Machine translation usage in a children’s workshop

Mondheera Pituxcoosuvarn*, Toru Ishida, Naomi Yamashita, Toshiyuki Takasaki, Yumiko Mori

*Corresponding author for this work

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Machine translation (MT) enables a group of people who do not share a common language to work together as a team. Previous studies have investigated the characteristics of MT-mediated communication in laboratory settings and suggested various ways to improve it. Yet, few studies have investigated how MT is actually used outside the lab. We still lack an understanding of how MT is used in real-world settings, particularly when people use it in face-to-face situations. In this paper, we report on an ethnographic study of a multilingual children workshop using MT to communicate with each other in real world. We studied how children use various communication methods such as gesture and internet to compensate for the mistranslations of MT. For example, children tried to understand poorly translated messages by reading the alternative translations and used web browsers to search for pictures of unknown objects. Finally, we propose design implementations based on our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaboration Technologies and Social Computing - 10th International Conference, CollabTech 2018, Proceedings
EditorsHironori Egi, Satoshi Ichimura, Armanda Rodrigues, Takashi Yoshino, Takaya Yuizono, Nelson Baloian
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319987422
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CollabTech 2018 - Costa de Caparica, Portugal
Duration: 2018 Sept 52018 Sept 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11000 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CollabTech 2018
CityCosta de Caparica


  • Children’s collaboration
  • Field study
  • Machine translation
  • Multilingual workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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