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HyTra 2013 : Second Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation


When Aug 8, 2013 - Aug 8, 2013
Where Sofia, Bulgaria
Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2013
Notification Due May 24, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 7, 2013
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Second Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra)
Co-located with ACL 2013

Sofia, Bulgaria
August 8, 2013

Deadline for paper submissions: April 30, 2013

The Second Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra) intends to
further progress on the findings from the first edition which was held
(together with the ESIRMT workshop) as a joint 2-day EACL 2012 workshop.

The aim of the HyTra workshop is to bring together and share ideas among
researchers developing statistical, example-based, or rule-based translation
systems and who enhance MT systems with elements from the other
approaches. Hereby one relevant focus will be on effectively combining
linguistic and data driven approaches (rule-based and statistical
MT). Another focus will be on hybridization in the context of human

We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following
- 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 from parallel and comparable corpora
- induction of morphological, grammatical, and translation rules from
- 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 are to be organized into two tracks, corresponding to short or
long papers. Short paper submission 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.

Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit papers on original and previously unpublished
work. Formatting should be according to ACL 2013 specifications using LaTeX
or MS-Word style files, see 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
(URL to be announced in subsequent versions of this call)

Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or
publications are possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop
contact person (see below).

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the
workshop. The papers will be published in the electronic workshop
proceedings. These will be part of the ACL proceedings, published by ACL.
They will also be made available online via the ACL Anthology.

Important Dates
April 30, 2013: Paper submissions due
May 24, 2013: Notification of acceptance
Jun 7, 2013: Camera ready papers due
August 8 or 9, 2013: Workshop in Sofia

Marta R. Costa-jussà (Institute for Infocomm Research).
Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Aix-Marseille and Mainz),
Patrik Lambert (Barcelona Media Innovation Center),
Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research),
Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)

Contact person: Marta R. Costa-jussà (

Confirmed Invited Speakers
Will Lewis and Chris Quirk (Microsoft Research)

Programme Committee
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
Marine Carpuat, National Research Council, Canada
Josep Maria Crego, Systran, Paris, France
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, Language Technology Lab, DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Alexander Fraser, University of Stuttgart, Germany
José A. R. Fonollosa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona,
Tony Hartley, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, and University
of Leeds, UK
Maxim Khalilov, TAUS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Philipp Koehn, University of Edimburgh, UK
Kevin Knight, University of Southern Carlifornia, US
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
Yanjun Ma, Baidu Inc., Beijing, China
José B. Mariño, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Maite Melero, Barcelona Media Innovation Center, Barcelona, Spain
Bart Mellebeek, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Haizhou Li, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Chris Quirk, Microsoft, USA
Paul Schmidt, Institute for Applied Information Science, Saarbrücken,
Anders Sogaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Uta Seewald-Heeg, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Köthen, Germany
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,

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