Fourth Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation HyTra-4

in conjunction with ACL-2015, Beijing: 31 July 2015

Invited Speakers

Hinrich Schütze (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich Germany)
Gerard de Melo (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick U..S.)

Fourth Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra)

The Workshop HyTra-4 (Hybrid Approaches to Translation, 4th Edition) aims at providing a communication platform and an informing research agenda around theoretical and practical issues of Hybrid MT, and specifically - the problems, methodologies, resources and theoretical ideas which originate outside the mainstream MT paradigm, but have potential to enhance the quality of state-of-the-art MT systems by bringing together a diverse range of technologies, methods and tools into the MT domain.

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)
  • bootstrapping rule-based systems from corpora
  • hybrid methods in spoken language translation
  • extraction of dictionaries 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, or developed on the basis of hybrid approaches
  • use of Hybrid MT techniques for other computational linguistics tasks, such as translation lexicography, contrastive morphology, parallel grammar induction

  • Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work without exceeding five pages of content plus one extra page for references.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 (ACL 2015).

    Submission Instructions

    Authors are invited to submit papers on original and previously unpublished work. Formatting should be according to ACL 2015 specifications using LaTeX or MS-Word style files. Reviewing of papers will be double-blind, so the submissions should not reveal the authors' identity. Submission is electronic in PDF format using the START submission system at the following url: Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or publications are possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop contact person (see below). If accepted, withdrawals are only possible within two days after notification. For an accepted paper to appear in the proceedings, at least one author must register for the workshop and actually present the paper. The papers will be published in the workshop proceedings which will be made available via the ACL Anthology.

    Important dates:

    19 January 2015: First call for papers
    14 May 2015: Workshop Paper Due Date
    4 June 2015: Notification of Acceptance
    21 June 2015: Camera-ready papers due
    31 July 2015: 1-day Workshop HyTra-4


    Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)
    Kurt Eberle (Lingenio GmbH, Heidelberg)
    Marta R. Costa-jussa (Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico)
    Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
    Patrik Lambert (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
    Reinhard Rapp (University of Mainz)

    Programme Committee

    Ahmet Aker, Sheffield, UK
    Bogdan Babych, Leeds, UK
    Rafael E. Banchs, Singapore
    Alexey Baytin, Yandex, Moscow, Russia
    Nuria Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
    Anja Belz, Brighton, UK
    Pierrette Bouillon, ISSCO/TIM/ETI, University of Geneva, Switzerland
    Michael Carl, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    Marta R. Costa-jussa, Mexico City, Mexico
    Oliver Čulo, University of Mainz, Germany
    Kurt Eberle, Lingenio GmbH/University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Christian Federmann, Microsoft Research, Seattle, USA
    Maxim Khalilov, Berlin, Germany
    Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
    Patrik Lambert, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
    Yannick Parmentier, Orleans, France
    Reinhard Rapp, University of Mainz, Germany
    Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds, UK
    George Tambouratzis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Athens, Greece
    Joerg Tiedemann, University of Uppsala, Sweden

    The official Hytra 4 Workshop Homepage