The Use of Machine Translation in Human Translation Workflows

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Clifton Hill House

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In partnership with Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain) and the ITI Western Regional Group, the University of Bristol is delighted to present a machine translation round table event that will bring together academics, professional translators, translation companies and technology providers. We will share research findings and discuss trends and challenges currently facing translators and the translation industry. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free, but places are limited and prior booking is required. Registrations will open soon.

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Round table participants:

Lucas N Vieira

Lecturer in Translation Studies with Technology, Lucas holds a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Language Technology. His PhD centered on cognitive effort in post-editing of machine translation. His main areas of research are translation editing and technology with a focus on processes, products and attitudes surrounding the use of technology in linguistic tasks.

Elisa Alonso

Lecturer in Translation Studies at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Elisa holds a BA in Translating and Interpreting, and a PhD in Communication Studies. Her areas of research include the impacts of technology on sociological aspects of translation and on translators’ training. Before her move into academia, Elisa worked as a software localiser at Lionbridge.

Mattia Ruaro

Language Technology Specialist at Sandberg Translation Partners, Mattia is responsible for all translation software and all linked staff training and support, as well as being involved in the MT&PE strategy. After his BA in Translation and MA in Interpreting and Translation, he had worked as translator and project manager for several translation agencies.

Mark Elliott

Translator and owner of Media-Translation, Mark holds an MA in Translation and has lectured on the University of Bristol MA course. He delivers a wide range of linguistic and translation services to major clients in various industries and coordinates the ITI’s Western Regional Group.

Becky Kinnersley

Becky has been working with one of the UK's leading translation agencies to develop their language service offering to global corporations since 2013 and now runs the busy team of Client and Project Managers. Through translation industry contacts, Becky has continual opportunities to test, influence and trial the newest in CAT tools, PM systems and MT products alongside an in-house team and wide pool of linguists around the world.

Kevin Flanagan

Principal Research Engineer with SDL, Kevin works on advancing language technologies across products. After a career in software development, he became a translator specialising in IT texts. Having completed his MA in Translation Studies, he taught CAT technology at the University of Bristol. His PhD centred on improving subsegment recall in Translation Memory.

Rosario de Zayas

Director of translation agency Tatutrad, where she is responsible for Operations and Client Satisfaction, Rosario draws upon decades of experience in the translation industry. Working with the latest in CAT technology, she and her team provide linguistic services across a wide range of sectors.

María Illescas

María, Machine Translation Specialist with SeproTec, has been in the translation business for more than 12 years now. Before joining SeproTec, she worked with several different Spanish translation firms, serving in a variety of roles such as Vendor Manager Director, Project Manager, Translator and Reviser. She joined SeproTec in 2015 to supervise the implementation of Machine Translation, which involves not only the creation, improvement and maintenance of engines, but also the training of professional posteditors.

About Bristol

The University of Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research and is ranked within the top 50 universities in the world. Bristol itself, besides having been repeatedly named ‘best place to live in Britain’, has just this year overtaken London as leading ‘smart city’ in the Huawei UK Smart Cities Index and also become UNESCO Creative City of Film. The city is home to a vibrant cultural provision, a buzzing culinary scene and is renowned for its lively community spirit.

How to get to Clifton Hill House

Clifton Hill House, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BX

By train to Temple Meads Station

The number 8 FirstGroup bus service from Bristol Temple Meads train station runs at least every 10 minutes at peak times and stops at Victoria Square, Clifton village. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes. Clifton Hill House is only 250m from the Victoria Square bus stop, walk down Clifton Road, turning left into Lower Clifton Hill at the end.

By Car

The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive, while the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.

Directions to Clifton from the M32 (also available as a Google Map)

  • Exit the M4 at junction 19 marked for the M32

  • Follow the M32 southwest into Bristol

  • Continue onto the A4032

  • Continue straight onto Bond Street / A4044

  • At St. James Barton roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Marlborough Street / B4051

  • Continue to follow B4051 to the Triangle

  • Turn left at the second traffic lights, down Jacobs Wells Road

  • Take the second turning right, up the steep Constitution Hill

  • Turn right into Lower Clifton Hill at the top.

If travelling from the South and South West, the A4, A38 and A37 provide direct access to the city centre.


SatNav users should enter the postcode BS8 1BX.


There are multistorey car parks about ten minutes' walk from the venue. Visitors requiring disabled parking should contact Amanda Merbis-Kirk to book a space. (

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Where to stay

The conference location Clifton Hill House is within walking distance of areas such as Clifton and Clifton Village or can be reached by a short bus journey from the city centre.

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Should you have any questions regarding the event itself or your stay in Bristol, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Amanda Merbis-Kirk – she will be more than happy to help.

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