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  • Eduard Hovy, AMTA-98

    Message 1: AMTA-98

    Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 13:53:34 -0800
    From: Eduard Hovy <hovyISI.EDU>
    Subject: AMTA-98

    AMTA-98: MACHINE TRANSLATION AND THE INFORMATION SOUP (MT in a growing field of language technologies)

    October 28-31, 1998

    The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel Langhorne, Pennsylvania

    >>>>>Updated Announcement<<<<<

    **NEW>> Conference Program Schedule Included! **NEW>> New Tutorial Added on Ontological Semantics! **NEW>> New Workshop Added on Chinese Treebank construction! **NEW>> "MT in the Corporate Setting" Workshop cancelled

    Conference 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, and pre-conference workshops scheduled for Tuesday October 27th. Following on the success of last year's MT Summit, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of machine translation, 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 the multilingual aspects of the diverse language technologies being used increasingly on the web: Information Retrieval, Text Summarization, Speech Recognition, and so on. As usual, the conference will feature invited speakers, panel discussions, papers by researchers and developers, workshops, tutorials, and more.

    Participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations, 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.

    The full program and registration details are available at


    Featured Speakers

    The international business of MT: Gaston Bastiaens (Lernout & Hauspie)

    Intergrating MT with other technologies: Louis Monier (AltaVista Inc.)

    Situating MT in the Information Soup! Gary Strong (National Science Foundation)

    MT-Related technologies: Gregory Grefenstette (Xerox Research) -- Information Retrieval Jaime Carbonnell (Carnegie Mellon University) -- Multilingual Text Summarization

    The future of the lexicon: Pascale Fung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Dan Melamed (West Group)


    1. Breaking the Quality Ceiling (moderator: David Farwell) 2. The Forgotten Majority: Neglected Languages (moderator: Laurie Gerber) 3. A Seal of Approval for MT Systems (moderator: Eduard Hovy)

    Research Papers

    See list of accepted papers.


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

    ***NOTE: NEW TUTORIAL JUST ADDED on Ontological Semantics***

    1. Survey of Methodological Approaches to MT -- Harold Somers, UMIST 2. Multilingual Text Summarization -- Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI 3. Speech-to-speech Translation -- Monika Woszczyna, CMU 4. MT Evaluation: Old, New and Recycled -- John White, PRC 5. Survey of Language Learning Technologies -- Patricia O'Neill-Brown, US Dept of Commerce 6. Multilingual Text Retrieval -- Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox/Grenoble 7. **NEW** Ontological Semantics for Knowledge Based MT -- Sergei Nirenburg, CRL/NMSU

    System Demonstrations 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.

    Exhibits In addition to the scheduled demonstrations, vendor booths will showcase commercial products on an ongoing basis throughout the conference. If you would like to exhibit, please fill in the form obtainable via the web at which contains the registration and booth application form. Alternatively, please contact:

    Kimberly K. Belvin AMTA-98 Exhibits Coordinator 659 Dell St. Solana Beach, CA 92074 tel: 619-481-8446 fax: 619-350-8613 email:


    Three pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, from 9:00-5:00:

    Tuesday, October 27

    1. Second SIG-IL Workshop on Interlinguas and Interlingual Approaches to MT Organizer: Stephen Helmreich, CRL/NMSU Contact: Stephen Helmreich (

    **NOTE** MT in the Corporate Setting WORKSHOP CANCELLED

    Wednesday, October 28

    2. Embedded MT: Design, Construction, and Evaluation of Systems with an MT Component Organizers: Clare Voss, ARL; Tapas Kanungo, University of Maryland; Ann Brodeen, ARL Contact: Clare Voss (

    3. Chinese Treebank Construction Organizer: Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania Contact: Martha Palmer (

    RELATED EVENTS - Wednesday: Welcoming reception in Exhibit Area (complementary)

    - Friday: Banquet at the University of Pennsylvania's Palladium Restaurant

    - Saturday: Optional tour of historic downtown Philadelphia area: Independence Mall, Liberty Bell, etc.


    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 entertainment 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. Further information is available from


    Air travel is available to Philadelphia from all major North American airports and from many international ones.

    Shuttles from airport to hotel: First Class Airport Transportation Co. runs special rates from the Philadelphia Aiport to the Sheraton ($23 each one-way for 1 person, $17.50 each one-way for two people, and $12.50 each one-way for more than three persons).

