The advance of machine translation in the last years is placing new demands on professional translators. This entails new requirements on translation educational curricula at the university level and exacerbates the need for dedicated software for teaching students how to leverage the technologies involved in a machine translation workflow. In this chapter, we introduce the ACCEPT Academic Portal, a user centred online platform which implements the complete machine translation (mt) workflow and is specifically designed for teaching purposes. Its ultimate objective is to increase the understanding of pre-editing, post-editing and evaluation of machine translation. The platform, publicly available at http://accept-portal.unige.ch/academic, is built around four main modules, namely, the Pre-editing, Machine Translation, Post-editing, and Evaluation module. The Pre-editing module provides checking resources to verify the compliance of the input text with automatic and interactive pre-editing rules, based on a shallow analysis of the text. The Translation module translates the raw and pre-edited versions of the input text using a statistical mt system, and highlights the differences between the two translations for easy identification of the impact of pre-editing on translation. The Post editing module allows users to improve translations by post-editing the output text freely, manually or with the help of interactive and automatic post-editing rules. Finally, the Evaluation module provides support for eliciting user feedback. At the end of the workflow, a summary and statistics on the whole process are made available to users, for reference purposes. The ACCEPT Academic Portal was developed in the framework of the ACCEPT European project and, to the best of our knowledge, it is the only online environment integrating advanced pre-editing and post-editing technology into a complete mt workflow. Through its simple and user-friendly interface, as well as its pedagogically motivated functionalities that enable experimentation, visual comparison and documentation, the ACCEPT Academic Portal is a unique tool allowing to study the interactions between mt-related processes and to assess the contribution of new technologies to translation.
Pierrette Bouillon, Johanna Gerlach, Asheesh Gulati, Victoria Porro and Violeta Seretan
Celia Rico, Pilar Sánchez-Gijón and Olga Torres-Hostench
The emergence of machine translation (mt) in professional translation practice has evolved from a topic of conversation among practitioners to promote a tangible change in the translation industry. The aim of this chapter is, then, to shed light on mt in professional and academic contexts by promoting a fresh approach to teaching using translation technology, and dealing with the needs and expectations of translators. Our work stems from considering the following key question: if the translation industry already considers post-editing as a viable service for almost any translation area, how should the academic world respond to this challenge? This question is addressed from three perspectives: (a) the evolution of translation technology and how post-editing has had an impact on the industry; (b) academic research paths in post-editing; and (c) training post-editors in a higher education context.