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  W5 International Workshop on Machine Translation and Multilingual
Information Retrieval (MTMIR 2004)


The workshop is organized in cooperation with

Asia-Pacific Association of Machine Translation
Chinese Information Processing Society of China
Asian Information-Science-Life
Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering in Japan


The large tide of economic globalization provides to the MT and MIR with great opportunities as well as severe challenges. Since the first word was uttered, people have searched ways to communicate their ideas, thoughts, and opinions to others. Today, businesses are expanding their borders, becoming more global, as they seek out new markets and customer bases. With the pace of information transfer via fast PCs and networks, this goal becomes quite a

Asia is becoming the hot area in the world in various sciences, such as politics, economics, and culture. The first international Optical
Communication Network Plan with translation function has been published between Japan and China. The multilingual composite service program for 2008 Beijing Olympic game is being developed. It is learned by most countries in Asia that we should realize multilingual translation and remove the language obstacle that impacts information flow among different countries in Asia.

In Asia, MT and MIR have become increasingly important in recent years due to rapid advancements in the field of knowledge engineering, natural language processing, Multi-lingual Multi-function Multi-media intelligent systems, and artificial intelligence. This workshop serves as an international forum for academic and industrial researchers to discuss the application of new computer technologies to MT and MIR. The main objective of this workshop is to bring researchers together to exchange idea and experience related to the fields. It will provide an international forum for an overview of the most recent trends in the active research fields and a
common starting-point to tackle the most acute problems of MT and MIR.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Multi-lingual Multi-function Multi-media intelligent systems
Machine Translation System
Mutli-Lingual Information Retrieval

Important dates

Paper submission deadline: January 17, 2004
Notification of acceptance: February 12, 2004
Camera ready papers due: February 26, 2004
Workshop date: March 26, 2004 (Friday)


Submission details

Selected papers from the accepted for presentation in the MTMIR will be published in the international journal of Asian Information-Science-Life. All correspondence will be directed to the first named author unless indicated otherwise.

All papers must be submitted electronically to

Please name your paper file in the following manner: YourLastName2MTMIR.

For example, if your name if REN, the name of your files should look like the following: Ren2MTMIR.pdf.

The publication policy and the format guidelines are same as IJCNLP-04. For details please refer to the Call fo Paper page.


Jun'ichi TSUJII (University of Tokyo)
Zhendong DONG (Chinese Information Processing Society of China)

Fuji REN (The University of Tokushima)

Kenji Araki (Hokkaido University)
Zhaoxiong Chen (RCCLIE, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Jason S. Chang (National Tsing Hua University)
Key-Sun CHOI (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Lei Duan (Sony USA Research)
Heyan Huang (Research Center of Computer & Language Information Engineering, CAS)
Mohamed Fattah (The University of Tokushima)
Zhiwei Feng (Institute of Applied Linguistics, Ministry of Education)
Chu-Ren Huang (Academia Sinica)
Hitoshi Iida (Tokyo University of Technology)
Qun Liu (Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science)
Ruzhan Lu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Kim-Teng Lua (National University of Singapore)
Robert LUK (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Hiromi Nakaiwa (ATR)
Jian-Yun Nie (Universite de Montreal)
Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corp.)
Benjamin K. TSOU (City University of Hong Kong)
Xiaolong Wang (Harbin Institute of Technology)
Dekai Wu (HKUST)
Fei Xia (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center)
Shiwen Yu (Peking University, China)
Jun ZHAO (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Automation)
Yixin Zhong (Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications)
Qiang Zhou (Tsinghua University)
Qiru Zhou (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies)
Chengqing ZONG (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

For any further questions or inquiries please contact:

Professor Fuji Ren
Dept. of Information Science and Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Engineering, Tokushima University
2-1 Minamijosanjima,Tokushima 770-8506, Japan
Tel: +81-88-656-9684 Fax: +81-88-656-6575



Workshop Dates:
W1: March 25, 2004
W2: March 25, 2004
W3: March 21, 2004
W4: March 26, 2004
W5: March 26, 2004

Submission Due:
W5: January 17, 2004

W1 Asian Language Resources

W2 Multilingual Summarization and Question Answering - Towards Systematizing and Automatic Evaluation

W3 Beyond shallow analyses - Formalisms and statistical modeling for deep analyses

W4 Named Entity Recognition for Natural Language Processing Applications

W5 International Workshop on Machine Translation and Multilingual
Information Retrieval (MTMIR 2004)