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SSST 2010 : Fourth Workshop on Syntax and Structure in Statistical Translation


When Aug 28, 2010 - Aug 28, 2010
Where Beijing, China
Submission Deadline Jun 25, 2010
Notification Due Jul 9, 2010
Final Version Due Jul 18, 2010
Categories    NLP   machine translation

Call For Papers

Fourth Workshop on Syntax and Structure in Statistical Translation (SSST-4)

COLING 2010 / SIGMT Workshop
28 August 2010, Beijing

The Fourth Workshop on Syntax and Structure in Statistical Translation (SSST-4) seeks to build on the foundations established in the first three SSST workshops, which brought together a large number of researchers working on diverse aspects of synchronous/transduction grammars (hereafter, S/TGs) in relation to statistical machine translation. Its program each year has comprised high-quality papers discussing current work spanning topics including: new grammatical models of translation; new learning methods for syntax-based models; using S/TGs for semantics and generation; syntax-based evaluation of machine translation; and formal properties of S/TGs. Presentations have led to productive and thought-provoking discussions, comparing and contrasting different approaches, and identifying the questions that are most pressing for future progress in this topic.

The need for structural mappings between languages is widely recognized in the fields of statistical machine translation and spoken language translation, and there is a growing consensus that these mappings are appropriately represented using a family of formalisms that includes synchronous/transduction grammars and their tree-transducer equivalents. To date, flat-structured models, such as the word-based IBM models of the early 1990s or the more recent phrase-based models, remain widely used. But tree-structured mappings arguably offer a much greater potential for learning valid generalizations about relationships between languages.

Within this area of research there is a rich diversity of approaches. There is active research ranging from formal properties of S/TGs to large-scale end-to-end systems. There are approaches that make heavy use of linguistic theory, and approaches that use little or none. There is theoretical work characterizing the expressiveness and complexity of particular formalisms, as well as empirical work assessing their modeling accuracy and descriptive adequacy across various language pairs. There is work being done to invent better translation models, and work to design better algorithms. Recent years have seen significant progress on all these fronts. In particular, systems based on these formalisms are now top contenders in MT evaluations.

We invite papers on:

* syntax-based / tree-structured statistical translation models and language models
* machine learning techniques for inducing structured translation models
* algorithms for training, decoding, and scoring with S/TGs
* empirical studies on adequacy and efficiency of formalisms
* studies on the usefulness of syntactic resources for translation
* formal properties of S/TGs
* scalability of structured translation methods to small or large data
* applications of S/TGs to related areas including:
o speech translation
o formal semantics and semantic parsing
o paraphrases and textual entailment
o information retrieval and extraction

For more information:
Invited Keynote
SSST-4 Keynote
Martin Kay

* Dekai WU (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Program Committee

* Srinivas BANGALORE (AT&T Research)
* Marine CARPUAT (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
* David CHIANG (USC Information Sciences Institute)
* Pascale FUNG (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
* Daniel GILDEA (University of Rochester)
* Dan KLEIN (University of California at Berkeley)
* Kevin KNIGHT (USC Information Sciences Institute)
* Jonas KUHN (Potsdam)
* Yang LIU (ICT)
* Daniel MARCU (USC Information Sciences Institute)
* Yuji MATSUMOTO (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
* Hermann NEY (RWTH Aachen)
* Owen RAMBOW (Columbia University)
* Philip RESNIK (University of Maryland)
* Stefan RIEZLER (Google)
* Libin SHEN (BBN)
* Christoph TILLMANN (IBM)
* Stephan VOGEL (Carnegie Mellon University)
* Andy WAY (Dublin City University)
* Yuk-Wah WONG (Google)
* Richard ZENS (Google)

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 25 Jun 2010
Notification to authors: 9 Jul 2010
Camera copy deadline: 18 Jul 2010

Papers will be accepted on or before 25 Jun 2010 in PDF or Postscript formats via the START system at Submissions should follow the COLING 2010 length and formatting requirements for full papers of eight (8) pages of content with one (1) extra page for references, found at
Camera Copy

Camera ready final versions will be accepted on or before 18 Jul 2010 in PDF or Postscript formats via the START system at Papers should still follow the COLING 2010 length and formatting requirements for full papers, found at

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