Call for proposals
TC42 - Call for proposals in times of covid-19
In times like these we really need a crystal ball to know what lies ahead, but that does not mean we should not plan for the future. Indeed, we must focus on the positive outcomes.
While AsLing certainly can't guarantee that TC42 can and will take place in November, we are planning for this. Right now, we are all locked up in our respective homes, with much more time and opportunity to focus on pursuing ideas we have been too busy to tackle. So pull out the drawers, submit a proposal for a presentation, a paper, a poster, or a workshop.This is a new situation, and a unique opportunity to focus on improving or inventing something to support translators and / or interpreters in a rapidly changing world; to bring a piece of software or hardware to production at high speed, faster than anyone imagined. So why not submit a proposal, tell us what was involved, how you did it, what obstacles you faced? Or, maybe submit something about how you or your employer used computer tools to surmount the challenges of social distancing and language barriers in such crucial times. At this point all that is necessary is an idea, a short abstract. Details can follow much later.
Keep safe, stay home.
The TC conference takes the form of peer-reviewed presentations and posters and features panel discussions and workshops.
Contributions are invited on any topic related to the technologies used in translation and interpreting, including, but not limited to translation environment and interpreting tools:
- Translation Memory software
- Terminology Management systems
- Machine Translation solutions
- Multilingual Corpora
- Quality Assessment and Control, as well as
- Natural Language Processing for translation and interpreting
- Localisation, and
- Translation Workflow and Management.
Other important topics are:
- training (both initial and continuous)
- the influence of artificial intelligence on the rapidly changing translation and interpreting industry
- the ergonomics and suitability of tools and resources to facilitate collaboration between translators and translation companies, and
- new mobile technologies applied to translation and interpreting.
TC42 will feature special sessions on the deployment, interoperability and use of neural machine translation, its technical implementation and its influence on the daily work of language service providers, both freelancers and translation companies.
AsLing invites proposals for original unpublished papers and posters, as well as workshop and discussion panel proposals. Papers and posters may report on research, commercial translation and interpretation products or user experience, and should fit in one of the following four categories:
- 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 proceedings with an assigned ISBN number, subject to the presenter having duly registered for the conference. Their length should not exceed 5,000 words.
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 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.
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.
Proposals should be submitted via the START conference submission system: https://www.softconf.com/l/tc2020. The system provides distinct submission pages for the following categories of submissions:
o Regular submission
o Non-academic submission
o Poster or short presentation
Presenters who cannot use START system, or prefer not to do so, have the option to submit their proposals and the requested documents (200 words short abstract, 750 words extended abstract, short biography and photo) directly by emailing submissions(at)asling.org.