HyTra Workshop 2

The Second Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra) intends to further progress on the findings from the first HyTra workshop which was held (together with the ESIRMT workshop) as a joint 2-day EACL 2012 workshop. The first edition of HyTra brought together researchers working on diverse aspects of hybrid machine translation. Full paper sessions allowed for fruitful, creative and interdisciplinary discussions, comparing and contrasting diverse ways to integrate machine translation (MT) paradigms. Project sessions led to discussions and interactions between European project leaders and researchers identifying challenges to progress in MT. HyTra proceedings put together high-quality papers experimenting with current topics including statistical approaches integrating morphological, syntactic, semantic and rule-based information.

Machine translation is a highly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field since it is approached from the point of view of human translators, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and linguists. This workshop aims at motivating the cooperation and interaction between them, and to foster innovative combinations between the two main MT paradigms: statistical and rule-based.

HyTra 2 Topics

  • ways and techniques of hybridization
  • architectures for the rapid development of hybrid MT systems
  • applications of hybrid systems
  • hybrid systems dealing with under-resourced languages
  • hybrid systems dealing with morphologically rich languages
  • using linguistic information (morphology, syntax, semantics) to enhance statistical MT (e.g. with hierarchical or factored models)
  • using contextual information to enhance statistical MT
  • bootstrapping rule-based systems from corpora
  • hybrid methods in spoken language translation
  • extraction of dictionaries from parallel and comparable corpora
  • induction of morphological, grammatical, and translation rules from corpora
  • machine learning techniques for hybrid MT
  • describing structural mappings between languages (e.g. tree-structures using synchronous/transduction grammars)
  • heuristics for limiting the search space in hybrid MT
  • alternative methods for the fair evaluation of the output of different types of MT systems (e.g. relying on linguistic criteria)
  • system combination approaches such as multi-engine MT (parallel) or automatic post-editing (sequential)
  • open source tools and free language resources for hybrid MT

Important Dates

  • April 30, 2013: Paper submissions due
  • May 24, 2013: Notification of acceptance
  • Jun 7, 2013: Camera ready papers due
  • August 8, 2013: Workshop in Sofia


Marta R. Costa-jussà (Institute for Infocomm Research)
Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Aix-Marseille and Mainz)
Patrik Lambert (Barcelona Media Innovation Center)
Kurt Eberle (Lingenio GmbH)
Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research)
Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)

Contact person: Marta R. Costa-jussà

Invited Speakers

Will Lewis and Chris Quirk (Microsoft Research)
Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen)


The official Hytra 2 Workshop Homepage

Information about HyghTra