SUMAT Project SUMAT - an online service for subtitling by Machine Translation Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:54:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Final SUMAT report and findings available to download Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:58:48 +0000 Continued]]> The final report on the SUMAT project and it’s findings is now available to download and read here.

The 3 year SUMAT project reporting period came to an end in May 2014 following a Final Review meeting with the EU. If you would like to get in contact with any member of the consortium or find out more about the SUMAT technology and it’s capabilities, then please get in touch here.

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SUMAT to present at LREC 2014 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:23:07 +0000 Continued]]> A SUMAT paper has been selected for presentation at the influential Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, taking place between 26th-31st May in Reykjavik, Iceland. The paper, Machine Translation for Subtitling: A Large-Scale Evaluation, which received contributions from many of the SUMAT consortium partners, will be presented during the Oral Sessions schedule which is ongoing throughout the conference, and is one of over 1,000 research papers accepted for the event.

LREC is becoming the major event for language resources and evaluation of human language technologies. The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new research and development directions and emerging trends. It also offers businesses and consortiums from across Europe the chance to exchange information regarding language resources and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, industrial uses and needs, and requirements coming from the wider e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.

Registration for the event is still open here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

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SUMAT goes back to School Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:19:22 +0000 Continued]]> Following the success of the hands-on workshop organised by the SUMAT consortium at the 5th Media for All conference in September 2013 in Dubrovnik, a series of seminars on post-editing machine translated subtitles have been arranged in various universities across Europe.

Seminars have already been carried out in Antwerp University, Belgium, in February and Roehampton University, United Kingdom, in March.

Four more are planned in the following locations across Europe in 2014:

  • Zurich University, Switzerland, April,
  • University City London (UCL), United Kingdom, May
  • University of Vienna, Austria, May
  • Salento University, Lecce, Italy – Date TBC, but scheduled for the Summer months
  • The Basque Country University, Bilbao, Spain – Date TBC but scheduled for Autumn

Arantza del Pozo, Head of Human Speech and Language Technology Group at SUMAT consortium partner, Vicomtech, commented:

“As the project has progressed and the subtitling community has learnt more about the SUMAT approach, a number of universities  contacted the consortium interested in learning more about the subtitle post-editing process. Scholars in charge of training professional subtitlers have realized that subtitle post-editing is a significant trend in the field of audiovisual translation and are willing to start including it in their academic curricula in the near future.”

For more information on the precise dates, locations and times, please email:

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SUMAT attends Subtitling and Intercultural communication Sat, 01 Feb 2014 10:54:26 +0000 Continued]]> Our SUMAT team continues to present papers at some of the most influential conferences and events in language and broadcast technology across Europe. This month the consortium is in Siena, Italy to provide an overview of the project approach entitled: “Machine translation and subtitling”.

The Subtitling and Intercultural Communication conference aims to explore key concerns associated with subtitling and intercultural communication with a particular focus on European languages such as English, German, Italian and Spanish, in order to promote the cross-fertilization of practices, ideas and theoretical approaches. The idea to investigate subtitling from an intercultural perspective, and also with reference to language teaching, is due to the fact that the Università per Stranieri di Siena has been actively engaged for many years in these areas of research.

Members of the consortium from VSI and Deluxe Media will be available at the event to answer questions and discuss the progress and findings to date of the SUMAT project.


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SUMAT presents at 6th Language and Technology Conference, Poznań, Poland Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:16:43 +0000 Continued]]> Members of the SUMAT consortium ended 2013 with an appearance at 6th Language and Technology Conference in Poznań, Poland, on 9th December. The theme of the event was Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics. The event was backed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

SUMAT consortium partner Maribor University gave a presentation entitled “Improving Statistical Machine Translation with Additional Language Models” in the MT section of the conference, describing the n-best list rescoring approach employed for the Serbian-Slovenian language pair within the SUMAT project, and the good results that this approach achieved.

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SUMAT at ASLIB Translating and the Computer Conference Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:47:38 +0000 Continued]]> Members of the consortium from VSI and Deluxe Media are presenting at the Translating and the Computer Conference, Central London, on 29th November 2013.

The conference, held by The Association of Information Management is used as an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the world of information management, with this year’s conference focusing on language translation technologies.

Lindsay Bywood of Imperial College London and Yota Georgakopoulou of Deluxe Media will present on new tools for subtitle translation – with a focus on SUMAT technology at this prestigious event.

The history of the Association goes back as far as 1924, when it was called the Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux. Although the organisation was established to further the development of library and information management skills, it has a long tradition of supporting new methods of information management and classification.

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SUMAT at MIPCOM Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:15:50 +0000 Continued]]> SUMAT will be attending MIPCOM, the global marketplace event for entertainment content across all platforms, in Cannes, France. The event takes place between 7th and 10th October.

SUMAT has a presence on the Dutch Public Broadcasters stand and we will be available to answer your questions on the SUMAT proposition.

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SUMAT Q&A for 5th Media for All conference Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:46:04 +0000 Continued]]> Ahead of next week’s 5th Media for All conference in Dubrovnik, Yota Georgakopoulou and Lindsay Bywood take time out from preparing for the SUMAT workshop on Wednesday 25th September to discuss the project in more detail for the Media for All conference website.


Yota and Lindsay will be in attendance at the conference and will be available to discuss the SUMAT project, along with other partners from the project from Wednesday to Friday.


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SUMAT Workshop to be held at 5th Media for All conference Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:35:36 +0000 Continued]]> The SUMAT technology is to be tested  by attendees at 5th International Media for All Conference, on 25th September 2013, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The 5th International Media for All Conference – Audiovisual Translation: Expanding Borders aims to bring together professionals, scholars, practitioners and other interested parties to explore audiovisual translation (AVT) in theory and practice, with testing of the SUMAT technology in a special session on pre-conference day taking a central role.

Delegates attending the workshop will be receiving information on what they need to bring with them and a schedule for the session soon.

SUMAT will be reporting back on the results and feedback following the session, so watch this space!



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SUMAT at MT Summit, Nice Thu, 05 Sep 2013 06:50:04 +0000 Continued]]> Come and visit our stand at this week’s MT Summit in Nice. Representatives from the consortium will be available to discuss the technology on the afternoon of Thursday 5th September, in the FP7 Poster Boaster session.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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