Marcello Federico federico at itc.it
Mon Mar 5 11:43:01 CET 2007

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IWSLT - 15-16 October 2007, Trento, Italy


This year's IWSLT workshop continues the tradition of organizing an
open evaluation campaign for spoken language translation followed by a
scientific workshop, in which both system descriptions and scientific
papers are presented. IWSLT's evaluations are not competition
oriented but, on the contrary, 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 language translation.


The IWSLT 2007 Evaluation Campaign will feature two challenges,
namely, the translation of spontaneous conversations in the travel
domain from Italian and Chinese-to English, as well as two classical
tasks, that is, the translation of read speech in the travel domain,
from Arabic and Japanese into English. For all tasks, participants
will be provided with training and development data sets, useful
linguistic resources, and links to open software tools for developing
state-of-the-art statistical machine translation systems. In contrast
with other MT evaluation campaigns, input for translation is not
written text but transcripts generated by automatic speech recognition
systems. Translation systems able to process multiple input
hypotheses will be able to use n-best lists and word-graphs produced
by ASR systems.


The IWSLT 2007 Workshop will take place in the historical centre of
Trento, on 15-16 October. The two-day gathering will include
presentations of systems and research papers, as well as invited talks
and discussion panels. Submissions of technical papers are highly
encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Text and speech translation systems
- Word alignment methods
- MT evaluation
- Integration of ASR and MT
- Enriched speech translation output
- Syntax-based MT
- Re-ordering models
- Open source software for MT
- Search algorithms for MT
- Language resources for MT
- Task adaptation and portability in MT


Evaluation Campaign
- Training/Dev Data Release: 30 April 2007
- Test Data Release: 09 July 2007
- Translations Due: 13 July 2007
- Paper Submission Deadline: 06 August 2007
- Notification of Acceptance: 31 August 2007
- Camera Ready Due: 17 September 2007


Organizating Committee:
Gianni Lazzari, ITC-irst, Italy (Chair)
Amedeo Cappelli, CELCT, Italy
Satoshi Nakamura, NICT/ATR, Japan
Alex Waibel, CMU, USA

Workshop Chair:
Marcello Federico, ITC-irst, Italy

Marcello Federico
ITC-irst Trento, Italy

ITC -> dall'1 marzo 2007 Fondazione Bruno Kessler
ITC -> since 1 March 2007 Fondazione Bruno Kessler

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