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Neural machine translation leads discussions at TAUS and LocWorld, Spain

Neural machine translation leads discussions at TAUS and LocWorld, Spain

A busy summer has continued for Iconic as we recently travelled to Spain to attend both the TAUS Industry Leaders Forum and LocWorld.

First up was a trip to Girona for the TAUS Industry Leaders Forum which was held across June 12 and 13. The forum was a unique gathering of directors of internationalisation from global corporations and successful technology start-up companies meeting with entrepreneurs from language service and technology provider companies. The conference offered a unique ‘world-café’ format with panels on various different topics followed by lively round table discussions with the audience. Neural Machine Translation (NMT) was yet again a hot topic appearing in discussions on Data and Machine Learning and also enjoying a dedicated panel on which our CEO John Tinsley participated. The panel discussed advances in NMT and discussed how sometimes the industry can be torn by a mix of ethics, sentiments, and business incentives surrounding the use of MT.

Aside from NMT one of the most interesting discussions of the forum took place at the Continuous Localisation panel with members from Microsoft, LinkedIn and Oracle describing how they deliver high quality content to customers at speed – and what exactly the trade-offs are in the process.

Before wrapping up the forum there was just time for a quick gaze into the crystal ball to discuss what the translation industry may look like in 2022 before it was onward to Barcelona for LocWorld!

The whole group @ TAUS Industry Leaders forum. (Credit taus.net)

The whole group @ TAUS Industry Leaders forum. (Credit taus.net)

LocWorld 34 kicked off with a poolside reception at the Fairmont Hotel hosted by Semantix which got proceedings off to a great start.

For the team at Iconic the highlight of the conference was no doubt the “Process Innovation Challenge” hosted by Dave Ruane from Xplanation. The event involved a group of innovators pitching their ideas to judges before the audience voted on the eventual winner. A big congrats to VideoLocalize who grabbed the prize!

At this stage no conference in 2017 would be complete without a dose of NMT and LocWorld was no exception! Once again John participated with fellow MT colleagues on the panel, Neural MT: Revolution or Evolution. It was standing room only at the hugely popular session as the panel shared their visions and ideas for the future of language-aware applications and weighed up the pros and cons of the varying approaches to MT. The success of the NMT panel was evident later in the day as it continued to be referenced several times during the keynote discussion, and in particular John’s comments about how NMT is a massive leap forward but will continue to work alongside existing technology for the medium term. You can find more information on John’s presentation Neural MT: Separating the Hype from the Reality here.

(Credit Twitter:  @jsenellart)

(Credit Twitter: @jsenellart)

June has been a busy month for Iconic! Make sure to check out our blog on our recent trip to San Francisco for LegalTech West and stay tuned to iconictranslation.com for updates. Don’t forget you can also connect with us on twitter here and on LinkedIn here.

About TAUS

TAUS is a resource center for the global language and translation industries. Our mission is to enable better translation through innovation and automation. We support all translation operators – translation buyers, language service providers, individual translators and government agencies – with a comprehensive suite of online services, software and knowledge that help them to grow and innovate their business. We extend the reach and growth of the translation industry through our execution with sharing translation data and quality evaluation metrics.

About LocWorld

LocWorld is the leading conference for international business, translation, localization and global website management. Attendees are the people responsible for communicating across the boundaries of language and culture in the global marketplace. With a specific emphasis on global business, the conference provides and opportunity for the exchange of high-value information in the language and translation services and technologies market.

About Iconic Translation Machines

Iconic Translation Machines is a leading machine translation software and solutions provider who specialise in custom solutions tailored with subject matter expertise for specific industry sectors including eDiscovery, legal, life sciences, and financial services. Iconic is the MT partner of choice for some of the world’s largest translation companies, information providers, and government and enterprise organisations, helping them to translate more content, more accurately and in less time, resulting in significant cost savings and increased revenue. Iconic is based in Dublin, Ireland. www.iconictranslation.com

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