The field of interpreting is facing a moment of great transformation not witnessed since the advent of simultaneous interpreting. The development of the technology for remote interpreting (including remote simultaneous interpreting, RSI, and video remote interpreting, VRI), computer-aided interpreting (CAI) and machine interpreting (MI) has the potential of forever changing the practice and the profession of interpreting. While technology is reshaping how interpreters work, new demands on the work of interpreters and interpreter-mediated events are also spurring new developments in technology. This interplay between technology and interpreting has impacted and enriched the field not only in the practice of interpreting, but have also inspired new research topics. Riding on this exciting new wave and continuing our tradition of having a targeted theme, we aspire to use the “Third Hong Kong Baptist University International Conference on Interpreting" to bring together scholars, practitioners and technology developers to discuss the impact of and the promise brought by technology.

The programme of the two full-day conference will include plenary speeches, presentations, as well as a Roundtable in which a group of researchers, interpreters, trainers, representatives from the industry or employers discuss the topic of interpreting and technology and how their roles and work have been shaped by technology.

A pre-conference Workshop in which the technology of CAI and RSI, presented by selected platform developers, will be discussed and demonstrated.


7-9 December 2022


In hybrid mode (online and onsite at Hong Kong Baptist University)


•   Centre for Translation (Hong Kong Baptist University)

•   Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies (Hong Kong Baptist University)


Organizing Committee

•   Leo Hailong Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University

•   Min-hua Liu (Conference Chair), Hong Kong Baptist University

•   Mark Shuttleworth, Hong Kong Baptist University

•   Nan Zhao, Hong Kong Baptist University

Programme Committee

•   Sabine Braun, University of Surrey

•   Dragoș Ioan Ciobanu, University of Vienna

•   Bart Defrancq, Ghent University

•   Claudio Fantinuoli, University of Mainz

•   Chao Han, Xiamen University

•   Min-hua Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University

•   Franz Pöchhacker, University of Vienna


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker


We welcome presentations on both basic and applied research that fit the sub-themes of the conference or that are related to the conference theme in a broader sense.


•   Computer-assisted interpreting (CAI)

•   Remote interpreting (RI)

•   Machine interpreting (MI)

•   Respeaking and automatic speech recognition (ASR)

•   Economy of interpreting-related technology

•   Ergonomics (physical and cognitive) of interpreting-related technology

•   Terminology and knowledge management technology

•   Impact of technology on the interpreting profession (e.g., working conditions, status, market)

•   Impact of technology on the psychological or affective aspects of interpreting

•   Impact of technology on interpreter-mediated interaction

•   Automated assessment of interpreting quality

•   Technology in interpreter education and training

•   Technology in research on interpreting

•   Future trends in interpreting-related technology

We invite submissions of abstracts for 20-minute presentations and posters. Oral and poster presentations can be made either online or onsite. Each abstract will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Programme Committee.

Conference language: English

Submissions must include the following information:

•   name of author(s)

•   institutional affiliation

•   email address(es)

•   title of presentation

•   four to five keywords

•   abstract of 400-500 words

•   author biography of 50 to 100 words

Submission link: closed

Deadline: 30 June 2022

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email by 15 August 2022.


Workshop on RSI Solutions

Workshop Direct Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 956 7512 2956
Passcode: 016786
(Remarks: Workshop registrants should make sure their Zoom ID names match with their registration records.)

In this workshop you will meet the representatives of three prominent RSI platforms. In addition to showcasing their systems and describing what makes their technology unique, they will also discuss the different approaches they take in addressing the challenges of RSI and how they envision the development of RSI in the future. Workshop participants will not only develop a good understanding of the featured platforms but will also be taken on a journey to the future mapped out by RSI experts.

