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.
We want to make ISCApad the most complete and efficient international source of
information for all speech scientists and engineers. Also remember to edit your personal information on the ISCA website when you change affiliation or e-mail
address: we like to keep contact with our members.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRW)
Events supported (but not organized) by
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 (email@example.com).
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 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.
Organization of INTERSPEECH 2011 : CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Individuals or organizations interested in organizing:
should submit by 15 November 2007 a brief preliminary proposal,
* 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
* 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
* Likely support from local bodies (e.g.
* 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.
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
A list of Speech Interest
Groups can be found on our
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
Jeudi 18 octobre 2007, 13h30 - Séminaire externe
Department of Language and Speech
Titre et résumé à venir
Bâtiment C - 1er étage
46 avenue Félix Viallet
BOOKS, DATABASES, SOFTWARES
La production de la parole
Author: Alain Marchal, Universite d'Aix en Provence, France
Publisher: Hermes Lavoisier
Speech enhancement-Theory and Practice
Author: Philipos C.
Loizou, University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Speech and Language Engineering
Publisher: EPFL Press, distributed by CRC Press
Human Communication Disorders/ Speech therapy
interesting series can be listed on Wiley
Incurses em torno do ritmo da fala
Author: Plinio A. Barbosa
Pontes Editores (city: Campinas)
Year: 2006 (released
(In Portuguese, abstract attached.) Website
Speech Quality of VoIP: Assessment and Prediction
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, UK-Chichester,
Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech, Studies in the
Evolution of Language
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
Authors: Jean-Paul Haton
We invite all laboratories and industrial companies which have job
offers to send them to the ISCApad
editor: they will appear in the newsletter and on our website for
free. (also have a look at http://www.isca-speech.org/jobs.html
as well as http://www.elsnet.org/
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
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
Spoken Dialogue Systems. The overall goal of the team is to develop
working end-to-end systems which can be trained from real data and which
be continually adapted on-line. The PhD work will focus specifically on
use of Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for dialogue
and techniques for learning and adaptation within that framework. The
will involve statistical modelling, algorithm design and user
The successful candidate will have a good first degree in a relevant area.
Good programming skills in C/C++ are essential and familiarity with
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
and a maintenance allowance of 13000 pounds per annum. Potential applicants
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
Multimodal dialog systems
Speech synthesis /TTS
SW- Processes and SW-Tests
Experience in Object oriented Programming
Experience with Embedded Operating Systems
Your job description
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
Willingness to take responsibility in international Teams
We offer you:
A motivating working environment
Support in advancement
Please apply at www.elektrobit.com -> 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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
Entrez votre profil sur le site Web du cabinet de
recrutement e-Match consulting en mentionnant la reference 73
cabinet de Recrutement & Chasse e-Match
Expert Linguistique, basé à Nancy, FRANCE
typiquement dans un laboratoire dédié TAL.
- 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
- Profil humain: MANAGER, leader d'équipe.
Entrez votre profil sur le site Web du cabinet de
recrutement e-Match consulting
cabinet de Recrutement & Chasse e-Match
Senior Speech Engineer in UK
Presented by http://www.voxid.co.uk/
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.
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
Duties and Responsibilities:
*To assist in the ongoing
development of speech technologies for commercial deployment.
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.
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
*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,
*Adhere to local and externally relevant health and safety laws
and policies and bring any matters to the attention of local management
*Take responsibility for self-development and continuing
in a relevant subject
Further degree in the Speech Recognition field or
2 years experience
Experience in a product based environment
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team (Speech Scientists and
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
Quick to develop new skills where required
with good problem solving ability.
High level of attention to
Experience of multi-threaded and computational intensive
Team Player but also able to work
Self - starter
Motivated & Enthusiastic
Salary : Dependent On
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
Presented by http://www.voxid.co.uk/
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
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
1st/2.1 degree in numerate
2+ years of C and Linux shell programming.
Experience of digital signal processing or
statistical modelling (this could be an undergraduate/masters
Additional Skills Linux system administration.
Python and/or Perl programming.
Salary : Commensurate with experience + discretionary
share option scheme.
R&D Language Modeller in UK
opportunity presented by http://www.voxid.co.uk/,we are looking
for a self-motivated speech engineer, who enjoys working in the dynamic
and flexible environment of a successful
*3+ years relevant industrial /
commercial experience or very relevant academic experience
knowledge about probabilistic language modelling, including estimation
methods, smoothing, pruning, efficient representation, interpolation,
*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
with HTK, Sphinx and/or Julius
*Experience with probabilistic lattice
*Have worked on a live application or service that includes
Salary : 40K BP
Any speech candidates who
believe they can add value to our global clients , we would be happy to
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.
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.
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)
knowledge/imperfect signal (2 projects)
3: Beyond short units of speech
4: Exemplars and abstraction (3 projects)
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.
* University Federico II, Naples, Italy (F. Cutugno, A.
* Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (L. ten Bosch,
H. Baayen, M. Ernestus, C. Gussenhoven, H. Strik)
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)
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
research network (92kB) and how to apply, + the research
Papers accepted for FUTURE PUBLICATION in Speech
Full text available on http://www.sciencedirect.com/ for
Speech Communication subscribers and subscribing institutions. Free access
for all to the titles and abstracts of all volumes and even by clicking on
in press and then Selected papers.
Publication policy: Hereunder, you will find very short announcements
of future events. The full call for participation can be accessed on the
See also our Web pages (http://www.isca-speech.org/) on
conferences and workshops.
FUTURE INTERSPEECH CONFERENCES
INTERSPEECH 2008-ICSLP September 22-26, 2008, Brisbane,
Chairman: Denis Burnham, MARCS, University of West Sydney.
INTERSPEECH 2009-EUROSPEECH Brighton, UK,
Prof. Roger Moore,
University of Sheffield.
INTERSPEECH 2010-ICSLPChiba, Japan
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."
FUTURE ISCA TUTORIAL AND RESEARCH WORKSHOP (ITRW)
SLaTE Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in
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.
deadline: May 1, 2007.
Notification of acceptance: July 1,
Early registration deadline: August 1, 2007.
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.
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
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
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
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
CALL FOR PAPERS
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
The fee for the workshop, including
a booklet of Abstracts, the Proceedings on CD-ROM is:
- $325 for ISCA
- $225 for ISCA student members with valid
Registrations after August 1, 2007 cannot be guaranteed.
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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
21-25 January 2008, Stellenbosch, South
* Speaker recognition(identification,
verification, segmentation, clustering)
* Text dependent and
independent speaker recognition
* Multispeaker training and
* Speaker characterization and adaptation
* Features for
* Robustness in channels
* Robust classification
* Speaker recognition corporaand evaluation
* Use of
extended training data
* Speaker recognition with speaker
* Forensics, multimodality and multimedia speaker
* Speaker and language confidence estimation
dialect and accent recognition
* Speaker synthesis and
* Human recognition
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
paper due October 30, 2007
Preliminary program November 30,
Workshop January 21-25, 2008
Futher informations: venue,
On the workshop website
Brummer, Spescom Data Voice, South Africa
Johan du Preez.Stellenbosch
ISCA TR Workshop on Experimental Linguistics
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
prof. dr. Louis CW Pols,
dr. Maya van
Institute of Phonetic
Sciences - Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication,
Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital
and submission details as well as a website address will be announced
in a later issue.
Audio Visual Speech Processing Workshop (AVSP
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,
Australian National University,RSISE, Bldg. 115,
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
speech analysis and
June 4 - 6, 2008
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
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.
G will present a full-morning common
tutorial to give an overview of the present
stage of research linked to the subject of
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
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
G Temporal modelling
G Non-spectral processing (group delay etc)
G Integration of spectral and temporal
G Biologically-inspired speech analysis and
G Interactions between excitation and vocal
G Characterization and representation of
acoustic phonetic attributes
G Attributed-based speaker and spoken
G Analysis and processing for detecting
acoustic phonetic attributes
G Language independent aspects of acoustic
phonetic attributes detection
G Detection of language-specific acoustic
G Acoustic to linguistic and acoustic phonetic
G Mapping from acoustic signal to
G Merging of synchronous and asynchronous
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,
See the workshop website for further and latest
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
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
There is also an hourly train connection between
the two cities; the train ride lasts approx. five
Paul Dalsgaard, B. Yegnanarayana, Chin-Hui
Lee, Paavo Alku, Rolf Carlson, Torbjørn
Submission of full and final: January 31, 2008 on the Website
Notification of review results: No later than March 30.,
Robust ASR Workshop
Dr. Nestor Yoma
FORTHCOMING EVENTS SUPPORTED (but not organized) by ISCA
The 12th International Conference on Speech
October 15-18, 2007
Organized by Moscow State
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
Important Dates (Extended)
Paper submission opening
February 1, 2007
Full paper deadline (EXTENDED) June 20, 2007
acceptance notification: July 1, 2007
Conference October 15-18,
o Speech signal coding and decoding;
multi-channel transmitted speech intelligibility; speech information
o Speech production and perception modeling
processing of multilingual, multimodal and multimedia information
Linguistic, para- and extralinguistic communicative strategies
Development and testing of automatic voice and speech systems for speaker
verification; speaker psychoemotional state and native language
o Automatic speech recognition and understanding
o Language and speech information processing systems for
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
o Future of multi-purpose and anti-terrorist speech
The deadline for full paper
submission (4-6 pages) is April 25, 2007. Papers are to be sent by e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
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
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:
Students/PG Students 200 EUR
NIS (New Independent States),
Regular 300 EUR
NIS, Students/PG Students 100 EUR
Russia, Students/PG Students (no Proceedings) Free Extra Copy
of Proceedings (hard copy) 20 EUR
Extra Proceedings CD/DVD 10
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.
