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Mon Nov 15 2010

Calls: Applied Ling/Comp Ling/Disc Analysis/Computer Speech... (Jrnl)

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Message 1: Computer Speech and Language
Date: 15-Nov-2010
From: Bjoern Schuller <schullertum.de>
Subject: Computer Speech and Language
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Full Title: Computer Speech and Language

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2011


Call for Papers

Special Issue on
Paralinguistics in Naturalistic Speech and Language



Paralinguistic phenomena including speaker states such as emotion or health
condition, speaker traits such as personality, likeability, age or gender, as
well as vocal behaviour such as laughter, sighs or hesitation, increasingly
become part of every-day and future communication, retrieval, and
surveillance systems. This requires present research to focus on realistic
conditions in the sense of naturalistic occurrence of these phenomena, on
real-life requirements such as presence of noise, reverberation or
transmission artefacts, and on efficiency requirements. Further, optimal
embedding of computational estimates in a system context needs to be
addressed. To this end, speech and language resources and tailored acoustic
and lexical features and machine learning architectures are needed. In
addition, synergistic parallel assessment of such phenomena exploiting
mutual dependencies may lead to improved performance over isolated

In this vein, this special issue of Computer Speech and Language will be
devoted to the computational analysis of Paralinguistics in Naturalistic
Speech and Language. Original, previously unpublished submissions are
encouraged within the following scope:

+ Speaker States (Emotion and Affect, Health Condition, etc.)
+ Speaker Traits (Personality, Likeability, Age, Gender, Height, etc.)
+ Vocal Behaviour (Laughter, Sighs, Hesitations, Voice Quality, etc.)
+ Interdependence of Paralinguistics
+ Synergistic Paralinguistic Analysis (Multi-task learning, One-pass
decoding, etc.)
+ Machine Analysis of Naturalistic Occurrence of Speaker States and Traits
+ Paralinguistics in Conversational Speech and Realistic Environments
+ Semi- and Unsupervised Speaker Adaptation, Clustering, and Profiling for
+ On-line, Incremental and Real-time Processing for Paralinguistics
+ Noise, Reverberation, Coding and Transmission Robustness for
+ Distributed Paralinguistic Analysis and Standardization Issues for
+ Paralinguistic Speech and Language Resources
+ Applications of Paralinguistics (Socially-Aware Spoken Dialog Systems,
Recognition of Spontaneous Speech, Aging Society, Child-Computer
Interfaces, Call-Centres, Education, Gaming, Health Care, Human-Agent and
Human-Robot Communication, Surveillance, etc.)

Submission Procedure:

Prospective authors should follow the regular guidelines of the Computer
Speech and Language Journal for electronic submission
(http://ees.elsevier.com/csl). During submission authors must select for this
Special Issue (short name 'Natural Paralinguistics').


Submission Deadline: 1 May 2011
First Notification: 1 July 2011
Final Version of Manuscripts: 1 October 2011
Tentative Publication Date: January 2012

Guest Editors:

Björn Schuller, Technische Universität München, Germany
Stefan Steidl, ICSI, USA
Anton Batliner, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

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