Date/Time: 16:00-18:30, 7 December 2022 (Wednesday)

Presenters (in the order of last name):
Mr. Barry S. Olsen (Vice President of Communications, KUDO)
Mr. Uroš Peterc (Vice President of RSI, Interactio)
Dr. Bernard Song (Chief Executive Officer, Green Terp)

Dr. Nan Zhao (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University)


Join a group of interpreting practitioners, trainers, industry representatives and researchers discussing how their roles and work have been shaped by technology and how they envision a future of interpreting and technology.

Title: Roundtable on Technology-powered Interpreting

Date/Time: 16:00-18:00, 9 December 2022 (Friday)

Panelists (in the order of last name):

•   Prof. Dr. Sabine Braun
Professor, University of Surrey
Director, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Surrey
Co-Director, Surrey Institute for People-Centred Artificial Intelligence

•   Prof. Dr. Bart Defrancq
Associate Professor, Ghent University
Head of interpreting training programmes, Ghent University
President, CIUTI

•   Dr. Claudio Fantinuoli
Lecturer, University of Mainz
Head of Innovation, KUDO
Founder of InterpretBank

•   Mr. Barry S. Olsen
Vice President of Communications, KUDO
Former Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Conference interpreter, AIIC

•   Mr. Uroš Peterc
Vice President of RSI & Chief Interpreter, Interactio
Former President of AIIC

Mr. Leo Liu (Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University; Conference interpreter, AIIC)


Direct link to e-Programme Handbook
Conference Direct Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 935 6373 2280 | Passcode: 852631
(Remarks: Conference registrants should make sure their Zoom ID names match with their registration records.)
All times indicated below is in Hong Kong Time (UTC+8) unless otherwise stated.

Opening Ceremony

Guest:Stuart Christie (Acting Dean of Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)

14:00 (06:00, United Kingdom)
Research on Distance Interpreting: Past, Present, Future

Speaker:Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

15:45 (10:45, Qatar; 08:45 Belgium)
Working from Home in the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Impact of Technologies on Interpreters' Practice and Narratives

Presenters:Julie Boéri (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
Deborah Giustini (KU Leuven, Belgium)

16:15 (09:15, Austria)
Remote Sign Language Interpreting – The Concepts of Space, Body and Presence as Analytical Tools in Empirical Research

Presenter:Tiana Jerkovic (University of Graz, Austria)

16:45, Hong Kong
The Use of Interpreting Technology in Hong Kong's International Aid Sector

Presenter:Marija Todorova (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR)

17:15, Hong Kong
How Multiple Visual Input Affects Interpreting Performance in Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI): An Experimental Study

Authors (*Presenter):*Kayo Matsushita (Rikkyo University, Japan)
Masaru Yamada (Rikkyo University, Japan)
*Hiroyuki Ishizuka (Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan)

17:45 (10:45, Italy & Poland)
Co-located or Virtual – The Impact of Boothmate Presence on Performance and Subjective Experience in Remote Simultaneous Interpreting

Authors (*Presenters):*Nicoletta Spinolo (University of Bologna, Italy)
*Agnieszka Chmiel (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
*Serena Ghiselli (University of Bologna, Italy)
Marta Kajzer-Wietrzny (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Paweł Korpal (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Christian Olalla-Soler (University of Bologna, Italy)

18:15 (11:15, Switzerland)
Audio Quality in Remote Interpreting

Presenters:Kilian Seeber (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Dongpeng Pan (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

19:00 (12:00, Belgium)
Impact of COVID-19 Health Measures on Working Conditions of Public Service Interpreters: The Case of Flanders

Presenter:Esther De Boe (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

19:30 (19:30, PRC)
International Survey of Healthcare Interpreters Working in Remote Modalities

Authors (*Presenter):*Wei Zhang (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Elena Davitti (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

20:00 (12:00, United Kingdom)
Visual Needs of Interpreters: A Look into User Centric Interface Design of Simultaneous Interpreting Delivery Platforms

Authors (*Presenter):*Muhammad Ahmed Saeed (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Elena Davitti (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Tomasz Korybski (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Eloy Rodriguez González (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