    Regional rail:

    For those coming in by train, the R5 runs from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to Langhorne, PA. It costs $4.50 (peak) / $3.75 (off-peak) one-way. For more information call Septa at 215-580-7800. Tickets are also always on sale at the station. The approximate costs to take an Amtrak train (1-way) are: - Washington DC to Trenton, unreserved $53 ($59 Fri. or Sun.) - New York City to Trenton, unreserved $27 ($33 Fri. or Sun.)

    REGISTRATION FORM A copy of the AMTA-98 registration form is posted on the Web at

    Alternatively, please contact Debbie Becker Association for Machine Translation in the Americas 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 300 Washington, DC 20004 USA Tel/fax: +1-703-716-0912 Email:


    Conference Chair Eduard Hovy USC Information Sciences Institute 4676 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 USA Tel: +1-310-822-1511 ext. 731 Fax: +1-310-823-6714 Email: Program Chairs David Farwell Laurie Gerber Computing Research Laboratory SYSTRAN Software, Inc. New Mexico State University 7855 Fay Avenue Box 3001/3CRL Suite 300 Las Cruces, NM 88003 La Jolla, CA 92037 USA USA Tel: +1-505-646-5108 Tel: +1-619-459-6700 Fax: +1-505-646-6218 Fax: +1-619-459-8487 Email: Email: Local Arrangements Chair Exhibits Coordinator Martha Palmer Kimberly Kellogg Belvin Department of Computer Science 659 Dell Street University of Pennsylvania Solana Beach, CA 92075 200 S. 33rd Street USA Philadelphia, PA 19104 Tel: +1-619-481-8446 USA Fax: +1-619-350-8613 Tel: +1-215-898-2661 Email: Fax: +1-215-898-0587 Email:

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

    ================ CONFERENCE PROGRAM ==================

    Please see .

    TUESDAY, 27 October

    9:00 - 5:00 Workshop: Interlinguas and Interlingual Approaches to MT

    WEDNESDAY, 28 October

    9:00 - 12:00 Tutorial: MT Evaluation -- John White, PRC Tutorial: MT Approaches -- Harold Somers, UMIST Tutorial: ICALL Techniques -- Patricia O'Neill-Brown, US Dept of Commerce Tutorial: Ontological Semantics -- Sergei Nirenburg, CRL/NMSU Workshop: Embedded MT

    2:00 - 5:00 Tutorial: Multilingual IR -- Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox Research Europe Tutorial: Speech-to-Speech MT -- Monica Woszczyna, CMU Tutorial: Multilingual Summarization -- Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI Tutorial: Chinese Treebank Workshop -- Martha Palmer, U. of Pennsylvania Workshop: Embedded MT (continued)

    6:00 - 8:00 WELCOME RECEPTION Exhibits

    THURSDAY, 29 October

    8:45 - 9:00 OPENING REMARKS Eduard Hovy, Conference Chair Martha Palmer, Local Arrangements Chair David Farwell & Laurie Gerber, Program Chairs

    9:00 - 10:30 KEYNOTE 1 The International Business of MT Gaston Bastiaens, Lernout & Hauspie

    10:30 - 11:00 BREAK Exhibits

    11:00 - 12:30 ROOM A: PANEL 1: THE FORGOTTEN MAJORITY: NEGLECTED LANGUAGES Moderator: Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN Software Inc. Panelists: Scott Bennett, LOGOS Inc. Denis Gachot, SYSTRANS Software Inc. Sergei Nirenburg, CRL/NMSU John O'Hara, Globalink Inc. Harold Somers, UMIST Peter Wilkniss, CATANAL Project

    ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS A Modular Approach to Spoken Language Translation for Large Domains - M. Wosczcyna, M. Broadhead, D. Gates, M. Gavalda, A. Lavie, L. Levin, & A. Waibel, Carnegie Mellon University

    Enhancing Automatic Acquisition of the Thematic Structure in a Large-Scale Lexicon for Mandarin - M. Olsen, B. Dorr, S. Thomas, U. of Maryland

    Ordering Translation Templates by Assigning Confidence Factors - Zeynep z & Ilyas Cicekli, Bilkent University

    12:30 - 2:00 - LUNCH - Exhibits

    2:00 - 3:30 ROOM A: INVITED PRESENTATIONS: MT-Related Language Technologies Multilingual Information Retrieval - Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox Europe Multilingual Text Summarization - Jaime Carbonell, Carnegie Mellon U.

    ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS Alis Translation Solutions Application: Multilingual Search and Query Expansion -N. Cote, Alis Technologies Inc. SYSTRAN Enterprise - Christian Raby, SYSTRAN Software Inc. Integrating Tools with the Translation Process - Edith Westfall, TRADOS Corporation

    3:30 - 4:00 BREAK Exhibits

    4:00 - 5:30 ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS Quality and Robustness in MT--a Balancing Act - Bianka Buschbeck-Wolf & Michael Dorna, University of Stuttgart Parallel Strands: A Preliminary Investigation into Mining the Web for Bilingual Text - Philip Resnik, U. of Maryland An English-to-Turkish Interlingual MT System - Dilek Hakkani, Gkhen Tr, Kemal Oflazer, Bilkent University; Teruko Mitamura, & Eric Nyberg, Carnegie Mellon University Rapid Prototyping of Domain-Specific Machine Translation Systems - Martha Palmer & Owen Rambow, University of Pennsylvania

    ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS Time-Constrained Machine Translation - Janine Toole, Davide Turcato, Fred Popowich, Dan Fass & Paul McFetridge, Simon Fraser University

    An Evaluation of the Multi-Engine MT Architecture - Christopher Hogan & Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University An Ontology-Based Approach to Parsing Turkish Sentences - Murat Temizsoy & Ilyas Cicekli, Bilkent University Monolingual Translator Workstation - Guy Bashkansky, IBM-Haifa; Uzzi Ornan, Technion

    6:00 - 7:00 AMTA General Membership Meeting

    FRIDAY, 30 October

    9:00-10:30 ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS Fast Document Translation forCross-Language Information Retrieval - Scott McCarley & Salim Roukos, IBM Machine Translation in Context - Kurt Godden, General Motors Easy English: Addressing Structural Ambiguity - Arendse Bernth, IBM Multi-Subject Constructions in the Multilingual MT System CAT2 - Munpyo Hong, IAI, Saarbrcken

    ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS A Multilingual Procedure for Dictionary-Based Sentence Alignment - Adam Meyers, Ralph Grishman, NYU; Michiko Kosaka, Monmouth U.

    Taxonomy and Semantic Processing from the Perspective of Machine Readable Dictionaries - Jason Chang, Mathis Chen, National Tsing Hua University; Sue Ker, Soochow University

    Can Simultaneous Interpretation Help Machine Translation - Dan Loehr, Georgetown University

    Sentence Analysis Using a Concept Lattice - Lebelo Serutla & Derrick Kourie, University of Pretoria


    Evaluating Language Technologies: The MULTIDOC Approach to Taming the Knowledge Soup - Jurg Schutz & Rita Nobel, IAI, Saarbracken Integrating Query Translation and Document Translation in a Cross-Language Information Retrieval System - Guo-Wei Bian & Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University

    When Stalhandski Becomes Steelglove: A Corpus Based Study of Names in Parallel Text - Pernilla Danielsson & Katarina Mahlenbock, Goteborg U.

    10:30 - 11:00 BREAK Exhibits

    11:00 - 12:30 ROOM A: PANEL 2: A SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR MT SYSTEMS Moderator: Eduard Hovy, USC/Information Sciences Institute Panelists: John Hutchins, University of East Anglia Bente Maegaard, CST, Copenhagen L. Chris Miller, MCS, Washington Hozumi Tanaka, Tokyo Institute of Technology Reba Rosenbluth, SYSTRAN Software, Inc. Muriel Vasconcellos John White, Litton PRC

    ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS EMIS: A Multilingual Information System - Borbel Ripplinger, IAI, Saarbracken An Open Transfer Translation - Jorge Kinoshita, Universidade de Sao Paulo TransEasy: A Chinese-English MT System Based on Hybrid Approach - Liu Qun, Chinese Academy of Science; Yu Shiwen, Peking University Sakhr Arabic-English Computer-Aided Translation System - Achraf Chalabi, Sakhr Software Inc.

