ALT2023:Ancient Language Translation Workshop
Macau SAR, China on Sep 5, 2023, @MT-SUMMIT2023
Registration for the shared task Feb 15, 2023 ~ May 20, 2023
Training data release April 1, 2023
Test data release June 1, 2023
Data submission June 7, 2023
Tech report submission June 15, 2023
Notification of acceptance June 25, 2023
Camera-ready paper submission July 10, 2023
All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (“anywhere on Earth”).


  • As a co-located event at MT-SUMMIT(, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars of interest to learn about the challenges and latest developments in the field of machine translation for ancient languages. Participants will engage in discussions and hands-on activities to develop a deeper understanding of the field and the techniques used to address the unique challenges posed by translating texts written in ancient languages.
  • To achieve this goal, for this year’s workshop, we propose two shared tasks on Machine Translation for Ancient Chinese and Cuneiform languages (including Akkadian and Sumerian), respectively. Each participating team is required to submit the result on their registered shared task(s), and a technical report is required to submit after the evaluation. All papers will be peer-reviewed, and will be selected to appear on ACL Anthology (
  • Please note that the workshop only accepts the papers that participate in one or two of the designated shared tasks. Any other related work is strongly recommended to sumbit to events such as the 1st Workshop of Ancient Language Processing ( at RANLP 2013.

The Two Shared Tasks

  • Ancient Chinese Machine Translation Shared Task (

    • Organizers: Dongbo Wang, Si Shen, Minxuan Feng, Chao Xu, Lianzhen Zhao, Bin Li
  • Ancient Cuneiform Languages Machine Translation Shared Task (

    • Organizers: Stav Klein, Kostiya Margulyan, Luis Sáenz, Danielle Kapon Epshtain, Tina Chen, Adam Anderson, Shai Gordin

How to Participate

  • Each participating team needs to register through the shared tasks pages above during March 15 to May 20, 2023.
  • Download the training data after April 15, 2023.
  • Submit the result by June 7, 2023.
  • Submit the technical report by June 15, 2023.
  • Attend workshop in-person or online on September 5, 2023.
  • For any questions, please contact the oganizers.