LINGUIST List 9.325

Thu Mar 5 1998

Confs: AMTA-98 (Machine Translation)

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  1. Eduard Hovy, AMTA-98 (Machine Translation)

Message 1: AMTA-98 (Machine Translation)

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 13:24:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Eduard Hovy <hovyISI.EDU>
Subject: AMTA-98 (Machine Translation)

 (MT in a growing field of language technologies)

 The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
 Langhorne, Pennsylvania
 October 28-31, 1998

Organized by

 AMTA - Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas is pleased to
convene its third conference in the biennial series, to be held at the
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA, on 28-31 October, with
tutorials and welcoming reception on Wednesday, October 28.

The MT Summit last year commemorated the 50th anniversary of machine
translation. During that time, MT grew from a tantalizing dream to a
respectable and stable scientific-linguistic enterprise, with users,
commercial systems, university research, and Government participation.
But until very recently, MT has been performed in a relatively
isolated manner, as a distinct enterprise.

This situation is changing rapidly. The explosive growth of the web
has brought multilingual text into the reach of nearly everyone with a
computer. It is increasingly urgent that the various types of
language processing technologies--information retrieval, automated
summarization, multimodal and multilingual display, and machine
translation--be interconnected.

AMTA invites all who are interested in any aspect of Machine
Translation--developers, researchers, users, and watchers--to attend
the conference in October. At AMTA-98 we will focus on methods of
integrating the language technologies, with invited speakers, panel
discussions, papers by researchers and developers, workshops,
tutorials, and more. Participation by members of AMTA's sister
organization, AAMT in Asia and EAMT in Europe, is strongly encouraged.
And people working in related areas, such as information retrieval and
summarization, are very welcome to attend.


A copy of the AMTA-98 registration form will soon be posted on the Web


Once again there will be something for everyone! Retaining the
pattern of parallel sessions established by its predecessors, AMTA-98
will offer a mixture of:

- invited talks
- panels on current and debated issues
- practical and theoretical papers
- tutorials
- live theater-style system demonstrations
- exhibits of systems and products


- Situating MT in the Information (Language Technology) Soup
- Commercial Demands on MT
- What can MT Technology Deliver?
- Integration of MT with Other Language Tools


- MT Related Language Technologies
- Automatic Extraction of Bilingual Lexicons
- The Future of the Lexicon in MT


- New Users: Implementing MT Technology
- The AMTA/IAMT Seal of Approval: Sorting the Good from the Bad
- Future Needs: Breaking the Quality Ceiling


Demonstrations will be given both in a theater-style setting as part
of the regular program and on tabletops, where non-commercial systems
will be presented on an announced schedule. Demonstrations will occur
in parallel with the research paper sessions.


Papers on a variety of topics, written and presented by researchers,
practitioners and users of Machine Translation and related language
technologies will be presented in sessions parallel to the system


In addition to the scheduled demonstrations, vendor booths will showcase
commercial products on an ongoing basis throughout the conference.


Participants may choose from a number of tutorials to be held in the
morning and the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 October.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel - Langhorne, PA

Conveniently located in an area renowned for its beauty, history and
culture, the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel offers easy access to
Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. Just off I-95 and Route 1,
northeast of Philadelphia, it is minutes away from planes, trains and
turnpikes, right in the heart of Berenstein Bears countryside. Guests
are surrounded by unique shopping, sightseeing and enter- tainment
opportunities including Sesame Place, Peddler's Village, and the
Franklin Mills Mall, and minutes away from historic New Hope.
Atlantic City and the Pennsylvania Dutch country are easy day trips.

This recently built, colonial style hotel has 187-rooms.
Accommodations include luxurious suites for corporate lodging and
entertaining, and an executive floor. Spacious guest rooms are
soundproof and feature individually controlled air conditioning,
direct two-line touch-tone phones, cable TV with remote control, and
coffee makers. The elegant hospitality is complete with valet
parking, a hair salon for men and women, valet service, gift shop,
video game room, fully-equipped spa with indoor pool, state-of-the-art
exercise equipment, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Guests and members
may receive individualized expert assistance with their fitness

Further information will be available from: 


- Wednesday, Welcoming reception in Exhibit Area (complementary) 
- Friday, Banquet at the University of Pennsylvania Museum
- Saturday, Optional tour of historic downtown Philadelphia area:
 Independence Mall, Liberty Bell, etc.


Please contact Eduard Hovy at the address below if you have further
questions about the program, site, or accommodations, or to request
the AMTA-98 registration packet, which includes a map and directions
for ground transportation.

For more information as it becomes available, as well as a printable
copy of the AMTA-98 registration form, see: 


Conference Chair
 Eduard Hovy
 USC Information Sciences Institute
 4676 Admiralty Way
 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
 Tel: +1-310-822-1511 ext. 731
 Fax: +1-310-823-6714

Program Chairs
 Laurie Gerber 
 SYSTRAN Software, Inc.
 7855 Fay Avenue, Suite 300
 La Jolla, CA 92037
 Tel: +1-619-459-6700 ext. 119
 Fax: +1-619-459-8487

 David Farwell
 Computing Research Laboratory
 New Mexico State University
 Box 3001/3CRL
 Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
 Tel: +1-505-646-5108
 Fax: +1-505-646-6218

Local Arrangements Chair
 Martha Palmer 
 Department of Computer and Information Science 
 University of Pennsylvania 
 200 S. 33rd Street 
 Philadelphia, PA 19104 
 Tel: +1-215-898-2661
 Fax: +1-215-898-0587

Exhibits Coordinator
 Kim Belvin 
 659 Dell Street
 Solana Beach, CA 92075
 Tel: +1-619-481-8446
 Fax: +1-619-350-8613

AMTA Focal Point
 Deborah Becker
 Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
 Washington, DC 20004
 Tel/fax: +1-703-716-0912

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Eduard Hovy
email: USC Information Sciences Institute 
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731 4676 Admiralty Way 
fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 

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