20:30 (12:30, United Kingdom)
How Court Interpreters Manage the Different Demands of Video Mediated Interpreting: The Role of Emotional Intelligence

Authors (*Presenter):*Diana Singureanu (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Joanna Gough (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Graham Hieke (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

12:00 (12:00, PRC)
Intralingual Processing during Respeaking in Computer-assisted Consecutive Interpreting

Presenter:Sijia Chen (Southwest University, PRC)

12:30 (12:30, PRC)
An Empirical Study on the Effectiveness of Speech Recognition Technology in Assisting Consecutive Interpreting between English and Chinese

Presenters:Xin Liu (Dalian University of Technology, PRC)
Hanyu Dong (Beijing Foreign Studies University, PRC)

13:00 (13:00, PRC)
English-Chinese Simultaneous Consecutive Interpreting: Implications for the Use of Computer-Assisted Technology among Trainee Interpreters

Authors (*Presenter):*Tongjia Liao (Baicizhan, PRC)
Ran Xu (China Foreign Affairs University, PRC)

13:45 (06:45, Spain & Italy)
University of La Laguna Students' Use of SmarTerp-CAI: A Study of Users' Perception

Authors (*Presenters):*Susana Rodríguez (Independent researcher, Spain)
*Marco Gaido (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
*Michelle Renee Hof (University of La Laguna, Spain)
María Magdalena Fernández Pérez (University of La Laguna, Spain)
Carmen Toledando Buendía (University of La Laguna, Spain)
Irene Hernández Cabrera (University of La Laguna, Spain)

14:15 (07:15, United Kingdom & France)
To CAI or Not to CAI? — Professional Spanish Conference Interpreters' Use of ASR/CAI Tools during Simultaneous Interpreting

Presenters:Francesca Maria Frittella (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Alicja Okoniewska (ISIT Paris, France)

14:45 (06:45, United Kingdom)
Chinese interpreting Trainees' Documentation Behavior and Results Using a CAI Tool: A Pilot Test of the Use of a CAI-tool in Remote Simultaneous Interpreting

Presenter:Zhiqiang Du (University of Bologna, Italy)

15:15 (07:15, United Kingdom)
Investigating the Impact of Automatic Speech Recognition on Remote Simultaneous Interpreting Using the NTR Model as a Tool to Measure Interpreting Quality: Preliminary Findings of an Experimental Study

Authors (*Presenter):*Eloy Rodriguez González (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Elena Davitti (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Tomasz Korybski (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Panelist:Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Panelist:Bart Defrancq (Ghent University, Belgium)
Panelist:Claudio Fantinuoli (University of Mainz, Germany)
Panelist:Barry Olsen (KUDO)
Panelist:Uroš Peterc (Interactio)

18:15 (18:15, PRC)
Using Automated Machine-translation Evaluation Metrics to Assess Spoken-language Interpreting: A Multi-phase Investigation

Presenters:Chao Han (Xiamen University, PRC)
Xiaolei Lu (Xiamen University, PRC)
Weiwei Wang (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, PRC)

18:45 (11:45, Switzerland)
The Augmented Interpreter – A Pilot Study on the Usability of Augmented Reality for the Translation of Technical Terms in Interpreting

Presenters:Anne Catherine Gieshoff (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
Martin Schuler (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)

19:15 (06:15, New York)
Embedding, Extending, and Distributing Interpreter Cognition with Technology

Presenter:Christopher Mellinger (UNC Charlotte, USA)

19:45 (12:45, Austria)
Adopting a 4E2A Approach to Studying Cognition in Computer-assisted Simultaneous Interpreting

Presenter:Bianca Prandi (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

20:30 (13:30, Germany)
From Assistive Tools to Full Automation: What Digital Technologies Mean for Interpretation

Speaker:Claudio Fantinuoli (University of Mainz, Germany)

Closing Remarks

Guest:Mark Shuttleworth (Head of Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University)



Registration at the online registration gateway (closed) is required for all presenters and participants to join the online conference. Co-presenters do not need to register unless they plan to participate in the conference.

