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IWSLT 2010 : 7th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation


When Dec 2, 2010 - Dec 3, 2010
Where Paris, France
Submission Deadline Sep 10, 2010
Notification Due Oct 16, 2010
Final Version Due Nov 10, 2010
Categories    machine translation   speech   natural language processing   NLP

Call For Papers


7th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation
(IWSLT 2010)

First Call for Participants / Papers

December 2-3, 2010
Paris, France


The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT)
is a yearly scientific workshop, associated with an open evaluation
campaign on spoken language translation, where both scientific papers
and system descriptions are presented. The 7th International Workshop
on Spoken Language Translation will take place in Paris, France
on 2-3 December 2010.

=== Scientific Papers

The IWSLT invites submissions of scientific papers to be published
in the workshop proceedings and presented in dedicated technical sessions
of the workshop, either in oral or poster form. The workshop welcomes high
quality contributions covering theoretical and practical issues in the field
of machine translation (MT), in general, and spoken language translation (SLT),
including Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Text-to-Speech Synthesis (TTS)
and MT, in particular. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Speech and text MT
- Integration of ASR and MT
- MT and SLT approaches
- MT and SLT evaluation
- Language resources for MT and SLT
- Open source software for MT and SLT
- Pivot-language-based MT
- Adaptation in MT
- Simultaneous speech translation
- Efficiency in MT
- Stream-based algorithms for MT
- Multilingual ASR and TTS

Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by three members of the workshop
program committee. Authors of accepted papers are requested to present their
paper at the workshop.

=== Evaluation Campaign

IWSLT evaluations are not organized for the sake of competition, but their goal
is to foster cooperative work and scientific exchange. In this respect, IWSLT
proposes challenging research tasks and an open experimental infrastructure
for the scientific community working on spoken and written language translation.
This year, the IWSLT evaluation campaign will offer three tasks:

- public speeches (TALK) on a variety of topics, from English to French (NEW CHALLENGE),
- spoken dialogues (DIALOG) in travel situations, between Chinese and English,
- traveling expressions (BTEC), from Arabic, Turkish, and French to English.

For each task, monolingual and bilingual language resources will be provided to
participants in order to train their translation systems, as well as sets of manual
and automatic speech transcripts (with n-best and lattices) and reference translations,
allowing researchers working only on written language translation to also participate.
Moreover, blind test sets will be released and all translation outputs produced
by the participants will be evaluated using several automatic translation quality
metrics. Human assessment will be carried out for the translation of spoken dialogues
and basic travel expressions.

The goal of this year's new challenge (translation of public speeches) will be
to establish reference baselines and appropriate evaluation protocols for future
evaluations. As a consequence, although an evaluation server will be set-up to compute
several translation accuracy metrics, there will be no official ranking of participants
published by the organizers for this task.

Each participant in the evaluation campaign is requested to submit a paper describing
the MT system, the utilized resources, and results using the provided test data.
Contrastive run submissions using only the bilingual resources provided by IWSLT
as well as investigations of the contribution of each utilized resource are highly
appreciated. Results feedback will be provided by the organizers a few days after
the run submissions. Finally, all participants are requested to present their papers
describing their MT systems at the workshop.

=== Important Dates

Evaluation Campaign:

- Training corpus release 28 May 2010
- Test corpus release 23 August 2010
- Run submissions due (DIALOG, BTEC) 6 September 2010
- Run submissions due (TALK) 30 September 2010
- MT system description due 14 October 2010
- Notification of acceptance 29 October 2010
- Camera-ready paper due 10 November 2010

Scientific Papers:

- Paper submission due 10 September 2010 (deadline extended)
- Notification of acceptance 16 October 2010
- Camera-ready paper due 10 November 2010

=== Organizers

IWSLT Steering Committee:

- Alex Waibel (CMU, USA / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany)
- Marcello Federico (FBK-irst, Italy)
- Satoshi Nakamura (NICT, Japan)


* Workshop:

- Alex Waibel (CMU, USA / KIT, Germany)
- Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, France)

* Evaluation Committee:

- Michael Paul (NICT, Japan)
- Marcello Federico (FBK-irst, Italy)

* Program Committee:

- Ian Lane (CMU, USA)
- François Yvon (LIMSI-CNRS/U. Paris Sud 11, France)

Local Organizing Committee:

- Martine Garnier-Rizet (IMMI, Chair)
- Lynn Barreteau (IMMI)
- Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI)
- Aurélien Max (LIMSI-CNRS/U. Paris Sud 11)
- Guillaume Wisniewski (LIMSI-CNRS/U. Paris Sud 11)

Program Committee:

- Alexandre Allauzen (LIMSI-CNRS/U. Paris Sud 11, France)
- Laurent Besacier (LIG, France)
- Arianna Bisazza (FBK-irst, Italy)
- Francisco Casacuberta (ITI-UPV, Spain)
- Boxing Chen (NRC, Canada)
- Mehmet Uğur Doğan (Tubitak-Uekae, Turkey)
- Matthias Eck (Mobile Technologies, USA)
- Philipp Koehn (Univ. Edinburgh, UK)
- Philippe Langlais (Univ. Montreal, Canada)
- Geunbae Lee (Postech, Korea)
- Yves Lepage (GREYC, France)
- Haizhou Li (I2R, Singapore)
- José B. Mariño (TALP-UPC, Spain)
- Coskun Mermer (Tubitak-Uekae, Turkey)
- Hermann Ney (RWTH, Germany)
- Hwee Tou Ng (NUS, Singapore)
- Matthias Paulik (CMU, USA)
- Holger Schwenk (LIUM, France)
- Wade Shen (MIT-LL, USA)
- Sebastian Stüker (KIT, Germany)
- Eiichiro Sumita (NICT, Japan)
- Hajime Tsukada (NTT, Japan)
- Haifeng Wang (Baidu, China)
- Andy Way (DCU, Ireland)
- Joy Zhang (CMU, USA)
- Chengqing Zong (CASIA, China)

For all information, please visit the IWSLT 2010 Web site:

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