MT Summit VI:

"Machine Translation: Past, Present, Future"

Catamaran Resort Hotel

San Diego, 29 October-1 November 1997

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

No serious MT-ite can afford to miss MT Summit VI in San Diego next October. Hosted by the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) on behalf of the International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT), this year's Summit coincides with the 50th anniversary of machine translation. The celebration will be truly memorable. AMTA and its cooperating host institution, the Information Sciences Institute/University of Southern California, take great pleasure in inviting you to join us in commemorating this event.


The following schedule gives an overview of the events that have been planned:

Tuesday, 28 October: 12-hour excursion to Ensenada; all-day workshops (one on Interlinguas and one on Data Exchange Standards for Translation Technology Interoperability
Wednesday, 29 October: 3-hour tutorials in morning and afternoon; registration; opening of exhibits/reception, 6:30 pm
Thursday, 30 October: Plenary and parallel sessions, 9:00 am-5:30 pm; exhibits, 10:30-5:30 pm; boat cruise, 6:00-7:30 pm; beach luau, 7:30 pm
Friday, 31 October: Plenary and parallel sessions, 9:00 am-5:30 pm; exhibits, 10:30-5:30 pm; banquet, boat leaves at 6:30 pm
Saturday, 1 November: Plenary and parallel sessions, 9:00 am-5:30 pm; exhibits, 10:30-3:00 pm

The Program

A rich menu of invited talks, submitted papers, and theater-style system presentations, together with a panel that will reunite early MT pioneers, will give special meaning to the conference's theme, "Machine Translation: Past, Present, and Future." In a format combining both plenary and parallel sessions, the three-day program, including all day Saturday, covers the trajectory of MT across the decades from the perspective of researchers, developers, and users. The session topics, to be addressed by experts from around the world, include:

Parallel to these main topics will be a second track of sessions that will include submitted papers and live system presentations in a theater-style setting. All sessions will be audiotaped, and copies of the tapes will be available for purchase on-site shortly after each session ends.

For more information about the program, click here.

Tutorials and Workshops

On Wednesday, 29 October, participants are offered a selection of four 3-hour tutorials:

Morning, 9-12 am:
  • Making MT Work for You -- Marjorie León
    Afternoon, 2-5 pm:
    • MT Evaluation: Old, New, and Recycled -- John White
  • Postediting MT: Strategies and Methods -- Karin Spalink
  • In addition, two workshops--one on the subject of interlinguas and the other on standardization--are being offered on Tuesday, 28 October, outside the framework of the conference for attendees who wish to come a day earlier. There will be a nominal charge. Those interested should contact the organizers directly. Stephen Helmreich ( is coordinating the workshop on Interlinguas, and Alan Melby ( is responsible for the one on Data Exchange Standards for Translation Technology Interoperability Workshop.


    In addition to the theater-style system presentations in the regular program, throughout the conference MT developers will also be showcasing their latest breakthroughs in the Exhibit Hall. Exhibits Coordinator Kim Belvin ( has put out a call for exhibitors and is expecting a record-breaking array of products and systems. This will be "one-stop shopping" at its best for all MT-ites, whether their interest is in purchasing or licensing MT systems or in viewing, understanding, and comparing them. There will also be tabletop exhibit space, available at a lower fee, for publishers and nonprofit research groups. Anyone interested in exhibiting should contact Kim at the e-mail address above as soon as possible because booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and there may not be enough room for all who want to exhibit. For more information about registering an exhibit, click here.

    Related Events

    Because of the celebratory nature of this year's Summit, a number of other exciting activities will be rounding out the rest of the conference schedule.

    An all-day excursion to Ensenada, a major Mexican seaport and tourist center, is planned for Tuesday, 28 October. This spectacular 50-mile ride down the Baja California coast will include a stop at Rosarito Beach; a typical Mexican lunch at a restaurant with breathtaking views; a tour of Ensenada followed by time for shopping, wine-tasting, museum-going, or strolling; and an elegant gourmet dinner by the ocean at sunset--all this for US$ 65.00.

