AMTA 2018 Call for Commercial, Government, and Research Track Papers

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
A-Loft Boston Seaport Hotel
Saturday, 17 March 2018 to Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Researcher Track
Commercial MT Users and Translators Track
Government and Military MT Stakeholders Track
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 11 December 2017

AMTA 2018 Researcher Track Call for Papers

AMTA-2018 solicits original research papers that will advance the field of Machine Translation. In addition to regular contributions, we are also seeking extended abstracts, which can report in-progress work, or novel applications of technology to real application scenarios. Submissions must be unpublished, and in English.

We seek submissions across the entire spectrum of MT-related research activity, but put a particular focus on AMTA’s strength: the close interaction between researchers and practitioners who are looking to apply the latest MT technology to their tasks. Thus, we particularly encourage submissions that are oriented towards building robust and practical systems, including user-in-the-loop translation systems, adaptation to particular domains or usage scenarios, and utilization of available resources in production scenarios.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: Monday, 11 December 2017
Notification of acceptance: Monday, 15 January 2018
Final “camera-ready” versions: Wednesday, 14 February 2016

Submission Instructions:

Full papers must not exceed 12 (twelve) pages plus 2 (two) pages for references, and must be formatted according to the AMTA 2018 style guide: PDF version / LaTeX version / MS Word version ( These papers will be rigorously reviewed for novelty and impact, and published in the AMTA proceedings. They will be presented at the conference as either oral presentations or as posters.

We will also be accepting submissions of extended abstracts of no more than 6 (six) pages plus 2 (two) pages for references. These abstracts can be used to report in-progress or late-breaking research results, analyses of the effects of applying research technology to practical application scenarios, or descriptions of demos appearing at the technology showcase. Abstract submissions are further divided into two subcategories:

1. Original contributions, which will be included in the conference proceedings upon acceptance.
2. Non-archival submissions, which will not appear in the proceedings, but will still be presented at the conference.
Both types of abstracts will be double-blind reviewed for informativeness, correctness and clarity. They will be presented at the conference as posters. Abstracts should be anonymized, and should put "This is a submission to the [original / non-archival] extended abstract track." at the end of the abstract field in the START submission page (it does not need to be noted in the paper itself).

Submitted papers must be in PDF. To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and affiliations within the paper, and avoid obvious self-references. Papers must be submitted to the START system ( by 11:59 pm PDT (GMT – 7 hours), Monday, 4 December 2017.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Advances in various MT paradigms: data-driven, rule-based, and hybrids
• MT applications and embedding: translation/localization aids, speech-to-speech, speech-to-text, OCR, MT for communication (chats, blogs, social networks), multilingual applications, etc.
• Technologies for MT deployment: quality estimation and domain adaptation
• MT in special settings: low resources, massive resources, high volume, low computing resources
• Human factors in MT and user interfaces for MT
• Linguistic resources for MT: dictionaries, terminology banks, corpora
• MT evaluation techniques and evaluation results
• Empirical studies on translation data

Multiple Submissions:

Full papers and extended abstracts that will appear in the AMTA proceedings must represent new work that has not been previously published (pre-prints posted online on servers such as arXiv do not count as published papers, and thus are allowed to be submitted). It is the responsibility of the author(s) to inform the program chairs of any potential problem with respect to this requirement. Authors submitting a similar paper both to AMTA and another conference or workshop must inform the program chairs by email (, specifying to which other conference or workshop they are submitting their work. If a paper is accepted at both AMTA and another conference, then to appear at AMTA it can either be presented at AMTA as a full paper and withdrawn from the other conference, or it can be withdrawn from the AMTA proceedings, but still presented at AMTA as a non-archival extended abstract.

AMTA 2018 Commercial MT Users and Translators Track Call for Presentations

Contact: Janice Campbell, Alex Yanishevsky (


The Commercial Users and Translators track will focus on how MT helps individual translators, Language Service Providers, and enterprise users deliver their products and services more effectively. Submissions should report on the use of MT to support business goals and serve customer needs in commercial settings by integrating it with other processes and technologies.

