-5.

AMTA President and AMTA-2010 General Chair: 
Alon Lavie, Carnegie Mellon University

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Call for MT Research Papers at AMTA-2010

Contact: Hassan Sawaf (hassan (at) sawaf.de)

Machine Translation continues to be one of the most active research areas
within Natural Language Processing.  MT evaluations, such as those conducted
by NIST, provide ample evidence that the field of MT continues to grow and
attract more and more researchers.  Data-driven approaches have become
particularly fashionable in recent years.  These approaches have generated
systems that have been the top performers in recent comparative evaluations.
Furthermore, the challenges of building competitive MT systems have been
significantly reduced with the introduction of open source toolkits such as
GIZA++ and MOSES.  This development, exciting as it is, also bears the danger
of introducing uniformity into MT research.  AMTA aims to promote diversity in
MT research and actively seeks research papers across the entire range of the
MT research spectrum for the AMTA-2010 research program.  We solicit
submissions in English of unpublished papers describing original research on
all aspects of Machine Translation.  We particularly encourage submissions on
topics related to the conference theme of MT applied within commercial
translation settings.


Important dates:

- Submission deadline:           Monday, May 24
- Notifications of acceptance:   Monday, July 5
- Final "camera-ready" versions: Monday, August 16


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 acquisition and induction
- Hybrid approaches that integrate and unify aspects of rule-based MT and
  statistical MT
- MT for resource-poor languages
- MT on resource-limited machinery (e.g. PDAs)
- Distributed architectures for large data MT
- Speech-to-speech or speech-to-text MT
- MT with OCR
- MT for communication (chats, blogs, social networks)
- Customization and adaptation of high-performance MT systems
- Deep integration of MT technology within translation and localization
  pipelines
- MT Evaluation


Submission Instructions:

Papers should not be longer than 10 pages and should be in pdf format.  Style
files (Latex and MS Word) are posted on the conference web-page at:

http://amta2010.amtaweb.org/

To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and
affiliations within the paper and avoid obvious self-references.

AMTA 2010 is using the START conference management system. 
To submit a research paper go to the submission website at:

https://www.softconf.com/amta/amta2010/

and follow the instructions on the web page.


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MT User Presentations:  Commercial Users and Translators

Contact: Mike Dillinger  ( mike at translationOptimization dot com )
 
The Commercial User track will focus on how MT can meet business needs such as
just-in-time localization of critical information, provisioning of technical
support information, or creation of preliminary translations for post-editing.
Submissions should focus on the use of MT in a business setting and how it is
integrated with other technologies to support business goals. 


Important dates:

- Submissions due:                     Monday, June 28
- Notification of acceptance:          Monday, July 12
- Final "camera-ready" versions due:   Monday, August 16


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Integrating MT and human translation
- Post-editing experiences and data about productivity
- ROI analyses of post-editing versus translation
- Use of MT to provide localization of data-driven, dynamic, or user-specific
  information
- Use of MT to reduce localization time and/or cost
- Ways in which MT can be used to increase the scope of globalization projects
- Managing change when implementing MT systems
- Open-source and low-cost MT tools: are they realistic and is there a market
  for them?


What to submit:

Ideal presentations will clearly identify a business need and describe how MT
meets those needs, with a candid assessment of its strengths and limitations
for that particular usage.  Submissions should be 250-500 word summaries and
may be sent directly in e-mail or as attachments in RTF format.
 

How to submit:

Send submissions or questions by email to Mike Dillinger
(mike at translationOptimization dot com) by Monday, June 28.


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MT User Presentations:  Government Users and Translation Professionals

Contacts: Nick Bemish  ( Nicholas dot Bemish at dia dot mil )
          Chuck Simmons ( Charles dot Simmons at wpafb dot af dot mil )


AMTA Government User presenters and participants will focus on the strategic
nature and use of Machine Translation in governmental organizations.  Most
governmental entities are providing a benefit to their customers, who require
them to translate large volumes of information and to make it available across
multiple languages and varied network architectures.  The need for language
translation technology within governmental organizations is diverse and
sometimes compartmented.  Governments are looking to advances in Machine
Translation technology, which help them deliver information not only from the
native languages of various countries but also into those other languages.  In
turn, the information delivered helps the governments to understand social and
political activities in context.  In an age when significant volumes of data
are available in many languages, it is necessary to look to automated
alternatives, which assist the linguist and enable the human translation
process.

For this year's AMTA conference, we are asking government participants to
consider topics that address the strategic challenges of applying MT tools and
applications in their programs and processes.  We are looking for
representation from all government organizations that face language
challenges, including: Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services,
Human Resources, Commerce, Labor, Energy, Judiciary, Business, Trade,
Transportation, and many others.  Within the governmental organizations we
request the attendance of leaders or their representatives, who can address
challenging topics ranging among:

1.  Acquisition strategies that include policies directed towards
    implementation of MT
2.  Funding priorities that stress the need for metrics to ensure adequate
    return on investment (ROI)
3.  Requirements development which include a broad audience of users across
    the federal workspace
4.  Computer systems and network architectures that support inclusion of MT
    tools and any significant integration and security challenges
5.  Research and development leading to the advancement of tools that support
    less commonly used languages or minimizes gaps
6.  Program management strategies and how they apply to the integration and
    acceptance of MT tool usage
7.  Case studies on examples of MT use and how it impacts the organizations
    ability to share content
8.  Strategic views and objectives pertaining to challenges with respect to MT
    programs and the employment of MT tools (e.g., IT, personnel,
    implementation)
9.  Implementation strategies that factor into MT use as a process supporting
    human translation (pre-translation/post-editing)

The sessions will be structured to provide open and constructive dialogue
among attendees with diverse technical backgrounds and areas of expertise.
A secondary objective of this approach is to establish longer-term
connections among participants and foster new cooperative efforts.


