Call for Papers


Third International Workshop on Free/Open-source Rule-based Machine Translation

Gothenburg, Sweden, 13-15 June 2012


This workshop aims to bring together the experience of researchers and developers in the field of rule-based machine translation who have decided to get on board the free/open-source train and are effectively contributing to creating a commons of explicit knowledge: machine translation rules and dictionaries, and machine translation systems whose behaviour is transparent and clearly traceable through their explicit logic.


The previous FreeRBMT workshops took place in Barcelona (2011) and Alacant/Alicante (2009).


The main areas of interest for the workshop are as follows:

  • Language-independent toolkits, platforms, and frameworks for rule-based machine translation
  • Language-specific machine translation systems
  • Hybrid systems where RBMT is an important component
  • Manual and automated evaluation of machine translation systems, comparative evaluation of RBMT and SMT/hybrid systems.
  • Linguistic resources for RBMT (machine-readable dictionaries, part-of-speech taggers, morphological analysers, syntactic or semantic parsers etc.)
  • Methods for inducing/inferring data for RBMT systems (supervised, semi-supervised or unsupervised)
  • Interoperability between systems, tools, data
  • Practical descriptions of RBMT integration and usage (in publishing, by professional translators, for free/open-source software)

Note that this is intended as a guideline, and we welcome submissions on other aspects of free and open-source rule-based machine translation.


The submission will be via EasyChair. Papers in PDF have the maximum length of 12 pages.
Link to information.

  • Deadline: 20 April 2012
  • Notification: 8 May 2012


Proceedings will be published in the series

CSLI Studies in Computational Linguistics ONLINE.

This series is freely accessible on the web.

See for the series: -> Series -> CSLI Studies in Computational Linguistics ONLINE

for style files and formatting instructions: -> for authors

Invited speakers

As invited speaker, we will have the pleasure to hear

  • Martin Kay, Stanford University and Saarland University

Programme Committee

  • Krasimir Angelov, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Emily M. Bender, University of Washington
  • Pierrette Bouillon, University of Geneva
  • Lauri Carlson, University of Helsinki
  • Marc Dymetman, XRCE Xerox
  • Cristina España-Bonet, UPC Barcelona
  • Mikel Forcada, Universitat d'Alacant
  • Michael Gasser, Indiana University
  • Philipp Koehn, University of Edinburgh
  • Hrafn Loftsson, Reykjavik University
  • Lluís Màrquez, UPC Barcelona
  • Lluís Padró, UPC Barcelona
  • Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz, Universitat d'Alacant
  • Aarne Ranta, University of Gothenburg (Programme Chair)
  • Manny Rayner, University of Geneva
  • Kepa Sarasola, University of the Basque Country
  • Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University
  • Khalil Sima'an, University of Amsterdam
  • Felipe Sánchez-Martínez, Universitat d'Alacant
  • Anna Sågvall Hein, Uppsala University and Convertus AB
  • Antonio Toral, Dublin City University
  • Trond Trosterud, University of Tromsø
  • Francis Tyers, Universitat d'Alacant
  • Luis Villarejo, UOC Barcelona

Practical details

The main workshop will be 13-14 June, with satellite events on 15 June (to be announced).

The fee will be around 100 EUR, covering lunches, coffee breaks, and a boat trip and dinner in the Gothenburg archipelago.

More details will appear soon on the FreeRBMT12 web page,