LINGUIST List 12.3091

Fri Dec 14 2001

Calls: Machine Traslation,Cognitive Science

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  1. Steve Richardson, AMTA-2002 Preliminary Call for Participation
  2. Mike Kalish, Australasian Cognitive Science 2002

Message 1: AMTA-2002 Preliminary Call for Participation

Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 15:53:59 -0800
From: Steve Richardson <>
Subject: AMTA-2002 Preliminary Call for Participation

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
AMTA-2002 Conference
Location: Tiburon, California
Dates: October 8-12, 2002
The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
(AMTA) is pleased to announce its fifth biennial
conference, planned for October 8-12, 2002, in Tiburon
(near San Francisco), California.
Conference theme: From Research to Real Users
Ever since the showdown between Empiricists and
Rationalists a decade ago at TMI-92, MT researchers have
hotly pursued promising paradigms for MT, including
data-driven approaches (e.g., statistical, example-
based) and hybrids that integrate these with more
traditional rule-based components.
During the same period, commercial MT systems with
standard transfer architectures have evolved along a
parallel and almost unrelated track, increasing their
coverage (primarily through manual update of their
lexicons, we assume) and achieving much broader
acceptance and usage, principally through the medium of
the Internet. Web page translators have become
commonplace; a number of online translation services
have appeared, including in their offerings both raw and
post-edited MT; and large corporations have been turning
increasingly to MT to address the exigencies of global
communication. Still, the output of the transfer-based
systems employed in this expansion represents but a
small drop in the ever-growing translation marketplace
Now, 10 years later, we wonder if this mounting variety
of MT users is any better off, and if the promise of the
research technologies is being realized to any
measurable degree. In this regard, we pose the
following questions:
Why aren't any current commercially available MT systems
primarily data-driven?
Do any commercially available systems integrate (or plan
to integrate) data-driven components?
Do data-driven systems have significant performance or
quality issues?
Can such systems really provide better quality to users,
or is their main advantage one of fast, facilitated
If any new MT technology could provide such benefits
(somewhat higher quality, or facilitated customization),
would that be the key to more widespread use of MT, or
are there yet other more relevant unresolved issues,
such as system integration?
If better quality, customization, or system integration
aren't the answer, then what is it that users really
need from MT in order for it to be more useful to them?
We solicit participation on these and other topics
related to the research, development, and use of MT in
the form of original papers, demonstrations, workshops,
tutorials, and panels. We invite all who are interested
in MT to participate, including developers, researchers,
end users, professional translators, managers, and
marketing experts. We especially invite users to share
their experiences, developers to describe their novel
systems, managers and marketers to talk about what is
happening in the marketplace, researchers to detail new
capabilities or methods, and visionaries to describe the
future as they see it. We also welcome and encourage
participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations,
AAMT in Asia and EAMT in Europe. 
For planning purposes, preliminary dates for submissions
are as follows:
Submissions due: April 15, 2002 (Monday)
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2002 (Friday)
Final versions due: July 15, 2002 (Monday)
Details regarding the conference, including submission
guidelines, will be provided shortly on the AMTA Web
Elliott Macklovitch, General Chair
Stephen D. Richardson, Program Chair
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Message 2: Australasian Cognitive Science 2002

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 11:54:16 +0800
From: Mike Kalish <>
Subject: Australasian Cognitive Science 2002

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS--6th Conference of the
Australasian Cognitive Science Society

	Wed 3rd April - Fri 5th April 2002
	Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

Keynote speakers include:
	Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
		Overcoming Obstacles to the Scientific Study of Consciousness
	James Anderson, Brown University
		Neural Networks and Pattern Recognition
	Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh
		Language and Evolution
	Tim Crane, University of London
		Consciousness and Cognitive Science

	Models of Categorization (convenor Brett Hayes)
	Short Term Memory (convenors Stephan Lewandowsky and Murray Maybery)
	Face and Object Processing (convenor Gill Rhodes)
	Cognitive Neuroscience (convenor Pat Michie)
	Mental Causation (convenor Barry Maund)

Papers are invited for presentation at the 6th
Conference of the Australasian Cognitive Science
Society in Fremantle Western Australia. We invite
submissions from all contributing disciplines within
Cognitive Science, including
	-computer science

Deadline for submission of abstracts is **7 January 2002.**
Submissions are accepted via our website

Optionally, full written papers based on conference
presentations can be submitted for publication in
Noetica, a refereed on-line journal
( Deadline
for full papers is the conference date, 3 April 2002.
Full papers will be peer reviewed.

Please refer to our website for further details about
the programme, accommodation, and registration.
Note that early-bird registration prices expire **31 January 2002.**

We look forward to seeing you in Western Australia next year.

Dr. Mike Kalish (on behalf of the organizing committee)

Dept. of Psychology email:
University of Western Australia phone: +61 8 9380 2688
Nedlands, WA 6009 fax: +61 8 9380 1006
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