Ancient Language Translation Workshop at MT-SUMMIT 2023

Event Notification Type: Call for Papers

Abbreviated Title: ALT 2023 at MT-SUMMIT 2023

Location: Macau SAR, China

Monday, 4 September 2023

Country: China

Contact Email:


City: Macau SAR

Contact: Shai Gordin

               Bin Li


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 7 June 2023


 ♦As a co-located event at MT-SUMMIT (, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars of interest to learn about the challenges and latest developments in the field of machine translation for ancient languages. Participants will engage in discussions and hands-on activities to develop a deeper understanding of the field and the techniques used to address the unique challenges posed by translating texts written in ancient languages.

♦To achieve this goal, for this year’s workshop, we propose two shared tasks on Machine Translation for Ancient Chinese and Cuneiform languages (including Akkadian and Sumerian), respectively. Each participating team is required to submit the result on their registered shared task(s), and a technical report is required to submit after the evaluation. All papers will be peer-reviewed, and will be selected to appear on ACL Anthology (

 ♦Please note that the workshop only accepts the papers that participate in one or two of the designated shared tasks. Any other related work is strongly recommended to sumbit to events such as the 1st Workshop of Ancient Language Processing ( at RANLP 2013.

The Two Shared Tasks

 ♦Ancient Chinese Machine Translation Shared Task (

   •Organizers: Dongbo Wang, Si Shen, Minxuan Feng, Chao Xu, Lianzhen Zhao, Bin Li

 ♦Ancient Cuneiform Languages Machine Translation Shared Task (

   •Organizers: Stav Klein, Kostiya Margulyan, Luis Sáenz, Danielle Kapon Epshtain, Tina Chen, Adam Anderson, Shai Gordin

How to Participate

 ♦Each participating team needs to register through the shared tasks pages above during March 15 to May 1, 2023.

 ♦Download the training data after April 15, 2023.

 ♦Submit the result by June 7, 2023.

 ♦Submit the technical report by June 15, 2023.

 ♦Attend workshop in-person or online on September 4, 2023.

 ♦For any questions, please contact the oganizers.

All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (“anywhere on Earth”).


 ♦Dr. Shai Gordin (, Ariel University, Israel.

 ♦Dr. Bin Li (, Nanjing Normal University, China.

Program Committee

 ♦Adam Anderson, US Berkeley, USA

 ♦Masayuki Asahara, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan

 ♦Christian Chiarchos, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

 ♦Sanhong Deng,Nanjing University, China

 ♦Minxuan Feng, Nanjing Normal University, China

 ♦Ethan Fetaya, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

 ♦Renfen Hu, Beijing Normal University, China

 ♦Chao-Lin Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 ♦Congjun Long, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

 ♦Morris Alper, Tel Aviv University, Israel

 ♦Yudong Liu, Western Washington University, USA

 ♦Luis Sáenz, Ariel University/Heidelberg University, Israel/Germany

 ♦Si Shen, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China

 ♦Xiaodong Shi, Xiamen University, China

 ♦Gabriel Stanovsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

 ♦Dongbo Wang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

 ♦Chiara Palladino, Furman University, USA

 ♦Marco C. Passarotti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

 ♦Anoop Sarkar, Simon Fraser University, Canada

 ♦Nishant Kambhatla, Simon Fraser University, Canada