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Sun Nov 08 2009

Confs: Computational Linguistics, Translation/Ireland

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        1.    Ventsislav Zhechev, 4th Machine Translation Marathon

Message 1: 4th Machine Translation Marathon
Date: 05-Nov-2009
From: Ventsislav Zhechev <contactventsislavzhechev.eu>
Subject: 4th Machine Translation Marathon
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4th Machine Translation Marathon
Short Title: MT Marathon


Date: 25-Jan-2010 - 30-Jan-2010
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact: Ventsislav Zhechev
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Translation

Meeting Description:

The MT Marathon 2010, organized by the National Centre for Language Technology and the Centre for Next Generation Localisation at Dublin City University on behalf of the EuroMatrixPlus Consortium, is the fourth in a series of MT Marathons organised by the EU EuroMatrix and EuroMatrixPlus research projects on Machine Translation. The EuroMatrixPlus consortium invites researchers, developers, students, and users of machine translation for participation.

Participants are encouraged to propose projects that could be carried out in small groups within the six days of Marathon. The main developers of the Moses and Joshua tool kits will attend the workshop, organise projects, and assist with extending these tool kits.

The MT Marathon 2010, organized by the National Centre for Language Technology and the Centre for Next Generation Localisation at Dublin City University on behalf of the EuroMatrixPlus Consortium, is the fourth in a series of MT Marathons organised by the EU EuroMatrix and EuroMatrixPlus research projects on Machine Translation. The EuroMatrixPlus consortium invites researchers, developers, students, and users of machine translation for participation.

The event will feature:

- Winter School classes on current methods in statistical MT with hands-on lab sessions (for novices and beginners)
- Research showcase (invited talks by leading researchers)
- Presentation of new open source tools for MT
- Work in small group on implementing new methods and features to improve open source MT tools (for more advanced researchers and developers)

The MT Marathon consists of several events taking place at the same place to allow for free flow of thoughts and exchange of information and experience: a 'winter school' with associated lab lessons, invited research talks, presentation of new open source machine translation tools.

The winter school will offer lectures on:

- Introduction to MT and MT evaluation
- Word alignment
- Phrase-based models and decoding
- Tree-based models and decoding
- Advanced topics in statistical machine translation

Each lecture will accompanied by a afternoon lab session, in which participants will implement basic methods or work through hands-on tutorials on installing, training, and using statistical machine translation tool kits.

The open source convention allows participants in small groups to work on projects that advance existing machine translation tools, integrate new features, find new uses for machine translation, etc.

To give examples, recent projects included:

- Better search in machine translation ('cube pruning')
- Implementation of a web page translation front end http://demo.statmt.org/web.cgi
- Improving minimum error rate training


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