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AMTA Conference San Diego

November 13th, 2012 | by LTD | No Comments

Reviewed by: Rubén de la Fuente

I attended the first day of AMTA conference, which brings together MT vendors, LSPs and end-clients. I was pleased to see attendees from ATA conference as well. ATA and AMTA have decided to collocate their conferences in order to build bridges between both communities. It was encouraging to see people taking advantage of the opportunity.

I missed ATA President Caitlin Walsh’s keynote on Literature and Poetry, but I got on time for Luis von Ahn’s on Duolingo. Duolingo seeks to “translate the web for free” by giving language learners sentences to translate. Here’s a TED video explaining Duolingo in more detail. Although it could be seen as a threat for translators, I don’t think it will be: Duolingo will not charge for translation only if content is creative commons-licensed (Wikipedia and the like) or if there’s no required deadline for translations. Most commercial projects will not meet either of these characteristics.

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Tell Your Story at AMTA 2012

May 9th, 2012 | by LTD | No Comments

The 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas will take place in San Diego from October 28 to November 1, 2012, right after the ATA conference.

The deadline for program submissions is just around the corner – May 21. The technology showcase, where you can demonstrate research or commercial systems that incorporate MT for FREE, accepts submissions well into June. There are program tracks for commercial and government users of MT. The submission requirements for user studies are quite modest. If you are an active MT user, please consider telling your story at AMTA! You can find details under Call for Papers and User Presentations on the AMTA conference website.

Two keynote speakers have been confirmed: Bonnie Dorr, DARPA Language Technology Program Manager, and Luis von Ahn, founder and inventor or reCAPTCHA and Duolingo and a notable TED speaker (see our January post).

AMTA is sponsored by Microsoft, SDL International, Systran, and Multilingual.