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AMTA-98:  MACHINE TRANSLATION AND THE INFORMATION SOUP
   (MT in a growing field of language technologies)
 
                  October 28-31, 1998
 
            The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
                Langhorne, Pennsylvania
 
   http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/AMTA98.html
 
 
 
          >>>>>Updated Announcement<<<<<
 
**NEW>> Conference Program Schedule Included!
**NEW>> New Tutorial Added on Ontological Semantics!
**NEW>> New Workshop Added on Chinese Treebank construction!
**NEW>> "MT in the Corporate Setting" Workshop cancelled
 
 
Conference organized by
 
   AMTA - Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
 
The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas is pleased to
convene its third conference in the biennial series, to be held at the
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA, on 28-31 October, with
tutorials and welcoming reception on Wednesday, October 28, and
pre-conference workshops scheduled for Tuesday October 27th.
 
Following on the success of last year's MT Summit, which commemorated
the 50th anniversary of machine translation, AMTA invites all who are
interested in any aspect of Machine Translation--developers,
researchers, users, and watchers--to attend the conference in October.
At AMTA-98 we will focus on the multilingual aspects of the diverse
language technologies being used increasingly  on the web: Information
Retrieval, Text Summarization, Speech Recognition, and so on.  As
usual, the conference will feature invited speakers, panel discussions,
papers by researchers and developers, workshops, tutorials, and more.
 
Participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations, AAMT in Asia
and EAMT in Europe, is strongly encouraged.  And people working in
related areas, such as information retrieval and summarization, are
very welcome to attend.
 
The full program and registration details are available at
      http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/AMTA98.html
 
 
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
 
Featured Speakers
 
The international business of MT:
  Gaston Bastiaens (Lernout & Hauspie)
 
Intergrating MT with other technologies:
  Louis Monier (AltaVista Inc.)
 
Situating MT in the Information Soup!
  Gary Strong (National Science Foundation)
 
MT-Related technologies:
  Gregory Grefenstette (Xerox Research) -- Information Retrieval
  Jaime Carbonnell (Carnegie Mellon University)
                              -- Multilingual Text Summarization
 
The future of the lexicon:
  Pascale Fung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  Dan Melamed (West Group)
 
 
Panels
 
1. Breaking the Quality Ceiling (moderator: David Farwell)
2. The Forgotten Majority: Neglected Languages (moderator:
                                                   Laurie Gerber)
3. A Seal of Approval for MT Systems (moderator: Eduard Hovy)
 
 
Research Papers
 
See list of accepted papers.
 
 
Tutorials
 
Participants may choose from a number of tutorials to be held in the
morning and the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 October.
 
***NOTE: NEW TUTORIAL JUST ADDED on Ontological Semantics***
 
1. Survey of Methodological Approaches to MT -- Harold Somers, UMIST
2. Multilingual Text Summarization -- Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI
3. Speech-to-speech Translation -- Monika Woszczyna, CMU
4. MT Evaluation: Old, New and Recycled -- John White, PRC
5. Survey of Language Learning Technologies -- Patricia O'Neill-Brown,
     US Dept of Commerce
6. Multilingual Text Retrieval -- Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox/Grenoble
7. **NEW**
   Ontological Semantics for Knowledge Based MT -- Sergei Nirenburg,
     CRL/NMSU
 
 
System Demonstrations
 
Demonstrations will be given both in a theater-style setting as part
of the regular program and on tabletops, where non-commercial systems
will be presented on an announced schedule.  Demonstrations will occur
in parallel with the research paper sessions.
 
 
Exhibits
 
In addition to the scheduled demonstrations, vendor booths will showcase
commercial products on an ongoing basis throughout the conference.  If
you would like to exhibit, please fill in the form obtainable via the
web at
  http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/amta98/exhibitregistration.html
which contains the registration and booth application form.
Alternatively, please contact:
 
    Kimberly K. Belvin
    AMTA-98 Exhibits Coordinator
    659 Dell St.
    Solana Beach, CA 92074
    tel: 619-481-8446
    fax: 619-350-8613
    email: [log in to unmask]
 
 
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
 
Three pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday,
October 27 and 28, from 9:00-5:00:
 
