Appel: AMTA2006

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Mar 21 08:23:33 UTC 2006

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 15:28:56 +0100
From: "Jeff Allen" <jeff.allen at>
Message-ID: <002d01c64b61$74ca1730$0202a8c0 at enzo>

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                              AMTA 2006

                       7th Biennial Conference
         Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

                       Boston, August 8-12 2006


Visions for the Future of Machine Translation

The last few years have witnessed major changes in the field of
machine translation. Statistical methods have taken a lead place in
the field and managed to cross the bridge from research to commercial
enterprise.  Interest in hybridization has returned.  There is more
work on introducing morphology and syntax into statistical systems to
capture linguistic generalities that seem hard to model statistically.
And there is also more work on introducing statistical resources and
techniques into already existing symbolic systems to increase their
robustness.  As each of the 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 under severe restrictions
in terms of computer memory and power?

Call for Papers

We solicit submissions in English for unpublished papers describing
original 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
Panel Proposals will be issued separately.

Important Dates

April 10 Submission **intention** deadline for conference papers
(abstract [max 200 words] + title + category + author(s) name)

May 1 Submission deadline for technical papers, 11:59pm EST
June 15         Notification to authors
June 30         Camera-ready copy due
August 8-12 Conference

Program Chairs: Nizar Habash <habash at>
                and Alon Lavie <alavie at>

Contacts for advance information on User Sessions, Showcase, Tutorial
and Workshop Proposals and Panel Proposals:

User Sessions - Laurie Gerber <lgerber at>
Showcase - Jennifer Decamp <jdecamp at>
Tutorial and Workshop Proposals - Michelle Vanni <mvanni at>
Panel Proposals - Violetta Cavalli-Sforza <violetta at>



Jeff Allen
Paris, France
e-mail: jeff.allen at or jeff at or 
allen at

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