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)
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
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: 7 December 2022
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)
Moderator: 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: 9 December 2022
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
• 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)
Will be available in October 2022.
Registration at the online registration gateway 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.
Online / Onsite*
Online / Onsite*
* 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.
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.
• 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 30 November 2022
• Registration of onsite participants: until 31 October 2022
• Registration for pre-conference workshop: until 30 November 2022
• Programme available on-line: October 2022
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13 January 2022: 1st call for paper announced.
29 April 2022: 2nd call for paper announced.
8 August 2022: Details of the pre-conference Workshop and the Roundtable announced.
15 August 2022: Review process completed. Notifications sent to authors with abstracts submitted to the conference.
9 September 2022: Registration opens at the online registration gateway.