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The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
Location: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Dates: October 10-14, 2000
Envisioning Machine Translation in the Information Future
The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) is happy to
announce the plans for the fourth biennial conference, planned for October
10-14 at Mision del Sol, near Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The theme of AMTA-2000 is "Envisioning MT in the Information Future." The
focus will be on the articulation of future visions of MT: in the '00
decade, the 21st century, and even in the third millennium. Ubiquitous,
instant internet access will be available very soon from a host of
appliances and apparel. Later on, ways of thinking about the universe of
information will transcend our current metaphors of networks, clients,
servers, and communication. How will these and other possible paths into
the future affect our exponential need for translation? Will the process of
translation become transparent? How long before we each have a true
babelfish in our ear? Will the quality ceiling finally be broken by
incremental improvements, or by an as yet unimagined breakthrough? Will
translation even be necessary - will globalization lead to a single
language, or will translation allow for the growth of local languages?
Every current topic in multilingual information processing is germane to
this discourse, especially as it points the way to the near term and long
term role of MT in the information world of the future.
As in the past, the conference will feature a lively and engaging variety of
invited speakers, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials,
and technical papers by researchers, developers, and users.
AMTA invites everyone interested in machine translation to participate in
this conference - developers, researchers, users, professional translators,
managers, marketing experts - anyone who has a stake in the vision of an
information world in which language issues become transparent to the
information consumer. We especially invite users to share their experiences,
developers to describe what is happening in the internet marketplace,
researchers looking to new capabilities, and visionaries to describe the
Colleagues from Latin America who are involved in or interested in MT or
other human language technologies, are especially welcome to participate and
submit papers, workshops, tutorials, and demonstrations.
We also welcome and encourage participation by members of AMTA's sister
organizations, AAMT in Asia and EAMT in Europe. We also urge people working
in related areas in information processing to participate as well.
For complete information about the conference, please see the web site at:
David Farwell, General Chair
John S. White, Program Chair
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