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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Final Call for Papers EAMT/CLAW 2003
From:   Andy Way
Email:   away_(on)_computing.dcu.ie
Date received:   01 Nov 2002
Deadline:   29 Nov 2002
Start date:   15 May 2003

***Final Call For Papers*** Joint Conference combining the 7th International Workshop of the European Association for Machine Translation and the 4th Controlled Language Applications Workshop Main Conference theme: Controlled Language Translation Location: Dublin City University, Ireland Dates: 15th-17th May, 2003 Conference URL: http://www.eamt.org/eamt-claw03/ Invited Speakers: Steven Krauwer, University of Utrecht and Coordinator of ELSNET Lou Cremers, Océ Technologies Over the years, there have been many conferences on MT, involving rule-based approaches, statistical and example-based approaches, hybrid and multi-engine approaches as well as those limited to particular sublanguage domains. In addition, there has been an increased level of interest in controlled languages, culminating in the series of Workshops on controlled language applications. These have given impetus to both monolingual and multilingual guidelines and applications using controlled language, for many different languages. Controlled languages are subsets of natural languages whose grammars and dictionaries have been restricted in order to reduce or eliminate both ambiguity and complexity. Traditionally, controlled languages fall into two major categories: those that improve readability for human readers, particularly non-native speakers, and those that improve computational processing of the text. It is often claimed that machine-oriented controlled language should be of particular benefit when it comes to the use of translation tools (including machine translation, translation memory, multilingual terminology tools etc.). Experience has shown that high quality MT systems can be designed for specialized domains (e.g. METEO). However, the area of controlled translation has remained relatively unaddressed. This is rather strange given its undoubted importance. Such examples that exist use rule-based MT (RBMT) systems to translate controlled language documentation, e.g. Caterpillar's CTE and CMU's KANT system, and General Motors CASL and LantMark, etc. However, fine-tuning general systems designed for use with unrestricted texts to derive specific, restricted applications is complex and expensive. The primary aim of this unique conference, therefore, is to elicit papers on controlled translation, and provide a forum in which the problems may be outlined, possible solutions proposed, and in general to bring together developers, implementors, researchers and end-users from the publications, authoring, translation and localization fields to discuss how ideas from both the authoring and translation camps might be integrated in this common area. Some specific topics which might be addressed include: * What is controlled translation? * RBMT and controlled translation. * TM/EBMT and controlled translation. * Influence and interplay of controlled language upon both source-language parsing and target-language generation in an MT system. * Role of the lexicon in controlled translation. * Can we expect better controlled translations from a hybrid approach? Or from a multi-engine approach? * Towards a Roadmap for controlled translation - the way ahead? In addition, we welcome contributions on MT as well as on controlled language which do not address the main theme per se. Please consult the conference URL (http://www.eamt.org/eamt-claw03/ ) for some suggestions. Important Dates Draft papers due 29th November, 2002 Reviews due 31st January, 2003 Notification of acceptance 14th February, 2003 Camera-ready papers & pre-registration due 31st March, 2003 Submission Details Papers accepted for the conference will be published in a proceedings volume available to all attendees. Papers should describe unique work not published before. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences should include this information on the first page. Paper submissions should follow these conventions: * Maximum length is 4000 words * 8.5" x 11" page size * Single-column, single-spaced, 1" margins * 12 point font * Include title, authors, and contact info centered at the top of the first page * Include an abstract of about 100 words Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. We prefer PDF files, sent as EMail attachments. Electronic submissions should be sent to Eric Nyberg (ehn_(on)_cs.cmu.edu), with `Submission for EAMT-CLAW 2003' in the Subject line of the email. Other Information Please consult the conference website at: http://www.eamt.org/eamt-claw03/ or mail Andy Way (away_(on)_computing.dcu.ie).

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