10th Anniversary Translation Forum Russia Conference – the Europe’s largest event in translation and localization industry – was held on August 23 - 25 in St. Petersburg at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. The PROMT Company participated in the Forum and introduced a new machine translation technology - PROMT Neural.

This year the Conference drew a record number of participants with over 700 professionals from different countries. The Translation Forum Russia sections included: Business Track, Mastership of Translation and Interpreting, Legal Translation, Technology Track and others. Julia Epifantseva, PROMT Development Director, represented the company at the event. She gave a presentation “Neural Machine Translation: an all-in-one solution or many customized solutions. PROMT Neural experience” in the Big Data in Translation Industry section. The section was organized by EGO Translating company - one of the leaders in comprehensive linguistic servicing, and worked in Technology Track.

Speaking at the conference, Julia Epifantseva described the current situation in machine translation, having focused on the use of neural networks. She said the quality of machine translation has improved so much lately that it can be called comparable to a human translation. Julia also emphasized the need for training the system with customer’s data to make the technology as efficient as possible. “By training our system with relevant data we can achieve a translation quality we could only dream of”, she said. Thus, the new PROMT Neural technology can be trained with highly specialized data of the customer – parallel corpora and glossaries containing highly specialized terminology.

Besides PROMT, the Conference was attended by large translation agencies, localization departments of Kaspersky Lab, 1Ci and VKontakte, service and automated tools providers like Trados, SmartCAT, Intento and others as well as government representatives: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Association of Translation Companies.

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