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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/

                 THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS


                       EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE
           Research Papers and Student Research Workshop: June 1, 2010


              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:

  - EXTENDED Submission deadline:  Tuesday, June 1
  - Notifications of acceptance:   Monday, July 12
  - 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

  Contacts:
  Nguyen Bach - Student Co-chair   ( nbach at cs dot cmu dot edu )
  Steve DeNeefe - Student Co-chair ( deneefe at usc dot edu )
  Stephan Vogel - Faculty advisor  ( 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:

  - EXTENDED Submission deadline:  Tuesday, June 1
  - Notifications of acceptance:   Monday, July 12
  - 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.

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

  https://www.softconf.com/amta/AMTA-2010-SRW/

  and follow the instructions on the web page.


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  Call for Technology Showcase Demonstrations at AMTA-2010

  Contact: Jennifer DeCamp  ( jdecamp at mitre dot org )

  The Technology Showcase is a regular feature at AMTA confereces,
  designed to   provide demonstrations of the latest in commercial, government, and/or
  research technology.  The AMTA-2010 Technology Showcase is planned to
  be held   on Tuesday, November 2, between 11:00am and 5:00pm.  There is no fee for
  exhibiting at this event.  AMTA will provide tables, chairs,   electrical power,
  and wireless networking.  We will also provide posterboards for signs,
  but   participants may also bring their own signs, backdrops, posterboards,
  and/or   banners.  Participants may bring their own displays or monitors or rent
  monitors via the conference registration website.  A list of exhibitors will
  be provided in the conference bags.  This list and more extensive   information
  (see below) will be provided on-site at the showcase and on the   conference CD.

  Important dates:

  - Submission deadline:                  Monday, June 28
  - 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)
  - 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


  Application Guidelines:

  Please complete the Technology Showcase application form on the AMTA-2010
  website in order to apply for an exhibit booth in the Technology
  Showcase.  For applications that are accepted, the completed forms
  will be distributed in hard copy at the Technology Showcase as part of a booklet.  They will
  also be included on the conference CD.


  Submission Instructions:

  Completed application forms as well as any inquiries should be
  submitted by email to Jennifer DeCamp  ( jdecamp at mitre dot org ) by Monday, June 28, 2010.


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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!