Summer School in Rule-Based Machine Translation

Alacant
11th–22nd July, 2016

About

The event is a summer school on rule-based machine translation hosted at the Universitat d'Alacant. The school will involve introducing students to four free/open-source rule-based machine translation platforms from different paradigms. There will be an equal proportion of lectures from core developers of major free/open-source rule-based MT platforms and project and practical work.

The school will take place over a period of two weeks in the summer of 2016 and will cover introductions to four actively-developed rule-based machine translation systems, namely, Apertium, Grammatical Framework, Matxin and TectoMT along with joint work on group projects.

We hope that the Summer School will encourage collaboration and interoperability of translation data between these systems. All of the abovementioned systems are free/open-source software, so the only obstacles to sharing data are formats and culture.

Systems

Programme

First week (11th–15th July)

Monday: Introduction

08:30–09:00Registration
09:00–09:30Welcome
09:30–12:00Introductory lectures
09:30–10:00· Apertium [MLF]
10:00–10:30· Matxin [GL]
10:30–11:00Coffee
11:00–11:30· TectoMT [MP]
11:30–12:00· Grammatical Framework [IL]
12:00–14:00Lunch
14:00–17:00Practical session

Tuesday: Apertium

09:00–12:00Lectures
09:00–09:45· Morphology [FMT]
09:45–10:30· Disambiguation [FMT & FSM]
10:30–11:15Coffee
11:15–12:00· Transfer [FMT]
12:00–14:00Lunch
14:00–17:00Practical session

Wednesday: Matxin

09:45–12:45Lectures
09:45–10:30· Analysis [GL]
10:30–11:15· Transfer [GL]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Generation [GL]
13:00–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session

Thursday: TectoMT

09:45–12:45Lectures
09:45–10:30· TectoMT pipeline[MP, slides]
10:30–11:15· Error analysis[MP, slides]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Multilingual analysis (UDPipe, PML Tree Query)[MP]
13:00–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session:
Install and play with Treex/TectoMT and Udapi

Friday: Grammatical Framework

09:45–12:45Lectures
09:45–10:30· Abstract and concrete syntax[KA]
10:30–11:15· Resource grammars[IL]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Application grammars[KA]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session

Weekend

Here are some suggestions for weekend activities:
Platja de l'Altet Tabarca

Second week (18th–22nd July)

Monday: Direct machine translation

09:45–12:45Lectures
09:45–10:30· Shallow-transfer machine translation[MLF]
10:30–11:15· Apertium internals[FMT]
  - lttoolbox
  - tagger
  - transfer
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Apertium design patterns[FMT]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session

Tuesday: Transfer-based machine translation

09:45–12:45Lectures
09:45–10:30· Review of transfer-based approaches[GL]
10:30–11:15· Transfer models[MP]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Combining dictionaries[MP]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session

Wednesday: Interlingual machine translation

09:45–12:30Lectures
09:45–10:30· Review of interlingual MT [IL]
10:30–11:15· Wide-coverage translation in GF [KA]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· Using GF from other programming languages [KA]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session

Thursday: Interoperability

09:45–12:30Lectures
09:45–10:30· Universal dependencies [MP]
10:30–11:15· Closely-related morphological disambiguation[BB]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· tba [tba]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Practical session
21:30–22:30Social evening
El Coscorrón,
Calle Tarifa, 5, 03002 Alacant

Friday: Wrapping up

09:45–12:30Presentations
09:45–11:15· tba [tba]
11:15–12:00Coffee
12:00–12:45· tba [tba]
12:45–14:30Lunch
14:30–17:00Presentations and discussion

Teachers

Venue

The Summer School will take place in room L22 of the Escola Politècnica Superior at the campus of the Universitat d'Alacant. The campus itself is located between Alacant and the town of Sant Vicent del Raspeig.

Getting there

The main airport for Alacant is the Aeroport d'Alacant-Elx (ALC).

Accommodation & general information

One option is the Villa Universitaria which is situated within walking distance of the venue and has competitive prices. Another option within walking distance is the Residència Universitaria Diego de León.

There are a great many hotels in Alacant, but summer is an especially busy time, so it is worth booking in advance.

For those wanting an alternative, the town is also well represented on AirBnB. You can search for places in Alacant and also in Sant Vicent del Raspeig.

Registration

Participation in the Summer School is free of charge, but applications are subject to approval. The deadline for registration is the 15th June 2016.

To the registration form

Travel grants

There are ten student bursaries available for Summer School participants. These grants will cover part of your travel and accommodation expenses. To be eligible for a grant, you must submit a project proposal before the Summer School. Submissions should be made through the EasyChair management system here. The project will be something that you will work on during the practical sessions, it should be large enough that it will span over a week, but small enough that reasonable progress can be made within two weeks.

The deadline for bursary applications is the 2nd April, 2016.

Topics of interest

We also welcome suggestions from prospective participants, but advise that they be discussed beforehand.

Awarded bursaries

NameProjectSystem
Vinit Ravishankar Lexical selection moduleGF
Nikita MedyankinFriendly Lexical Selection Training Tool Apertium
Frankie RobertsonWork on improving POS tagging in Apertium Apertium
Olatz Perez-De-ViñaspreDomain Dictionaries and Transliteration. Matxin
Maria MedvedevaUdmurt-Russian Machine Translation Apertium
Memduh GökırmakKurmanji Implementation GF
Meghan DowlingImprove Irish language support Apertium
Kira DroganovaETAP3 rules in Constraint Grammar Apertium
Carla Parra EscartínDeveloping the German--Spanish language pair Apertium
John LyellImplementation of Russian to English Matxin

Sponsors

Contact

If you use IRC you can find out more information about the Summer School on the channels of #apertium or #gf. Otherwise, get in contact with the general organiser, Francis M. Tyers on ftyers at prompsit dot com.

T-shirt

If you're interested in making a t-shirt, we made some designs, you can find them here.