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                                   --- CALL FOR PAPERS ---
    The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas





    AMTA-2002 Conference

    Location: Tiburon, California

    Dates: October 8-12, 2002


    The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) is
    pleased to announce its fifth biennial conference, planned for October
    8-12, 2002, in Tiburon (near San Francisco), California.


    CONFERENCE THEME: From Research to Real Users


    Ever since the showdown between Empiricists and Rationalists a decade
    ago at TMI-92, MT researchers have hotly pursued promising paradigms for
    MT, including data-driven approaches (e.g., statistical, example-based)
    and hybrids that integrate these with more traditional rule-based


    During the same period, commercial MT systems with standard transfer
    architectures have evolved along a parallel and almost unrelated track,
    increasing their coverage (primarily through manual update of their
    lexicons, we assume) and achieving much broader acceptance and usage,
    principally through the medium of the Internet. Web page translators
    have become commonplace; a number of online translation services have
    appeared, including in their offerings both raw and post-edited MT; and
    large corporations have been turning increasingly to MT to address the
    exigencies of global communication. Still, the output of the
    transfer-based systems employed in this expansion represents but a small
    drop in the ever-growing translation marketplace bucket.


    Now, 10 years later, we wonder if this mounting variety of MT users is
    any better off, and if the promise of the research technologies is being
    realized to any measurable degree. In this regard, we pose the
    following questions:


    Why aren't any current commercially available MT systems primarily


    Do any commercially available systems integrate (or plan to integrate)
    data-driven components?


    Do data-driven systems have significant performance or quality issues?


    Can such systems really provide better quality to users, or is their
    main advantage one of fast, facilitated customization?


    If any new MT technology could provide such benefits (somewhat higher
    quality, or facilitated customization), would that be the key to more
    widespread use of MT, or are there yet other more relevant unresolved
    issues, such as system integration?


    If better quality, customization, or system integration aren't the
    answer, then what is it that users really need from MT in order for it
    to be more useful to them?


    We solicit participation on these and other topics related to the
    research, development, and use of MT in the form of original papers,
    demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and panels. We invite all who are
    interested in MT to participate, including developers, researchers, end
    users, professional translators, managers, and marketing experts. We
    especially invite users to share their experiences, developers to
    describe their novel systems, managers and marketers to talk about what
    is happening in the marketplace, researchers to detail new capabilities
    or methods, and visionaries to describe the future as they see it. We
    also welcome and encourage participation by members of AMTA's sister
    organizations, AAMT in Asia and EAMT in Europe.




    We are pleased to announce that invited speakers for the conference will
    include Yorick Wilks and Ken Church, both notable participants at
    TMI-92, and Jaap van der Meer, former president of ALPNET. We
    anticipate that the speakers will provide a sharp and stimulating focus
    on the theme of the conference.


    Further details regarding the conference, including a call for Tutorial
    and Workshop proposals, may be found on the AMTA Web site at:





    Elliott Macklovitch, General Chair

    Stephen D. Richardson, Program Chair

    Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Local Arrangements Chair

    Bob Frederking, Workshops and Tutorials

    Laurie Gerber, Exhibits Coordinator








    We are pleased to announce that the AMTA-2002 conference proceedings
    will be published in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series
    by Springer-Verlag. (LNCS/LNAI series home page is located at:


    It is therefore recommended that initial submissions to AMTA-2002 adhere
    as closely as possible to the formatting guidelines for authors located


    These guidelines will need to be strictly adhered to for the final
    versions of submissions that are accepted for publication in the


    All submissions should be in English, and it is recommended that they be
    prepared using Latex2e or Microsoft Word, per instructions at the
    authors' web site given above (see site for details on using other text
    processing systems). Once prepared, they should be submitted
    electronically for review in one of the following three formats:


    PDF (recommended)


    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 paper, and upload a copy of
    their paper in one of the acceptable formats by the submission deadline.


    Any questions regarding submissions or the use of this web site should
    be directed in email to:


    Important SUBMISSION DEADLINES are as follows:


    Submissions uploaded at CMT web site: April 15, 2002 (Monday)

    Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2002 (Friday)

    Final versions of papers due: July 15, 2002 (Monday)


    At the CMT web site, authors will be asked to designate their
    submissions for one of the three conference tracks listed below. Again,
    initial submissions are expected to adhere as closely as possible to the
    guidelines found at <> Information regarding
    submission length and additional requirements is also provided below.


    Conference tracks:


    1. Theoretical papers: Unpublished papers describing original work on
    all aspects of Machine Translation. Preference will be given to papers
    that include concrete results and that address the theme of moving MT
    research technology (including, but not limited to, data-driven systems
    or components) into real use. Papers may not be longer than 10 pages.


    2. User studies: Studies of users' experiences with implementing MT or
    testing its applicability to some task. Of particular interest are
    experiences deploying new or advanced MT technology in a production
    context. Users, managers, and sales/marketing professionals are
    especially welcome to submit. Studies may not be longer than 8 pages.


    3. System descriptions with optional system demonstrations: Approx. 25
    minutes will be allocated per system description/demo. Descriptions may
    not be longer than 4 pages. The goal of system descriptions is to
    educate participants about the features and functionality of current and
    emerging MT systems. Sales presentations are not appropriate. The
    following additional information should be provided in each system

    - name and contact information of system builder

    - system category (research, pre-market prototype, or commercially

    - system characteristics (e.g., languages, domains,
    integration/networking features)

    If a system demonstration is included, please provide the following

    - hardware platform and operating system

    - name and contact information of system operations specialist

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