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ALT 2023 : Ancient Language Translation Workshop at MT-SUMMIT 2023


When Sep 4, 2023 - Sep 4, 2023
Where Macau SAR, China
Submission Deadline Jun 7, 2023
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2023

Call For Papers

ALT 2023:Ancient Language Translation Workshop at MT-SUMMIT 2023, Macau SAR, China


As a co-located event at MT-SUMMIT (, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars of interest to learn about the challenges and latest developments in the field of machine translation for ancient languages. Participants will engage in discussions and hands-on activities to develop a deeper understanding of the field and the techniques used to address the unique challenges posed by translating texts written in ancient languages.
To achieve this goal, for this year’s workshop, we propose two shared tasks on Machine Translation for Ancient Chinese and Cuneiform languages (including Akkadian and Sumerian), respectively. Each participating team is required to submit the result on their registered shared task(s), and a technical report is required to submit after the evaluation. All papers will be peer-reviewed, and will be selected to appear on ACL Anthology (
Please note that the workshop only accepts the papers that participate in one or two of the designated shared tasks. Any other related work is strongly recommended to sumbit to events such as the 1st Workshop of Ancient Language Processing ( at RANLP 2013.
The Two Shared Tasks

Ancient Chinese Machine Translation Shared Task (
Organizers: Dongbo Wang, Si Shen, Minxuan Feng, Chao Xu, Lianzhen Zhao, Bin Li
Ancient Cuneiform Languages Machine Translation Shared Task (
Organizers: Stav Klein, Kostiya Margulyan, Luis Sáenz, Danielle Kapon Epshtain, Tina Chen, Adam Anderson, Shai Gordin
How to Participate

Each participating team needs to register through the shared tasks pages above during March 15 to May 1, 2023.
Download the training data after April 15, 2023.
Submit the result by June 7, 2023.
Submit the technical report by June 15, 2023.
Attend workshop in-person or online on September 4, 2023.
For any questions, please contact the oganizers.
All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (“anywhere on Earth”).


Dr. Shai Gordin (, Ariel University, Israel.
Dr. Bin Li (, Nanjing Normal University, China.
Program Committee

Adam Anderson, US Berkeley, USA
Masayuki Asahara, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan
Christian Chiarchos, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Sanhong Deng,Nanjing University, China
Minxuan Feng, Nanjing Normal University, China
Ethan Fetaya, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Renfen Hu, Beijing Normal University, China
Chao-Lin Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Congjun Long, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Morris Alper, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Yudong Liu, Western Washington University, USA
Luis Sáenz, Ariel University/Heidelberg University, Israel/Germany
Si Shen, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
Xiaodong Shi, Xiamen University, China
Gabriel Stanovsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dongbo Wang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
Chiara Palladino, Furman University, USA
Marco C. Passarotti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Anoop Sarkar, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Nishant Kambhatla, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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