Appel: AMTA workshop on Customization Strategies for MT

Alexis Nasr alexis.nasr at LINGUIST.JUSSIEU.FR
Tue Jun 11 16:29:29 UTC 2002

Call for Abstracts for the AMTA workshop on Customization Strategies
for MT

Machine translation systems must have customization capabilities in
order to claim success as a commercial product or a research
prototype.  Minimally, these include the ability to add translations
for new words and phrases, but may also include more sophisticated
functionality such as adapting to new syntactic structures or writing
styles, and may even be the means of acquiring all the system's
translation knowledge (e.g., in statistical systems), We propose to
bring MT developers and researchers together to discuss the
customization capabilities of their systems, with an emphasis on using
common data for the discussion.

This workshop is intended to cover all types of customization
strategies, although preference in selection will be given to novel
strategies. We encourage participation from MT developers of
commercial systems, and researchers working on all types of MT systems
(traditional transfer, interlingua, example-based, or statistical).

To make the discussion more interesting, we request that participants
demonstrate the customization capabilities of their system using data
freely available to everyone, such as Hansard data for French-English
or other data available from ELRA or LDC.  Microsoft has also agreed
to make technical manual data available for several language pairs
(English and any of these: French, Spanish, German, Japanese) for
purposes of research related to this workshop. (For access to this
data please send email to CustomWS at

We request that interested parties submit a two page abstract with the
following information:

-         overview of your MT system

-         description of customization capabilities

-         comparison of this strategy to other known strategies

-         data that will be used to test capability

-         proposed evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the

-         estimate of time that would be required to customize for the
          chosen domain, based on your sample run.



            Call for participation:                 June 8

            Abstract submission deadline:           July 7

            Acceptance notification:                July 22

            Early registration for AMTA:            July 31

            Papers due:                             September 6

            AMTA workshop                           October 6 or 7

Instructions for submission:

All submissions should be in English, and it is recommended that they
be submitted in one of the following three formats: PDF (preferred);
PostScript; Microsoft Word. All submissions will be received and
processed using the Conference Management Toolkit (CMT) located at

Authors should follow the instructions at the CMT web site to
register, enter information about themselves and their abstract, and
upload a copy of their abstract in one of the acceptable formats by
the submission deadline. Report any problems with the website to
CustomWS at

For information on obtaining Microsoft Data to participate in the
workshop, please contact CustomWS at

Organizers: Jessie Pinkham, Deborah Coughlin, Bill Dolan

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