OpenNMT Paris Workshop 2018

March 2nd - 3rd 2018

FrenchTech Central – Station F
5, parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris

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About the conference

SYSTRAN and HarvardNLP are very pleased to hold the first OpenNMT Workshop in Paris on March 2nd at Station F, followed by the first ever OpenNMT Hackathon on March 3rd at Télécom ParisTech.

OpenNMT is an Open Source project providing neural technologies for different tasks such as automatic machine translation, text generation and summarization. The OpenNMT project is a collection of implementations on multiple frameworks designed to be simple to use and easy to extend, while maintaining efficiency and state-of-the-art accuracy. Learn more about OpenNMT at!

Registration is FREE and OPEN to both the OpenNMT community as well as anyone interested in Deep Learning applications for natural language processing.

The main goals of the workshop are to:

  • Share different perspectives (developers/users/researchers/industrials) on OpenNMT and Neural Language Processing Applications in general
  • Present the latest innovations that the community is putting inside the framework
  • Establish direct contacts within the community
  • Share results and collaboratively work on a roadmap

During the daylong hackathon, we will provide hands-on training, but also development sessions to share good development practices and to kick off development of new features or interfaces.

In that spirit, we will have a balanced panel of presentations from Academia, Language Service Providers, Commercials and Institutional users.

Are you involved in natural language processing and want to be aware of the huge improvement led by AI, Neural Networks and Deep Learning? Come and learn from thought leaders from Research, Industry and Open Source NMT developers!

Why attend?



Share different perspectives (developers/users/researchers) on OpenNMT and Neural Machine Translation in general


Get insights

Get insights on the latest innovations that the community is putting inside the framework



Establish direct contacts within the community, share results and collaboratively work on a roadmap


Friday, March 2nd

French Tech Central – Station F - 55 boulevard Vincent Auriol, 5 parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris
9:00 AM Welcome and program review
9:15 AMResearchAlexander Rush, HarvardNLPNMT from lab to community
9:45 AMEngineeringJean Senellart, SYSTRANIndustry Bridge
10:15 AMEvaluationVincent Nguyen, UbiqusNMT evaluation
10:45 AMEngineeringGuillaume Klein, SYSTRAN1 year developing and maintaining OpenNMT
11:15 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Interactive sessionOpenNMT Directions and Roadmap
11:55 AMLSP Focus
Moderator: V. Nguyen
Panos Kanavos, Lexorama LtdUsing OpenNMT for Human Translation
12:15 PMTerence Lewis, MyDutchPal Ltd
12:30 PMTony O'Dowd, KantanMTPreparing the KantanMT community for the OpenNMT Migration
12:45 PM Lunch Sharing and Discussions
1:40 PMIndustry Focus
Moderator: J. Senellart
Andrew Joscelyne, TAUSNunc Est Tempus
2:00 PMTalaat Khalil, NMT, a OpenNMT use case
2:30 PMShahram Khadivi, eBayNeural MT in e-commerce: Advances and Challenges
3:00 PMTraining on the cloudJulien Simon, AWSSimple and Effective AI implementation with AWS
3:25 PM Coffee Break
3:55 PMResearchGuillaume Lample, FacebookUnsupervised Machine Translation Using Monolingual Corpora Only
4:25 PM Parnia Bahar, RWTHHidden Markov Model Factorization in Neural Machine Translation
4:45 PMOpenNMT for... non NMT
Moderator: A. Rush
Yuntian Deng, HarvardNLPImage to Text
5:00 PMBen Peters, Saarland UniversityMassively Multilingual Neural Grapheme-to-Phoneme Conversion
5:15 PMSebastien Gehrmann, HavardNLPContent and Plan Selection for Natural Language Generation
5:30 PMPaul Tardy, Ubiqus
Chieh-Teng Chang, National Taiwan University
OpenNMT for Summarization
5:45 PM Conclusion

Saturday, March 3rd

Télécom ParisTech - Entrée 49 Rue Vergniaud, 75013 Paris
  • 9:00-17:00 - Hackathon
    Several sessions will be proposed from hands-on training, to advanced sessions for developers, and we will also propose few “one-day” project for kicking-off collaborative development of new features or side-projects.

Venue March 2nd

Venue March 3rd


Organization Committee

Jean Senellart, SYSTRAN
Alexander Rush, Harvard NLP
Guillaume Klein, SYSTRAN
Vincent Nguyen, Ubiqus
Pierre Senellart, Télécom ParisTech


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