Automatic Spoken Language Translation in Real-World Settings

Workshop inside the Machine Translation Summit 2021

We have extended the submission deadline for Research papers to Tuesday, May 18, 2021!


Call for Papers

To date, the production of audio-video content may have exceeded that of written texts. The need to make such content available across language barriers has increased the interest in spoken language translation (SLT), opening up new opportunities for the use of speech translation applications in different settings and for different scopes, such as live translation at international conferences, automatic subtitling for video accessibility, automatic or human-in-the-loop respeaking, or as a support system for human interpreters, to name just a few. Furthermore, specific needs are emerging in terms of user profiles, e.g. people with different abilities, and user experiences, e.g. use on mobile devices.

Against this backdrop, the Spoken Language Translation in Real-World Settings workshop aims to bring together researchers in the areas of computer science, translation, and interpreting, as well as users of SLT applications, such as international organizations, businesses, broadcasters, content media creators, to discuss the latest advances in speech translation technologies from both the perspective of the Computer Science and the Humanities, raising awareness on topics such as the challenges in evaluating current technologies in real-life scenarios, customization tools to improve performance, ethical issues, human-machine interaction, and so forth.

The workshop will be held online.

The workshop will seek to answer these questions by inviting papers exploring topics including, but not limited to:

  • Latest advances in cascading and end-to-end systems
  • Use of spoken language translation system in a real-world scenario
  • Automatic subtitling and dubbing
  • Communicative inclusion through SLT
  • Automatic or semi-automatic respeaking
  • Customization of SLT systems to real-world applications
  • Computer-assisted interpreting
  • Data scarcity and underrepresented languages
  • Potential and risks of SLT
  • Ethical issues (bias, etc.)
  • SLT evaluation
  • Communicative-oriented evaluation of spoken language translation
  • Benchmark creation
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Hybrid systems for spoken language translation
  • Cross-lingual NER/summarization/retrieval from speech
  • Automatic generation of meeting minuting

Submission details

Papers may consist of 6 to 10 pages of content (for references, an unlimited number of pages is allowed). The papers must follow the AMTA 2020 style guides (PDF version, LaTeX version, MS Word version) and be submitted in PDF format. To allow for blind reviewing, please do not include author names and affiliations within the paper and avoid obvious self-references. Papers must represent new work that has not been previously published (pre-prints posted online on servers such as arXiv do not count as published papers, and thus are allowed to be submitted; we do not require a 1-month anonymity period for previous submissions on arXiv). Authors submitting a similar paper to another conference or workshop must specify this at submission time; if the paper is accepted to multiple venues, the author must choose which one to present at. Papers must be submitted to the following website by the conference submission deadline (please select the right workshop once in the system): CMT


To be announced


These are the important dates for the workshop:

Important: We have extended the submission deadline for Research papers to Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • Paper submission: 10 June 2021
  • EXTENDED paper submission: 18 June 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 2 July 2021
  • Camera ready submission: Monday, 12 July 2021
  • Workshop date/time: to be confirmed (conference dates: 16-20 August 2021 )

Scientific committee

Name Affiliation
Nguyen Bach Alibaba US
Laurent Besacier University of Grenoble
Dragos Ciobanu University of Vienna
Jorge Civera Universitat Politècnica de València
Marta R. Costa-jussà Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Bart Defrancq Ghent University
Marco Gaido Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Hirofumi Inaguma University of Kyoto
Alfons Juan Universitat Politècnica de València
Alina Karakanta Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Evgeny Matusov AppTek
Jan Niehues University of Maastricht
Sara Papi Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Franz Pöchhacker University of Vienna
Bianca Prandi Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Pablo Romero-Fresco Universidade de Vigo
Juan Pino Facebook
Claudio Russello UNINT - Rome
Matthias Sperber Apple
Sebastian Stueker Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Shinji Watanabe Johns Hopkins University


You are welcomed to contact the organizers for any question

Claudio Fantinuoli
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz / KUDO Inc.
E-Mail: fantinuoli(at)

Marco Turchi
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
E-Mail: turchi(at)