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In this hands-on course, you will go through the steps of building custom machine-translation (MT) engines.

Using both commercially and publicly available tools, students will do the following:

  • Exploit the efficiencies that MT can provide when coupled with a CAT environment.

  • Understand various methods of machine translation, including rules-based, statistical, hybrid, and the latest trend of “auto-adaptive” or “interactive” MT.

  • Decide which type of MT performs best for their particular language combination and domain specialization.

  • Determine which MT models best match their own idiosyncrasies for maximum efficiency.

  • Know the ins and outs of how MT is built up and utilized so they can make a sound decision as to whether MT is a feasible way to achieve productivity gains for them and their customers.

Please note: This is not a course on best practices of machine translation post-editing (MTPE). We will touch upon the practices used in post-editing, but this is not a core focus of the course. This course uses a hybrid model with participants working online first and then attending a three-day intensive course on our campus in Monterey.


Participants must have experience using CAT in a translation setting (Trados, memoQ, Wordfast, Déjà Vu, or any other mainstream CAT tool on the market). If you do not have experience in CAT or need a refresher course, consider enrolling in the Institute’s Computer-Assisted Translation Course.


Jon Ritzdorf

Dates and Fees

All MT open enrollment courses are currently on hold until further notice. 


For more information, email us at tipp@miis.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Participants MUST have experience utilizing CAT in a translation setting (Trados, memoQ, Wordfast, Déjà vu or any other “mainstream” CAT tool on the market). If you do not have experience in CAT, or need a refresher course, consider enrolling in the MIIS CAT course.

Online: Course uses the same collaborative technology that most major companies and academic institutions use today for online meetings and “virtual” classrooms. You will meet the instructor and all your classmates in an online forum via this technology. Before each class you will be emailed attendance information which will enable audio and video feeds for class. Students can attend from anywhere in the world if they have ready access to a high-speed Internet connection.

Onsite: Course will be in a computer lab on the campus of the Institute. Students must be able to attend the classes in Monterey as well as the online portions. The full-service computer lab with an instructor terminal, LCD overhead projector, and all required software preloaded onto the machines will be provided, so students do not need to bring their laptops, but are welcome to do so. You will be in class from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with one hour for lunch.

Full Tuition Payment - Due at least 60 days prior to start of course. Note that tuition does not include housing or transportation.

Early Bird Tuition Discount - due at least 90 days prior to the start of course. Save $100 off full price tuition if payment is received at least 90 days before the beginning of the course.

Enrollment Deposit - please note that tuition payment includes a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit. This enrollment deposit is non-refundable, unless overseas applicant provides evidence that visa application has been rejected.

Refund Schedule and Timing % Refund

  • Prior to start of class 100% less enrollment deposit
  • First day of class 75% less enrollment deposit
  • After 1 st day of class No refund

In case of cancellation, the $200.00 enrollment deposit may be applied toward a future course.