New Trends in
Translation and Technology

Invited Speakers

Sharon O’Brien

Sharon O’Brien is Professor of Translation Studies in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland, where she teaches translation technology, localisation, and research methods, among other topics. Currently, she is coordinator of an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral Horizon 2020-funded project on translation in emergency and disaster settings – INTERACT, The International Network in Crisis Translation (2017-2020). She has been a funded investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland national research centre, ADAPT, for over 10 years. Sharon has supervised twelve PhD students to date and has mentored several post-doctoral fellows.

Marco Turchi

Marco Turchi is the head of the machine translation unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK). He received his PhD. degree in Computer Science from the U. of Siena, Italy in 2006. Before joining FBK in 2012, he worked at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy, at the University of Bristol, at the Xerox Research Centre Europe, and at Yahoo Research Lab. His research activities focus on various aspects of sequence-to-sequence modelling applied to machine translation, speech translation and automatic post-editing. He is co-authored more than 140 scientific publications and served as a reviewer for international journals, conferences, and workshops. He is the co-organizer of the Conference of Machine Translation, the on Spoken Language Translation and of the automatic post-editing evaluation campaigns. He has been involved in several EU projects such as SMART, Matecat, ModernMT and QT21. He is the recipient of the Amazon AWS ML Research Awards on the topic of end-to-end spoken language translation in rich data conditions.

Mikel Forcada

Prof. Mikel L. Forcada is full professor of Computer Languages and Systems at the Universitat d’Alacant and he has also been president of the European Association for Machine Translation since 2015. From the turn of the millennium, Prof. Forcada’s research interests have mainly focused on the field of translation technologies, but he has worked in fields as diverse as quantum chemistry, biotechnology, surface physics, machine learning (especially with neural networks) and automata theory. He is the author of more than 70 articles in international journals, papers in international conferences and book chapters, of which about 40 are about translation technologies. In 2004, after heading several publicly- and privately-funded projects on machine translation he started the free/open-source machine translation platform Apertium (with more than 40 language pairs) and the free/open-source software project Bitextor (which crawls Internet sites to harvest parallel corpora). He is also the co-founder of Prompsit Language Engineering (2006). Prof. Forcada has participated in the scientific committees of more than thirty international conferences and workshops. During 2009–2010 he was an ETS Walton Visiting Professor in the machine translation group at Dublin City University; during 2016–2017 he was visiting professor at Sheffield University and the University of Edinburgh.

NeTTT 2020 becomes NeTTT 2021

New Dates!

Dear colleagues,

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent travel restrictions and with a view to protecting the health and well-being of our delegates, speakers and sponsors, we have taken the decision to postpone the NeTTT conference until July 2021.  

Although we reached that decision with a heavy heart, we are still excited about our event and we hope to welcome you all on the magical island of Rhodes in July 2021.


The new dates are the following: 

3-4 July 2021: Summer School on Neural Machine Translation

5-7 July 2021: NeTTT’2021 Conference


In addition, under the current circumstances we have decided to extend the call for abstracts and papers deadlines as follows: 

• Submission deadline 1 (extended abstracts for proposals for oral or poster presentations): 15 April 2021

• Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 May 2021

• Full paper submission (optional: full-lengh papers for publication in the e-proceedings): 20 June 2021


What if you have already submitted an abstract? 

Your submission will be valid and will be reviewed as per the new dates. If you wish to make any changes, you can do so until the new submission date (15 April 2021)


What if you have already made travel arrangements? 

If you have already made travel arrangements, you will most probably be able to change your tickets and change your hotel reservation. If, however, you need a letter from us, please contact us at


We apologise for any inconvenience this postponement may cause you, but we feel that it is necessary for the health and well-being of our community. 

We look forward to seeing you early July 2021.

Until then, stay safe and dream on!


On behalf of NeTTT’2021 chairs, 

Dr Vilelmini Sosoni, Ionian University

Dr Sheila Castilho, Dublin City University

Professor Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton

Ms Maria Sgourou, Dimetra Academy

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