WAT 2021

The 8th Workshop on Asian Translation

August 5-6, 2021
Bangkok, Thailand
(Hosted by the ACL-IJCNLP 2021)



Many Asian countries are rapidly growing these days and the importance of communicating and exchanging the information with these countries has intensified. To satisfy the demand for communication among these countries, machine translation technology is essential.

Machine translation technology has rapidly evolved recently and it is seeing practical use especially between European languages. However, the translation quality of Asian languages is not that high compared to that of European languages, and machine translation technology for these languages has not reached a stage of proliferation yet. This is not only due to the lack of the language resources for Asian languages but also due to the lack of techniques to correctly transfer the meaning of sentences from/to Asian languages. Consequently, a place for gathering and sharing the resources and knowledge about Asian language translation is necessary to enhance machine translation research for Asian languages.

The Workshop on Machine Translation (WMT), the world's largest machine translation workshop, mainly targets on European languages and does not include Asian languages. The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) has spoken language translation tasks for some Asian languages using TED talk data, but these is no task for written language.

The Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT) is an open machine translation evaluation campaign focusing on Asian languages. WAT gathers and shares the resources and knowledge of Asian language translation to understand the problems to be solved for the practical use of machine translation technologies among all Asian countries. WAT is unique in that it is an "open innovation platform": the test data is fixed and open, so participants can repeat evaluations on the same data and confirm changes in translation accuracy over time. WAT has no deadline for the automatic translation quality evaluation (continuous evaluation), so participants can submit translation results at any time.

In addition to the shared tasks, the workshop will also feature scientific papers on topics related to the machine translation, especially for Asian languages. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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Shared Task Submission DeadlineApril 26, 2021May 3, 2021
Research Paper Submission DeadlineApril 26, 2021May 3, 2021
System Description Paper for Shared Tasks Submission DeadlineMay 17, 2021May 24, 2021
Notification of Acceptance for Research PapersMay 28, 2021May 31, 2021
Review Feedback of System Description PapersMay 28, 2021May 31, 2021
Camera-ready Deadline (both Research and System Description Papers)June 7, 2021
Workshop DatesAugust 5-6, 2021

* All deadlines are calculated at 11:59PM UTC-12

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Shared task participation policy:

Research paper and system description paper submission policy:

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WAT2021 invites researchers to submit their original work on machine translation for Asian languages. The scope covers studies and reports on theories, techniques, and resources to improve the machines translation of Asian languages. All submitted research papers will be examined under a double-blind peer-reviewing to decide if they will appear at the workshop. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

The format of research paper is identital to the format of system description, please refer to the section of PAPER SUBMISSION INFORMATION.

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Baseline system:

Baseline systems site is now open.

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We will evaluate the translation performance of the results submitted through automatic evaluation and human evaluation.

Automatic evaluation:
We will prepare an automatic evaluation server. You will be able to evaluate the translation results at any time using this server.

Human evaluation:
Human evaluation will be carried out with two kinds of method, which are Pairwise Crowdsourcing Evaluation and JPO Adequacy Evaluation.

Submission site is now open.
(User Name and Password is necessary to access.)

Evaluation results:
Evaluation results site is now open.

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Participants who submit results for human evaluation are required to submit description papers of their translation systems and evaluation results. All submissions and feedback are handled electronically as below.

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APPLICATION for Shared Tasks

The application site for task participants of WAT2021 is now open.

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For questions, comments, etc. please email to "wat-organizer -at- googlegroups -dot- com".

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Japan Patent Office
The Association for Natural Language Processing
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT)

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2020-12-21: site opened

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NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
Kyoto University
Last Modified: 2020-12-21