LINGUIST List 23.729

Mon Feb 13 2012

Confs: Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <>

Date: 12-Feb-2012
From: Dimitra Anastasiou <>
Subject: Language Technology in Pervasive Computing
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Language Technology in Pervasive Computing Short Title: LTPC

Date: 19-Jun-2012 - 19-Jun-2012 Location: Newcastle University, United Kingdom Contact: Dimitra Anastasiou Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The main objective of the workshop is to consider the intersection of two research domains which have been separated the past years: NLP and pervasive computing.

In pervasive and ubiquitous computing scenarios, spoken language is in many cases the ideal modality for human beings to interact with a ‘disappearing’ computer, i.e. to directly formulate their intentions and to receive feedback from the system. However, despite recent advances in speech technology, many developers still have objections to employ NLP due to concerns of low recognition rates and issues of disambiguation etc. These limitations of NLP components are not surprising, considering that even human beings can only make sense of spoken language by contextual knowledge. Sensing context however is one of the key topics of the Pervasive Computing conference series, particularly location sensing and activity recognition. We believe that the pervasive computing community can make an important contribution to the field of NLP and also Human Language Technology (HLT) can profit enormously from pervasive computing by getting contextual information.

Some key challenges, on which the workshop will be based on (but are not limited to), include:

-Location awareness in speech-enabled systems-Adapting speech systems to the user’s activity-Multimodal interaction in intelligent environments, e.g. speech and gesture combined-Interacting through speech with smart devices in the Internet of Things-Personalizing devices and services through speaker recognition-Multilingualism, localization, and translation in pervasive computing

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