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WMT17

Conference on Machine Translation


The Second Conference on Machine Translation (WMT17) took place from 7 September to 8 September, 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Table of contents
  1. Tasks
  2. Schedule
    1. Day 1
    2. Day 2
  3. Results
    1. News translation
      1. → English
      2. English →

Tasks

Schedule

Day 1

   
08:45 – 09:00 Opening Remarks
09:00 – 10:30 Session 1: Shared Tasks Overview Presentations I
09:00 – 09:40 Shared Task: News Translation
  Findings of the 2017 Conference on Machine Translation (WMT17)
Ondřej Bojar, Rajen Chatterjee, Christian Federmann, Yvette Graham, Barry Haddow, Shujian Huang, Matthias Huck, Philipp Koehn, Qun Liu, Varvara Logacheva, Christof Monz, Matteo Negri, Matt Post, Raphael Rubino, Lucia Specia, Marco Turchi
09:40 – 10:10 Shared Task: Multimodal Translation
  Findings of the Second Shared Task on Multimodal Machine Translation and Multilingual Image Description
Desmond Elliott, Stella Frank, Loïc Barrault, Fethi Bougares, Lucia Specia
10:10 – 10:30 Biomedical Translation
  Findings of the WMT 2017 Biomedical Translation Shared Task
Antonio Jimeno Yepes, Aurelie Neveol, Mariana Neves, Karin Verspoor, Ondrej Bojar, Arthur Boyer, Cristian Grozea, Barry Haddow, Madeleine Kittner, Yvonne Lichtblau, Pavel Pecina, Roland Roller, Rudolf Rosa, Amy Siu, Philippe Thomas, Saskia Trescher
10:30 - 11:00 ☕️
11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Shared Tasks Poster Session I
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: News Translation
  CUNI submission in WMT17: Chimera goes neural
Roman Sudarikov, David Mareček, Tom Kocmi, Dusan Varis, Ondřej Bojar
  [email protected]’17
Franck Burlot, Pooyan Safari, Matthieu Labeau, Alexandre Allauzen, François Yvon
  SYSTRAN Purely Neural MT Engines for WMT2017
Yongchao Deng, Jungi Kim, Guillaume Klein, Catherine KOBUS, Natalia Segal, Christophe Servan, Bo Wang, Dakun Zhang, Josep Crego, Jean Senellart
  FBK’s Participation to the English-to-German News Translation Task of WMT 2017
Mattia Antonino Di Gangi, Nicola Bertoldi, Marcello Federico
  The JHU Machine Translation Systems for WMT 2017
Shuoyang Ding, Huda Khayrallah, Philipp Koehn, Matt Post, Gaurav Kumar, Kevin Duh
  The TALP-UPC Neural Machine Translation System for German/Finnish-English Using the Inverse Direction Model in Rescoring
Carlos Escolano, Marta R. Costa-jussà, José A. R. Fonollosa
  LIUM Machine Translation Systems for WMT17 News Translation Task
Mercedes García-Martínez, Ozan Caglayan, Walid Aransa, Adrien Bardet, Fethi Bougares, Loïc Barrault
  Extending hybrid word-character neural machine translation with multi-task learning of morphological analysis
Stig-Arne Grönroos, Sami Virpioja, Mikko Kurimo
  The AFRL-MITLL WMT17 Systems: Old, New, Borrowed, BLEU
Jeremy Gwinnup, Timothy Anderson, Grant Erdmann, Katherine Young, Michaeel Kazi, Elizabeth Salesky, Brian Thompson, Jonathan Taylor
  University of Rochester WMT 2017 NMT System Submission
Chester Holtz, Chuyang Ke, Daniel Gildea
  LMU Munich’s Neural Machine Translation Systems for News Articles and Health Information Texts
Matthias Huck, Fabienne Braune, Alexander Fraser
  Rule-based Machine translation from English to Finnish
Arvi Hurskainen, Jörg Tiedemann
  NRC Machine Translation System for WMT 2017
Chi-kiu Lo, Boxing Chen, Colin Cherry, George Foster, Samuel Larkin, Darlene Stewart, Roland Kuhn
  The Helsinki Neural Machine Translation System
Robert Östling, Yves Scherrer, Jörg Tiedemann, Gongbo Tang, Tommi Nieminen
  The QT21 Combined Machine Translation System for English to Latvian
Jan-Thorsten Peter, Hermann Ney, Ondřej Bojar, Ngoc-Quan Pham, Jan Niehues, Alex Waibel, Franck Burlot, François Yvon, Mārcis Pinnis, Valters Sics, Joost Bastings, Miguel Rios, Wilker Aziz, Philip Williams, Frédéric Blain, Lucia Specia
