Appel: Hybrid Machine Translation

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Mar 23 22:10:18 UTC 2012

Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:31:12 +0100
From: TSD 2012 <xrambous at>
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       Hybrid Machine Translation - LAST CALL FOR PAPERS

Hybrid Machine Translation Workshop, satellite workshop of TSD 2012
	     Brno, Czech Republic, 3 September 2012

The MT Workshop is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk
University, Brno, in cooperation with the PRESEMT EU project
Consortium. The MT Workshop is a satellite workshop of the Text, Speech
and Dialog Conference.

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


    March 25 2012 ............ Submission of full papers

The submission will be closed during the next day after the deadline.


Interest in flexible and adaptable MT systems, based on the
language-independent hybrid methods, whose principles ensure easy
portability to new language pairs has led us to organizing an MT
Workshop in the framework of the TSD Conference 2012. These methods
attempt to overcome well-known problems of some MT approaches,
e.g. bilingual corpora compilation or the laborious creation of the new
rules per language pair. We also want to address the issue of
effectively managing multilingual content and would welcome interesting
suggestions in the direction of a language-independent
machine-learning-based methodology.

The key aspects that should be touched at the MT Workshop involve among
others syntactic phrase-based modelling, pattern recognition approaches
(such as extended clustering) or techniques towards the development of a
language-independent analysis. These aspects are intended to be of a
hybrid nature, combining linguistic processing with the positive aspects
of the corpus-based approaches, such as SMT and EBMT.

The need for easy amenability to new language pairs and relatively
inexpensive, readily available language resources as well as bilingual
lexica should be touched too. Modelling of the translation context on
phrases can improve the translation quality so it should be considered
too. Producing phrases via a semi-automatic and language-independent
process of morphological and syntactic analysis may remove the need for
compatible NLP tools per language pair.

Another relevant aspect to which the attention has to be paid is a
parallelisation of the main translation processes since their
investigation may help to reach a fast, high-quality translation
system. Furthermore, the optimisation and personalisation of the system
parameters via automated processes (such as GAs or swarm intelligence)
is an issue which deserves to be investigated in any case.

One of the points relevant for MT systems is a user adaptability and
user feedback with appropriate integrated interactive interfaces. Such
systems can be easily customised to both new language pairs and specific


Topics of the MT Workshop include all themes of machine
translation (with stress on hybrid aspects of MT).

The workshop is organized in cooperation with the PRESEMT EU project
Consortium, submissions from other EU machine translation and other
projects are more than welcomed.

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly


    George Tambouratzis, Greece (chair)
    Bjorn Gamback, Sweden
    Adam Kilgarriff, GB
    Karel Pala, Czech Republic
    Paul Schmidt, Germany


    George Tambouratzis
        Institute for Lnaguage and Speech Processing, Greece
        PRESEMT Machine Translation System


The MT Workshop program will include presentation of invited papers,
oral presentations, and poster session.

As a part of the main TSD 2012 Conference, social events including a
trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers
in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their
Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.  TSD Proceedings
are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation
Index.  Moreover, LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases


The MT Workshop submissions will undergo two separate review processes -
the best papers which will succeed in both review processes (by the TSD
2012 Conference PC and MT Workshop 2012 PC) will be published in the TSD
2012 Springer Proceedings, all other accepted MT Workshop papers will be
published in a separate MT Workshop proceedings with ISBN.

Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages
formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be
presented either orally or as posters. The decision about the
presentation format will be based on the recommendation of the
reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the
on-line form accessible from the conference website, MT Workshop
submissions have to tick "MT Workshop review" check box in the form.

Papers submitted to the MT Workshop must not be under review by any
other conference or publication during the workshop review cycle, and
must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...".  Papers that do not conform to the
requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.

The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or
LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the
papers that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes.  Authors
using a WORD compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS
template for WORD and within the submit process ask the Proceedings
Editors to convert the paper to LaTeX format.  For this service a
service-and-license fee of CZK 1500 will be levied automatically.

The paper format for review has to be either PDF or PostScript file with
all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters
will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and
electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format


March 25 2012 ............ Submission of full papers
May 15 2012 .............. Notification of acceptance
May 31 2012 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration
September 3 2012 ......... MT workshop date
September 4-7 2012 ....... TSD 2012 Conference date

Submission of abstracts serves for better organization of the review
process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is

The accepted workshop contributions will be published in proceedings
that will be made available to participants at the time of the


The official language of the conference is English.


The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in the
3-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the
accommodation will be available at the conference website.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be
addressed to

    Karel Pala, MT Workshop, TSD 2012
    Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
    Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
    phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
    fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
    email: tsd2012 at

The official TSD 2012 homepage is:


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population
of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair
center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the
south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of
cultural, natural, and technical sights.  South Moravia is a traditional
wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six
universities it forms a cultural center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Moscow, Saint
Petersburg, Eindhoven, Rome and Prague and by trains or buses from
Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).

For the participants with some extra time, nearby places may also be of
interest.  Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri
Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with
St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St.  James,
Cathedral of St. Peter&Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the
famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along with other
important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha
Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of the Battle of three emperors
(Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz - Battle by Austerlitz),
Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle,
Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one
of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - a town on the
UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all within easy reach.

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