The 8th Workshop on Asian Translation
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August 5-6, 2021
(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:
- analysis of the automatic/human evaluation results in the past WAT workshops
- word-/phrase-/syntax-/semantics-/rule-based, neural and hybrid machine translation
- Asian language processing
- incorporating linguistic information into machine translation
- decoding algorithms
- system combination
- error analysis
- manual and automatic machine translation evaluation
- machine translation applications
- quality estimation
- domain adaptation
- machine translation for low resource languages
- language resources
|Shared Task Submission Deadline|April 26, 2021May 3, 2021 |
|Research Paper Submission Deadline|April 26, 2021May 3, 2021 |
|System Description Paper for Shared Tasks Submission Deadline|May 17, 2021May 24, 2021 |
|Notification of Acceptance for Research Papers|May 28, 2021May 31, 2021 |
|Review Feedback of System Description Papers|May 28, 2021May 31, 2021 |
|Camera-ready Deadline (both Research and System Description Papers)||June 7, 2021||
|Workshop Dates||August 5-6, 2021||
* All deadlines are calculated at 11:59PM UTC-12
Shared task participation policy:
- There is no limitation on the number of teams from one laboratory to apply for WAT2021.
- From one laboratory (not one team), at most two submissions are allowed for human evaluation in each sub-task.
- If a team takes part in human evaluation, it is mandatory to submit its system description paper and to attend the workshop.
- A team can submit its system description paper even only taking part in automatic evaluation.
- In the case that a team taking part in human evaluation but does not submit their system description paper,
the evaluation results, including automatic and by human, will not be presented in the overview paper provided by the organizers.
Research paper and system description paper submission policy:
- All the submissions to WAT 2021 must follow the policy of ACL-IJCNLP 2021 long paper submissions, excluding the following exceptions.
- Single-blind review (not need to blind the author information) for the system description papers.
- Author information can't be changed after the initial submission.
- Multiple Submission Policy: submitted papers must not be submitted elsewhere during the ACL-IJCNLP 2021 review period. This policy covers all refereed and archival conferences and workshops (e.g., IJCAI, SIGIR, NAACL). We make an exception to the above: papers can be dual-submitted to both ACL-IJCNLP 2021 and an ACL-IJCNLP 2021 workshop which has its submission deadline falling before our notification date of May 5, 2021.
In addition, we will not consider any paper that overlaps significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere. Authors submitting more than one paper to ACL-IJCNLP 2021 must ensure that submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other in content or results.
- System description paper submission is only for the participants of shared tasks.
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.
- Word-/phrase-/syntax-/semantics-/rule-based, neural, and hybrids machine translation
- Asian language processing
- Incorporating linguistic information into machine translation
- Decoding algorithms
- System combination
- Error analysis
- Manual and automatic machine translation evaluation
- Machine translation applications
- Quality estimation
- Domain adaptation
- Machine translation for low resource languages
- Language resources
- Document-level translation tasks:
- Multimodal translation tasks:
- Indic tasks:
- MultiIndicMT: Bengali/Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Malayalam/Marathi/Odia/Punjabi/Tamil/Telugu <--> English
- ALT+ tasks:
- +UCSY: Myanmar (Burmese) <--> English
- Patent task:
- JPC2: English/Chinese/Korean <--> Japanese
- News Commentary task:
- Restricted Translation task:
Baseline systems site is now open.
TRANSLATION TASK EVALUATION
We will evaluate the translation performance of the results submitted through
automatic evaluation and human evaluation.
We will prepare an automatic evaluation server.
You will be able to evaluate the translation results at any time using this server.
BLEU, RIBES, and AM-FM*
* A two-dimensional automatic evaluation metric for machine translation, designed to operate at the sentence level.
* It is based on adequacy and fluency,
to decouple semantic and syntactic components of the translation process
to provide a balanced view on translation quality.
The submission format and the submission method are given at the submission site below.
When submitting, participants have to agree that the submitted results
are attributed to JST and NICT.
The results will be used and distributed for research by JST and NICT.
Thanks to the technical collaborators: Luis Fernando D'Haro, Rafael E. Banchs and Haizhou Li.
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 site is now open.
PAPER SUBMISSION INFORMATION
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.
- Format and Template:
Participants must use the same format as ACL-IJCNLP 2021 long-paper and follow the same instructions
in terms of the format. We do not distinguish between long and short papers.
We ask you to use the ACL-IJCNLP 2021 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word template
that are available on the
ACL-IJCNLP 2021 conference web site.
- Submission site:
APPLICATION for Shared Tasks
The application site
for task participants of WAT2021 is now open.
- Toshiaki Nakazawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan [GENERAL, ASPEC+ParaNatCom, BSD]
- Hideki Nakayama, The University of Tokyo, Japan [Flickr30kEnt-JP]
- Isao Goto, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Japan [GENERAL, JIJI]
- Hidaya Mino, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Japan [GENERAL, JIJI]
- Chenchen Ding, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan [GENERAL, ALT]
- Raj Dabre, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan [MultiIndicMT, ALT+SAP, Global voices]
- Anoop Kunchookuttan, Microsoft AI and Research, India [MultiIndicMT]
- Shohei Higashiyama, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan [JPC]
- Hiroshi Manabe, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan [GENERAL]
- Win Pa Pa, University of Computer Studies, Yangon (UCSY), Myanmar [ALT+UCSY]
- Shantipriya Parida, Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland [Hindi Visual Genome, Malayalam Visual Genome]
- Ondřej Bojar, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic [Hindi Visual Genome, Malayalam Visual Genome]
- Chenhui Chu, Kyoto University, Japan [Ambiguous MS COCO]
- Akiko Eriguchi, Microsoft, USA [Restricted Translation]
- Kaori Abe, Tohoku University, Japan [Restricted Translation]
- Yusuke Oda, LegalForce, Japan [Restricted Translation]
- Katsuhito Sudoh, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan [GENERAL]
- Sadao Kurohashi, Kyoto University, Japan [GENERAL]
- Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology Patna (IITP), India [GENERAL]
PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Hailong Cao, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
- Michael Carl, Kent State University, USA
- Chenhui Chu, Kyoto University, Japan
- Fabien Cromières, Free, France
- Kenji Imamura, NICT, Japan
- Yang Liu, Tsinghua University, China
- Takashi Ninomiya, Ehime University, Japan
- Masao Utiyama, NICT, Japan
- Jiajun Zhang, Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
- Luis Fernando D'Haro, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
- Rafael E. Banchs, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Haizhou Li, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Chen Zhang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
For questions, comments, etc. please email to "wat-organizer -at- googlegroups -dot- com".
Japan Patent Office
The Association for Natural Language Processing
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT)
- WAT 2020
The 7th Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2020) was held in December 2020 in Suzhou, China (Online).
- WAT 2019
The 6th Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2019) was held in December 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
- WAT 2018
The 5th Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2018) was held in December 2018 in Hong Kong, China.
- WAT 2017
The 4th Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2017) was held in November 2017 in Taipei, China.
- WAT 2016
The 3rd Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2016) was held in December 2016 in Osaka, Japan.
- WAT 2015
The 2nd Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2015) was held in October 2015 in Kyoto, Japan.
- WAT 2014
The 1st Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT 2014) was held in October 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
2020-12-21: site opened
NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
Last Modified: 2020-12-21