[CFP] New Trends in Translation and Technology

New Trends in Translation and Technology

The conference

The forthcoming International Conference ‘New Trends in Translation and Technology’ (NeTTT’2020) will take place on the island of Rhodes, Greece, 28-30 September 2020.

The objective of the conference is to bring together academics in linguistics, translation studies, machine translation, translation tools and natural language processing, as well as developers, practitioners, language service providers and vendors who work on or are interested in different aspects of technology for translation. The conference will be a distinctive event for discussing the latest developments and practices in translation and technology. NeTTT’2020 invites all professionals who would like to learn about recent trends, present their latest work, and/or share their experiences in the field; the conference will be an idea place to establish business and research contacts, collaborations and new ventures.

The conference will feature a research track and an industry track and will take the form of presentations (peer-reviewed research and industry presentations, as well as keynote speeches), and posters. The authors of the accepted abstracts will be offered the opportunity to write up full papers which will be published as open-access conference e-proceedings.

NeTTT’2020 will be preceded by a two-day summer school on Neural Machine Translation.

Conference topics

We expect contributions to the following topics:

(A) Research track

Submissions are invited for papers reporting on original work related to any topic regarding the latest technology used in machine translation (MT), human translation, computer-assisted translation (CAT), audiovisual translation (AVT), localisation and interpreting. Research papers should have a strong theoretical and/or methodological contribution or should report significant research results. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Machine Translation (any MT-related research activity including Neural Machine Translation, from development to human factors, MT in literary texts, MT in AVT, MT in localisation, MT and creative texts, MT and interpreting)
  • CAT tools (Translation Memory (TM) systems, integration of MT in TM systems)
  • Quality assessment and quality control
  • MT evaluation techniques, metrics, and evaluation results
  • Speech Technology
  • Terminology management
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Translation Workflow and Management
  • Training (to include university programmes on translation and interpreting and training in this fast-changing industry)
  • New and emerging language and mobile technologies
  • Tools and resources that can support the work of translators, localisers, subtitlers and interpreters, Linguistic resources for MT e.g. dictionaries, termbases, corpora, etc.
  • Human and cognitive factors in MT and user interfaces
  • Ethical issues in translation and technology
  • NLP support for translation
  • MT integration with NLP tasks

(B) User track

Submissions are invited for reports on case studies and implementation experience with translation technology in LSPs, large corporations, government organisations and NGOs as well as by translation practitioners. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Integrating MT and computer-assisted translation into the translation workflow
  • Translation Memory systems in practice
  • Integration of Translation Memory with Machine Translation
  • Terminology tools
  • QA and MT evaluation in business settings
  • Post-editing strategies and tools
  • Legal and ethical issues associated with translation technology (e.g. copyright, privacy)
  • Using MT in social media or business communication
  • Impact of MT on translators’ work: ergonomics, invoicing issues, new skill sets required
  • Freelance translators’ independent use of MT
  • MT and usability
  • MT in crisis settings
  • Translation technologies training

Submissions and publication

NeTTT’2020 invites two types of abstract submissions: (i) proposals for oral presentations and (ii) proposals for poster presentations. The proposals for oral presentations will be around 750 words and the proposals for poster presentations – around 500 words. These ‘extended abstracts’ will be reviewed by at least two members of the Programme Committee.  The authors of the accepted abstracts will be offered the opportunity to write up full papers should they wish to, in addition to being offered a presentation slot at the conference. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other conferences or publications must be marked as such at the time of submission in the START submission form. A paper to be published at NeTTT must be withdrawn from other conferences. Full papers will not exceed 7 pages if they are accepted for oral presentations and 4 pages if accepted as poster presentations. The submitted full papers will undergo reviewing by two more members of the Programme Committee who will make suggestions for improvements or revisions (if applicable) to ensure the quality of the final version. The final version of the accepted papers will be published in e-proceedings with an assigned ISBN and DOI.

The submission will be electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system, which will be available on the conference website soon. The follow-up calls will provide more further submission details.


Submission deadline (extended abstracts for proposals for oral or poster presentations): 18 May 2020

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 June 2020

Submission deadline 2 (optional: full-length papers for publication in the e-proceedings): 20 July 2020

Notification of acceptance of full papers: 17 August 2020

Camera-ready versions due: 1 September 2020

Summer School on Neural Machine Translation: 26-27 September 2020


NeTTT’2000 is organised by the  Dimetra Academy for Translators, Greece; Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting and Department of Informatics, Ionian University, Greece; Adapt Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland; Research Group in Computational Linguistics, University of Wolverhampton, UK; and the Association of Computational Linguistics, Bulgaria.

Conference Chairs

Sheila Castilho (Dublin City University), Vilelmini Sosoni (Ionian University), Maria Sgourou (Dimetra Academy for Translators, Greece) and Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) are the NeTTT’2020 Chairs.

Organising Committee

Ms Rocio Caro (University of Wolverhampton)
Dr Joss Moorkens (Dublin City University)
Ms Foteini Moschi  (Metaphrasi)
Mr Nikolai Nikolov (Association of Computational Linguistics)
Ms Maria Stasimioti (Ionian University)
Dr Eva Vanmassenhove (Dublin City University)
Dr Dimitar Shterionov (Dublin City University)

Visa Regulations

You will need a valid, up-to-date passport and a Schengen visa, depending on your nationality. Regarding Schengen visa requirements, please visit the website of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the following link in order to find out whether you need a Schengen visa to visit Greece: https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/countries-requiring-or-not-requiring-visa.html. Genuine prospective attendees who need an invitation letter should contact nettt2020@nettt-conference.com.

Further information and contact details

The second call for papers is expected in January 2020 and registration will be open as from March 2019.

The conference website is https://nettt-conference.com and will be updated on a regular basis. For further information, please contact us at nettt2020@nettt-conference.com.


Call for Papers