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        1.     Richard Sproat , Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology

Message 1: Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology
Date: 12-Feb-2011
From: Richard Sproat <rwsxoba.com>
Subject: Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology
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Full Title: Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology
Short Title: SLPAT 2011

Date: 30-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Annalu Waller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://slpat2011.computing.dundee.ac.uk/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

The 2nd Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology will be held in conjunction with the 2011 ACL Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (SIGDAT - EMNLP) which will take place on 30 July 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This 1-day workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional or developmental disabilities. This workshop will build on the first such workshop (co-located with NAACL HLT 2010); it will provide an opportunity for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and progress.

Scope and Topics:

While AAC is a particularly apt application area for speech and NLP technologies, we are purposefully making the scope of the workshop broad enough to include accessibility and assistive technologies as a whole. Topics that are appropriate for the workshop yet fall outside of the scope of AAC would include things such as spoken language or dialogue interfaces to assistive devices, or other related topics in Human Computer Interaction. While we will encourage work that validates the methods with human experimental trials, we will also consider work on basic-level innovations, inspired by AT/AAC related problems.


Call for Papers:

We welcome papers on theories, models, techniques and evaluation studies from all areas of speech and language technology, tailored to accessibility, AAC and AT; including, but not limited to, the following:

- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications
- Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications
- Automated processing of sign language
- Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive impairments
- Speech transformation for improved intelligibility
- Translation systems; to and from speech, text, symbols and sign language
- Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AAC applications
- Text processing for improved comprehension, e.g., sentence simplification or text-to-speech
- Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio
- Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication
- Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive technologies
- Discourse and dialogue modelling for AAC
- Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive Technologies
- NLP for cognitive assistance applications
- Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive technologies
- Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of assistive Technology
- Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted presentation modes such as speech, signs or symbols
- Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology
- Deployment of speech and NLP tools in the clinic or in the field
- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 22 April 2011
Notification to authors: 20 May 2011
Demo proposal submission deadline: 23 May 2011
Notification of demo acceptance: 31 May 2011
Camera-ready paper version submission deadline: 3 June 2011
Workshop: 30 July 2011



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