  The RWTH Aachen University English-German and German-English Machine Translation System for WMT 2017
Jan-Thorsten Peter, Andreas Guta, Tamer Alkhouli, Parnia Bahar, Jan Rosendahl, Nick Rossenbach, Miguel Graça, Hermann Ney
  The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Systems for the News Translation Task in WMT 2017
Ngoc-Quan Pham, Jan Niehues, Thanh-Le Ha, Eunah Cho, Matthias Sperber, Alexander Waibel
  Tilde’s Machine Translation Systems for WMT 2017
Mārcis Pinnis, Rihards Krišlauks, Toms Miks, Daiga Deksne, Valters Šics
  C-3MA: Tartu-Riga-Zurich Translation Systems for WMT17
Matīss Rikters, Chantal Amrhein, Maksym Del, Mark Fishel
  The University of Edinburgh’s Neural MT Systems for WMT17
Rico Sennrich, Alexandra Birch, Anna Currey, Ulrich Germann, Barry Haddow, Kenneth Heafield, Antonio Valerio Miceli Barone, Philip Williams
  XMU Neural Machine Translation Systems for WMT 17
Zhixing Tan, Boli Wang, Jinming Hu, Yidong Chen, Xiaodong Shi
  The JAIST Machine Translation Systems for WMT 17
Long Trieu, Trung-Tin Pham, Le-Minh Nguyen
  Sogou Neural Machine Translation Systems for WMT17
Yuguang Wang, Shanbo Cheng, Liyang Jiang, Jiajun Yang, Wei Chen, Muze Li, Lin Shi, Yanfeng Wang, Hongtao Yang
  PJIIT’s systems for WMT 2017 Conference
Krzysztof Wolk, Krzysztof Marasek
  Hunter MT: A Course for Young Researchers in WMT17
Jia Xu, Yi Zong Kuang, Shondell Baijoo, Jacob Hyun Lee, Uman Shahzad, Mir Ahmed, Meredith Lancaster, Chris Carlan
  CASICT-DCU Neural Machine Translation Systems for WMT17
Jinchao Zhang, Peerachet Porkaew, Jiawei Hu, Qiuye Zhao, Qun Liu
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Multimodal Translation
  LIUM-CVC Submissions for WMT17 Multimodal Translation Task
Ozan Caglayan, Walid Aransa, Adrien Bardet, Mercedes García-Martínez, Fethi Bougares, Loïc Barrault, Marc Masana, Luis Herranz, Joost van de Weijer
  DCU System Report on the WMT 2017 Multi-modal Machine Translation Task
Iacer Calixto, Koel Dutta Chowdhury, Qun Liu
  The AFRL-OSU WMT17 Multimodal Translation System: An Image Processing Approach
John Duselis, Michael Hutt, Jeremy Gwinnup, James Davis, Joshua Sandvick
  CUNI System for the WMT17 Multimodal Translation Task
Jindřich Helcl, Jindřich Libovický
  Generating Image Descriptions using Multilingual Data
Alan Jaffe
  OSU Multimodal Machine Translation System Report
Mingbo Ma, Dapeng Li, Kai Zhao, Liang Huang
  Sheffield MultiMT: Using Object Posterior Predictions for Multimodal Machine Translation
Pranava Swaroop Madhyastha, Josiah Wang, Lucia Specia
  NICT-NAIST System for WMT17 Multimodal Translation Task
Jingyi Zhang, Masao Utiyama, Eiichro Sumita, Graham Neubig, Satoshi Nakamura
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Biomedical Translation
  Automatic Threshold Detection for Data Selection in Machine Translation
Mirela-Stefania Duma, Wolfgang Menzel
12:30 – 14:00 🍴
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Invited Talk
Holger Schwenk, Facebook
15:30 – 16:00 ☕️
16:00 – 17:30 Session 4: Research Papers on Lexicon and Morphology
16:00 – 16:15 Sense-Aware Statistical Machine Translation using Adaptive Context-Dependent Clustering
Xiao Pu, Nikolaos Pappas, Andrei Popescu-Belis
16:15 – 16:30 Improving Word Sense Disambiguation in Neural Machine Translation with Sense Embeddings
Annette Rios Gonzales, Laura Mascarell, Rico Sennrich
16:30 – 16:45 Word Representations in Factored Neural Machine Translation
Franck Burlot, Mercedes García-Martínez, Loïc Barrault, Fethi Bougares, François Yvon
16:45 – 17:00 Modeling Target-Side Inflection in Neural Machine Translation
Aleš Tamchyna, Marion Weller-Di Marco, Alexander Fraser
17:00 – 17:15 Evaluating the morphological competence of Machine Translation Systems
Franck Burlot, François Yvon
17:15 – 17:30 Target-side Word Segmentation Strategies for Neural Machine Translation
Matthias Huck, Simon Riess, Alexander Fraser

