AMTA 2012 Workshop on Post-editing Technology and Practice

October 28, 2012, San Diego CA


The proceedings of the workshop are available online.

Invited Speaker: Salim Roukos (IBM)
MT Post-editing at IBM

Submission deadline: Friday, August 10 2012
Notifications of acceptance: Friday, August 31 2012
Final "camera-ready" versions: Friday, September 7 2012

Post-Editing (PE) is possibly the oldest form of human-machine cooperation for translation, having been around for just about as long as operational MT systems.  Recently however, there seems to be a surge of interest for PE among the wider user community, partly due to the increasing quality of MT output, but also to the availability of free, high-quality software.

Yet, the success of a PE operation depends on many more factors than just software, and for every PE success story, probably many more failures go unreported.  This workshop will be a chance for PE researchers and practitioners to get together and openly discuss the weaknesses and strengths of existing technology, to properly and objectively assess PE effectiveness, to establish better practices, and propose tools and technological PE solutions that are built around the real needs of users.

This one-day workshop will be held just before the next AMTA Meeting, on Sunday October 28, 2012, in San Diego CA.  The program will consist of oral presentations of original work, posters, software demos, and a talk by our invited speaker, Salim Roukos.

Topics of Interest

  • Best practices for PE
  • Post-editing machine translation vs. Post-editing translation memories vs. Revising real (human) translations
  • Training for post-editing
  • Managing the transition from TM to TM+MT or just MT
  • PE evaluation methodology and metrics
  • Collecting and sharing PE data 
  • Innovative uses of post-editor feedback
  • Real-time adaptation / Online learning / Incremental SMT training  / Automatic post-editing 
  • Prediction of PE effort
  • Confidence estimation / Error-detection for PE
  • PE UI design and innovative functionalities
  • Integration of MT within computer-assisted translation (CAT) environments
  • Reducing post-editing effort through pre-processing techniques
Accepted papers will be published in the AMTA Proceedings.

Workshop Organizers

Sharon O'Brien -- CNGL / DCU
Michel Simard -- National Research Council Canada
Lucia Specia -- University of Sheffield
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