2nd CfP: EACL 2014 Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
3rd HyTra
Co-located with EACL 2014
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Rafael E. Banchs
Submission Deadline: 
Thursday, 23 January 2014

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2nd Call for Papers


Co-located with EACL 2014 http://eacl2014.org/

Gothenburg, Sweden

April 27, 2014

Deadline for paper submissions: January 23, 2014



Hans Uszkoreit (Saarland University and DFKI, Germany)
Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University, Sweden)



The aim of the HyTra workshop series is to bring together researchers developing and applying statistical, example-based, or rule-based translation systems, and those enhancing MT systems by combining elements from different approaches, to promote discussion and sharing of ideas among them. Hereby one relevant focus is on effectively combining linguistic and data driven approaches (rule-based and statistical MT). Another focus is on hybridization in the context of human translation.

The 3rd Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra-3) intends to continue developing and empowering the research agenda in the area of Hybrid Translation already started at its first and second editions. The previous two editions (see http://www-lium.univ-lemans.fr/esirmt-hytra/ and http://hytra.barcelonamedia.org/hytra2013/) were co-located with EACL 2012 in Avignon and with ACL 2013 in Sofia, and the proceedings were published on the ACL Anthology.


We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following topics:

- ways and techniques of hybridization
- architectures for the rapid development of hybrid MT systems
- applications of hybrid systems
- hybrid systems dealing with under-resourced languages
- hybrid systems dealing with morphologically rich languages
- using linguistic information (morphology, syntax, semantics) to enhance statistical MT
(e.g. with hierarchical or factored models)
- using contextual information to enhance statistical MT
- bootstrapping rule-based systems from corpora
- hybrid methods in spoken language translation
- extraction of dictionaries and other large-scale resources for MT from parallel and comparable corpora
- induction of morphological, grammatical, and translation rules from corpora
- machine learning techniques for hybrid MT
- describing structural mappings between languages (e.g. tree-structures using
synchronous/transduction grammars)
- heuristics for limiting the search space in hybrid MT
- alternative methods for the fair evaluation of the output of different types of MT systems
(e.g. relying on linguistic criteria)
- system combination approaches such as multi-engine MT (parallel) or automatic post-editing (sequential)
- open source tools and free language resources for hybrid MT


Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work without exceeding five pages of content plus one extra page for references. Characteristics of short papers include: a small, focused contribution; work in progress; a negative result; an opinion piece; an interesting application nugget. Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work without exceeding eight pages of content plus two extra pages for references. Submissions will be judged according to the criteria of the main conference (EACL 2014).

Authors are invited to submit papers on original and previously unpublished work. Formatting should be according to EACL 2014 specifications using LaTeX or MS-Word style files, see section "submission format" at http://eacl2014.org/call-for-papers. Reviewing of papers will be double-blind, so the submissions should not reveal the authors' identity.

Submission is electronic in PDF format using the START submission system at the following URL: https://www.softconf.com/eacl2014/HyTra/

Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or publications is possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop contact person (see below). If accepted, withdrawals are only possible within two days after notification.

For an accepted paper to appear in the proceedings, at least one author must register for the workshop and actually present the paper. The papers will be published in the workshop proceedings which will be made available via the ACL Anthology.


Authors of selected papers will be invited to contribute extended versions of their papers as book chapters for an edited volume on hybrid MT.


January 23, 2014: Deadline for paper submission
February 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance
March 3, 2014: Camera ready papers due
April 27, 2014: Workshop in Gothenburg


Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Marta R. Costa-jussa (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Aix-Marseille and Mainz)
Patrik Lambert (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
Kurt Eberle (Lingenio GmbH, Heidelberg)
Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)


Rafael E. Banchs: rembanchs (at) i2r (dot) a-star (dot) edu (dot) sg


* Ahmet Aker, University of Sheffield, UK
* Bogdan Babych, University of Leeds, UK
* Rafael E. Banchs, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
* Alexey Baytin, Yandex, Moscow, Russia
* Núria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
* Pierrette Bouillon, ISSCO/TIM/ETI, University of Geneva, Switzerland
* Michael Carl, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
* Marta R. Costa-jussa, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
* Oliver Culo, University of Mainz, Germany
* Kurt Eberle, Lingenio GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany
* Andreas Eisele, DGT (European Commission), Luxembourg
* Marcello Federico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
* Christian Federmann, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
* José A. R. Fonollosa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
* Maxim Khalilov, TAUS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Patrik Lambert, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
* Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
* Yanjun Ma, Baidu Inc., Beijing, China
* José B. Mariño, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
* Bart Mellebeek, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
* Reinhard Rapp, Universities of Aix-Marseille, France, and Mainz, Germany
* Anders Søgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Nasredine Semmar, CEA LIST, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
* Wade Shen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
* Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds, UK
* George Tambouratzis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Athens, Greece
* Jörg Tiedemann, University of Uppsala, Sweden
* Dekai Wu, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China