Tuesday, October 27
 
1. Second SIG-IL Workshop on Interlinguas and Interlingual Approaches to MT
      Organizer: Stephen Helmreich, CRL/NMSU
      Contact: Stephen Helmreich ([log in to unmask])
 
**NOTE** MT in the Corporate Setting WORKSHOP CANCELLED
 
Wednesday, October 28
 
2. Embedded MT: Design, Construction, and Evaluation of Systems with an
   MT Component
      Organizers: Clare Voss, ARL; Tapas Kanungo, University of Maryland;
                     Ann Brodeen, ARL
      Contact:  Clare Voss ([log in to unmask])
 
3. Chinese Treebank Construction
      Organizer: Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania
      Contact:  Martha Palmer ([log in to unmask])
 
 
RELATED EVENTS
 
- Wednesday: Welcoming reception in Exhibit Area (complementary)
 
- Friday: Banquet at the University of Pennsylvania's Palladium Restaurant
 
- Saturday: Optional tour of historic downtown Philadelphia area:
  Independence Mall, Liberty Bell, etc.
 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS
 
The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, Langhorne, PA.
 
Conveniently located in an area renowned for its beauty, history and
culture, the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel offers easy access to
Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.  Just off I-95 and Route 1,
northeast of Philadelphia, it is minutes away from planes, trains and
turnpikes, right in the heart of Berenstein Bears countryside.  Guests
are surrounded by unique shopping, sightseeing and entertainment
opportunities including Sesame Place, Peddler's Village, and the
Franklin Mills Mall, and minutes away from historic New Hope.  Atlantic
City and the Pennsylvania Dutch country are easy day trips.
 
This recently built, colonial style hotel has 187 rooms.  Accommodations
include luxurious suites for corporate lodging and entertaining, and an
executive floor.  Spacious guest rooms are soundproof and feature
individually controlled air conditioning, direct two-line touch-tone
phones, cable TV with remote control, and coffee makers.  The elegant
hospitality is complete with valet parking, a hair salon for men and
women, valet service, gift shop, video game room, fully-equipped spa
with indoor pool, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, jacuzzi, steam
room and sauna.  Further information is available from
   http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/AMTA98.html
 
 
TRAVEL
 
Air travel is available to Philadelphia from all major North American
airports and from many international ones.
 
Shuttles from airport to hotel:
First Class Airport Transportation Co. runs special rates from the
Philadelphia Aiport to the Sheraton ($23 each one-way for 1 person,
$17.50 each one-way for two people, and $12.50 each one-way for more
than three persons).
 
Regional rail:
For those coming in by train, the R5 runs from 30th Street Station in
Philadelphia to Langhorne, PA.  It costs $4.50 (peak) / $3.75 (off-peak)
one-way.  For more information call Septa at 215-580-7800.   Tickets
are also always on sale at the station.  The approximate costs to take
an Amtrak train (1-way) are:
- Washington DC to Trenton, unreserved $53 ($59 Fri. or Sun.)
- New York City to Trenton, unreserved $27 ($33 Fri. or Sun.)
 
 
REGISTRATION FORM
 
A copy of the AMTA-98 registration form is posted on the Web at
  http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/AMTA98.html
 
Alternatively, please contact
     Debbie Becker
     Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
     1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
     Washington, DC 20004
     USA
     Tel/fax: +1-703-716-0912
     Email: [log in to unmask]
 
 
ORGANIZERS
 
Conference Chair
      Eduard Hovy
      USC Information Sciences Institute
      4676 Admiralty Way
      Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
      USA
      Tel: +1-310-822-1511 ext. 731
      Fax: +1-310-823-6714
      Email: [log in to unmask]
 
Program Chairs
      David Farwell                   Laurie Gerber
      Computing Research Laboratory   SYSTRAN Software, Inc.
      New Mexico State University     7855 Fay Avenue
      Box 3001/3CRL                   Suite 300
      Las Cruces, NM 88003            La Jolla, CA  92037
      USA                             USA
      Tel: +1-505-646-5108            Tel: +1-619-459-6700
      Fax: +1-505-646-6218            Fax: +1-619-459-8487
      Email: [log in to unmask]       Email:  [log in to unmask]
 