Important dates:

- Submissions due:                     Monday, June 28
- Notification of acceptance:          Monday, July 12
- Final "camera-ready" versions due:   Monday, August 16


What to submit:

Ideal proposals should include information on strategic views and objectives
pertaining to MT programs; employment of MT tools and significant challenges;
as well as information on achievable gains through usage and/or metrics.
Submissions should be 250-400 word summaries and may be sent directly in
e-mail or as attachments in RTF format.


How to submit:

Send submissions and questions to Government User program chairs, Nicholas
Bemish at Nicholas dot Bemish at dia dot mil and Chuck Simmons at
Charles dot Simmons at wpafb dot af dot mil  by Monday, June 28.

 
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Student Research Workshop

Contact: Stephan Vogel ( stephan dot vogel at cs dot cmu dot edu )

AMTA-2010 will feature a Student Research Workshop, which will be embedded as
an integral part of the research program at the conference.  Students at all
levels of study (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) are invited to
submit papers describing their research work.  To qualify, the main author of
the paper must be a student or a post-doc.  Both completed work as well as
work in progress is eligible for submission. Submissions will be competitively
reviewed by a committee consisting of both advanced MT students and senior
researchers, in a process similar to the reviewing of submissions to the main
AMTA-2010 research program.  We hope to provide travel and participation
financial support to the students selected for presentations.  Details will be
posted on the conference website when available. 
 

Important dates:

- Submission deadline:           Monday, May 24
- Notifications of acceptance:   Monday, July 5
- Final "camera-ready" versions: Monday, August 16


Topics:

All topics related to MT research are welcome. See the list of topics for the
MT Research Program above for a listing of sample topics of interest.
 

What to submit:

Papers should not be longer than 10 pages, formatted using the provided style
files for research papers, and in pdf format.  Style files (Latex and MS Word)
are posted on the conference web-page at:

http://amta2010.amtaweb.org/

To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and
affiliations within the paper and avoid obvious self-references.

Detailed submission instructions will be posted on the conference website in
the near future and will be included in future announcements.


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Call for Proposals for Workshops, Tutorials and Panels at AMTA-2010

Contact: George Foster ( george dot foster at nrc dot gc dot ca )

AMTA 2010 is seeking proposals for workshops, tutorials and plenary panels on
all topics related to MT.  We particularly encourage proposals on topics
related to the conference theme of MT applied within commercial translation
settings.

Tutorials will be held on Sunday, October 31, immediately preceding the main
conference.  Workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 4-5,
immediately following the main conference.  Selected panels will be an
integral part of the main conference.


Aims:

Tutorials at AMTA conferences are a forum for experts in MT and MT-related
areas to deliver concentrated training on a topic of interest in half-day (or
occasionally full-day) teaching sessions.  Tutorials provide background that
helps conference participants (especially newcomers to the field) understand
the conference program, and/or enrich their understanding of particular
technical, applied, and business matters surrounding research, development and
use of MT and translation technology.

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.

Panel sessions within the main conference program provide an opportunity for a
select number of experts to provide their perspective and hold a discussion on
a concrete topic of interest or developing issue within the field of MT.

Due to AMTA 2010's collocation with the ATA meeting, we are particularly
interested in proposals related to commercialization of MT and/or its use by
professional translators.  However, any themes connected to MT research,
development, deployment, use, and evaluation are welcome.


What to submit:

Proposals for workshops, tutorials and panel sessions should be submitted by
June 30, 2010 to George Foster (george dot foster at nrc dot gc dot ca).  Workshop and
tutorial proposals consist of a completed Workshop Proposal form or Tutorial
Proposal form, dowloadable from the conference website.  Panel proposals
should consist of a brief description of the proposed content and format.
The appropriate forms are posted on the conference website at:

http://amta2010.amtaweb.org/


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Call for AMTA-2010 Sponsorships

Help support the AMTA Mission while demonstrating your leadership in the
future of MT!

Sponsorship of AMTA-2010 is a tax-deductible donation. AMTA is a 501-(c)-3
non-profit educational association.

All sponsorship levels receive:
- Logo with hyperlink to sponsor website on website: 
  http://amta2010.amtaweb.org/
- Logo and name in conference program
- Acknowledgement at Conference Opening
- One piece of collateral included in Conference Bag

Please contact Sponsorship Chair Laurie Gerber <lgerber at amtaweb dot org> for a
sponsorship prospectus. Help us provide continuous internet service for
participants! Support a workshop! Snag the hottest brand real estate at the
conference - the badgeholder! Several new sponsor-able items are available
this time, including your logo on the hotel room keys!

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