Pre-conference workshop participants, whether attending the conference or not, are required to register to join the online workshop.


Conference Fee

Online / Onsite*

Full rate: HKD400
Student rate: HKD200
Conference Fee

Online / Onsite*

Flat rate: HKD100
Workshop Fee

[Online Only]

Flat rate: HKD400**


*   Simple snacks and drinks may be served to onsite attendees during the coffee breaks if the prevailing University social distancing measures allow. We hope very much to arrange the lunch for onsite attendees (at extra cost) during the conference and will announce the details when registration is open.

**  A special rate of HKD200 will be offered to those who also registered for the conference.


Other points to note:

1.  Registration and payment must be completed through the online registration gateway(closed).

2.  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

3.  A letter of invitation will be provided upon request to registrants who have completed their registration.

4.  Colleagues and students of Hong Kong Baptist University are free to join the conference as participants but registration is still required before the deadline.

5.  Conference Contingency Plan: We are eager to meet our participants in person on the campus of Hong Kong Baptist University, but we will be monitoring the situation in Hong Kong to ensure the safety of all participants. If the Covid-19 pandemic persists and entry into Hong Kong or campus activities are restricted, the conference will be held solely online. We will provide details by email and on our website if this unfortunate scenario comes to pass.


University-based and off-campus hotel rooms are now available for booking for conference presenters and participants. Room reservation must be made directly with the hotel by completing the relevant reservation form and returning it to the hotel of your choice by email. Inquiry should be made directly to them by email. You are reminded to note the cancellation policy of each accommodation option.

•   University-based Option: Dr Ng Tor Tai International House (NTT)
The University guesthouse is in a very convenient location, just a 5 minute walk to the conference venue.
Room Rate (per room per night): Single/Double occupancy, 6-10 December 2022, HKD920 (net)
Deadline for Reservation: 4 November 2022 (Fri)
(As the deadline has passed, acceptance of booking will be subject to the room availability at time of request.)

Registration Form Download: NTTIH Registration Form
Email / Inquiry: alicekan@hkbu.edu.hk (Ms Alice Kan)
•   Complimentary wifi with unlimited access
•   Superstructure works are carried out at the work site just next to NTT until the third quarter of 2024. By now, the work hour is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays, except Sundays and public holidays. While some mitigation measures to minimize the extent of nuisances have already been taken, we are afraid that certain level of noise, dust, smell and vibration will inevitably be generated that will cause disturbance and inconvenience to guest.
•   Guests are required to scan NTT’s venue QR code designated for the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) mobile app and then show the QR code to the "QR Code Verification Scanner" to verify the Vaccine Pass before entering NTT. Guests are not allowed to check in NTT with a Red Code.
•   Residents with a Red Code are confirmed case of COVID-19. Guests residing in NTT with a Red Code will be assisted according to the prevailing protocols and their agreement are assumed once they checked in at NTT. Guests should report to NTT immediately in case they are contracted with COVID-19 during their period of stay in NTT.
•   Guests can invite one visitor at one time during the visitation hours from 0800 to 2300. The visitor must also fulfill the above LHS requirements. Guests must register the visitor at the security counter in person and accompany the visitor throughout his/her stay in NTT.

•   Outside Campus Option: Royal Plaza Hotel
5 minute metro ride plus a 10 minute walk from the campus. Situated next to an MTR station and a large shopping mall. 10 minutes' walk to city centre - Mongkok.
Room Rate (per room per night): Single/Double occupancy, 6-10 December 2022, HKD968 (net)
Deadline for Reservation: 7 November 2022 (Mon)
(As the deadline has passed, acceptance of booking will be subject to the room availability at time of request.)

