The First Workshop on Neural Machine Translation

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Co-located w/ ACL
Monday, 3 July 2017 to Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Contact Email: 
Graham Neubig
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 21 April 2017

The 1st Workshop on Neural Machine Translation ( is a new annual workshop that will be co-located with ACL 2017 (Vancouver, July 30-August 4, 2017). Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is a simple new architecture for getting machines to learn to translate. Despite being relatively recent, NMT has demonstrated promising results and attracted much interest, achieving state-of-the-art results on a number of shared tasks. This workshop aims to cultivate research in neural machine translation and other aspects of machine translation and multilinguality that utilize neural models. The workshop will feature invited talks by Kevin Knight, Chris Dyer, Alexander Rush, and Rico Sennrich.

The workshop is broad in scope and invites original research contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to the following:

* Incorporating linguistic insights: syntax, alignment, reordering, etc.
* Combining NMT & SMT
* Handling resource-limited domains
* Utilizing more data in NMT: monolingual, multilingual resources
* Multi-task learning for NMT
* NMT for mobile devices
* Analysis and visualization of NMT models
* Beyond sentence-level translation
* Beyond maximum-likelihood estimation
* Neural Machine Generation

---- Submissions

We are soliciting submissions in three categories of papers: full workshop submissions, extended abstracts, and cross-submissions. All submissions will be made through Softconf (

* Full Workshop Paper
Authors should submit a long paper of up to 8 pages, with up to 2 additional pages for references, following the ACL 2017 formatting requirements (see the ACL 2017 Call For Papers for reference: The reported research should be original work. All papers will be presented as posters, and a few selected papers may also be presented orally at the discretion of the committee. All accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, which will be archived by the ACL Anthology (
** Best Paper Awards
From the submitted full workshop papers, between zero and two papers will be selected for best paper awards at the discretion of the program committee.

* Extended Abstracts
Preliminary ideas or results may also be submitted as extended abstracts, with a length of 2 to 4 pages plus references. Similarly to full papers, these abstracts will follow the ACL formatting requirements, be submitted through Softconf, and be reviewed by the program committee. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters, but not be included in the workshop proceedings.

* Cross-submissions
We also accept cross-submissions that have already been published or presented in other venues for consideration as poster presentations, which will allow authors who have presented at other venues to discuss with and get feedback from NMT researchers. These submissions will not appear in the proceedings, and there is no restriction on the format of the submissions (in other words, it is OK to submit a paper from a different venue as-is). The papers in this track will be submitted through softconf to the cross-submission track and reviewed by the program committee.

---- Schedule

All Deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time.
* Deadline for paper submission: Friday April 21, 2017
* Notification of acceptance: Friday May 19, 2017
* Camera ready submission due: Friday May 26, 2017
* Early registration deadline (ACL'17): TBD
* Workshop: August 3 or 4, 2017

---- Workshop Organizers

* Alexandra Birch (Edinburgh)
* Andrew Finch (NICT)
* Thang Luong (Google)
* Graham Neubig (CMU)