Theme: Applying Innovation to Business Challenges

Producing ever-increasing volumes of multilingual content while keeping costs in check has become a mantra for businesses poised for growth. These challenges are being met through the adoption of innovative technologies and tools, the automation of processes and workflows, and the application of artificial intelligence approaches.

The machine translation technology landscape is dotted with innovations in translation productivity tools, advancements in neural networks, and novel approaches to producing and delivering content to international audiences.

The goal of the commercial track is to provide a broad spectrum of machine translation applications to achieve the rapid delivery of multilingual content within the constraints of time, cost, scope and quality.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• PBSMT vs. NMT: considerations on cost, quality, maintenance and fit for purpose.
• Adaptive and interactive MT tools.
• Approaches for automated language variety converters, such as US to UK English, Brazilian to Continental Portuguese.
• Approaches for related language pair converters, such Russian < > Ukrainian, Croatian < > Serbian, Spanish < > Portuguese.
• MT Quality evaluation scores, tools, and metrics that support business KPIs.
• Productivity measures and quality frameworks that enhance business processes.
• TM cleanup and corpus preparation techniques for engine training (generic versus domain specific engines).
• MT Post Editing challenges.
• New business applications for MT: S2S, video, mobile, SEO, emergency response, disaster management, social media
• API challenges such as tag handling and/or reordering
• Open Standards for MT
• Overview and comparisons of open source MT tools and services
• Skills needed to support advances in AI approaches to machine translation.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 11 December 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2018
Final "camera-ready" versions: 16 February 2018

What to submit:

Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract describing the topic of your presentation to the
Commercial MT Users Chairs ( Should you have any
questions, use this same email address. Presentations will describe how MT services, as well as complementary systems, technologies, tools and processes address specific business challenges. Submissions should not contain commercial solicitations of specific tools. If you have original software that you would like to show, you may also consider submitting a proposal to the technology showcase.


Please indicate whether you intend to submit your presentation for publication in the AMTA 2018 Conference Proceedings. Publication in the Conference Proceedings is not a requirement, but we strongly encourage you to make your presentation available in the Proceedings so that other people can learn from your experiences. If you agree to have your presentation published in the Proceedings, you should format it according to the Research Track submission guidelines. However, slide decks are also acceptable. Only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date. Papers and slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.

AMTA 2018 | Government and Military MT Stakeholders

Jen Doyon and Doug Jones (

Government and Military MT Stakeholders:

We encourage you to submit a proposal to speak at AMTA 2018 about your insights on research, development and operational use of MT and MT-related technologies in government and military settings. We especially encourage perspectives that challenge the broader MT community, including issues with implementing MT, whether on the technical side, the human side or both.

Important dates:
• Submission deadline: Monday, December 11, 2018
• Notifications of acceptance: Monday, January 15, 2018
• Final “camera-ready” versions: Friday, 16 February 2018

Topics of interest:
1. MT as an operational tool for translation, analysis, information discovery.
2. MT for “non-standard” language in chats, blogs and social networks.
3. Evaluation of MT including estimation of ROI and human factors.
4. MT research and development in government and military settings.
5. Integration of MT into broader workflow, including case studies.
6. Linguistic resources for MT, especially those hard to find or make.
7. Neural MT opportunities and challenges.
8. MT in Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief contexts.
9. Challenges, opportunities and insights into MT needs for the government and military.

Submit your abstract:
Initial submissions should be 250-500 word abstracts. The following should accompany each abstract submission:
1. Presentation Title
2. Presenter Name
3. Representing Organization
4. Email Address
5. Phone Number

All accepted submissions will be allotted 30-minute time slots.

If you have original software that you would like to show, you may also consider submitting a proposal for the technology showcase.

While not mandatory, presenters wishing to have their submissions published in the AMTA 2018 Proceedings are required to produce papers in accordance with the MT Research Track ( submission guidelines. Slide decks may also be accepted. While only abstracts are required to be submitted by the initial submission date, only papers or slide decks will be accepted by the final camera-ready date for publication in the Proceedings.

How to submit:
Please email your abstract to the Government/Military MT Stakeholders Chairs ( by Monday December 4, 2018.