ISCA Special Interest Group: Child Computer Interaction (CHILD)

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Aim. CHILD aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from universities and industry working in all aspects of multimodal child-machine interaction with particular emphasis on, but not limited to, speech interactive interfaces.

Motivation. Children are special both at the acoustic/linguistic level but also at the interaction level. CHILD provides a unique opportunity for bringing together different research communities to demonstrate various state-of-the-art components that can make up the next generation of child centred computer interaction. These technological advances are increasingly necessary in a world where education and health pose growing challenges to the core wellbeing of our societies. Noticeable examples are remedial treatments for children with or without disabilities, and first and second language learning. CHILD should serve for discussing recent advancements in all core technologies for multimodal child-machine interaction as well as experimental systems and prototypes.

Board. Current SIG officers are:

  • ChairpersonKeelan Evanini (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, USA)
  • Secretaries: : Maryam Najafian (CSAIL Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Saeid Safavi (School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Past chair advisory: Kay Berkling (DHBW, Karlsruhe, Germany)

ISCA-supported events

CHILD supports the series of workshops on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI)

  • WOCCI 2016, 6-7/9, San Francisco, CA, USA (in conjunction with Interspeech)
  • WOCCI 2014, 19/9, Singapore (in conjunction with Interspeech)
  • WOCCI 2012, 14/9, Portland, OR, USA ( in conjunction with Interspeech)
  • WOCCI 2009, 5/11, Cambridge, MA, USA (in conjunction with ICMI)
  • WOCCI 2008, 23/10, Chania, Crete, Greece (in conjunction with ICMI)

CHILD supports the new series of workshops on Language Teaching, Learning and Technology (LTLT)

  • LTLT 2017, forthcoming, Helsinki, Finland, (co-located with Interspeech and SLaTE)
  • LTLT 2016,  6-7/9, San Francisco, CA, USA (in conjunction with Interspeech)
  • L1LT 2015, 3/9, Leipzig, Germany (special session of SLaTE 2015)

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