    Tutorials and registration will take place all day Wednesday, 29 October, and the conference proper will open with the 50th Anniversary Reception at 6:30 pm in the exhibit area. The reception is complimentary, sponsored in part by Logos Corporation.

    Box lunches will be available during the three days of the conference. Tickets for the three lunches may be purchased for a total of US$ 18.00.

    On the morning of Thursday, 30 October, there will be a welcome breakfast for participants' spouses or other traveling companions, at which time they will be given suggestions of various things to do in the San Diego area. Thursday evening will be a double-header. At 6:00 pm the hotel's magnificently detailed triple-deck sternwheeler, the "Wm. D. Evans," will take participants and their companions on a complimentary cruise of Mission Bay, sponsored in part by Systran Software. During the cruise the entertainment will include drawings for our exciting MT-oriented raffle (click here for info in postscript or for a picture), to be emceed by Bill Fry. On disembarkation at 7:30 pm there will be a Hawaiian luau on the beach, sponsored in part by Globalink Inc. (US$ 20.00 per person).

    Finally, the banquet (US$ 50.00 per person) will be held on Friday, 31 October, on the top floor of the Bahia Hotel, a sister property of the Catamaran, also on Mission Bay. This site was chosen for its spectacular nighttime views stretching to Mexico in the south and La Jolla in the north. Transportation will be provided on the "Bahia Belle," the hotel's smaller sternwheeler. Later in the evening the "Bahia Belle" opens to the public with a live band and dancing; those returning from the banquet may choose to remain on board at no extra cost and continue to cruise around the Bay.

    Get Involved!

    You and/or your company have the opportunity this year to become directly involved in ensuring the success of MT Summit VI. For more information, click here.

    Site and Accommodations

    The Catamaran Resort Hotel is a tropical paradise wedged between its own beach on Mission Bay and the public boardwalk and Pacific Ocean just a few steps away. Its conference center is perfect for MT Summit VI, with bright airy rooms open to terraces, gardens, patios, and the beach on the Bay.

    The hotel has a pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, and business center. Bicycles, skates, and various types of boats are available for rent.

    The immediate vicinity offers many shops and restaurants as well as grocery stores and carry-outs.

    Hotel parking passes are available at a special conference rate of US$ 10 for three nights.

    The guest rooms are luxuriously appointed, all with doors opening onto either a terrace or a balcony. The special conference rates are US$ 99.00 for an interior garden view and US$ 109.00 for a view of the bay or ocean. Rooms in the Tower have kitchenettes and sweeping views.

    Participants should make their reservations directly with the Catamaran--in the U.S.: +1 800-288-0770; from Canada: 800-233-8172; from elsewhere: +1 619-488-1081; fax: +1 619-488-1619. Neither space nor rates can be guaranteed after 28 September, so make your reservation early!

    Get There for Less!

    Conventions in America, the Summit's official travel agency, offers discounts on American Airlines and Alamo Rent A Car and lowest available fares on any airline. Call +1 800-929-4242 in the United States and Canada or +1 619-453-3686 from elsewhere; fax +1 619-453-7976; or e-mail Be sure to mention Group #547.

    Additional Information

    Complete registration packets were mailed at the beginning of June to members of AAMT, AMTA, and EAMT, including the preliminary program flier, hotel registration form, and assorted other fliers. If you are not a member of one of the regional associations, you may obtain this packet by contacting the MT Summit VI Registrar: phone/fax: +1 703-716-0912; e-mail: To register on-line at this Website, please click here.


    General Chair
    Muriel Vasconcellos
    Preseident, IAMT
    Tel: +1-619-272-3360
    Fax: +1-619-272-3361

    Local Arrangements Chair
    Laurie Gerber
    Systran Software, Inc.
    Tel: +1-619-459-6700 ext 119
    Fax: +1-619-459-8487

    Deborah Becker
    AMTA/IAMT Focal Point
    Tel/Fax: +1-703-716-0912

    Program Chair
    Winfield Scott Bennett
    Logos Corporation
    Tel: +1-201-398-8710 ext 104
    Fax: +1-201-398-6102

    Exhibits Coordinator
    Kim Belvin
    Tel: +1-619-481-8446
    Fax: +1-619-350-8613

    Registration Form

    Click here

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