Registration Form Download: Royal Plaza Hotel Registration Form
Email / Inquiry: vianchiu@royalplaza.com.hk (Ms Vivian Chiu)
•   Complimentary wifi with unlimited access
•   Complimentary use of Definition Health Club - gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and
•   Complimentary shuttle bus between Hotel and Tsimshatsui (subject to hotel schedule and availability)


•   Call for papers: 13 January 2022

•   Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 June 2022

•   Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2022

•   Registration of presenters: 15 August – 12 October 2022

•   Registration of online participants: until 2 December 2022 (extended)

•   Registration of onsite participants: until 18 November 2022 (extended)

•   Registration for pre-conference workshop: until 2 December 2022 (extended)

•   Programme available on-line: October 2022


This section provides up-to-date information and news on the conference. Please refresh the page to make sure that you are seeing the latest version of the page.

**Latest Quarantine Measures for Persons Entering Hong Kong**
The Hong Kong Government has recently relaxed the quarantine measures for overseas visitors entering Hong Kong to the "0+3" model (i.e. no compulsory quarantine plus 3 days of medical surveillance).
The following are what you will expect after entering Hong Kong.
You are
•    allowed to enter the University campus using the Provisional Vaccine Pass* and participate in the conference,
•   allowed to travel around in Hong Kong, take local transportation, as well as enter shopping malls and supermarkets to obtain daily necessities,
•   required to wear a mask in public areas,
•   required to take nucleic acid test on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6 (the day of arrival is Day 0) at a mobile testing station, supplemented by daily self-administered RATs (Rapid Antigen Test) from Day 1 to Day 7,
•   NOT allowed to enter premises such as catering business premises (including bars or pubs, except for ordering takeout), fitness or sports premises (including swimming pools), barber shops or hair salons, indoor places of public entertainment, and religious premises from Day 0 to Day 3 in the capacity of a customer or visitor.
For full details of the boarding requirements, arrangement upon arrival, Amber Code restrictions during the medical surveillance period and subsequent self-monitoring and testing arrangements, please refer to points 1-4 of the Hong Kong Government press release.
For visitors who have only stayed in the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan before entering Hong Kong, the quarantine measures are slightly different. Please click here for details.
*Inbound travellers without the third dose of vaccine will be issued a Provisional Vaccine Pass.

**Useful Links for Conference Presenters/Participants**

Instructions for online presenters/participants: Online Presenters and Online Participants

Conference virtual background: Click here to download.

Zoom Login for the pre-conference workshop: Direct Link
Meeting ID: 956 7512 2956
Passcode: 016786
(Remarks: Workshop registrants should make sure their Zoom ID names match with their registration records.)

Zoom Login for the 2-day conference: Direct Link
Meeting ID: 935 6373 2280
Passcode: 852631
(Remarks: Conference registrants should make sure their Zoom ID names match with their registration records.)

HKBU Moodle (for viewing conference recordings): HKBU Moodle Login Page
Meeting ID: 935 6373 2280
Passcode: 852631
(Remarks: Only accessible to conference/workshop registrants.)

E-Programme Handbook (updated 2 Dec 2022): Click the image below to view/download the e-Programme Handbook.
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29 November 2022: Conference e-programme handbook uploaded.

21 November 2022: Registration deadline for online participants extended to 2 December 2022.

16 November 2022: Conference programme session themes and moderators updated.

1 November 2022: Conference programme announced.

24 October 2022: Registration deadline for onsite participants extended to 18 November 2022.

10 October 2022: Hotel info is now posted in the "Hotels" section and the hotel rooms are ready for booking.

9 September 2022: Registration opens at the online registration gateway.

15 August 2022: Review process completed. Notifications sent to authors with abstracts submitted to the conference.

8 August 2022: Details of the pre-conference Workshop and the Roundtable announced.

29 April 2022: 2nd call for paper announced.

13 January 2022: 1st call for paper announced.

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