Annual Translation Conference attracts global delegates

Delegates from around the world attended the 17th Portsmouth Annual Translation Conference last week, with the theme of ‘Translation and Disruption: Global and Local Perspectives’.

Dr Eiichiro Sumita demonstrates his speech-to-speech (S2S) machine translation system to delegates.

Dr Eiichiro Sumita demonstrates his speech-to-speech (S2S) machine translation system to delegates.

The Conference was attended by translation studies researchers, translation technology developers, representatives of translation companies, professional translators and translation students from nine different countries (including Japan and Canada).  Chris Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement, opened the seminar where Dr Eiichiro Sumita from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) demonstrated the state-of-the-art speech-to-speech (S2S) machine translation system that the Japanese national research institution is developing. Dr Sumita showed how this cutting-edge technology will help visitors and hosts communicate with each other at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games.

On Saturday, the main conference served as a forum for exchange of current trends in the research of use of technology in the translation industry and the profession. The focus group report produced by the Portsmouth’s Translation Research Group, “When Translation Meets Technologies: Language Service Providers in the Digital Age”, was also launched.

Participants commented:

“The pre-conference event was an asset. The panel discussion was very informative and it raised a lot of various issues relating to contemporary translation. An advantage of this annual conference is the link it provides between Language Service Providers and academia.”

“The standard of the presentations was really high. Bravo Portsmouth.”

The event received generous support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, the lead sponsor), the European Commission (EC) and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

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