LINGUIST List 5.886

Sat 13 Aug 1994


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  1. Joseph Pentheroudakis, AMTA-94 UPDATE: PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION


From: Joseph Pentheroudakis <>


Here is the latest information on AMTA-94, the upcoming conference of
the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas, to be held in
Columbia, Maryland, on 5-8 October 1994. You are welcome to use the
registration form at the end of this message, but please note that it
needs to be submitted to the Registrar in hard copy with check
enclosed. It is not possible to register by e-mail or with a credit card.

A complete registration packet can be requested from AMTA headquarters
(; fax 202/667-8808, 655 Fifteenth Street,
N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20005) or directly from the Registrar

"Technology Partnerships for Crossing the Language Barrier"

The first conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the
Americas (AMTA), organized around the theme "Technology Partnerships,"
aims to fulfill AMTA's twofold commitment: to share the latest
information in the dynamic areas of machine translation (MT) and
machine-assisted translation (MAT), and, at the same time, to encourage
all who are interested in translation technology--actual and potential
users, vendors, developers, researchers--to focus on ways in which they
can team up to improve communication across language barriers.

General Chair: Muriel Vasconcellos

Program Submissions:
Eduard Hovy, Program Committee Co-Chair
Phone 310/822-1511; fax 310/823-6714

Joseph Pentheroudakis, Program Committee Co-Chair
Phone 206/936-3528; fax 206/936-7329

Bill Fry, Exhibits Coordinator
Phone 703/998-5708; fax 703/998-5709

Jane Zorrilla, Registrar
819 Easterly Road
North Palm Beach, FL 33408-3803
Phone 407/624-8211; fax 407/624-2703

The Program

AMTA-94 will offer a rich array of events: tutorials, invited talks,
lively panels, papers and presentations on a variety of subjects,
theater-style and tabletop demonstrations, exhibits, special interest
group meetings, and social get-togethers.

The conference events - papers, demonstrations, and panels - are
structured around session themes. Concurrent sessions will enable
participants to choose between topics. The goal is to provide something
for everyone--MT users, system developers, commercial MT providers, and
researchers--in a convivial and stimulating atmosphere.

Invited Speakers

- Jaime Carbonell, Carnegie Mellon University--Keynote:
 "Partnerships in MT"
- Margaret King, ISSCO, University of Geneva--
 "The State of MT in Europe"
- W. John Hutchins, University of East Anglia--Roundup:
 "Past, Present, and Future of MT Development"


- "Is MT Research Doing Any Good?"--Is current MT research delivering
practical results? Should it? What kinds of research are worth pursuing?
- "The Role of MT Evaluation"--How can we ensure that MT evaluation has
practical benefits?
- "The Economics of MT"--What does it cost to run an MT shop? Can the
up-front costs of MT be justified?
- "The Voices of Experience: MT in Operational Settings"--What are the
components that make for a successful MT installation?
- "Future Directions"--What are systems likely to look like in 5 years?
In 10 years?


Demonstrations will be given both in a theater-style setting as part of
the regular program and on tabletops, where noncommercial systems will
be presented on an announced schedule.


In addition to the scheduled demonstrations, vendor booths will
showcase commercial products on an ongoing basis throughout the
conference (booth space sold out).

Tutorials (note schedule changes)

- "Choosing an MT System"--Karin Spalink (5 October, 9-12 a.m.)
- "Intellectual Property Rights and MT"--Leighton Chong (5 October, 9-12 a.m.)
- "MT in the 1990s"--Muriel Vasconcellos (5 October, 2-5 p.m.).
- "Interlinguas"--Sergei Nirenburg, David Farwell, and Boyan
Onyshkevych (5 October, 2-5 p.m.)

Special Interest Groups

AMTA's newly formed SIGs will meet for the first time.
- MT Evaluation
- Interlingual MT
- Standards and Data Exchange
- MT on PCs
- The MT Lexicon

The Site

Situated on 10 wooded acres along the shore of Lake Kittamaqundi, the
Columbia Inn offers opportunities for recreation and is also close to
first-class restaurants and entertainment.
 Participants should make their reservations directly with the
Columbia Inn (Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland 21044, 800/638-2817
or 410/730-3900). The special rate for AMTA-94 is $79.00 plus tax,
single or double occupancy (confirmed through 20 September only).
 Free covered parking is available.

Related Events

- Wednesday, 5 October: Tours of Baltimore (8 hrs, $30) and Annapolis
(6 hrs, $22).
- Thursday, 6 October: Welcoming reception in the Exhibit Area (complimentary).
- Friday, 7 October: Dinner cruise of Baltimore Harbor (3 hrs, $48).
- Saturday, 8 October: Banquet ($58).


Since the Columbia Inn is just 20 minutes from Baltimore-Washington
Airport (BWI), arriving at BWI is easiest. To get from the airport to
the hotel there are three options:
- Taxi (about $25.00 plus tip for one person); or
- Airport Shuttle ($16.00 plus tip for one person, $4.00 for each
additional person, MasterCard or Visa accepted); must be reserved in
advance by calling 800/776-0323 or 410/381-2772; or
- Rental car (south on US95 to Exit 41B, then 6 mi west on MD175 to
Columbia, through 5 lights, left onto Wincopin Circle).

It is also possible to arrive at National Airport (DCA) or Dulles
Airport (WDA). (See information in registration packet.)

Registration Packet

More detailed information on related events, the hotel, ground
transportation, and sponsorship opportunities are given in the
registration packet, available from AMTA at 655 Fifteenth Street, N.W.,
Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20005, or by fax, 202/667-8808.


Please fill in the applicable lines information and mail this form,
together with a check payable to AMTA, to: Jane Zorrilla, AMTA-94
Registrar, 819 Easterly Road, North Palm Beach, FL 33408-3803 (fax
407/624-2703). (Keep a copy for your records!)

AMTA-94 (6-8 October)
 Active member AMTA 150.00 ______
 Associate member AMTA 200.00 ______
 Member AAMT or EAMT 200.00 ______
 Nonmember 220.00 ______

Tutorials (5 October)
 "Choosing a System" (a.m.)
 "Intellectual Property" (a.m.)
 "MT in the 1990s (p.m.)
 "Interlingual MT" (p.m.)

Active or corp/inst member 95.00 ______
All others 120.00 ______

Related Events
 Baltimore City Tour 30.00 ______
 Annapolis on Your Own 22.00 ______
 Dinner Cruise 48.00 ______
 Banquet 58.00 ______

 Total enclosed ______

Special Interest Groups:

I am interested in the following SIGs:

 MT Evaluation ______
 Interlingual MT ______
 Lexicon and MT ______
 Standards/Data Exchange ______
 MT on PCs ______

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________


(This is my office:__ /home: __)

Phone: ____________________ Fax: ___________________

E-mail: ___________________________

Affiliation: ____________________________________________________
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