Conf: ACL HLT 2011 Workshop on SSST-5, June 23, 2011, Portland, Oregon, USA

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 25 09:15:29 UTC 2011

Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 13:55:46 +0200
From: Marianna Apidianaki <Marianna.Apidianaki at>
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SSST-5 Call for Participation

ACL HLT 2011 Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Structure in
Statistical Translation (SSST-5)
endorsed by the Special Interest Group for Machine Translation (SIGMT)
and the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX) of the
Association for Computational Linguistics

*** Special theme: Semantics in SMT ***

June 23, 2011 - Portland, Oregon, USA

Registration :


The Fifth Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Structure in Statistical
Translation (SSST-5) seeks to build on the foundations established in
the first four SSST workshops, which brought together a large number
of researchers working on diverse aspects of structure and
representation in relation to statistical machine translation. Its
program each year has comprised high-quality papers discussing current
work spanning topics including: new grammatical models of translation;
new learning methods for syntax-based models; formal properties of
synchronous/transduction grammars (hereafter S/TGs); discriminative
training of models incorporating linguistic features; using S/TGs for
semantics and generation; and syntax- and semantics-based evaluation
of machine translation.

At the same time, SMT has seen a movement toward semantics over the
past five years, which has been reflected at recent SSST workshops.
The issues of deep syntax and shallow semantics are closely linked.
Semantic SMT research now includes semantic role labeling (SRL) for MT
evaluation, SRL for SMT, and WSD for SMT.

In order to emphasize structure and representation at semantic and not
only syntactic levels, “Semantics” has been explicitly added to the
name of this year's Workshop (the acronym remains SSST), and is a
special workshop theme. Special sessions will be devoted to the
Semantics theme.

For more information:


            Session 1
09:00   Opening Remarks
09:15   Automatic Projection of Semantic Structures: an Application to
        Pairwise Translation Ranking
            Daniele Pighin and Lluís Màrquez
09:40   Structured vs. Flat Semantic Role Representations for Machine
        Translation Evaluation
            Chi-kiu Lo and Dekai Wu
10:05   Semantic Mapping Using Automatic Word Alignment and Semantic
        Role Labeling
            Shumin Wu and Martha Palmer

10:30   Coffee Break / Poster Session

        Incorporating Source-Language Paraphrases into Phrase-Based
        SMT with Confusion Networks
           Jie Jiang, Jinhua Du and Andy Way
        Multi-Word Unit Dependency Forest-based Translation Rule
           Hwidong Na and Jong-Hyeok Lee
        An Evaluation and Possible Improvement Path for Current SMT
        Behavior on Ambiguous Nouns
           Els Lefever and Véronique Hoste
        Improving Reordering for Statistical Machine Translation with
        Smoothed Priors and Syntactic Features
           Bing Xiang, Niyu Ge and Abraham Ittycheriah

           Session 2
11:00  Reestimation of Reified Rules in Semiring Parsing and Biparsing
           Markus Saers and Dekai Wu
11:25  A Dependency Based Statistical Translation Model
           Giuseppe Attardi, Atanas Chanev and Antonio Valerio Miceli
11:50  Improving MT Word Alignment Using Aligned Multi-Stage Parses
           Adam Meyers, Michiko Kosaka, Shasha Liao and Nianwen Xue

12:15  Lunch

           Session 3
13:50  Automatic Category Label Coarsening for Syntax-Based Machine
           Greg Hanneman and Alon Lavie

14:15  Utilizing Target-Side Semantic Role Labels to Assist
       Hierarchical Phrase-based Machine Translation
           Qin Gao and Stephan Vogel
14:40  Combining statistical and semantic approaches to the
       translation of ontologies and taxonomies
           John McCrae, Mauricio Espinoza, Elena Montiel-Ponsoda,
           Guadalupe Aguado-de-Cea and Philipp Cimiano
15:05  A Semantic Feature for Statistical Machine Translation
           Rafael E. Banchs and Marta R. Costa-jussa

15:30  Coffee Break / Poster Session

           Session 4
16:00  A General-Purpose Rule Extractor for SCFG-Based Machine
           Greg Hanneman, Michelle Burroughs and Alon Lavie

16:25  Panel Discussion


* Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country)
* Colin Cherry (National Research Council of Canada)
* Marc Dymetman (Xerox Research Center Europe)
* Hieu Hoang (University of Edinburgh)
* Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh)
* Philippe Langlais (University of Montreal)
* Aurélien Max (University Paris Sud 11)
* Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing Ltd.)
* Sudip Kumar Naskar (Dublin City University)
* Roberto Navigli (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
* Hwee Tou Ng (National University of Singapore)
* Sebastian Padó (Heidelberg University)
* Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
* Ted Pedersen (University of Minnesota)
* Markus Saers (Uppsala University)
* Matthew Snover (City University of New York)
* Nicolas Stroppa (Google Research Zurich)
* François Yvon (University Paris Sud 11)


Dekai WU (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Co-chairs for special theme on Semantics in SMT

Marianna APIDIANAKI (Alpage, INRIA and University Paris 7)
Marine CARPUAT (National Research Council Canada)
Lucia SPECIA (University of Wolverhampton)


Please send inquiries to ssst at

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