Conf: SMART workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Apr 28 13:45:02 UTC 2009

Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:38:39 +0200
From: Nicola Cancedda <nicola.cancedda at>
Message-ID: <49F1EB0F.2040200 at>


Statistical Multilingual Analysis for Retrieval and Translation -
Barcelona 2009

Barcelona May 13, 2009
Venue: Aula Teleensenyament (Tele-teaching room) in building B3
of the Campus Nord of the UPC

A joint event of SMART project - PASCAL Network jointly-located with

Co-organizers: Marco Turchi, Nello Cristianini, Xavier Carreras, Tijl
de Bie

The aim of this workshop is to disseminate scientific results produced
by the SMART project to the larger technical and scientific community
working on Machine Translation. To facilitate this inter-exchange, it
will be co-located with the EAMT 2009 - 13th Annual Conference of the
European Association for Machine Translation that will be held May
14-15, 2009 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Conference web site:

Workshops page:



9.30 - 10.00 Welcome, Nicola Cancedda, Xerox Research Centre Europe

10.00 - 11.00 Invited Talk: "Empirical Machine Translation and its
Evaluation" - Jesus Gimenez, UPC

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee

11.30 - 12.00 - "Online learning for CAT applications" - Nicolo`
Cesa-Bianchi, University of Milan

12.00 - 12.30 - "Sinuhe -- Statistical Machine Translation with a
Globally Trained Conditional Exponential Family Translation Model" -
Matti T Kaariainen, University of Helsinki

12.30 - 1300 - "Large scale, maximum margin regression based,
structural learning approach to phrase translations" - Sandor Szedmak,
University of Southampton



14.00 - 14.30 "Learning to Translate: statistical and computational
analysis" - Marco Turchi, University of Bristol

14.30 - 15.00 -"Detecting and exploiting Translation Direction" -
Cyril Goutte, National Research Council - Canada

15.00 - 15.30 - "Multi-view CCA and regression CCA" - Blaz Fortuna,
Jo¾ef Stefan Institute


16.00 - 16.30 - "Large-Margin Structured Prediction via Linear
Programming" - Zhuoran Wang, University College London

16.30 - 17.00 - "Confidence Estimation for Machine Translation" - Lucia
Specia, Xerox Research Centre Europe

17.00 Closing Remarks


A joint event of SMART project - PASCAL Network

SMART (Statistical Multilingual Analysis for Retrieval and
Translation, is a 3-year "Specific Target
Research Project" (STReP) funded by the European Commission. SMART is
an attempt to address different problems of Machine Translation and
Cross-Language Information Retrieval by the methods of modern
Statistical Learning.

In the first two years of the project, the scientific focus has been
on developing new and more effective statistical approaches while
ensuring that existing know-how is duly taken into account. This was
done by bringing together leading research institutions in Statistical
Learning, Machine Translation and Textual Information Access.

PASCAL 2 (Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational
Learning 2) is a 5-year "Network of Excellence" (NoE) funded by the
European Commission, focusing on Machine Learning, Statistics and

The aim of this workshop is to disseminate scientific results and
share experiences produced by the SMART project to the larger
technical and scientific community. The SMART consortium considers
this workshop to be a great opportunity for science investigations,
creating both scientific and commercial opportunities as well as
technological challenges to researchers.

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