Local Arrangements Chair           Exhibits Coordinator
      Martha Palmer                   Kimberly Kellogg Belvin
      Department of Computer Science  659 Dell Street
      University of Pennsylvania      Solana Beach, CA 92075
      200 S. 33rd Street              USA
      Philadelphia, PA 19104          Tel: +1-619-481-8446
      USA                             Fax: +1-619-350-8613
      Tel: +1-215-898-2661            Email: [log in to unmask]
      Fax: +1-215-898-0587
      Email: [log in to unmask]
 
AMTA Focal Point
      Deborah Becker
      Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
      1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
      Washington, DC 20004
      USA
      Tel/fax: +1-703-716-0912
      Email: [log in to unmask]
 
 
 
================  CONFERENCE PROGRAM  ==================
 
Please see http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/amta98/program.html .
 
 
 
TUESDAY, 27 October
 
  9:00 - 5:00
  Workshop:  Interlinguas and Interlingual Approaches to MT
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, 28 October
 
  9:00 - 12:00
  Tutorial: MT Evaluation -- John White, PRC
  Tutorial: MT Approaches -- Harold Somers, UMIST
  Tutorial: ICALL Techniques -- Patricia O'Neill-Brown, US Dept of
            Commerce
  Tutorial: Ontological Semantics -- Sergei Nirenburg, CRL/NMSU
  Workshop: Embedded MT
 
2:00 - 5:00
  Tutorial: Multilingual IR -- Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox Research Europe
  Tutorial: Speech-to-Speech MT -- Monica Woszczyna, CMU
  Tutorial: Multilingual Summarization -- Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI
  Tutorial: Chinese Treebank Workshop -- Martha Palmer, U. of Pennsylvania
  Workshop: Embedded MT (continued)
 
6:00 - 8:00
  WELCOME RECEPTION
  Exhibits
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY, 29 October
 
8:45 - 9:00
  OPENING REMARKS
  Eduard Hovy, Conference Chair
  Martha Palmer, Local Arrangements Chair
  David Farwell & Laurie Gerber, Program Chairs
 
9:00 - 10:30
  KEYNOTE 1
  The International Business of MT
  Gaston Bastiaens, Lernout & Hauspie
 
10:30 - 11:00
  BREAK
  Exhibits
 
11:00 - 12:30
  ROOM A: PANEL 1: THE FORGOTTEN MAJORITY: NEGLECTED LANGUAGES
  Moderator: Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN Software Inc.
  Panelists:
     Scott Bennett, LOGOS Inc.
     Denis Gachot, SYSTRANS Software Inc.
     Sergei Nirenburg, CRL/NMSU
     John O'Hara, Globalink Inc.
     Harold Somers, UMIST
     Peter Wilkniss, CATANAL Project
 
  ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  A Modular Approach to Spoken Language Translation for Large Domains -
     M. Wosczcyna, M. Broadhead, D. Gates, M. Gavalda, A. Lavie, L. Levin,
      & A. Waibel, Carnegie Mellon University
  Enhancing Automatic Acquisition of the Thematic Structure in a
  Large-Scale Lexicon for Mandarin - M. Olsen, B. Dorr, S. Thomas, U. of
Maryland
  Ordering Translation Templates by Assigning Confidence Factors -
     Zeynep wz & Ilyas Cicekli, Bilkent University
 
12:30 - 2:00 - LUNCH - Exhibits
 
 
2:00 - 3:30
  ROOM A: INVITED PRESENTATIONS: MT-Related Language Technologies
  Multilingual Information Retrieval - Gregory Grefenstette, Xerox Europe
  Multilingual Text Summarization - Jaime Carbonell, Carnegie Mellon U.
 
  ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS
  Alis Translation Solutions Application: Multilingual Search and Query
     Expansion -  N. Cote, Alis Technologies Inc.
  SYSTRAN Enterprise -
     Christian Raby, SYSTRAN Software Inc.
  Integrating Tools with the Translation Process -
     Edith Westfall, TRADOS Corporation
 
3:30 - 4:00
  BREAK
  Exhibits
 
4:00 - 5:30
  ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Quality and Robustness in MT--a Balancing Act -
     Bianka Buschbeck-Wolf & Michael Dorna, University of Stuttgart
  Parallel Strands: A Preliminary Investigation into Mining the Web for
     Bilingual Text - Philip Resnik, U. of Maryland
  An English-to-Turkish Interlingual MT System -
     Dilek Hakkani, Gkhen T8r, Kemal Oflazer, Bilkent University;
     Teruko Mitamura, & Eric Nyberg, Carnegie Mellon University
  Rapid Prototyping of Domain-Specific Machine Translation Systems -
     Martha Palmer & Owen Rambow, University of Pennsylvania
 
  ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Time-Constrained Machine Translation -
    Janine Toole, Davide Turcato, Fred Popowich, Dan Fass & Paul
      McFetridge, Simon Fraser University
  An Evaluation of the Multi-Engine MT Architecture -
    Christopher Hogan & Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University
  An Ontology-Based Approach to Parsing Turkish Sentences -
    Murat Temizsoy & Ilyas Cicekli, Bilkent University
  Monolingual Translator Workstation -
    Guy Bashkansky, IBM-Haifa; Uzzi Ornan, Technion
 
6:00 - 7:00
  AMTA General Membership Meeting
 
 
 
FRIDAY, 30 October
 
9:00-10:30
  ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Fast Document Translation for  Cross-Language Information Retrieval -
     Scott McCarley & Salim Roukos, IBM
  Machine Translation in Context -
     Kurt Godden, General Motors
  Easy English: Addressing Structural Ambiguity -
     Arendse Bernth, IBM
  Multi-Subject Constructions in the Multilingual MT System CAT2 -
     Munpyo Hong, IAI, Saarbr8cken
 
  ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  A Multilingual Procedure for Dictionary-Based Sentence Alignment -
     Adam Meyers, Ralph Grishman, NYU; Michiko Kosaka, Monmouth U.
  Taxonomy and Semantic Processing from the Perspective of Machine
    Readable  Dictionaries - Jason Chang, Mathis Chen, National Tsing Hua
    University;  Sue Ker, Soochow University
  Can Simultaneous Interpretation Help Machine Translation -
     Dan Loehr, Georgetown University
  Sentence Analysis Using a Concept Lattice -
     Lebelo Serutla & Derrick Kourie, University of Pretoria
 
  ROOM C: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Evaluating Language Technologies: The MULTIDOC Approach to Taming the
     Knowledge Soup - Jrg Sch8tz & Rita N8bel, IAI, Saarbr8cken
  Integrating Query Translation and Document Translation in a
    Cross-Language Information Retrieval System - Guo-Wei Bian &
    Hsin-Hsi Chen, National  Taiwan University
  When Stalhandski Becomes Steelglove: A Corpus Based Study of Names in
     Parallel Text - Pernilla Danielsson & Katarina M8hlenbock,
     Gteborg U.
 
10:30 - 11:00
  BREAK
  Exhibits
 
11:00 - 12:30
  ROOM A: PANEL 2: A SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR MT SYSTEMS
  Moderator: Eduard Hovy, USC/Information Sciences Institute
  Panelists:
     John Hutchins, University of East Anglia
     Bente Maegaard, CST, Copenhagen
     L. Chris Miller, MCS, Washington
     Hozumi Tanaka, Tokyo Institute of Technology
     Reba Rosenbluth, SYSTRAN Software, Inc.
     Muriel Vasconcellos
     John White, Litton PRC
 
  ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS
  EMIS: A Multilingual Information System -
     Brbel Ripplinger, IAI, Saarbr8cken
  An Open Transfer Translation -
     Jorge Kinoshita, Universidade de So Paulo
  TransEasy: A Chinese-English MT System Based on Hybrid Approach -
     Liu Qun, Chinese Academy of Science; Yu Shiwen, Peking University
  Sakhr Arabic-English Computer-Aided Translation System -
     Achraf Chalabi, Sakhr Software Inc.
 
  ROOM C: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  SYSTRAN on AltaVista: A User Study of Real-Time MT on the Internet -
     Jin Yang & Elke Lange, SYSTRAN Software Inc.
  Making Semantic Interpretation Parser Independent -
     Ulrich Germann, USC/Information Sciences Institute
  Implementing MT in the Greek Public Sector: A Users' Survey -
     Athanassia Fourla & Olga Yannoutsou, Inst. for Language and Speech
     Processing, Greece
  Statistical Approach for Korean Analysis: A Method Based on Structural
     Patterns - Nari Kim, University of Pennsylvania
 
12:30 - 2:00
  LUNCH
  Exhibits
 
2:00 - 3:30
  KEYNOTE 2
  Integrating MT with Other Technologies
  Louis Monier, AltaVista Inc.
 
