Call for proposals

The TC conference series is a leading forum for users, developers and vendors of Translation Technology tools to present and discuss latest developments and practices. It is a distinctive event where translators, interpreters, researchers and business people from translation companies, international organisations, universities and research labs as well as freelance professionals and representatives of language service providers interact, exchange ideas and discuss current trends.

The TC conference takes the form of peer-reviewed presentations and posters and features panel discussions and workshops.

Conference topics

Contributions are invited on any topic related to technologies used in translation and interpreting, including, but not limited to CAT tools (e.g. Translation Memory (TM) systems), Terminology Management, Machine Translation (incl. neural machine translation (NMT), rule-based MT, statistical machine translation (SMT), hybrid systems, use of MT, integration of MT in TM systems, quality assessment; post-editing, customisation and MT engine training and tuning), quality control, interoperability, Natural Language Processing for translation and interpreting as well as localisation, and translation workflow and management.

Other important topics are training (including university translation programmes, computational linguistics and the rapidly changing translation industry), tools (ergonomics, suitability) and resources for translators, how to facilitate collaboration between translators and translation companies, and mobile technologies to support translators’ and interpreters’ work.

Submission

AsLing invites proposals for original unpublished papers on all aspects of translation and interpretation technologies in four categories at its 41st Translating and the Computer conference:

  • Proposal for a presentation at the conference and a paper for publication in the conference Proceedings. Papers of accepted proposals will be expected to adhere to the academic style guidelines, and will be published in the conference Proceedings with an assigned ISBN.
  • Proposals for a talk at the conference about new and innovative procedures and concepts, and on all aspects of user experiences with new and evolving translation and interpretation technologies. If accepted, such a proposal may optionally be accompanied by a paper for publication in the conference Proceedings. Authors will have the choice of submitting a paper following the academic style guidelines, or one expressing themselves more freely.
  • Proposals reporting original unpublished ideas or presenting an ongoing, evolving project may be submitted as a “Poster“. Note, though, that while judged against “poster” criteria, should it be accepted, the author will be expected to make a short presentation to a room full of conference participants, followed by a short Question & Answer session, not in the form of a large-format wall-mounted paper poster; the latter are not permitted at the venue. Subsequent “Poster” papers will be expected to adhere to the academic style guidelines, albeit will be shorter than full papers.
  • If you wish to hold a Workshop related to any of the above, please submit your proposal as a Workshop proposal, outlining what you wish to provide your workshop participants and which outcomes you expect as the result of your workshop, for participants as well as for you. While workshop authors may also submit a formal paper ahead of the conference, for inclusion in the conference Proceedings, AsLing will invite workshop moderators to provide a paper after the conference outlining what transpired during the workshop. Such post facto papers will be made accessible on the AsLing conference website.

Papers and posters may report on research, commercial translation and interpretation products or user experiences. Workshop reports should describe the outcome of what was achieved.

Papers (academic and non-academic)

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (maximum of 750 words) of the paper they would like to present, together with a short 200-word abstract. A short biography and photos of all authors is also requested. Although the extended abstract is limited to 750 words (longer papers will NOT be considered), it should provide sufficient information to allow evaluation of the submission by the programme committee. The short abstracts, bios and photos of accepted papers will be used in the online programme and event advertising. Camera-ready versions of the accepted papers will be published in the conference e-proceedings with an assigned ISBN number, subject to the presenter having duly registered for the conference. Their length should not exceed 5,000 words.

Posters

Proposers are invited to submit an extended abstract of their poster not exceeding 750 words, together with a short 200-word version along with a short biography and photos of all authors for dissemination purposes. Camera-ready versions of the accepted posters will be published in the conference e-proceedings with an assigned ISBN number, subject to the presenter having duly registered for the conference. Their length should not exceed 2,000 words.

Workshop proposals

Workshop proposals are limited to 750 words. They should describe the topic/goal of the workshop and provide an outline of how the proposed workshop will be structured. Proposers should also submit a 200-word version as well as a short biography and photos of all authors and moderators for dissemination purposes.


Formatting

The Conference website will provide formatting guidelines in the form of Word and LaTeX stylesheets. Academic papers and posters will be expected to adhere strictly to these guidelines. Papers relating to user experiences or other non-academic presentations will be permitted greater freedom. As papers on workshops will only be completed after the end of the conference, details of their format will be worked out with the moderators later in the year.


Submission procedure

All proposals should be submitted via the START conference submission system:

The system provides distinct submission pages for the following categories of submissions:

  • Regular submission
  • Non-academic submission
  • Poster or short presentation
  • Workshop

Persons wishing to make submissions for TC41 but who cannot use the START conference submission system, or prefer not to do so, may submit the requested documents (200 words short abstract, 750 words extended abstract, short biography and photo) directly by email to submissions@asling.org .

The conference schedule is as follows:

20 May 2019 Deadline for abstracts of papers and posters and workshop proposals
1 July 2019 All authors notified of decisions
16 August 2019 Deadline for all successful authors to confirm, by registering for the conference, that you wish to present (The presenter or at least one co-author needs to register, to have the talk firmly included in our programme)
2 September 2019 Final deadline to confirm that you or someone will present. If we haven’t heard from you by then, someone else gets your slot.
16 September 2019 Deadline for AsLing to receive payment for at least one speaker’s attendance fee (applies only for speakers asking to pay by invoice). After that, someone else gets the slot, and your name and title will be removed from the provisional programme.
21 October 2019 Speakers’ full papers and posters to be submitted for inclusion in the e-proceedings
11 November 2019 Speakers’ presentations to be submitted
21-22 November 2019 Conference takes place in London

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