Day 2

   
09:00 – 09:20 Shared Task: Quality Estimation
09:20 – 09:40 Shared Task: Metrics
  Results of the WMT17 Metrics Shared Task
Ondřej Bojar, Yvette Graham, Amir Kamran
09:40 – 10:00 Shared Task: Automatic Post-Editing
10:00 – 10:15 Shared Task: Bandit Learning
  A Shared Task on Bandit Learning for Machine Translation
Artem Sokolov, Julia Kreutzer, Kellen Sunderland, Pavel Danchenko, Witold Szymaniak, Hagen Fürstenau, Stefan Riezler
10:15 – 10:30 Shared Task: Neural Training
  Results of the WMT17 Neural MT Training Task
Ondřej Bojar, Jindřich Helcl, Tom Kocmi, Jindřich Libovický, Tomáš Musil
10:30 - 11:00 ☕️
11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: Shared Tasks Poster Session II
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Quality Estimation
  Sentence-level quality estimation by predicting HTER as a multi-component metric
Eleftherios Avramidis
  Predicting Translation Performance with Referential Translation Machines
Ergun Biçici
  Bilexical Embeddings for Quality Estimation
Frédéric Blain, Carolina Scarton, Lucia Specia
  Improving Machine Translation Quality Estimation with Neural Network Features
Zhiming Chen, Yiming Tan, Chenlin Zhang, Qingyu Xiang, Lilin Zhang, Maoxi Li, Mingwen Wang
  UHH Submission to the WMT17 Quality Estimation Shared Task
Melania Duma, Wolfgang Menzel
  Predictor-Estimator using Multilevel Task Learning with Stack Propagation for Neural Quality Estimation
Hyun Kim, Jong-Hyeok Lee, Seung-Hoon Na
  Unbabel’s Participation in the WMT17 Translation Quality Estimation Shared Task
André F. T. Martins, Fabio Kepler, Jose Monteiro
  Feature-Enriched Character-Level Convolutions for Text Regression
Gustavo Paetzold, Lucia Specia
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Metrics
  UHH Submission to the WMT17 Metrics Shared Task
Melania Duma, Wolfgang Menzel
  MEANT 2.0: Accurate semantic MT evaluation for any output language
Chi-kiu Lo
  Blend: a Novel Combined MT Metric Based on Direct Assessment - CASICT-DCU submission to WMT17 Metrics Task
Qingsong Ma, Yvette Graham, Shugen Wang, Qun Liu
  CUNI Experiments for WMT17 Metrics Task
David Mareček, Ondřej Bojar, Ondřej Hübsch, Rudolf Rosa, Dusan Varis
  chrF++: words helping character n-grams
Maja Popović
  bleu2vec: the Painfully Familiar Metric on Continuous Vector Space Steroids
Andre Tättar, Mark Fishel
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Automatic Post-Editing
  LIG-CRIStAL Submission for the WMT 2017 Automatic Post-Editing Task
Alexandre Berard, Laurent Besacier, Olivier Pietquin
  Multi-source Neural Automatic Post-Editing: FBK’s participation in the WMT 2017 APE shared task
Rajen Chatterjee, M. Amin Farajian, Matteo Negri, Marco Turchi, Ankit Srivastava, Santanu Pal
  The AMU-UEdin Submission to the WMT 2017 Shared Task on Automatic Post-Editing
Marcin Junczys-Dowmunt, Marcin Junczys-Dowmunt
  Ensembling Factored Neural Machine Translation Models for Automatic Post-Editing and Quality Estimation
Chris Hokamp
  Neural Post-Editing Based on Quality Estimation
Yiming Tan, Zhiming Chen, Liu Huang, Lilin Zhang, Maoxi Li, Mingwen Wang
