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Machine Translation Marathon 2007

April 16-20, 2007, Edinburgh, UK

The EuroMatrix projects organizes its first MT Marathon at Edinburgh University from April 16 to April 20. This event is mostly targeted at graduate students, but also other researchers interested in the latest technology in machine translation. The event is part summer school, part workshop, part open source convention. Registration is free, but limited.

On-Site Registration

The MT Marathon starts on Monday with a registration period from 9:00-9:30am in the HCRC conference room at 2 Buccleuch place.

Research talks

The MT Marathon will feature a series of research talks, between 11:00am and 12:30am.
  • Tuesday, 11:00: "Statistical machine translation using tectogrammatical structures", by Jan Hajic and Ondrej Bojar, Charles University, Prague

    Spring School

    Interested in the state of the art in statistical machine translation and related technology? The MT Marathon offers a four day summer school event that features lectures and hands-on lab excercises to get you up to speed.

    Lectures take place from 9am to 10:30am, the lab session starts with an introduction at 2pm, and lab time until 5pm (or longer for the truly dedicated).

    • Monday: Introduction to machine translation and machine translation evaluation, presented by Chris Callison-Burch
    • Tuesday: Statistical machine translation: IBM Models and word alignment, presented by Alexandra Birch-Mayne
    • Wednesday: Decoding: Algorithms for translating using statistical translation models, presented by Philipp Koehn
    • Thursday: Phrase-based statistical machine translation: How it works, and how to build systems using the open source Moses software, presented by Josh Schroeder and Hieu Hoang

    Open source convention

    A fraction of the developer group behind the open source Moses system, which is developed under the EuroMatrix project, will be present at the MT Marathon. Join their discussions on improving machine translation quality, speed, and efficiency.


    The MT Marathon is hosted by the University of Edinburgh at its central compus in the center of Scotland's capital. Lectures will take place at 2 Buccleuch Place, and the lab sessions will take place at the Appleton tower.

    On the university's central area map, 2 Buccleuch place is next to building 32 and Appleton tower is building 24 (circled).

    Social program

    Social events accompaning the event will be announced shortly.


    You will have to arrange your accommodation yourself. Edinburgh is a very walkable city, so there are plenty of hotels, guest houses and hostels in close vicinity of the university.

    As a suggestion, a list of guest houses near the venue:

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