Third Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation HyTra-3

in conjunction with EACL 2014, Gothenburg, April 27 2014

Invited Speakers

Hans Uszkoreit (Saarland University and DFKI, Germany)
Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University, Sweden) Abstract.

Best Papers

Authors of selected papers will be invited to contribute extended versions of their papers as book chapters for an edited volume on hybrid MT.

Third Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra)

The Third Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra) intends to further progress on the findings from the second HyTra, held at ACL 2013, and first HyTra which was held (together with the ESIRMT workshop) as a joint 2-day EACL 2012 workshop. The first editions of HyTra brought together researchers working on diverse aspects of hybrid machine translation. Full paper sessions allowed for fruitful, creative and interdisciplinary discussions, comparing and contrasting diverse ways to integrate MT paradigms. Project sessions led to discussions and interactions between European project leaders and researchers identifying challenges to progress in MT. HyTra proceedings put together high-quality papers experimenting with current topics including statistical approaches integrating morphological, syntactic, semantic and rule-based information.

Machine Translation (MT) is a highly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field since it is approached from the point of view of human translators, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and linguists. This workshop aims at motivating the cooperation and interaction between them, and to foster innovative combinations between the two main MT paradigms: statistical and rule-based.

The aim of the HyTra workshop is to bring together and share ideas among researchers developing statistical, example-based, or rule-based translation systems and who enhance MT systems with elements from the other approaches. Hereby one relevant focus will be on effectively combining linguistic and data driven approaches (rule-based and statistical MT). Another focus will be on hybridization in the context of human translation.

Topics of interest

We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following topics:

  • ways and techniques of hybridization
  • architectures for the rapid development of hybrid MT systems
  • applications of hybrid systems
  • hybrid systems dealing with under-resourced languages
  • hybrid systems dealing with morphologically rich languages
  • using linguistic information (morphology, syntax, semantics) to enhance statistical MT (e.g. with hierarchical or factored models)
  • using contextual information to enhance statistical MT
  • bootstrapping rule-based systems from corpora
  • hybrid methods in spoken language translation
  • extraction of dictionaries and other large-scale resources for MT from parallel and comparable corpora
  • induction of morphological, grammatical, and translation rules from corpora
  • machine learning techniques for hybrid MT
  • describing structural mappings between languages (e.g. tree-structures using synchronous/transduction grammars)
  • heuristics for limiting the search space in hybrid MT
  • alternative methods for the fair evaluation of the output of different types of MT systems (e.g. relying on linguistic criteria)
  • system combination approaches such as multi-engine MT (parallel) or automatic post-editing (sequential)
  • open source tools and free language resources for hybrid MT

Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submission must describe original and unpublished work without exceeding five pages of content plus one extra page for references. Characteristics of short papers include: a small, focused contribution; work in progress; a negative result; an opinion piece; an interesting application nugget. Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work without exceeding eight pages of content plus two extra pages for references. Submissions will be judged according to the criteria of the main conference (EACL 2014).

Important Dates

February 7, 2014: Extended deadline for paper submission
February 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance
March 3, 2014: Camera ready papers due
April 27, 2014: Workshop in Gothenburg


Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Marta R. Costa-jussà (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Aix-Marseille and Mainz)
Patrik Lambert (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
Kurt Eberle (Lingenio GmbH, Heidelberg)
Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)

Contact person: Rafael E. Banchs: rembanchs (at) i2r (dot) a-star (dot) edu (dot) sg

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