  CUNI System for WMT17 Automatic Post-Editing Task
Dusan Varis, Ondřej Bojar
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Bandit Learning
  The UMD Neural Machine Translation Systems at WMT17 Bandit Learning Task
Amr Sharaf, Shi Feng, Khanh Nguyen, Kiante Brantley, Hal Daumé III
  LIMSI Submission for WMT’17 Shared Task on Bandit Learning
Guillaume Wisniewski
11:00 – 12:30 Shared Task: Neural Training
  Variable Mini-Batch Sizing and Pre-Trained Embeddings
Mostafa Abdou, Vladan Gloncak, Ondřej Bojar
  The AFRL WMT17 Neural Machine Translation Training Task Submission
Jeremy Gwinnup, Grant Erdmann, Katherine Young
12:30 – 14:00 🍴
14:00 – 15:15 Session 7: Research Papers on Syntax and Deep Models
14:00 – 14:15 Predicting Target Language CCG Supertags Improves Neural Machine Translation
Maria Nadejde, Siva Reddy, Rico Sennrich, Tomasz Dwojak, Marcin Junczys-Dowmunt, Philipp Koehn, Alexandra Birch
14:15 – 14:30 Exploiting Linguistic Resources for Neural Machine Translation Using Multi-task Learning
Jan Niehues, Eunah Cho
14:30 – 14:45 Tree as a Pivot: Syntactic Matching Methods in Pivot Translation
Akiva Miura, Graham Neubig, Katsuhito Sudoh, Satoshi Nakamura
14:45 – 15:00 Deep architectures for Neural Machine Translation
Antonio Valerio Miceli Barone, Jindřich Helcl, Rico Sennrich, Barry Haddow, Alexandra Birch
15:00 – 15:15 Biasing Attention-Based Recurrent Neural Networks Using External Alignment Information
Tamer Alkhouli, Hermann Ney
15:15 – 16:00 ☕️
16:00 – 17:15 Session 8: Research Papers on Domain Adaptation and External Data
16:00 – 16:15 Effective Domain Mixing for Neural Machine Translation
Denny Britz, Quoc Le, Reid Pryzant
16:15 – 16:30 Multi-Domain Neural Machine Translation through Unsupervised Adaptation
M. Amin Farajian, Marco Turchi, Matteo Negri, Marcello Federico
16:30 – 16:45 Adapting Neural Machine Translation with Parallel Synthetic Data
Mara Chinea-Rios, Álvaro Peris, Francisco Casacuberta
16:45 – 17:00 Copied Monolingual Data Improves Low-Resource Neural Machine Translation
Anna Currey, Antonio Valerio Miceli Barone, Kenneth Heafield
17:00 – 17:15 Guiding Neural Machine Translation Decoding with External Knowledge
Rajen Chatterjee, Matteo Negri, Marco Turchi, Marcello Federico, Lucia Specia, Frédéric Blain

Results

Full results of the shared tasks: Findings of the 2017 Conference on Machine Translation (WMT17)

News translation

The results were determined with a monolingual direct assessment, the average score and average z-score.

→ English

Language pair System Average score Average z-score
Chinese → SogouKnowing-nmt 73.2 0.209
Czech → uedin-nmt 74.6 0.181
German → online-B 78.2 0.213
Finnish → online-B 73.8 0.407
Latvian → online-B 76.2 0.266
Russian → online-B 82.0 0.271
Turkish → online-B 68.8 0.294

English →

Language pair System Average score Average z-score
→ Chinese SogouKnowing-nmt 73.2 0.208
→ Czech uedin-nmt 62.0 0.308
→ German LMU-nmt-reranked 72.9 0.257
→ Finnish online-B 59.6 0.378
→ Latvian tilde-nc-nmt-smt 54.4 0.196
→ Russian online-B 75.4 0.402
→ Turkish online-B 53.4 0.513

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