SMART project Final Symposium – online and onsite 1 February 2023 in Guildford, UK

…Now it’s time to share our digest of the findings and results we have obtained on the SMART project – Shaping Multilingual Access through respeaking Technology (ESRC, ES/T002530/1). The project’s final symposium will be held at the University of Surrey on 1st February 2023. SMART kicked off in 2020 as an experimental study investigating interlingual respeaking as a complex form of human-AI interaction. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, we looked at the process and product of interlingual respeaking. We developed an upskilling course to support language professionals who want to remain relevant in the current changing language industry by capitalising on existing skills and adjusting them to emerging practices. We also explored the cognitive abilities and interpersonal traits that are necessary to perform well as an interlingual respeaker. Input from industry stakeholders enabled us to address questions relevant to the sector. We are very proud to be able to share the key findings with you all at the event, and we hope that you will be able to join us then. The symposium will feature the contributors from the SMART project consortium:


The SMART symposium will open another major event at Surrey’s Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) – the first Convergence conference, entitled Convergence: Human-Machine Integration in Translation and Interpreting (1 – 3 February, 2023). As part of it, and culmination of our symposium. we will be hosting a panel titled Embracing the complexity: hybrid practices for interlingual communication in real time. which will extend the discussion to other emerging hybrid practices for live interlingual speech-to-text. The term speech-to-text is normally associated with full automation of spoken communication (i.e. technology-driven transformation of spoken input into written output, particularly in real-time). The rapid development of technologies driven by AI, like automatic speech recognition and machine translation, has opened up a myriad of hybrid methods and possible configurations for real-time delivery of speech-to-text. These can be positioned at the crossroads of translation, interpreting, and subtitling and entail different degrees of human and machine input to provide what is ultimately the same product: live text in a different language. However, we still do not know much about the affordances and constraints brought about by different workflows, and how they can match different live communication scenarios. This panel will discuss the current state of the art in terms of speech-to-text interlingual practices, which can be placed on a continuum from human-centric to automated ones. and attempt to systematise the complexity of the current landscape, in a way that will emphasise the hybrid nature of these practices and the role that language professionals play in different processes. To this end, the panel will bring together experts from a variety of backgrounds, attempting to converge on a topical and multifaceted issue that requires input from a variety of standpoints to be addressed in all its complexity. Invited panellists will bring their own unique perspectives (institutional, professional, academic, industry- and user-centred) on how we can bring about an intelligent and responsible integration of human skills and technological capabilities for the benefit of all stakeholders involved.


Tentative schedule of SMART symposium day – 1 February 2022
9:00-13:30: SMART symposium – presentation of key findings and discussion
13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:30: Start of Convergence conference and Keynote 1
15:30-15:45 Comfort break
15:45-18:15: Panel session: Embracing the complexity: hybrid practices for interlingual communication in real time

  • Convenors: Elena Davitti, Tomasz Korybski, Anna-Stiina Wallinheimo, Zoe Moores, Annalisa Sandrelli, Pablo Romero-Fresco
  • Panellists line up (in progress): Carlo Eugeni (University of Leeds), Martin Cornwell (Ai-Media), Luke Barrett and Elizabeth Crockett (Sky), Denise Kroesen and Evan Dorrenstein (Substream)

This event is free of charge but places on campus are limited – watch this space for further info on how to register. For now, SAVE THE DATE!

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