[Corpora-List] ACL Workshop on Automatic Simultaneous Translation

Colin Cherry colin.a.cherry at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 03:43:22 CET 2020

Call for Papers

The 1st Workshop on Automatic Simultaneous Translation (AutoSimTrans) at ACL 2020

Seattle, Washington, USA

Thursday, July 9, 2020 OR Friday, July 10, 2020


Submission Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2020, 11:59pm



Simultaneous translation, which performs translation concurrently with the source speech, is widely useful in many scenarios such as international conferences, negotiations, press releases, legal proceedings, and medicine. It combines the AI technologies of machine translation (MT), automatic speech recognition (ASR), and text-to-speech synthesis (TTS), and is becoming a cutting-edge research field.

As an emerging and interdisciplinary field, simultaneous translation faces many great challenges, and is considered one of the holy grails of AI. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in machine translation, speech processing, and human interpretation, to discuss recent advances and open challenges of simultaneous translation, including:

* The architecture of simultaneous translation: traditional pipeline (ASR-MT-TTS) or end-to-end (speech-speech); * Translation models: robust, high quality, and low latency; * Data resources: large and high-quality corpora for training simultaneous translation systems. * Evaluation methods: metrics to evaluate the translation quality and time latency; * Machine aided simultaneous translation: improve the efficiency and quality of human interpreters;

Meanwhile, the workshop will also explore challenges for developing practical simultaneous translation systems and will provide opportunity for participants show their products.

We introduce two submission tracks in this workshop:

* Research track (https://autosimtrans.github.io/cfp) for research papers; * Shared task track (https://autosimtrans.github.io/shared) for systems description papers in the shared task.



We are organizing a simultaneous translation shared task in two directions: (a) Chinese-to-English, and (b) English-to-Spanish,

and three modes: (1) streaming clean text to text (2) streaming ASR transcription to text (3) streaming audio to text

In other words, there are six competitions in total.

We will provide open datasets and evaluation environment. Participants are encouraged (though not required) to submit their system description papers and present them at the Workshop.

For more information, please see the Shared Task page ( https://autosimtrans.github.io/shared).



We have two sets of keynote speakers: 4 from simultaneous translation, and 2 from human interpretation research. We hope this workshop will greatly increase the communication and cross fertilization between the two fields.


* Jordan Boyd-Graber, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, USA * Satoshi Nakamura, Professor, NaraInstitute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan * Alex Waibel, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Director, International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies (InterACT), USA and Germany * Hua Wu, Chief Scientist of NLP, Baidu Inc., China


* Kay-Fan Cheung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), China * Barry Slaughter Olsen, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Conference Interpreter, and Member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), USA



Shared Task: -- January 2020: release of train and dev data -- March 2020: evaluation period

Papers: - Submission Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2020 (both research and systems description papers) - Notification of Acceptance: Monday, Monday, May 4, 2020 - Camera-ready Papers Due: Monday, May 18, 2020 - Workshop: July 9 or 10 (Thursday or Friday), 2020 -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 11806 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20200305/2da87adc/attachment.txt>

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