Call for Participation

The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) is a yearly scientific workshop, associated with an open evaluation campaign on spoken language translation, where both scientific papers and system descriptions are presented. The 9th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation will take place in Hong Kong on December 6-7, 2012. The workshop will be held just before the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING) on December 8-15, 2012 in Mumbai, India.

Evaluation Campaign

The IWSLT offers challenging research tasks and open benchmarks to develop and test speech recognition and machine translation technology. In this edition, the IWSLT will offer ASR, SLT and MT tracks around the large-vocabulary TED talks domain, as well as one MT track on the small-vocabulary Olympics domain. For all tracks, the organizers will supply participants with training and development data. The official training data are already released. Participants interested in the TED talk tasks can access the training and development data sets here). Participants of the OLYMPICS task have to sign an end-user agreement in order to get access to the data sets. For details on the OLYMPICS task, check here.

Scientific Papers

The IWSLT invites submissions of scientific papers to be published in the workshop proceedings and presented in dedicated technical sessions of the workshop, either in oral or poster form. The workshop welcomes high quality contributions covering theoretical and practical issues in the fields of automatic speech recognition and machine translation, that are applied to spoken language translation. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Speech and text MT
  • Integration of ASR and MT
  • MT and SLT approaches
  • MT and SLT evaluation
  • Language resources for MT and SLT
  • Open source software for MT and SLT
  • Adaptation in MT
  • Simultaneous speech translation
  • Speech translation of lectures
  • Efficiency in MT
  • Stream-based algorithms for MT
  • Multilingual ASR and TTS
  • Rich transcription of speech for MT
  • Translation of on-verbal events

Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted papers are requested to present their paper at the workshop.

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