    ROOM C: TECHNICAL PAPERS SYSTRAN on AltaVista: A User Study of Real-Time MT on the Internet - Jin Yang & Elke Lange, SYSTRAN Software Inc. Making Semantic Interpretation Parser Independent - Ulrich Germann, USC/Information Sciences Institute Implementing MT in the Greek Public Sector: A Users' Survey - Athanassia Fourla & Olga Yannoutsou, Inst. for Language and Speech Processing, Greece Statistical Approach for Korean Analysis: A Method Based on Structural Patterns - Nari Kim, University of Pennsylvania

    12:30 - 2:00 LUNCH Exhibits

    2:00 - 3:30 KEYNOTE 2 Integrating MT with Other Technologies Louis Monier, AltaVista Inc.

    3:30 - 4:00 BREAK Exhibits

    4:00 - 5:30 ROOM A: INVITED PRESENTATIONS: The Future of the Lexicon Empirical Methods for MT Lexicon Development - Dan Melamed, West Group

    A Statistical View on Bilingual Lexicon Extraction: From Parallel Corpora to Non-Parallel Corpora - Pascale Fung, Hong Kong U. of Science & Tech

    ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS Twisted Pair Grammar: Support for Rapid Development of MT for Low Density Languages - Douglas Jones, US Department of Defense A Thematic Hierarchy for Efficient Generation from Lexical-Conceptual Structure - Bonnie Dorr, Nizar Habash & David Traum, U. of Maryland The LMT Transformational System - Micheal McCord & Arendse Bernth, IBM Finding the Right Words: An Analysis of Not-Translated Words in Machine Translation - Florence Reeder & Dan Loehr, The Mitre Corporation

    ROOM C: TECHNICAL PAPERS Predicting What MT is Good for: User Judgements and Task Performance - Kathryn Taylor & John White, Litton PRC & FIDUL Reusing Translated Terms to Expand a Multilingual Thesaurus - Rocio Guillen, California State University at San Marcos Spicing Up the Information Soup: Machine Translation and the Internet - Steve McLaughlin & Ulrike Schwall, Lernout & Hauspie Revision of Morphological Analysis Errors through Person Name Construction Model - Hiroyuki Shinnou, Ibaraki University

    7:00 BANQUET

    SATURDAY, 31 October

    9:00 - 10:25 ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS Lexical Choice and Syntactic Generation in a Transfer System: Transformations in the New LMT English-German System - Claudia Gdaniec, IBM Translation with Finite-State Devices - Kevin Knight & Yaser Al-Onaizan, USC/Information Sciences Institute Lexical Selection for Cross-Language Applications: Combining LCS with WordNet - Bonnie Dorr & Maria Katsova, University of Maryland Improving Translation Quality by Manipulating Sentence Length - Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN Systems Inc.; Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI

    ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS Demo of Alis Translation Solutions: Overview - N. Cote, Alis Technologies Inc. Logos8 System Description - Brigitte Orliac, LOGOS Inc. SYSTRANET Online Translation Services - Laurent Pontegnier, SYSTRAN Software Inc.

    10:25 - 10:45 BREAK Exhibits

    10:45 - 12:10 ROOM A: PANEL 3: BREAKING THE QUALITY CEILING Moderator:David Farwell, Computing Research Laboratory, NMSU Panelists: John Chandioux, Chandioux Consultants Ron Fournier, Lexi-tech Inc. Sergei Nirenburg, Computing Research Laboratory, NMSU Harold Somers, UMIST


    Machine Translation among Languages with Transitivity Divergences Using the Causal Relation in the Interlingual Lexicon - Yukiko Alam, San Francisco State University A Comparative Study of Query and Document Translation for Cross-Language Information Retrieval - Douglas Oard, University of Maryland Lexicons as Gold: Mining, Embellishment and Reuse - Keith Miller & David Zajic, The Mitre Corporation

    12:10 - 1:15 LUNCH Last Chance to Visit Exhibits!

    1:15 - 2:45 KEYNOTE 3 Situating MT in the Information Technology Soup! Gary Strong, NSF

    2:45 - 3:00 CLOSING REMARKS Eduard Hovy, Conference Chair

    - ----------------------------------------------------- Eduard Hovy email: hovyisi.eduUSC Information Sciences Institute tel: 310-822-1511 ext 7314676 Admiralty Way fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695

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