The Tenth Biennial Conference of the
Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

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The tenth biennial conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA-2012) will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego California, Sunday, October 28 through Thursday, November 1, 2012.

AMTA-2012 will take place immediately following the 53st Annual Conference of the American Translators Association (ATA), also taking place in San Diego, October 24-27. The two conferences are coordinating program content around joint topics of interest. These are designed to deepen MT researchers' and developers' understanding of the needs of the commercial translation industry and human translators, while also fostering translators' understanding of modern MT technology and the role of advanced translation automation in enterprise globalization and commercial translation processes.

In addition to a research track, the main AMTA-2012 conference program will once again include presentation tracks for government and commercial users of MT and a "Technology Showcase" of commercial and research-stage MT technology. Tutorials and workshops will be held on Sunday, October 28 and on Thursday, November 1.

Program Highlights:

  • A 20-Year AMTA Retrospective with Muriel Vasconcellos
  • Invited Keynote talks by Bonnie Dorr (DARPA), Luis von Ahn (Duolingo), Don DePalma (Common Sense Advisory), Caitilin Walsh (ATA) and the leaders of the JHU Summer Workshop on Domain Adaptation for MT (Hal Daume III, Marine Carpuat, Alex Fraser and Chris Quirk).
  • Sunday Tutorial by Jost Zetzsche on Using MT in Today's CAT Tools!
  • Sunday Workshop on MT Post-Editing Technology and Practice!
  • Additional exciting workshops and tutorials (see detailed program)!
  • MT Technology Showcase Exhibition - free and open to the public!


  • Registration is now CLOSED to allow final conference preparations and travel. Registration will re-open ONSITE on October 28th.
  • Workshop on Translation & Social Media (TSM 2012) which were scheduled to be held on Thursday, 1st of November 2012 has been CANCELLED.

Welcome Reception: 6:00-9:00 pm, Sunday, October 28th

Join us on the beach at the Catamaran Resort Hotel (the conference venue) to meet and renew acquaintances, enjoy light foods and have a drink on us. Late arrivals will still be able to register for the conference until 7:00pm. This is open to all registrants who have arrived in San Diego.

Banquet: 7:00pm, Tuesday, October 30th

The conference banquet at WaveHouse will immerse participants in San Diego beach culture. Located in historic Belmont park next to the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, you will dine just yards from the Pacific Ocean. The evening will feature an expert surfing demonstration on the FlowBarrel continuous surfing wave . The Banquet cost is $90 and pre-registration is recommended since seating is limited to the first 125 people. A sweater or light jacket may be needed since this will be outdoors.

Closing Session: 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 31st

The AMTA 2012 Closing Session will feature a retrospective interview with AMTA Founding President Muriel Vasconcellos on 20 years of AMTA. It will be followed by a farewell reception closing the conference.

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AMTA 2012 Conference - Program at a glance!

Program at a glance!