3:30 - 4:00
  BREAK
  Exhibits
 
4:00 - 5:30
  ROOM A: INVITED PRESENTATIONS: The Future of the Lexicon
  Empirical Methods for MT Lexicon Development - Dan Melamed, West Group
  A Statistical View on Bilingual Lexicon Extraction: From Parallel
  Corpora to Non-Parallel Corpora - Pascale Fung, Hong Kong U. of Science
  & Tech
 
  ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Twisted Pair Grammar: Support for Rapid Development of MT for Low
     Density Languages - Douglas Jones, US Department of Defense
  A Thematic Hierarchy for Efficient Generation from Lexical-Conceptual
     Structure - Bonnie Dorr, Nizar Habash & David Traum, U. of Maryland
  The LMT Transformational System -
     Micheal McCord & Arendse Bernth, IBM
  Finding the Right Words: An Analysis of Not-Translated Words in Machine
     Translation - Florence Reeder & Dan Loehr, The Mitre Corporation
 
  ROOM C: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Predicting What MT is Good for: User Judgements and Task Performance -
     Kathryn Taylor & John White, Litton PRC & FIDUL
  Reusing Translated Terms to Expand a Multilingual Thesaurus -
     Rocio Guillen, California State University at San Marcos
  Spicing Up the Information Soup: Machine Translation and the Internet -
 
     Steve McLaughlin & Ulrike Schwall, Lernout & Hauspie
  Revision of Morphological Analysis Errors through Person Name
  Construction Model - Hiroyuki Shinnou, Ibaraki University
 
7:00
  BANQUET
 
 
 
SATURDAY, 31 October
 
9:00 - 10:25
  ROOM A: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Lexical Choice and Syntactic Generation in a Transfer System:
  Transformations
     in the New LMT English-German System - Claudia Gdaniec, IBM
  Translation with Finite-State Devices -
     Kevin Knight & Yaser Al-Onaizan, USC/Information Sciences Institute
  Lexical Selection for Cross-Language Applications: Combining LCS with
  WordNet -
     Bonnie Dorr & Maria Katsova, University of Maryland
  Improving Translation Quality by Manipulating Sentence Length -
     Laurie Gerber, SYSTRAN Systems Inc.; Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI
 
ROOM B: SYSTEM DEMOS
  Demo of Alis Translation Solutions: Overview -
     N. Cote, Alis Technologies Inc.
  Logos8 System Description -
     Brigitte Orliac, LOGOS Inc.
  SYSTRANET Online Translation Services -
     Laurent Pontegnier, SYSTRAN Software Inc.
 
10:25 - 10:45
  BREAK
  Exhibits
 
10:45 - 12:10
  ROOM A: PANEL 3: BREAKING THE QUALITY CEILING
  Moderator:  David Farwell, Computing Research Laboratory, NMSU
  Panelists:
     John Chandioux, Chandioux Consultants
     Ron Fournier, Lexi-tech Inc.
     Sergei Nirenburg, Computing Research Laboratory, NMSU
     Harold Somers, UMIST
 
ROOM B: TECHNICAL PAPERS
  Machine Translation among Languages with Transitivity Divergences Using
     the Causal Relation in the Interlingual Lexicon - Yukiko Alam, San
     Francisco State University
  A Comparative Study of Query and Document Translation for Cross-Language
      Information Retrieval - Douglas Oard, University of Maryland
  Lexicons as Gold: Mining, Embellishment and Reuse -
     Keith Miller & David Zajic, The Mitre Corporation
 
12:10 - 1:15
  LUNCH
  Last Chance to Visit Exhibits!
 
1:15 - 2:45
  KEYNOTE 3
  Situating MT in the Information Technology Soup!
     Gary Strong, NSF
 
2:45 - 3:00
  CLOSING REMARKS
    Eduard Hovy, Conference Chair
 
 
 
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Eduard Hovy
email: [log in to unmask]          USC Information Sciences Institute
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731    4676 Admiralty Way
fax: 310-823-6714            Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
project homepage: http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/nlp-at-isi.html