The 1st Workshop on Neural Machine Translation is a new annual workshop that will be co-located with ACL 2017 (Vancouver, July 30-August 4, 2017). Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is a simple new architecture for getting machines to learn to translate. Despite being relatively recent, NMT has demonstrated promising results and attracted much interest, achieving state-of-the-art results on a number of shared tasks. This workshop aims to cultivate research in neural machine translation and other aspects of machine translation and multilinguality that utilize neural models.

We aim to complement the main conference by trying to achieve the following goals:

  • Research horizons in NMT: During the workshop, we will hold a panel session attempting to answer major questions about NMT -- both specific (what architectures should we use? how do we perform search?, etc.) and general (what will be the long-lasting ideas, which problems have been essentially solved, etc.) as well as highlight potential areas of research in the future.
  • Shared tasks and software: In addition, we hope to hold a brainstorming session about what kinds of novel shared tasks or common frameworks we can develop as a whole community for NMT.

We expect the highlight of the workshop to be this panel and brainstorming sessions where participants can understand and help shape the future of this rapidly growing field. We will also feature invited talks from leading researchers in the field, and also accept submissions of both completed and forward-looking work which will be presented either as oral presentations or during a poster session. Besides, we welcome works on general sequence-to-sequence models.


The workshop is organized by Thang Luong, Graham Neubig, Alexandra Birch, and Andrew Finch.


We are delighted to have the following speakers. Full bio can be found here.


All deadlines are 11:59 PM Pacific time. See our call for papers.

  • Deadline for paper submission: Friday April 28, 2017

  • Notification of acceptance: Friday May 26, 2017

  • Camera ready submission due: Friday June 9, 2017

  • Workshop: August 4, 2017


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