Workshop on Machine Translation and Morphologically-rich Languages

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Call for Abstracts
University of Haifa
Sunday, 23 January 2011 to Thursday, 27 January 2011
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Shuly Wintner
Submission Deadline: 
Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Machine Translation and Morphologically-rich Languages
Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
University of Haifa, Israel, 23-27 January, 2011

General information
Machine translation remains the holy grail of computational linguistics. While this field of research has had tremendous progress in the last decade, especially with the introduction of statistical methods, translation between morphologically-rich languages remains a highly challenging task. This Workshop addresses machine translation (and related multilingual applications) in the context of morphologically-rich languages. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, translation to and from such languages; transliteration and translation of named entities; morphological pre-processing and post-processing; language modeling of morphologically-rich languages; and multilingual language resources.

The format of the Workshop is deliberately informal: it will include oral presentations, both invited and contributed, but will leave ample time for informal discussions, demonstrations and brainstorming. The Workshop provides an opportunity to present the current state-of-the-art, as well as future needs and directions. Complete works as well as work in progress are equally welcome for presentation.

To encourage interaction and collaboration, an extensive social program is planned, including a welcome reception, a banquet and a one-day sightseeing tour.

Invited Speakers (preliminary list)

Ido Dagan; Nachum Dershowitz; Michael Elhadad; Marcello Federico; Kevin Knight; Philipp Koehn; Alon Lavie; Adam Lopez; Lluís Màrquez; Sergei Nirenburg; Kemal Oflazer; Ari Rappoport; Noah Smith; Andy Way

Call for Papers

The Workshop will consist of invited and contributed presentations. We invite 2-page abstracts, in PDF format only, describing recent results or work in progress in topics related to the main theme of the Workshop. Accepted abstracts will be presented either as oral presentations or as posters, as determined by the Program Committee. No Proceedings will be published.
Abstratcs should be submitted on-line at The deadline for submission is October 20, 2010.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: October 20, 2010
Acceptance notification: October 31, 2010
Final version of abstract due: December 31, 2010
Registration deadline: December 31, 2010
Workshop: January 23-27, 2011

Program Committee

Alon Lavie, Carnegie Mellon University
Gennadi Lembersky, University of Haifa
Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa

The Workshop is funded by the Israel Science Foundation, and is generously supported by The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa.