ISCApad number 111

September 10th, 2007


Dear Members,
First of all, we should congratulate the organizers of Interspeech 2007 in Antwerp. There was of lot of soul in these old buildings close and connected to the Antwerp zoo. In spite of the their age, the buildings fitted very well with the needs of the conference. All services were excellent and a lot of attention was devoted to convenient details. Year 2007 is a great vintage. Congratulations to the chairmen D. Van Compernolle and Lou Boves and the whole team that contributed to this success.

ISCA was pleased to award its medal for scientific achievement to Professor Victor Zue, who delivered a lecture on "Organic Interfaces". The ISCA Special Service Medal was awarded to Wolfgang Hess for his wonderful job in archiving all ISCA publications and for his many years of service on the ISCA Board. The ISCA board met twice as usual at Interspeech 2007 and the General Assembly took place on Wednesday evening. The major achievements for 2007 are: the ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Program, the ISCA Fellows Program, and the renovated website, which we invite you all to visit. Thanks to the efforts of our Student Advisory Committee, our publications are now indexed by Google Scholar. New international sub-committees have been created in several parts of the world: Eastern Europe, West Asia and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Our archivist Wolfgang Hess has completed the archiving of all ISCA/ESCA publications from our earliest conferences; full texts can be downloaded using your personal ISCA password.

Several members of the Board have completed two terms this year and are thus retiring from the ISCA Board: Hiroya Fujisaki, Michael Wagner, Julia Hirschberg, Sadaoki Furui and myself. Five new members were elected to the Board to take their places: Helen Meng, Bernd Moebius, Alan Black, Yoshinori Sagisaka, and Tanja Schultz. Continuing members are Michael Picheny, David House, Isabel Trancoso, Eva Hajicova, Lin-Shan Lee, and Jean-Francois Bonastre. The newly elected officers are Isabel Trancoso, President; Jean-Francois Bonastre, Vice-President; David House, Secretary; and Bernd Moebius, Treasurer.

I volunteered to continue to produce the ISCApad, in collaboration with Helen Meng and Julia Hirschberg. Please continue to send me your announcements about upcoming conferences and workshops, new books you have written, job announcements, or other things you think will be of interest to the members of ISCA.

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Christian Wellekens


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  3. Courses, internships
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  5. Job openings
  6. Journals
  7. Future Interspeech Conferences
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  9. Forthcoming Events supported (but not organized) by ISCA
  10. Future Speech Science and technology events


The new ISCA board
New President: Isabel Trancoso
New Vice-President Jean Francois Bonastre
New members: Alan Black (USA), Helen Meng (China), Bernd Möbius (Germany), Yoshinori Sagisaka (Japan), Tanja Schultz (Germany)
Continuing members: Eva Hajicova, David House, Lin-shan Lee, Michael Picheny
Retiring members (all were members of the board for two 4-year terms): Hiroya Fujisaki, Sadaoki Furui, Julia Hirschberg, Michael Wagner, Chris Wellekens

ISCA Distinguished lecturers Program
Announcement and Call for Nominations
ISCA has started a new Distinguished Lecturers Program in 2006 to send Distinguished Lecturers to travel to different parts of the world to give lectures to help promote research activities on speech science and technologies. Two Distinguished Lecturers have been selected at the end of 2006, Professor Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Professor Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, with 2-year terms of 2007-2008. Professor Marc Swerts has finished the first Distinguished Lecturer Tour to go to Latin America in June 2007, and the next by professor Chin-Hui Lee to go to South Asia will be realized in Nov 2007. Nominations and Selection
A Distinguished Lecturers Committee has been organized. The chair of the Committee for 2006-2009 is Professor Sadaoki Furui. Nominations of candidates for 2008-2009 terms are called. Each nomination should include information (short biography, selected publications, website, etc. plus topics/titles of up to 3 possible lectures) of no more than 2 pages to be sent to the Committee Chair ( Only those who receive the highest votes by the Committee, exceeding a minimum threshold of 2/3, are selected. Nominations for this year should be received before the deadline of Nov 15 2007. Commitments of the Lecturers
The candidates selected by the Committee will be contacted and asked for the commitment of making time available for Lecture Tours, including the possibility of traveling to some regions specially identified as under-represented in ISCA programs (China, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South and West Asia, Africa). Those who agree are announced as ISCA Distinguished Lecturers. Distinguished Lecturers Tours
Distinguished Lecturers Tours are arranged by ISCA upon invitation only. The local hosts should be responsible for making and funding the local arrangements including accommodation and meals, and ISCA will pay travel costs. A Distinguished Lecturer Tour is realizable when at least three lectures are included, preferably in at least two different locations. More Details
More details of this Program can be found at ISCA website .

ISCA Fellow Program
In 2007, ISCA will begin its Fellow Program to recognize and honor outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the field of speech communication science and technology. To qualify for this distinction, a candidate must have been an ISCA member for five years or more with a minimum of ten years experience in the field. Nominations may be made by any ISCA member (see Nomination Form). The nomination must be accompanied by references from three current ISCA Fellows (or, during the first three years of the program, by ISCA Board members). A Fellow may be recognized by his/her outstanding technical contributions and/or continued significant service to ISCA. The candidate’s technical contribution should be summarized in the nomination in terms of publications, patents, projects, prototypes and their impact in the community. Fellows will be selected by a Fellow Selection Committee of nine members who each serve three-year terms. In the first year of the program, the Committee will be formed by ISCA Board members. Over the next three years, one third of the members of the Selection Committee will be replaced by ISCA Fellows until the Committee consists entirely of ISCA Fellows. Members of the Committee will be chosen by the ISCA Board. The committee will hold a virtual meeting during June to evaluate the nominations submitted until the past month. The total number selected in any one year will not exceed one-third percent of the total ISCA membership in that year. Since ISCA will be initiating this process from its present membership, there will be a larger pool to consider initially. As such, ISCA would select fellows not to exceed 1% of the membership for the first three years, and then adopt the 0.33% for subsequent years.

Individuals or organizations interested in organizing:
should submit by 15 November 2007 a brief preliminary proposal, including:
* The name and position of the proposed general chair and other principal organizers.
* The proposed period in September/October 2011 when the conference would be held.
* The institution assuming financial responsibility for the conference and any other cooperating institutions.
* The city and conference center proposed (with information on that center's capacity).
* The commercial conference organizer (if any).
* Information on transportation and housing for conference participants.
* Likely support from local bodies (e.g. governmental).
* A preliminary budget.
Interspeech conferences may be held in any country, although they generally should not occur in the same continent in two consecutive years. The coming Interspeech events will take place in Antwerp (Belgium, 2007), Brisbane (Australia, 2008), Brighton (UK, 2009) and Makuhari (Japan, 2010).
Guidelines for the preparation of the proposal are available on our website.
Additional information can be provided by Tanja Schultz.
Those who plan to put in a bid are asked to inform ISCA of their intentions as soon as possible. They should also consider attending Interspeech 2007 in Anwerp to discuss their bids, if possible.
Proposals should be submitted by email to the above address. Candidates fulfilling basic requirements will be asked to submit a detailed proposal by 28 February 2008.

SIG's activities

A list of Speech Interest Groups can be found on our web.



Seminars at ICP Grenoble France

Vendredi 14 septembre 2007, 09h30 - Séminaire externe
(Attention date et horaire modifiés)
NTT Communication Science Laboratories
Voice quality and laryngeal adjustment
The supraglottal structure of the human larynx was examined using physiological methods. In normal phonations, the supraglottal region is abducted and no significant vibrations are observed. However, in certain pressed-type phonations, such as throat singing and growl, vibration of the supraglottal structure, as well as that of the vocal folds, contributes to regulate their special voice quality. The EMG study of the supraglottal constriction shows that adductions of the vocal and ventricular folds are caused by the different activation patterns of the laryngeal muscles.
Salle accueil INPG
46 avenue Félix Viallet
Lundi 17 septembre – Vendredi 21 septembre 2007
Ecole d’été “Brain and Speech”
Organisée par le Département Parole et Cognition
et le Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin
Jeudi 4 octobre – Vendredi 5 octobre 2007
Journées GIPSA
Jeudi 18 octobre 2007, 13h30 - Séminaire externe
Department of Language and Speech
Titre et résumé à venir
Amphi C
Bâtiment C - 1er étage
46 avenue Félix Viallet




La production de la parole
Author: Alain Marchal, Universite d'Aix en Provence, France
Publisher: Hermes Lavoisier
Year: 2007

Speech enhancement-Theory and Practice
Author: Philipos C. Loizou, University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Publisher: CRC Press

Speech and Language Engineering
Editor: Martin Rajman
Publisher: EPFL Press, distributed by CRC Press
Year: 2007

Human Communication Disorders/ Speech therapy
This interesting series can be listed on Wiley website

Incurses em torno do ritmo da fala
Author: Plinio A. Barbosa
Publisher: Pontes Editores (city: Campinas)
Year: 2006 (released 11/24/2006)
(In Portuguese, abstract attached.) Website

Speech Quality of VoIP: Assessment and Prediction
Author: Alexander Raake
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, UK-Chichester, September 2006

Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech, Studies in the Evolution of Language
Author: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
Publisher:Oxford University Press

Speech Recognition Over Digital Channels
Authors: Antonio M. Peinado and Jose C. Segura
Publisher: Wiley, July 2006

Multilingual Speech Processing
Editors: Tanja Schultz and Katrin Kirchhoff ,
Elsevier Academic Press, April 2006

Reconnaissance automatique de la parole: Du signal a l'interpretation
Authors: Jean-Paul Haton
Christophe Cerisara
Dominique Fohr
Yves Laprie
Kamel Smaili
392 Pages
Publisher: Dunod



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Speech Engineer/Senior Speech Engineer at Microsoft, Mountain View, CA,USA

Job Type: Full-Time
Send resume to Bruce Buntschuh
Tellme, now a subsidiary of Microsoft, is a company that is focused on delivering the highest quality voice recognition based applications while providing the highest possible automation to its clients. Central to this focus is the speech recognition accuracy and performance that is used by the applications. The candidate will be responsible for the development, performance analysis, and optimization of grammars, as well as overall speech recognition accuracy, in a wide variety of real world applications in all major market segments. This is a unique opportunity to apply and extend state of the art speech recognition technologies to emerging spaces such as information search on mobile devices.
· Strong background in engineering, linguistics, mathematics, machine learning, and or computer science.
· In depth knowledge and expertise in the field of speech recognition.
· Strong analytical skills with a determination to fully understand and solve complex problems.
· Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
· Fluency in English (Spanish a plus).
· Programming capability with scripting tools such as Perl.
MS, PhD, or equivalent technical experience in an area such as engineering, linguistics, mathematics, or computer science.

Software Development Engineer, Automatic Speech Recognition at Microsoft Redmond WA, USA

Send resume to Yifan Gong
Speech Technologies and Modeling- Speech Component Group
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond WA, USA
Microsoft's Speech Component Group has been working on automatic speech recognition (SR) in real environments. We develop SR products for multiple languages for mobile devices, desktop computers, and communication servers. The group now has an open position for software development engineers to work on our acoustic and language modeling technologies. The position offers great opportunities for innovation and technology and product development.
Design and implement speech/language modeling and recognition algorithms to improve recognition accuracy.
Create, optimize and deliver quality speech recognition models and other components tailored to our customers' needs.
Identify, investigate and solve challenging problems in the areas of recognition accuracy from speech recognition system deployments.
Improve speech recognition language expansion engineering process that ensures product quality and scalability.
Required competencies and skills:
Passion about speech technology and quality software, demonstrated ability relative to the design and implementation of speech recognition algorithms.
Strong desire for achieving excellent results, strong problem solving skills, ability to multi-task, handle ambiguities, and identify issues in complex SR systems.
Good software development skills, including strong aptitude for software design and coding. 3+ years of experience in C/C++. Programming with scripting languages highly desirable.
MS or PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or related disciplines, with strong background in speech recognition technology, statistical modeling, or signal processing.
Track record of developing SR algorithms, or experience in linguistic/phonetics, is a plus.

PhD Research Studentship in Spoken Dialogue Systems- Cambridge UK

Applications are invited for an EPSRC sponsored studentship in Spoken Dialogue Systems leading to the PhD degree. The student will join a team lead by Professor Steve Young working on statistical approaches to building Spoken Dialogue Systems. The overall goal of the team is to develop complete working end-to-end systems which can be trained from real data and which can be continually adapted on-line. The PhD work will focus specifically on the use of Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for dialogue modelling and techniques for learning and adaptation within that framework. The work will involve statistical modelling, algorithm design and user evaluation. The successful candidate will have a good first degree in a relevant area. Good programming skills in C/C++ are essential and familiarity with Matlab would be useful.
The studentship will be for 3 years starting in October 2007 or January 2008. The studentship covers University and College fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance allowance of 13000 pounds per annum. Potential applicants should email Steve Young with a brief CV and statement of interest in the proposed work area.

Elektrobit seeks SW-Engineers (m/f) for multimodal HMI Solutions (Speech Dialog)

Elektrobit Automotive Software is located in Erlangen, Germany and delivers ready-to-mass product implementations of a variety of software standards of the automotive industry and services to implement large software projects. The spectrum is enhanced with tools for HMI and control device development and in-house development, such as a navigation solution. We are developing solutions for multimodal HMIs in automotive infotainment/navigation systems. One focus are speech dialog systems. The challenge lies in realizing natural speech dialogue systems for different applications (navigation, mp3 player etc.) in an embedded environment. You will be designing and developing such speech solutions.

You have know how in one or more of the following areas:
Experience project co-ordination
Programming C/C++, perl, (Java) for windows and/or Linux
Speech recognition
Multimodal dialog systems
Speech synthesis /TTS
SW- Processes and SW-Tests
Experience in Object oriented Programming
Experience with Embedded Operating Systems

Your job description
Project coordination
Coordination of supplier and requirements from different applications
Development and specification of concepts for speech-related SW modules for different applications in embedded environments
Implementation of multimodal HMIs
Integration of speech modules in HMIs
We expect from you:
A degree in IT, electrical/electronic engineering, computational linguistics or similar
Good working knowledge of German and English
Innovative streak
Willingness to take responsibility in international Teams
We offer you:
A motivating working environment
Challenging work
Support in advancement

Please apply at -> Automotive Software -> jobs
If you have any further questions Mr. Schrör (Tel.-Nr. +49 (9131) 7701-516) or Mr. Huck (-217) will gladly answer them.

Chef de Projet technique TAL / Text Mining - basé dans le Nord Pas de Calais

Société :
Vous intégrez la division digitalisation du leader Européen du traitement de l’information (1200 collaborateurs en France, Europe, Asie et aux USA), internationalement reconnu pour ses expertises et ses savoir-faire au service du client. Ses clients sont principalement les institutions (centres de recherche, grandes bibliothèques, offices des brevets,...) et les grands acteurs internationaux de l’édition. L'activité Content Mining s'adresse notamment à une clientèle appartenant aux secteurs de l'industrie pharmaceutique et de la bioinformatique.
Offre :
En coordination avec le service commercial et la production, vous êtes responsable de la bonne réalisation des projets, et de la mise en oeuvre des solutions les mieux adaptées aux besoins des clients, et aux contraintes économiques des projets. Pour cela, vous vous investissez dans une parfaite connaissance des moyens et solutions de l'entreprise et de leurs applications. Vos missions s'articulent autour de trois activités:
1/ Consultant Avant Vente (25% du poste)
- Accompagner l'équipe commerciale auprès des clients et prospects, dans un objectif d'information, de compréhension, d'identification des besoins, et leur apporter une réponse technique complète;
- Définir la ou les solutions adaptées pour couvrir l'ensemble des besoins en adéquation avec les moyens techniques à disposition; le cas échéant, reformuler la demande du client en fonction des savoir-faire de l'entreprise; - En coordination avec le commercial, présenter la proposition technique et financière au client, s'accorder sur la solution retenue;
- Savoir repérer auprès des clients les besoins non satisfaits ou futurs;
- Assurer une fonction de veille tant commerciale que technologique.
2/ Gestion de Projet Technique (75% du poste):
- Apporter les solutions techniques et financières aux besoins des clients avec la collaboration des services techniques de l'entreprise (production, R&D, Méthodes,...);
- Assurer la mise en œuvre de la solution en s'appuyant sur l'ensemble des acteurs de l'entreprise, avec pour objectif la satisfaction client.
3/ Administratif:
- Établir des comptes-rendus d'activité sur l'ensemble des projets pris en charge;
- Assurer l'interface entre les services commerciaux, de production, et le client.
Profil :
- Formation supérieure (Bac+4/5) en informatique.
- Vous avez acquis une expérience de 3 à 5 ans en tant que Chef de Projet technique, dans les domaines suivants:
Text Mining, Reconnaissance des formes, Traitement du Langage, Linguistique, TAL.
Une connaissance du domaine de la GED ou du Knowledge Management serait un plus.
- Autonome en Anglais dans un contexte professionnel (oral et écrit).
Comment candidater?
Entrez votre profil sur le site Web du cabinet de recrutement e-Match consulting en mentionnant la reference 73
Olivier Grootenboer +
cabinet de Recrutement & Chasse e-Match consulting

Expert Linguistique, basé à Nancy, FRANCE

travaillant typiquement dans un laboratoire dédié TAL.
Profil recherché
- Formation d'origine: Ingénieur ou DEA/DESS informatique / Intelligence Artificielle de formation
- 5 à 10 ans d'expérience min
- Salaire jusqu'à 45/48K€ en fonction du profil
- Fibre ou expérience en R&D
- Compétences reconnues en Text Mining (étiquetage morpho syntaxique, Reconnaissance de forme, Analyse sémantique, Traduction automatique, Apprentissage naturel et Linguitique)
- Profil humain: MANAGER, leader d'équipe.
Comment candidater:
Entrez votre profil sur le site Web du cabinet de recrutement e-Match consulting
Olivier Grootenboer +
cabinet de Recrutement & Chasse e-Match consulting

Senior Speech Engineer in UK

Presented by
This description is NOT exhaustive and we would welcome applications from any speech developers who feel they can add value to this company. Please forward your CV with salary expectations as we may have an alternative position for you.
Job Role:
To develop and deliver products, meeting customer needs and expectations.
To undertake areas of research and development on speech recognition technology within the constraints/direction of the Client Business development plan.
Duties and Responsibilities:
*To assist in the ongoing development of speech technologies for commercial deployment.
*To further improve existing client products
*Organise and manage own work to meet goal and objectives
*Use personal judgement and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles
*Provide technical support to customers of the company on projects and activities when required.
*Document and maintain such records as required by the company operating procedures.
*Maintain an understanding of Speech recognition technology in general and the client products and technology specifically
*Communicate and present to customers and others, information about the client product range and its technology.
*Providing technical expertise to other members of the team and staff at the client
*R&D in various aspects of automatic speech recognition and related speech technologies (e.g. speech data mining, Keyword/phrase spotting, multilingual speech recognition, LVCSR).
*Adhere to local and externally relevant health and safety laws and policies and bring any matters to the attention of local management without delay
*Take responsibility for self-development and continuing personal development
Person specification
Good degree in a relevant subject
Further degree in the Speech Recognition field or 2 years experience
Experience in a product based environment
Special Skills:
Product orientated
Experienced C++
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team (Speech Scientists and software engineers)
Special Aptitudes:
Ability to put theory in to practice to apply knowledge to develop products
Can work and communicate effectively with colleagues outside their own area of expertise.
Quick to develop new skills where required
Analytical, with good problem solving ability.
High level of attention to detail
Experience of multi-threaded and computational intensive algorithms
Team Player but also able to work independently
Self - starter
Motivated & Enthusiastic
Results orientated
Location: UK
Salary : Dependent On experience
We are a specialist UK recruitment company seeking speech recognition developers to join one of our many UK speech companies. This description is NOT exhaustive and we would welcome applications from any speech developers who feel they can add value to this company. Please forward your CV with salary expectations as we may have an alternative position for you

R&D Engineer

Presented by
Job Description
As a member of a small team of research and development engineers you will work both independently and in teams developing algorithms and models for large vocabulary speech recognition. Good C and Linux shell scripting skills are essential, as is experience of either digital signal processing or statistical modelling. The ability to administer a network of Linux PCs is highly desirable, as are language/linguistic skills. Knowledge of Python and Perl would be advantageous.
In addition to the technical skills mentioned above, the successful candidate will have a proactive personality, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a desire to learn all aspects of speech recognition.
Key Skills
1st/2.1 degree in numerate subject.
2+ years of C and Linux shell programming.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience of digital signal processing or statistical modelling (this could be an undergraduate/masters project).
Additional Skills Linux system administration.
Experience with HTK.
Python and/or Perl programming.
Language/linguistic knowledge.
Salary : Commensurate with experience + discretionary share option scheme.

R&D Language Modeller in UK

An excellent opportunity presented by,we are looking for a self-motivated speech engineer, who enjoys working in the dynamic and flexible environment of a successful company.
*3+ years relevant industrial / commercial experience or very relevant academic experience
In-depth knowledge about probabilistic language modelling, including estimation methods, smoothing, pruning, efficient representation, interpolation, trigger-based models
*Experience in development and/or deployment of a speech recognition engines, with emphasis on efficient training techniques and large vocabulary systems
*Understanding of the technology and techniques used in ASR engines
*A good degree in an appropriate subject, PhD preferred
*Good software engineering skills, knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. shell scripting, Perl) and experience working under both Linux and Windows
*Experience working with HTK, Sphinx and/or Julius
*Experience with probabilistic lattice parsing
*Have worked on a live application or service that includes speech recognition
Salary : 40K BP
Any speech candidates who believe they can add value to our global clients , we would be happy to represent you.

Sound to Sense: 18 Fellowships in speech research

Sound to Sense (S2S) is a Marie Curie Research Training Network involving collaborative speech research amongst 13 universities in 10 countries. 18 Training Fellowships are available, of which 12 are predoctoral and 6 postdoctoral (or equivalent experience). Most but not all are planned to start in September or October 2007.
A research training network’s primary aim is to support and train young researchers in professional and inter-disciplinary scientific skills that will equip them for careers in research. S2S’s scientific focus is on cross-disciplinary methods for modelling speech recognition by humans and machines. Distinctive aspects of our approach include emphasis on richly-informed phonetic models that emphasize communicative function of utterances, multilingual databases, multiple time domain analyses, hybrid episodic-abstract computational models, and applications and testing in adverse listening conditions and foreign language learning.
Eleven projects are planned. Each can be flexibly tailored to match the Fellows’ backgrounds, research interests, and professional development needs, and will fall into one of four broad themes.
1: Multilinguistic and comparative research on Fine Phonetic Detail (4 projects)
2: Imperfect knowledge/imperfect signal (2 projects)
3: Beyond short units of speech (2 projects)
4: Exemplars and abstraction (3 projects)
The institutions and senior scientists involved with S2S are as follows:
* University of Cambridge, UK (S. Hawkins (Coordinator), M. Ford, M. Miozzo, D. Norris. B. Post)
* Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium (D. Van Compernolle, H. Van Hamme, K. Demuynck)
* Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (Z. Palková, T. Dub?da, J. Volín)
* University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France (N. Nguyen, M. d’Imperio, C. Meunier)
* University Federico II, Naples, Italy (F. Cutugno, A. Corazza)
* Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (L. ten Bosch, H. Baayen, M. Ernestus, C. Gussenhoven, H. Strik)
* Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway (W. van Dommelen, M. Johnsen, J. Koreman, T. Svendsen)
* Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (M. Giurgiu)
* University of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain (M-L. Garcia Lecumberri, J. Cenoz)
* University of Geneva, Switzerland (U. Frauenfelder)
* University of Bristol, UK (S. Mattys, J. Bowers)
* University of Sheffield, UK (M. Cooke, J. Barker, G. Brown, S. Howard, R. Moore, B. Wells)
* University of York, UK. (R. Ogden, G. Gaskell, J. Local)
Successful applicants will normally have a degree in psychology, computer science, engineering, linguistics, phonetics, or related disciplines, and want to acquire expertise in one or more of the others.
Positions are open until filled, although applications before 1 May 2007 are recommended for starting in October 2007.
Further details are available from the web about:
+ the research network (92kB) and how to apply, + the research projects(328 kB).



Papers accepted for FUTURE PUBLICATION in Speech Communication

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Publication policy: Hereunder, you will find very short announcements of future events. The full call for participation can be accessed on the conference websites
See also our Web pages ( on conferences and workshops.


September 22-26, 2008, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Conference Website
Chairman: Denis Burnham, MARCS, University of West Sydney.

Brighton, UK,
Conference Website
Chairman: Prof. Roger Moore, University of Sheffield.

Chiba, Japan
Conference Website
ISCA is pleased to announce that INTERSPEECH 2010 will take place in Makuhari-Messe, Chiba, Japan, September 26-30, 2010. The event will be chaired by Keikichi Hirose (Univ. Tokyo), and will have as a theme "Towards Spoken Language Processing for All - Regardless of Age, Health Conditions, Native Languages, Environment, etc."



SLaTE Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education
ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop

The Summit Inn, Farmington, Pennsylvania USA October 1-3, 2007.
Speech and natural language processing technologies have evolved from being emerging new technologies to being reliable techniques that can be used in real applications. One worthwhile application is Computer-Assisted Language Learning. This is not only helpful to the end user, the language learner, but also to the researcher who can learn more about the technology from observing its use in a real setting. This workshop will include presentations of both research projects and real applications in the domain of speech and language technology in education.
Full paper deadline: May 1, 2007.
Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2007.
Early registration deadline: August 1, 2007.
Preliminary programme available: September 1, 2007.
Workshop will take place: October 1-3, 2007.
The workshop will be held in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. In early October the vegetation in the Highlands puts on a beautiful show of colors and the weather is still not too chilly. The event will take place at the Summit Inn, situated on one of the Laurel Ridges. It is close to the Laurel Caverns where amateur spelunkers can visit the underground caverns. The first night event will be a hayride and dinner at a local winery and the banquet will take place at Frank Lloyd Wright’s wonderful Fallingwater.
The workshop will cover all topics which come under the purlieu of speech and language technology for education. In accordance with the spirit of the ITRWs, the upcoming workshop will focus on research and results, give information on tools and welcome prototype demons
trations of potential future applications. The workshop will focus on research issues, applications, development tools and collaboration. It will be concerned with all topics which fit under the purview of speech and language technology for education. Papers will discuss theories, applications, evaluation, limitations, persistent difficulties, general research tools and techniques. Papers that critically evaluate approaches or processing strategies will be especially welcome, as will prototype demonstrations of real-world applications.
The scope of acceptable topic interests includes but is not limited to:
- Use of speech recognition for CALL
- Use of natural language processing for CALL
- Use of spoken language dialogue for CALL
- Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for CALL
- CALL tutoring systems
- Assessment of CALL tutors

The workshop is being organized by the new ISCA Special Interest Group, SLaTE. The general chair is Dr. Maxine Eskenazi from Carnegie Mellon University .
As per the spirit of ITRWs, the format of the workshop will consist of a non-overlapping mixture of oral, poster and demo sessions. Internationally recognized experts from pertinent areas will deliver several keynote lectures on topics of particular interest. All poster sessions will be opened by an oral summary by the session chair. A number of poster sessions will be succeeded by a discussion session focussing on the subject of the session. The aim of this structure is to ensure a lively and valuable workshop for all involved. Furthermore, the organizers would like to encourage researchers and industrialists to bring along their applications, as well as prototype demonstrations and design tools where appropriate. The official language of the workshop is English. This is to help guarantee the highest degree of international accessibility to the workshop. At the opening of the workshop hardcopies and CD-ROM of the abstracts and proceedings will be available.
We seek outstanding technical articles in the vein discussed above. For those who intend to submit papers, the deadline is May 1, 2007. Following preliminary review by the committee, notification will be sent regarding acceptance/rejection. Interested authors should send full 4 page camera-ready papers.
The fee for the workshop, including a booklet of Abstracts, the Proceedings on CD-ROM is:
- $325 for ISCA members and
- $225 for ISCA student members with valid identification
Registrations after August 1, 2007 cannot be guaranteed.
All meals except breakfast for the two and a half days as well as the two special events are included in this price. Hotel accommodations are $119 per night , and breakfast is about $10. Upon request we will furnish bus transport from the Greater Pittsburgh Airport and from Pittsburgh to Farmington at a cost of about $30. ISCA membership is 55 Euros. You must be a member of ISCA to attend this workshop.

ITRW Odyssey 2008

The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop
21-25 January 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa
* Speaker recognition(identification, verification, segmentation, clustering)
* Text dependent and independent speaker recognition
* Multispeaker training and detection
* Speaker characterization and adaptation
* Features for speaker recognition
* Robustness in channels
* Robust classification and fusion
* Speaker recognition corporaand evaluation
* Use of extended training data
* Speaker recognition with speaker recognition
* Forensics, multimodality and multimedia speaker recogntion
* Speaker and language confidence estimation
* Language, dialect and accent recognition
* Speaker synthesis and transformation
* Biometrics
* Human recognition
* Commercial applications
Paper submission
Proaspective authors are invited to submit papers written in English via the Odyssey website. The style guide, templates,and submission form can be downloaded from the Odyssey website. Two members of the scientific committee will review each paper. Each accepted paper must have at least one registered author. The Proceedings will be published on CD
Draft paper due July 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance September 15,2007
Final paper due October 30, 2007
Preliminary program November 30, 2007
Workshop January 21-25, 2008
Futher informations: venue, registation...
On the workshop website
Niko Brummer, Spescom Data Voice, South Africa
Johan du Preez.Stellenbosch University,South Africa

ISCA TR Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2008

August 2008, Athens, Greece
Prof. Antonis Botinis

ITRW on Evidence-based Voice and Speech Rehabilitation in Head & Neck Oncology

May 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
Cancer in the head and neck area and its treatment can have debilitating effects on communication. Currently available treatment options such as radiotherapy, surgery, chemo-radiation, or a combination of these can often be curative. However, each of these options affects parts of the vocal tract and/or voice to a more or lesser degree. When the vocal tract or voice no longer functions optimally, this affects communication. For example, radiotherapy can result in poor voice quality, limiting the speaker’s vocal performance (fatigue from speaking, avoidance of certain communicative situations, etc.). Surgical removal of the larynx necessitates an alternative voicing source, which generally results in a poor voice quality, but further affects intelligibility and the prosodic structure of speech. Similarly, a commando procedure (resection involving portions of the mandible / floor of the mouth / mobile tongue) can have a negative effect on speech intelligibility. This 2 day tutorial and research workshop will focus on evidence-based rehabilitation of voice and speech in head and neck oncology. There will be 4 half day sessions, 3 of which will deal with issues concerning total laryngectomy. One session will be devoted to research on rehabilitation of other head and neck cancer sites. The chairpersons of each session will prepare a work document on the specific topic at hand (together with the two keynote lecturers assigned), which will be discussed in a subsequent round table session. After this there will be a 30’ poster session, allowing 9-10 short presentations. Each presentation consists of maximally 4 slides, and is meant to highlight the poster’s key points. Posters will be visited in the subsequent poster visit session. The final work document will refer to all research presently available, discuss its (clinical) relevance, and will attempt to provide directions for future research. The combined work document, keynote lectures and poster abstracts/papers will be published under the auspices of ISCA.
prof. dr. Frans JM Hilgers
prof. dr. Louis CW Pols,
dr. Maya van Rossum.
Sponsoring institutions:
Institute of Phonetic Sciences - Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication,
The Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital
Dates and submission details as well as a website address will be announced in a later issue.

Audio Visual Speech Processing Workshop (AVSP 2008)

Tentative location:Queensland coast near Brisbane (most likely South Stradbroke Island)
Tentative date: 27-29 September 2008 (immediately after Interspeech 2008)
Following in the footsteps of previous AVSP workshops / conferences, AVSP workshop (ISCA Research and Tutorial Workshop) will be hold concomitantly to Interspeech2008, Brisbane, Australia, 22-26 September 2008. The aim of AVSP2008 is to bring together researchers and practitioners in areas related to auditory-visual speech processing. These include human and machine AVSP, linguistics, psychology, and computer science. One of the aims of the AVSP workshops is to foster collaborations across disciplines, as AVSP research is inherently multi-disciplinary. The workshop will include a number of tutorials / keynote addresses by internationally renowned researchers in the area of AVSP.
Roland Goecke, Simon Lucey, Patrick Lucey
Australian National University,RSISE, Bldg. 115, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

ISCA ITRW speech analysis and processing for knowledge discovery

June 4 - 6, 2008
Aalborg, Denmark
Workshop website
Humans are very efficient at capturing information and messages in speech, and they often perform this task effortlessly even when the signal is degraded by noise, reverberation and channel effects. In contrast, when a speech signal is processed by conventional spectral analysis methods, significant cues and useful information in speech are usually not taken proper advantage of, resulting in sub-optimal performance in many speech systems. There exists, however, a vast literature on speech production and perception mechanisms and their impacts on acoustic phonetics that could be more effectively utilized in modern speech systems. A re-examination of these knowledge sources is needed. On the other hand, recent advances in speech modelling and processing and the availability of a huge collection of multilingual speech data have provided an unprecedented opportunity for acoustic phoneticians to revise and strengthen their knowledge and develop new theories. Such a collaborative effort between science and technology is beneficial to the speech community and it is likely to lead to a paradigm shift for designing next-generation speech algorithms and systems. This, however, calls for a focussed attention to be devoted to analysis and processing techniques aiming at a more effective extraction of information and knowledge in speech.
The objective of this workshop is to discuss innovative approaches to the analysis of speech signals, so that it can bring out the subtle and unique characteristics of speech and speaker. This will also help in discovering speech cues useful for improving the performance of speech systems significantly. Several attempts have been made in the past to explore speech analysis methods that can bridge the gap between human and machine processing of speech. In particular, the time varying aspects of interactions between excitation and vocal tract systems during production seem to elude exploitation. Some of the explored methods include all-pole and polezero modelling methods based on temporal weighting of the prediction errors, interpreting the zeros of speech spectra, analysis of phase in the time and transform domains, nonlinear (neural network) models for information extraction and integration, etc. Such studies may also bring out some finer details of speech signals, which may have implications in determining the acoustic-phonetic cues needed for developing robust speech systems.
The Workshop:
G will present a full-morning common tutorial to give an overview of the present stage of research linked to the subject of the workshop
G will be organised as a single series of oral and poster presentations
G each oral presentation is given 30 minutes to allow for ample time for discussion
G is an ideal forum for speech scientists to discuss the perspectives that will further future research collaborations.
Potential Topic areas:
G Parametric and nonparametric models
G New all-pole and pole-zero spectral modelling
G Temporal modelling
G Non-spectral processing (group delay etc)
G Integration of spectral and temporal processing
G Biologically-inspired speech analysis and processing
G Interactions between excitation and vocal tract systems
G Characterization and representation of acoustic phonetic attributes
G Attributed-based speaker and spoken language characterization
G Analysis and processing for detecting acoustic phonetic attributes
G Language independent aspects of acoustic phonetic attributes detection
G Detection of language-specific acoustic phonetic attributes
G Acoustic to linguistic and acoustic phonetic mapping
G Mapping from acoustic signal to articulator configurations
G Merging of synchronous and asynchronous information
G Other related topics
Call for papers. Notification of review:
The submission deadline is January 31, 2008.
Fees for early and late registration for ISCA and non-ISCA members will be made available on the website during September 2007.
The workshop will take place at Aalborg University, Department of Electronic Systems, Denmark. See the workshop website for further and latest information.
There are a large number of hotels in Aalborg most of them close to the city centre. The list of hotels, their web sites and telephone numbers are given on the workshop website. Here you will also find information about transportation between the city centre and the university campus.
How to reach Aalborg:
Aalborg Airport is half an hour away from the international Copenhagen Airport. There are many daily flight connections between Copenhagen and Aalborg. Flying with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) or one of the Star Alliance companies to Copenhagen enables you to include Copenhagen-Aalborg into the entire ticket, and this way reducing the full transportation cost. There is also an hourly train connection between the two cities; the train ride lasts approx. five hours
Organising Committee:
Paul Dalsgaard, B. Yegnanarayana, Chin-Hui Lee, Paavo Alku, Rolf Carlson, Torbjørn Svendsen,
Important dates
Submission of full and final: January 31, 2008 on the Website
Notification of review results: No later than March 30., 2008.

Robust ASR Workshop

Santiago, Chile
October-November 2008
Dr. Nestor Yoma



The 12th International Conference on Speech and Computer

October 15-18, 2007
Organized by Moscow State Linguistic University
General Chair:
Prof. Irina Khaleeva (Moscow State Linguistic University)
Prof. Rodmonga Potapova (Moscow State Linguistic University)
SPECOM'07 is the twelfth conference in the annual series of SPECOM events. It is organized by Moscow State Linguistic University and will be held in Moscow, Russia, under the sponsorship of Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) and others. SPECOM'07 will cover various aspects of speech science and technology. The program of the conference will include keynote lectures by internationally renowned scientists, parallel oral and poster sessions and an exhibition. The sci-tech exhibition that will be held during the conference will be open to companies and research institutions. The official language of the Conference will be English.
Important Dates (Extended)
Paper submission opening February 1, 2007
Full paper deadline (EXTENDED) June 20, 2007
Paper acceptance notification: July 1, 2007
Conference October 15-18, 2007
o Speech signal coding and decoding; multi-channel transmitted speech intelligibility; speech information security
o Speech production and perception modeling
o Automatic processing of multilingual, multimodal and multimedia information
o Linguistic, para- and extralinguistic communicative strategies
o Development and testing of automatic voice and speech systems for speaker verification; speaker psychoemotional state and native language identification
o Automatic speech recognition and understanding systems
o Language and speech information processing systems for robotechnics
o Automated translation systems
o New information technologies for spoken language acquisition, development and learning
o Text-to-speech conversion systems
o Spoken and written natural language corpora linguistics
o Multifunctional expert and information retrieval systems
o Future of multi-purpose and anti-terrorist speech technologies
The deadline for full paper submission (4-6 pages) is April 25, 2007. Papers are to be sent by e-mail to All manuscripts must be in English. Please note that the size of a single letter must not exceed 10 Megabytes (that is, the total size of all the attached files should not be greater than 7 Megabytes to leave room for recoding operations performed by the e-mail software). In case the paper files are larger than 7 Megabytes, it is recommended to pack them into a split WinRar or WinZip archive and send part by part in a series of letter.
All the papers will be reviewed by an international scientific committee. Each author will be notified by e-mail of the acceptance or rejection of her/his paper by May 30, 2007. Minor updates of accepted papers will be allowed during May 30 - June 15, 2007.
Submission of a paper or poster is more likely to be accepted if it is original, innovative, and contributes to the practice of worldwide scientific communication. Quality of work, clarity and completeness of the submitted materials will be considered.
Registration will be available at the Conference on arrival. Early registration deadline: July 10, 2007. The registration fees are planned to be approximately as follows:
Regular 500 EUR
Students/PG Students 200 EUR
NIS (New Independent States), Regular 300 EUR
NIS, Students/PG Students 100 EUR
Russia, Regular 150 EUR
Russia, Students/PG Students (no Proceedings) Free Extra Copy of Proceedings (hard copy) 20 EUR
Extra Proceedings CD/DVD 10 EUR
Information regarding accommodation costs will be available later. All the registration and accommodation payments will be accepted in cash during the registration procedure on arrival.
In the following you will find guidelines for preparing your full paper to SPECOM'07 electronically.
· To achieve the best viewing experience both for the Proceedings and the CD (or DVD), we strongly encourage you to use Times Roman font. This is needed in order to give the Proceedings a uniform look. Please use the attached printable version of this newsletter as a model.
· Authors are requested to submit PDF files of their manuscripts, generated from the original Microsoft Word sources. PDF files can be generated with commercially available tools or with free software such as PDFCreator.
· Paper Title - The paper title must be in boldface. All non-function words must be capitalized, and all other words in the title must be lower case. The paper title is centered.
· Authors' Names - The authors' names (italicized) and affiliations (not italicized) appear centered below the paper title.
· Abstract - Each paper must contain an abstract that appears at the beginning of the paper.
· Major Headings - Major headings are in boldface.
· Sub Headings - Sub headings appear like major headings, except that they are in italics and not bold face.
· References - Number and list all references at the end of the paper. The references are numbered in order of appearance in the document. When referring to them in the text, type the corresponding reference number in square brackets as shown at the end of this sentence [1].
· Illustrations - Illustrations must appear within the designated margins, and must be positioned within the paper margins. Caption and number every illustration. All half-tone or color illustrations must be clear when printed in black and white. Line drawings must be made in black ink on white paper.
· Do NOT include headers and footers. The page numbers, session numbers and conference identification will be inserted automatically in a post processing step, at the time of printing the Proceedings.
· Apart from the paper in PDF format, authors can upload multimedia files to illustrate their submission. Multimedia files can be used to include materials such as sound files or movies. The proceedings CD (DVD) will NOT contain readers or players, so only widely accepted file formats should be used, such as MPEG, Windows WAVE PCM (.wav) or Windows Media Video (.wmv), using only standard codecs to maximize compatibility. Authors must ensure that they have sufficient author rights to the material that they submit for publication. Archives (RAR, ZIP or ARJ format) are allowed. The archives will be unpacked on the CD (DVD), so that authors can refer to the file name of the multimedia illustration from within their paper. The submitted files will be accessible from the abstract card on the CD (DVD) and via a bookmark in the manuscript. We advise to use SHORT but meaningful file names. The total unzipped size of the multimedia files should be reasonable. It is recommended that they do not exceed 32 Megabytes.
· Although no copyright forms are required, the authors must agree that their contribution, when accepted, will be archived by the Organizing Committee.
· Authors must proofread their manuscripts before submission and they must proofread the exact files which they submit.
Only electronic presentations are accepted. PowerPoint presentations can be supplied on CD, DVD, FD or USB Flash drives. Designated poster space will be wooden or felt boards. The space allotted to one speaker will measure 100 cm (width) x 122 cm (height). Posters will be attached to the boards using pushpins. Pins will be provided. Thanks for following all of these instructions carefully! If you have any questions or comments concerning the submission, please don't hesitate to contact the conference organizers. Please address all technical issues or questions regarding paper submission or presentation to our technical assistant Nikolay Bobrov.


Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
The Westin Miyako Kyoto, Japan
December 9 -13, 2007
Conference website
The tenth biannual IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU) cooperated by ISCA will be held during December 9-13, 2007. The ASRU workshops have a tradition of bringing together researchers from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of common interest in automatic speech recognition and understanding.
Papers in all areas of human language technology are encouraged to be submitted, with emphasis placed on:
- automatic speech recognition and understanding technology
- speech to text systems
- spoken dialog systems
- multilingual language processing
- robustness in ASR
- spoken document retrieval
- speech-to-speech translation
- spontaneous speech processing
- speech summarization,
- new applications of ASR.
The workshop program will consist of invited lectures, oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 4-6 page papers, including figures and references, to the ASRU 2007 website. All papers will be handled and reviewed electronically. The website will provide you with further details. There is also a demonstration session, which has become another highlight of the ASRU workshop. Demonstration proposals will be handled separately. Please note that the submission dates for papers are strict deadlines.
Paper submission deadline July 16, 2007
Paper acceptance/rejection notification September 3, 2007
Demonstration proposal deadline September 24, 2007
Workshop advance registration deadline October 15, 2007
Workshop December 9-13, 2007
Registration will be handled via the ASRU 2007 website .
General Chairs:
Sadaoki Furui (Tokyo Inst. Tech.)
Tatsuya Kawahara (Kyoto Univ.)
Technical Chairs:
Jean-Claude Junqua (Panasonic)
Helen Meng (Chinese Univ. Hong Kong)
Satoshi Nakamura (ATR)
Publication Chair:
Timothy Hazen, MIT, USA
Publicity Chair:
Tomoko Matsui, ISM, Japan
Demonstration Chair:
Kazuya Takeda, Nagoya U, Japan

CfP-3rd International Conference on Large-scale Knowledge Resources (LKR 2008)

3-5 March, 2008, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Japan
Sponsored by: 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program "Framework for Systematization and Application of Large-scale",Tokyo Institute of Technology
In the 21st century, we are now on the way to the knowledge-intensive society in which knowledge plays ever more important roles. Research interest should inevitably shift from information to knowledge, namely how to build, organize, maintain and utilize knowledge are the central issues in a wide variety of fields. The 21st Century COE program, "Framework for Systematization and Application of Large-scale Knowledge Resources (COE-LKR)" conducted by Tokyo Institute of Technology is one of the attempts to challenge these important issues. Inspired by this project, LKR2008 aims at bringing together diverse contribution in cognitive science, computer science, education and linguistics to explore design, construction, extension, maintenance, validation, and application of knowledge.
Topics of Interest to the conference includes:
Infrastructure for Large-scale Knowledge
Grid computing
Network computing
Software tools and development environments
Database and archiving systems
Mobile and ubiquitous computing
Systematization for Large-scale Knowledge
Language resources
Multi-modal resources
Classification, Clustering
Formal systems
Knowledge representation and ontology
Semantic Web
Cognitive systems
Collaborative knowledge
Applications and Evaluation of Large-scale Knowledge
Archives for science and art
Educational media
Information access
Document analysis
Multi-modal human interface
Web applications
Organizing committee General conference chair: Furui, Sadaoki (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Program co-chairs: Ortega, Antonio (University of Southern California)
Tokunaga, Takenobu (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Publication chair: Yonezaki, Naoki (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Publicity chair: Yokota, Haruo (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Local organizing chair: Shinoda, Koichi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Since we are aiming at an interdisciplinary conference covering wide range of topics concerning large-scale knowledge resources, authors are requested to add general introductory description in the beginning of the paper so that readers of other research area can understand the importance of the work. Note that one of the reviewers of each paper is assigned from other topic area to see if this requirement is fulfilled.
There are two categories of paper presentation: oral and poster. The category of the paper should be stated at submission. Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research papers, in English, up to 12 pages for oral presentation and 4 pages for poster presentation, strictly following the LNCS/LNAI format guidelines available at the Springer LNCS Web page. . Details of the submission procedure will be announced later on.
The reviewing of the papers will be blind and managed by an international Conference Program Committee consisting of Area Chairs and associated Program Committee Members. Final decisions on the technical program will be made by a meeting of the Program Co-Chairs and Area Chairs. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members, and one of the reviewers is assigned from a different topic area.
The conference proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), which will be available at the conference.
Important dates
Paper submission deadline: 30 August, 2007
Notification of acceptance: 10 October, 2007
Camera ready papers due: 10 November, 2007
e-mail correspondence

Call for Papers (Preliminary version) Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil, May 6-9, 2008
Speech Prosody 2008 will be the fourth conference of a series of international events of the Special Interest Groups on Speech Prosody (ISCA), starting by the one held in Aix-en Provence, France, in 2002. The conferences in Nara, Japan (2004), and in Dresden, Germany (2006) followed the proposal of biennial meetings, and now is the time of changing place and hemisphere by trying the challenge of offering a non-stereotypical view of Brazil. It is a great pleasure for our labs to host the fourth International Conference on Speech Prosody in Campinas, Brazil, the second major city of the State of São Paulo. It is worth highlighting that prosody covers a multidisciplinary area of research involving scientists from very different backgrounds and traditions, including linguistics and phonetics, conversation analysis, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, acoustics, speech synthesis and recognition, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, speech therapy, language teaching, and related fields. Information: Web site: We invite all participants to contribute with papers presenting original research from all areas of speech prosody, especially, but nor limited to the following.
Scientific Topics
Prosody and the Brain
Long-Term Voice Quality
Intonation and Rhythm Analysis and Modelling
Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Prosody
Cross-linguistic Studies of Prosody
Prosodic variability
Prosody in Discourse
Dialogues and Spontaneous Speech
Prosody of Expressive Speech
Perception of Prosody
Prosody in Speech Synthesis
Prosody in Speech Recognition and Understanding
Prosody in Language Learning and Acquisition
Pathology of Prosody and Aids for the Impaired
Prosody Annotation in Speech Corpora
Others (please, specify)
Organising institutions
Speech Prosody Studies Group, IEL/Unicamp | Lab. de Fonética, FALE/UFMG | LIACC, LAEL, PUC-SP
Important Dates
Call for Papers: May 15, 2007
Full Paper Submission: Nov. 2nd, 2007
Notif. of Acceptance: Dec. 14th, 2007
Early Registration: Jan. 14th, 2008
Conference: May 6-9, 2008



eNTERFACE summer workshops

Bogazici University,
Istanbul, Turkey.
These 4 week workshops, organized by the SIMILAR European Network of Excellence, "aim at establishing a tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, a group of senior project leaders, researchers, and (undergraduate) students, working together on a pre-specified list of challenges". The two previous workshops were held at Mons (05) and Dubrovnik (06), and ISCA was listed as a sponsor in both organizations.
Prof. Murat Saraclar


Borovets, Bulgaria
September 26, 2007
Workshop site
RANLP'2007 site
Supported by the European Commission through project BIS-21++, INCO grant 016639/2005
Several initiatives have been launched in the area of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Knowledge Representation both at the national and international level aiming at the development of resources and tools. Unfortunately, there are few initiatives that integrate these results within eLearning. The situation is slightly better with respect to the results achieved within Knowledge Representation since ontologies are being developed which describe not only the content of the learning material but crucially also its context and the structure. =46urthermore, knowledge representation techniques and natural language processing play an important role in improving the adaptivity of learning environments even though they are not fully exploited yet. On the other hand, eLearning environments constitute valuable scenarios to demonstrate the maturity of computational linguistic methods as well as of natural language technologies and tools. This kind of task-based evaluation of resources, methods and tools is a crucial issue for the further development of language and information technology. The goal of this workshop is to discuss:
*the use of language and knowledge resources and tools in eLearning;
* requirements on natural language resources, standards, and applications originating in eLearning activities and environments;
* the expected added value of natural language resources and technology to learning environments and the learning process;
* strategies and methods for the task based evaluation of Natural Language Processing applications.
The workshop will bring together computational linguists, language resources developers, knowledge engineers, researchers involved in technology-enhanced learning as well as developers of eLearning material, ePublishers and eLearn ing practitioners. It will provide a forum for interaction among members of di=0Berent research communities, and a means for attendees to increase their knowledge and understanding of the potential of computational resources in eLearning.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* ontology modelling in the eLearning domain;
* Natural Language Processing techniques for supplying metadata for learning objects on a (semi)-automatic basis, e.g. for the automatic extraction of key terms and their definitions;
* techniques for summarization of discussion threads and support of discourse coherence in eLearning;
* improvements on (semantic, cross-lingual) search methods to in learning environments;
* techniques of matching the semantic representation of learning objects with the users knowledge in order to support personalized and adaptive learning;
* adaptive information filtering and retrieval (content-based filtering and retrieval, collaborative filtering)
* intelligent tutoring (curriculum sequencing, intelligent solution analysis , problem solving support)
* intelligent collaborative learning (adaptive group formation and peer help, adaptive collaboration)
Submissions by researchers are especially welcomed.
* Format. Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Papers should be submitted as a PDF file, formatted according to the RANLP 2007 stylefiles and not exceeding 8 pages. The RANLP 2007 stylefiles are available at:
* Demos. Submission of demos are also welcome. Papers submitted as demo should not exceed 4 pages and should describe extensively the system to be presented.
* Submission procedure. Submission of papers will be handled using the START system, through the RANLP Conference. Specific submission guidelines will be posted on the workshop site shortly.
* Reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the Program Committee.
* Accepted papers policy. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. By submitting a paper at the workshop the authors agree that, in case the paper is accepted for publication, at least one of the authors will attend the workshop; all workshop participants are expected to pay the RANLP-2007 workshop registration fee.
Paper submission deadline: June 15, 2007
Paper acceptance notification: July 25, 2007
Camera-ready papers due: August 31, 2007
Workshop date: September 26, 2007
Keynote speakers will be announced shortly before the workshop.
Paola Monachesi University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lothar Lemnitzer University of Tuebingen, Germany
Cristina Vertan University of Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Cristina Vertan
Natural Language Systems Division
Computer Science Department
University of Hamburg
Vogt-Koelln-Str. 30
22527 Hamburg GERMANY
Tel. 040 428 83 2519
Fax. 040 428 83 2515

International Conference: "Where Do Come From ? Phonological Primitives in the Brain, the Mouth, and the Ear"

Universite Paris-Sorbonne (1, rue Victor Cousin 75230 Paris cedex)
Deadline: May 6, 2007!
Speech sounds are made up of atomic units termed "distinctive features", "p honological features" or "phonetic features", according to the researcher. These units, which have achieved a notable success in the domain of phonolo gical description, may also be central to the cognitive encoding of speech, which allows the variability of the acoustic signal to be related to a sma ll number of categories relevant for the production and perception of spoke n languages. In spite of the fundamental role that features play in current linguistics, current research continues to raise many basic questions conc erning their cognitive status, their role in speech production and percepti on, the relation they have to measurable physical properties in the articul atory and acoustic/auditory domains, and their role in first and second lan guage acquisition. The conference will bring together researchers working i n these and related areas in order to explore how features originate and ho w they are cognitively organized and phonetically implemented. The aim is t o assess the progress made and future directions to take in this interdisci plinary enterprise, and to provide researchers and graduate students from d iverse backgrounds with a stimulating forum for discussion.
How to submit
Authors are invited to submit an anonymous two-page abstract (in English or French) by April 30, 2007 to Rachid Ridouane , accompanied by a separate page stating name(s) of author(s), contact information, and a pref erence for oral paper vs. poster presentation. Contributions presenting new experimental results are particularly welcome. Notification e-mails will b e sent out by June 15, 2007. Publication of selected papers is envisaged.
Conference topics include, but are not limited to:
Phonetic correlates of distinctive features
Acoustic-articulatory modeling of features
Quantal definitions of distinctive features
Role of subglottal and/or side-cavity resonances in defining feature boundaries
Auditory/acoustic cues to acoustic feature correlates
Visual cues to distinctive features
Within- and across-language variability in feature realizati on
Enhancement of weak feature contrasts
Phonological features and speech motor commands
Features and the mental lexicon
Neurological representation of features
Features in early and later language acquisition
Features in the perception and acquisition of non-native lan guages
Features in speech disorders

The two-day conference (October 4-5, 2007) will consist of four invited tal ks, four half-day sessions of oral presentations (30 minutes including disc ussion), and one or two poster sessions.
Important dates
April 30, 2007 Submission deadline
June 15, 2007 Acceptance notification date
October 4-5, 2007 Conference venue
Rachid Ridouane (Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology, Paris)
Nick Clements (Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology, Paris)
Rachid Ridouane
Ce colloque est finance par le Ministere Delegue Francais de la la Recherche sous le programme "Action Concertee Incitative PROSODIE " (Programme de soutien dans l'innovation et l'excellence en sciences humai nes et sociales).

3rd Language and Technology Conference (LTC2007): Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics

October 5-7, 2007,
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Adam Mickiewicz University,
Poznan, Poland,
Full program availble on our website
The conference program will include the following topics:
* electronic language resources and tools
* formalisation of natural languages
* parsing and other forms of NL processing
* computer modelling of language competence
* NL user modelling
* NL understanding by computers
* knowledge representation
* man-machine NL interfaces
* Logic Programming in Natural Language Processing
* speech processing
* NL applications in robotics
* text-based information retrieval and extraction, question answering
* tools and methodologies for developing multilingual systems
* translation enhancement tools
* methodological issues in HLT
* prototype presentations
* intractable language-specific problems in HLT (for languages other than English)
* HLT standards
* HLT as foreign language teaching support
* new challenge: communicative intelligence
* vision papers in the field of HLT
* HLT related policies
This list is not closed and we are open to further proposals.
The Program Committee is also open to suggestions concerning accompanying events (workshops, exhibits, panels, etc). Suggestions, ideas and observations may be addressed directly to the LTC Chair.
Deadline for submission of papers for review - May 20, 2007
Acceptance/Rejection notification - June 15, 2007
Submission of final versions of accepted papers. - July 15, 2007
Further details will be available soon. The call for papers will be distributed by mail and published on the conference site . The site currently contains information about LTC’05 including freely-downloadable abstracts of the papers presented.
Zygmunt Vetulani
LTC’07 Chair

2007 IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications, United Arab Emirates

24–27 November 2007
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (ICSPC 2007) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 24–27 November 2007. The ICSPC will be a forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the Middle East region and the World to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of signal processing and communications. It aims to strengthen relations between industry, research laboratories and universities. ICSPC 2007 is organized by the IEEE UAE Signal Processing and Communications Joint Societies Chapter. The conference will include keynote addresses, tutorials, exhibitions, special, regular and poster sessions. All papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be included in IEEE Explore. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality.
Topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Digital Signal Processing
• Analog and Mixed Signal Processing
• Audio/Speech Processing and Coding
• Image/Video Processing and Coding
• Watermarking and Information Hiding
• Multimedia Communication
• Signal Processing for Communication
• Communication and Broadband Networks
• Mobile and Wireless Communication
• Optical Communication
• Modulation and Channel Coding
• Computer Networks
• Computational Methods and Optimization
• Neural Systems
• Control Systems
• Cryptography and Security Systems
• Parallel and Distributed Systems
• Industrial and Biomedical Applications
• Signal Processing and Communications Education
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length (4 pages) paper proposals for review. Proposals for tutorials, special sessions, and exhibitions are also welcome. The submission procedures can be found on the conference web site:
All submissions must be made on-line and must follow the guidelines given on the web site.
ICSPC 2007 Conference Secretariat,
P. O. Box: 573, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.),
Fax: +971 6 5611789
Honorary Chair
Arif Al-Hammadi, Etisalat University College, UAE
General Chair
Mohammed Al-Mualla Etisalat University College, UAE
Submission of proposals for tutorials, special sessions, and exhibitions March 5th, 2007
Submission of full-paper proposals April 2nd, 2007
Notification of acceptance June 4th, 2007
Submission of final version of paper October 1st, 2007

Premier appel à communications- Montpellier France

Montpellier 7 décembre 2007
Workshop AFCP
Les communications affichées pourront aborder la coarticulation sous les angles suivants :
1- Les méthodes d’observation et instrumentation, les modèles théoriques ;
2- Les aspects moteurs et les contraintes articulatoires ;
3- La directionnalité de la coarticulation en fonction de la langue, des particularités phonologiques et prosodiques ;
4- Les effets spatio-temporels, les mécanismes de contrôle et de coordination dans les positions des articulateurs ;
5- Les indices acoustiques dans divers contextes phonétiques ;
6- La perception et la sensibilité des sujets à la variation coarticulatoire ;
7- La représentation phonologique de la coarticulation ;
8- L’émergence et le développement de la coarticulation chez l’enfant.
Conférenciers invités
Daniel RECASENS, Department of Catalan Philology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Phonetics Laboratory, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Spain: “Mechanisms of segmental adaptation in VCV and CC sequences in the light of the DAC model”.
Björn LINDBLOM, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden / Department of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin Texas, USA, “An H&H perspective on coarticulation”.
Christian ABRY, Université Stendhal, Grenoble III : « Le Modèle d'Expansion du Mouvement (MEM) : un modèle d'anticipation universel, individuel et développemental pour la parole ».
René CARRE, DDL UMR 5596 CNRS-Lyon II : « Coarticulation en production de parole : aspects acoustiques ».
Edward FLEMMING, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, Cambridge, USA, “The grammar of coarticulation”.
Comité d’organisation
Josiane CLARENC, Dipralang EA 739, Montpellier III
Christelle DODANE, Dipralang EA 739, Montpellier III
Mohamed EMBARKI, Praxiling UMR 5267 CNRS-Montpellier III
Christian GUILLEMINOT, Centre Tesnière EA 2283, Université de Franche-Comté
Mohamed YEOU, Université Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida (Maroc)
Les soumissions portent sur des articles complets, rédigés en français ou en anglais, d'une longueur maximale de 4 pages. Les articles devront être soumis au format PDF impérativement. Les soumissions se feront uniquement par courriel
Dates à retenir
Soumission article complet : 15 octobre 2007
Notification d’acceptation ou de rejet : 31 octobre 2007
Envoi version définitive : 15 novembre 2007.
Membre AFCP : 60 euros
Etudiant AFCP : 35 euros
Normal : 120 euros
Etudiant : 70 euros
Site web

5th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications MAVEBA 2007

December 13 - 15, 2007
Conference Hall - Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
Via F. Portinari 5r, Firenze, Italy
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 June 2007 - Submission of extended abstracts (1-2 pages, 1 column), special session proposal
30 July, 2007 - Notification of paper acceptance
30 September 2007 - Final full paper submission (4 pages, 2 columns, pdf format) and early registration
13-15 December 2007
- Conference venue
Dr. Claudia Manfredi - Conference Chair
Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications
Universita degli Studi di Firenze
Via S. Marta 3
50139 Firenze, Italy
Phone: +39-055-4796410
Fax: +39-055-494569

e-Forensics 2008: The 1st International Conference on Forensic Applications and Techniques in Telecommunications, Information and Multimedia

with associated Workshops:
WKDD: First International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
and WFST: First International Workshop on Forensics Sensor Technology
Adelaide, Australia, January 21-23, 2008
The birth of the Internet as a commercial entity and the development of increasingly sophisticated digital consumer technology has led to new opportunities for criminals and new challenges for law enforcement. Those same technologies also offer new tools for scientific investigation of evidence.
In telecommunications, Voice over IP raises significant challenges for call intercept and route tracing. Information systems are becoming overwhelmingly large and the challenges of associating relevant information from one source with another require new sophisticated tools. And consumer multimedia devices, especially video and still cameras, are increasingly becoming the tools of choice to create potentially illegal content. At the same time, the scientific gathering and investigation of evidence at a crime scene is being pushed towards digital techniques, raising questions of the veracity and completeness of evidence.
PAPERS: The aim of this conference is to bring together state of the art research contributions in the development of tools, protocols and techniques which assist in the investigation of potentially illegal activity associated with electronic communication and electronic devices. Investigative practice and requirements for presentation of evidence in court are to be considered key underlying themes. This might include discovery, analysis, handling and storage of digital evidence; meeting the legal burden of proof; and the establishment of the forensic chain of evidence.
Technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, are solicited. Technical papers which clearly identify how the specific contributions fit to an overall working solution are particularly of interest.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Voice over IP call tracing and intercept
* Records tracing and data mining
* Fraud management in commercial transactions
* Techniques for addressing identity theft
* Geo-location techniques for cellular, ad-hoc, wireless and IP network communications
* Distributed data association across massive, disparate database systems
* Data carving
* Multimedia source identification
* Image tamper identification
* Image association and recognition
* Motion analysis
* Voice analysis
* Watermarking and applications
* Transaction tracking
* Digital evidence storage and handling protocols
General papers on electronic security will be considered where there is a clear application to the underlying topic of forensic investigation.
Important Dates:
Paper Registration Deadline: September 28, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: November 16, 2007
Final paper submission and author's registration: December 3, 2007
Conference Dates: January 21-23, 2008
General Chair - Matthew Sorell, University of Adelaide, Australia
Technical Program Committee Chair - Chang-Tsun Li, University of Warwick, UK
Publicity Chair - Gale Spring, RMIT University, Australia
For details of the Workshops, and further information regarding paper submission and the conference, please refer to the conference website
Please direct all enquiries by e-mail


The language and speech technology conference.
Rome, 28-29 February 2008
San Michele a Ripa conference centre.
We are most delighted to welcome you to join us at the LangTech2008 conference which will be held at the San Michele a Ripa convention center in Rome, February 28-29, 2008. After two successful national conferences on speech and language technology (2002, 2006), the ForumTal decided to promote an international event in the field. A follow up of the previous LangTech conferences (Berlin, Paris), LangTech2008 aims at giving a chance to the industrial and research communities, and public administration, to share and discuss language and speech technologies. The conference will feature world-class speakers, exhibits, lecture and poster sessions.
1st CALL FOR PAPERS is now open


San Diego, March 10 - 12, 2008
The defining conference on Voice Search
From the Applied Voice Input Output Society and Bill Meisel's TMA Associates
Voice Search 2008 will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California, March 10 - 12, 2008. Voice Search is a rapidly evolving technology and market. AVIOS (the Applied Voice Input Output Society) and Bill Meisel (president of TMA Associates and Editor of Speech Strategy News) are joining together to launch this new conference as a definitive resource for companies that will be impacted by this important trend.
"Voice Search" suggests an analogy to "Web Search," which has been a runaway success for both users and providers. The maturing of speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis--and the recent involvement of large companies--has validated the availability of the core functionality necessary to support this analogy. The conference explores the possibilities, limitations, and differences of Voice Search and Web search.
Web search made the Web an effective and required marketing tool. Will Voice Search do the same for the telephone channel? The potential impact on call centers is another key issue covered by the conference.
The agenda covers:
§ What Voice Search is and will become
§ Applications of Voice Search
§ The appropriate use of speech technology to support voice search
§ Insight for service providers, enterprises, Web services, and call centers that want to take advantage of this new resource
§ Marketing channels and business models in Voice Search
§ Emerging supporting technology, development tools, and delivery platforms supporting Voice Search
§ Dealing with the surge of calls created by Voice Search.
Specific topics that will be covered at Voice Search 2008 include:
- Automated directory assistance and local search
- Voice information searches by telephone
- Ad-supported information access by phone
- Audio/Video searches on the Web and enterprises
- Speech analytics-extracting business intelligence from audio files
- Converting voicemail to searchable text
- Other new applications and services
- Application examples and demonstrations
- How the voice search market is developing
- The changing role of the telephone in marketing
- Business models
- The right way to deliver audio ads
- Justifying subscriber fees
- Platforms, tools, and services for effectively delivering these applications
- Implementation examples and demonstrations
- Hosted versus customer-premises solutions
- Supporting multiple modes of interaction
- Key sources of technology and service
Contact centers
- The impact of Voice Search on contact centers
- Speech automation to handle the increased call flow
- Moving from handling problems to building customer relationships
- Speech recognition methods supporting voice search
- Text-to-speech quality and alternatives
- Supporting multimodal solutions
- Supporting standards
- Delivering responsive applications
- Voice User Interface issues and solutions in voice search
Sponsorships are available:
We're interested in proposals for speaking (available slots are limited):
Registration is open with an early-registration discount:
Other information:
What is Voice Search?
Voice Search News
About Bill Meisel and TMA Associates
Or contact cONTACT.


Tarragona, Spain, March 13-19, 2008
LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications that is being developed at the host institute since 2001, LATA 2008 will reserve significant room for young computer scientists at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting scholars from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.). SCOPE:
Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:
- words, languages and automata
- grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)
- grammars and automata architectures
- extended automata
- combinatorics on words
- language varieties and semigroups
- algebraic language theory
- computability
- computational and structural complexity
- decidability questions on words and languages
- patterns and codes
- symbolic dynamics
- regulated rewriting
- trees, tree languages and tree machines
- term rewriting
- graphs and graph transformation
- power series
- fuzzy and rough languages
- cellular automata
- DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
- symbolic neural networks
- quantum, chemical and optical computing
- biomolecular nanotechnology
- automata and logic
- algorithms on automata and words
- automata for system analysis and programme verification
- automata, concurrency and Petri nets
- parsing
- weighted machines
- transducers
- foundations of finite state technology
- grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
- text retrieval, pattern matching and pattern recognition
- text algorithms
- string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics
- mathematical evolutionary genomics
- language-based cryptography
- data and image compression
- circuits and networks
- language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life
- digital libraries
- document engineering
LATA 2008 will consist of:
- 3 invited talks (to be announced in the second call for papers)
- 2 tutorials (to be announced in the second call for papers)
- refereed contributions
- open sessions for discussion in specific subfields or on professional issues
Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 pages and should be formatted according to the usual LNCS article style. Submissions have to be sent through the web page.
A volume of proceedings (expectedly LNCS) will be available by the time of the conference. A refereed volume of selected proceedings containing extended papers will be published soon after it as a special issue of a major journal.
The period for registration will be open since January 7 to March 13, 2008. Details about how to register will be provided through the website of the conference.
Early registration fees: 250 euros
Early registration fees (PhD students): 100 euros
Registration fees: 350 euros
Registration fees (PhD students): 150 euros
25 grants covering partial-board accommodation will be available for nonlocal PhD students. To apply, the candidate must e-mail her/his CV together with a copy of the document proving her/his status as a PhD student.
Paper submission: November 16, 2007
Application for funding (PhD students): December 7, 2007
Notification of funding acceptance or rejection: December 21, 2007
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: January 18, 2008
Early registration: February 1, 2008
Final version of the paper for the proceedings: February 15, 2008
Starting of the conference: March 13, 2008
Submission to the journal issue: May 23, 2008
LATA 2008
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Plaza Imperial Tarraco, 1
43005 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-559597

CfP- LREC 2008 - 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Palais des Congrès Mansour Eddahbi, MARRAKECH - MOROCCO
MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2008
WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 26-27 MAY and 31 MAY- 1 JUNE 2008
Conference web site
The sixth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC) will be organised in 2008 by ELRA in cooperation with a wide range of international associations and organisations.
Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs): text, speech, multimodality
• Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for LRs
• Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
• Methodologies and tools for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge
• Ontologies and knowledge representation
• Terminology
• Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web technologies
• Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup

Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and applications
• For: information extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, mobile communication, machine translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
• In different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice activated services, etc.
• Communication with neighbouring fields of applications, e.g. e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile applications, etc.
• Industrial LRs requirements, user needs

Issues in Human Language Technologies evaluation
• HLT Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
• Validation, quality assurance, evaluation of LRs
• Benchmarking of systems and products • Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces, interactions and dialog systems
• Usability and user satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation
• National and international activities and projects
• Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs
• Open architectures
• Organisational, economical and legal issues

Special Highlights
LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs – spoken, written, and other modalities – and of the respective communities. To this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues which are common to different types of LRs and language technologies.
LRs are currently developed and deployed in a much wider range of applications and domains. LREC 2008 recognises the need to encompass all those data that interact with language resources in an attempt to model more complex human processes and develop more complex systems, and encourages submissions on topics such as:
• Multimodal and multimedia systems, for Human-Machine interfaces, Human-Human interactions, and content processing
• Resources for modelling language-related cognitive processes, including emotions
• Interaction/Association of language and perception data, also for robotic systems
The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster and demo presentations, and panels. There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.
Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo presentations should consist of about 1500-2000 words.
• Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: 31 October 2007
Proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.
• Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 31 October 2007
The Proceedings on CD will include both oral and poster papers, in the same format. In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.


- XXVIIemes Journees d'Etude sur la Parole (JEP'08)
- 15eme conference sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles (TALN'08)
- 10eme Rencontre des Etudiants Chercheurs en Informatique pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues (RECITAL'08)

Universite d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
Avignon du 9 au 13 Juin 2008
Site web
Date limite de soumission: 11 fevrier 2008
Notification aux auteurs: 28 mars 2008
Conference: 9-13 juin 2008
Organise par le LIA (Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon), JEP-TALN-RECITAL'08 regroupe la 27eme edition des Journees d'Etude sur la Parole (JEP'08), la 15eme edition de la conference sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles (TALN'08) et la 10eme edition des Rencontres des Etudiants Chercheurs en Informatique pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues (RECITAL'08).
Pour la troisieme fois, apres Nancy en 2002 et Fes en 2004, l'AF CP (Association Francophone pour la Communication Parlee) et l'ATALA (Association pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues) organisent conjointement leur principale conference afin de reunir en un seul lieu les deux communautes du traitement de la langue orale et ecrite.
Les sessions plenieres seront communes aux trois conferences ainsi qu'une session orale thematique.
Des appels a communication precisant les themes ainsi que les modalites de soumission pour chaque conference suivront ce premier appel.


June 16 - 18, 2008
Kloster Irsee, Germany
The 4th IEEE Tutorial and Research Workshop on PERCEPTION AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SPEECH-BASED SYSTEMS (PIT08)will be held at the Kloster Irsee in southern Germany from June 16 to June 18, 2008.
The workshop focuses on advanced speech-based human-computer interaction where various contextual factors are modelled and taken into account when users communicate with computers. This includes mechanisms, architectures, design issues, applications, evaluation and tools. Prototype and product demonstrations will be very welcome.
The workshop will bring together researchers from various disciplines such as, for example, computer science and engineering sciences, medical, psychological and neurosciences, as well as mathematics. It will provide a forum for the presentation of research and applications and for lively discussions among researchers as well as industrialists in different fields.
Papers may discuss theories, applications, evaluation, limitations, general tools and techniques. Discussion papers that critically evaluate approaches or processing strategies and prototype demonstrations are especially welcome.
- Speech recognition and semantic analysis
- Dialogue management models
- Adaptive dialogue modelling
- Recognition of emotions from speech, gestures, facial expressions and physiological data
- User modelling
- Planning and reasoning capabilities for coordination and conflict description
- Conflict resolution in complex multi-level decisions
- Multi-modality such as graphics, gesture and speech for input and output
- Fusion and information management
- Computer-supported collaborative work
- Attention selection and guidance
- Learning and adaptability
- Visual processing and recognition for advanced human-computer interaction
- Databases and corpora
- Psychophysiological evaluation and usability analysis
- Evaluation strategies and paradigms
- Prototypes and products
The format of the workshop will be a non-overlapping mixture of oral and poster sessions. A number of tutorial lectures will be given by internationally recognised experts from the area of Perception and Interactive Technologies for Speech-Based Systems.
All poster sessions will be opened by an oral summary by the session chair. A number of poster sessions will be succeeded by a discussion session focussing on the subject of the session. It is our belief that this general format will ensure a lively and valuable workshop.
The organisers would like to encourage researchers and industrialists to take the opportunity to bring their applications as well as their demonstrator prototypes and design tools for demonstration to the workshop. If sufficient interest is shown, a special demonstrator/poster session will be organised and followed by a discussion session.
The official language of the workshop is English. At the opening of the workshop hardcopies of the proceedings, published in the LNCS/LNAI/LNBI Series by Springer, will be available.
February 10, 2008: Deadline for Long, Short and Demo Papers
March 15, 2008: Author notification
April 1, 2008: Deadline for final submission of accepted paper
April 18, 2008: Deadline for early bird registration
June 7, 2008: Final programme available on web
June 16 - 18, 2008: Workshop
Further information may be found on our workshop website.
Wolfgang Minker,/a>
University of Ulm
Department of Information Technology
Albert-Einstein-Allee 43
D-89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 502 6254/-6251

Fax: +49 691 330 3925516

JHU Summer Workshop on Language Engineering

JHU Summer Workshops
Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University invites one-page research proposals for a Summer Workshop on Language Engineering, to be held in Baltimore, MD, USA, July 7 to August 14, 2008.
Workshop proposals should be suitable for a six-week team exploration, and should aim to advance the state of the art in any of the various fields of Language Engineering including speech recognition, machine translation, information retrieval, text summarization and question answering. Research topics selected for investigation by teams in previous workshops may serve as good examples for your proposal. (See
This year's workshop will be sponsored by NSF and supported in part by the newly established Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (CoE). All relevant topics of scientific interest are welcomed. Proposals can receive special priority if they contribute to one of the following long-term challenges:
* AUTOMATIC POPULATION OF A KNOWLEDGE BASE FROM TEXT: Devise and develop technology to automatically populate a large knowledge base (KB) by accumulating entities, events, and relations from vast quantities of text from various formal and informal genres in multiple languages. Devise methods to do this effectively for resource rich and/or resource poor languages. The aim is to disambiguate and normalize entities, events, and relations in such a way that the KB could represent changes over time thus reflecting text sources.
* ROBUST TECHNOLOGY FOR SPEECH: Technologies like speech-to-text, speaker identification, and language identification share a common weakness: accuracy degrades disproportionately with changes in input (microphone, genre, speaker, etc.). Seemingly small amounts of noise or diverse data sources cause machines to break where humans would quickly and effectively adapt. The aim is to develop technology whose performance would be minimally degraded by input signal variations.
* PARALLEL PROCESSING FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE: A broad variety of pattern recognition problems in speech and language require a large amount of computation and must be run on a large amount of data. There is a need to optimize these algorithms to increase throughput and improve cost effectiveness. Proposals are invited both for novel parallelizable algorithms and for hardware configurations that achieve higher throughput or lower speed-power product than can be achieved by optimizing either alone.
An independent panel of experts will screen all received proposals for suitability. Results of this screening will be communicated no later than October 19, 2007. Authors passing this initial screening will be invited to Baltimore to present their ideas to a peer-review panel on November 2-4, 2007. It is expected that the proposals will be revised at this meeting to address any outstanding concerns or new ideas. Two or three research topics and the teams to tackle them will be selected for the 2008 workshop.
We attempt to bring the best researchers to the workshop to collaboratively pursue the selected topics for six weeks. Authors of successful proposals typically become the team leaders. Each topic brings together a diverse team of researchers and students. The senior participants come from academia, industry and government. Graduate student participants familiar with the field are selected in accordance with their demonstrated performance, usually by the senior researchers. Undergraduate participants, selected through a national search, will be rising seniors who are new to the field and have shown outstanding academic promise.
If you are interested to participate in the 2008 Summer Workshop we ask that you submit a one-page research proposal for consideration, detailing the problem to be addressed. If your proposal passes the initial screening, we will invite you to join us for the organizational meeting in Baltimore (as our guest) for further discussions aimed at consensus. If a topic in your area of interest is chosen as one of the two or three to be pursued next summer, we expect you to be available for participation in the six-week workshop. We are not asking for an ironclad commitment at this juncture, just a good faith understanding that if a project in your area of interest is chosen, you will actively pursue it.
Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to by 5PM ET on Wed, October 17, 2007.