TRITON: Forum for recent advances in technologies for translation and interpreting and more

Technologies for translation and interpreting have benefited from promising recent advances including the employment of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and deep learning technology amongst other latest solutions. The current pandemic has prevented the in-person exchange of ideas and networking of researchers and practitioners working on translation technology, interpreting technology, machine translation and NLP in general, but virtual communication opportunities have enabled continued collaboration and provided alternative communication channels. While eagerly awaiting the return of normality, we are proud to announce the event TRITON (TRanslation and Interpreting Technology ONline) offering an opportunity to exchange ideas, learn from each other and interact virtually.

TRITON will be an online event which will feature two days of conference presentations and one day of tutorials. The conference will take the form of keynote/invited speakers, as well as oral and poster presentations. A number of leading scholars and industry stakeholders will be invited as keynote speakers; oral presentations and posters will be accepted following a vigorous review process. In addition, brainstorming sessions for students who are researching or planning to research on specific topics, will be offered. The programme will be complemented by TRITON tutorials on hot topics from the fields of translation technology, interpreting technology or NLP.

Conference topics

Topics covered include (computational or traditional approaches to) Machine Translation, CAT tools, Interpreting Technology, Audiovisual Translation, cognitive approaches (to technologies for) Translation and Interpreting, multilingual NLP, NLP for translation, NLP for interpreting, NLP in educational applications and any topics related to Translation Technology, Interpreting Technology or NLP.

Submissions and publication

The conference invites submissions reporting original unpublished work. TRITON invites two types of submissions: regular papers (oral presentations) and poster papers (poster presentations). Both research papers discussing specific project/study and user papers sharing specific experience as a practitioner are welcome.

Regular papers should not exceed 7 pages excluding references; regular papers are expected to focus on completed research reporting results and conclusions. Poster papers should not exceed 4 pages excluding references and can report work in-progress in addition to completed study. The conference will not consider the submission and evaluation of abstracts only.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Programme Committee or reviewers appointed by the conference chairs.

The TRITON proceedings will be published in the form of e-proceedings which will be available at the time of the conference. Each paper will have a DOI assigned, the e-volume will have an ISBN and our plan is to have to have it uploaded onto the ACL anthology.

Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the e-proceedings. Only registered participants will have their accepted papers published in the e-proceedings.

Brainstorming sessions for students

Students can submit proposals for brainstorming sessions which will be reviewed and those accepted, will take the form of discussion attended by the student, experienced researchers and other students, and will be allocated suitable slots in the programme.  Please note that due to programme constraints, not all proposals for brainstorming sessions can be accepted and only registered participants will have their brainstorming sessions allocated a slot.

The proposals for brainstorming sessions should be minimum 200 words and maximum 500 words, should introduce the topic of the research the student is working on/intends to work on, summarise what she/he has done so far and spell out what ideas the student would welcome. To submit a proposal for brainstorming session please go to START and from ‘Make a new Submission’, choose the track corresponding to ‘Brainstorming session for students’

Proposals for brainstorming sessions can be made here no later than 15 June 2021.

Keynote speakers

TRITON’s keynote speakers will be leading scholars from academia as well as distinguished practitioners and experts from the industry and international organisations. The list of keynote speakers includes Fabio Alves (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte), Lynne Bowker (University of Ottawa), Sabine Braun (University of Surrey), Gloria Corpas Pastor (University of Malaga), Elena Davitti (University of Surrey), Stephen Doherty (University of New South Wales, Sydney), Florian Faes (Slator), Marcello Federico (Amazon), Stephanie Labroue (Systran), Adam LaMontagne (RWS), William D Lewis (University of Washington and Microsoft Translator), André Martins (Unbabel), Konstantin Savenkov (Intento), Rico Sennrich (University of Zürich), Elsa Sklavounou (RWS), Josef van Genabith (German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence), and Rosanna Villani (European Central Bank).

TRITON tutorials

Tutorials on hot topics from translation technology, interpreting technology and natural language processing will be given the day before the conference. So far the following tutorials have been confirmed: Quality Estimation for Machine Translation (Frederic Blain, University of Wolverhampton), Human-in-the-loop translation in action (Esther Bond, Slator), Is automatic post-editing the end of the line for the “human-in-the-loop”? (Félix do Carmo, University of Surrey), Drill the three post-editing skills (Clara Ginovart Cid, Dataworld), Limits and possibilities of eye tracking in subtitle-reading research (David Orrego-Carmona, Aston University), InterpretBank (Bianca Prandi, University of Mainz), Multilingual MT Quality Estimation (Tharindu Ranasinghe Hettiarachchige, University of Wolverhampton), and How to study Error Recognition during Post-editing (Moritz Schaeffer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).


Submission deadline (regular and poster papers) 

25 May 2021

Notification of acceptance

20 June 2021

Camera-ready versions due

25 June 2021


5-7 July 2021 (tutorials 5 July; conference 6, 7 July)

Conference chairs

Vilelmini Sosoni (Ionian University), Julie Christine Giguère (Andovar), Elizabeth Deysel (Parliament of South Africa), Elena Murgolo (Aglatech14) and Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) are the TRITON conference chairs.