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
· 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 .
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
· 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
· 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.
POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS
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.
CFP IEEE ASRU 2007
Automatic Speech Recognition and
The Westin Miyako Kyoto, Japan
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
Papers in all areas of human
language technology are encouraged to be submitted, with emphasis placed
- automatic speech recognition and understanding technology
speech to text systems
- spoken dialog systems
- robustness in ASR
- spoken document
- speech-to-speech translation
- spontaneous speech
- speech summarization,
- new applications of
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE TECHNICAL PROGRAM
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
Paper submission deadline
July 16, 2007
Paper acceptance/rejection notification September 3,
Demonstration proposal deadline September 24, 2007
advance registration deadline October 15, 2007
Workshop December 9-13,
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
Registration will be
handled via the ASRU 2007 website .
Sadaoki Furui (Tokyo
Tatsuya Kawahara (Kyoto Univ.)
Jean-Claude Junqua (Panasonic)
Helen Meng (Chinese Univ.
Satoshi Nakamura (ATR)
Hazen, MIT, USA
Tomoko Matsui, ISM,
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
by: 21st Century Center of
Excellence (COE) Program "Framework for Systematization and
Application of Large-scale",Tokyo Institute of
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
Topics of Interest to the conference
Infrastructure for Large-scale Knowledge
Software tools and development
Database and archiving systems
Mobile and ubiquitous
Systematization for Large-scale Knowledge
Knowledge representation and ontology
Evaluation of Large-scale Knowledge
Archives for science and
Multi-modal human interface
committee General conference chair: Furui, Sadaoki (Tokyo Institute of
Program co-chairs: Ortega, Antonio (University of Southern
Tokunaga, Takenobu (Tokyo Institute of
Publication chair: Yonezaki, Naoki (Tokyo Institute of
Publicity chair: Yokota, Haruo (Tokyo Institute of
Local organizing chair: Shinoda, Koichi (Tokyo Institute of
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
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
Paper submission deadline: 30
Notification of acceptance: 10 October, 2007
ready papers due: 10 November, 2007
Call for Papers (Preliminary version) Speech Prosody
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: email@example.com. Web site: http://sp2008.org. We
invite all participants to contribute with papers presenting original
research from all areas of speech prosody, especially, but nor limited to
Prosody and the
Long-Term Voice Quality
Intonation and Rhythm Analysis and
Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Prosody
Studies of Prosody
Dialogues and Spontaneous Speech
Prosody of Expressive
Perception of Prosody
Prosody in Speech Synthesis
in Speech Recognition and Understanding
Prosody in Language Learning
Pathology of Prosody and Aids for the
Prosody Annotation in Speech Corpora
Speech Prosody Studies
Group, IEL/Unicamp | Lab. de Fonética, FALE/UFMG | LIACC, LAEL,
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
FUTURE SPEECH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EVENTS
eNTERFACE summer workshops
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
NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND KNOWLEDGE
REPRESENTATION FOR eLEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
September 26, 2007
Supported by the European Commission through project BIS-21++, INCO
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
* strategies and methods for the task based
evaluation of Natural Language Processing applications.
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
Topics of interest include, but are not
* ontology modelling in the eLearning domain;
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
* 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
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: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/submissions.htm
Demos. Submission of demos are also welcome. Papers submitted as demo
should not exceed 4 pages and should describe extensively the system to be
* 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
* 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
Paper submission deadline:
June 15, 2007
Paper acceptance notification: July 25,
Camera-ready papers due: August 31, 2007
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
University of Hamburg, Germany
Natural Language Systems Division
University of Hamburg
Tel. 040 428 83 2519
Fax. 040 428 83
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
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
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
Conference topics include, but are not
Phonetic correlates of distinctive
Acoustic-articulatory modeling of features
definitions of distinctive features
Role of subglottal and/or
side-cavity resonances in defining feature boundaries
cues to acoustic feature correlates
Visual cues to distinctive
Within- and across-language variability in feature realizati
Enhancement of weak feature contrasts
Phonological features and
speech motor commands
Features and the mental lexicon
representation of features
Features in early and later language
Features in the perception and acquisition of non-native
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.
April 30, 2007
June 15, 2007 Acceptance notification
October 4-5, 2007 Conference venue
Ridouane (Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology, Paris)
(Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology, Paris)
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
3rd Language and Technology Conference (LTC2007): Human
Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and
October 5-7, 2007,
Faculty of Mathematics and
Computer Science of the Adam Mickiewicz University,
Full program availble on our website
The conference program will include the following
* electronic language resources and tools
of natural languages
* parsing and other forms of NL processing
computer modelling of language competence
* NL user modelling
understanding by computers
* knowledge representation
* Logic Programming in Natural Language Processing
* NL applications in robotics
information retrieval and extraction, question answering
* tools and
methodologies for developing multilingual systems
* methodological issues in HLT
* intractable language-specific problems in HLT (for
languages other than English)
* HLT standards
* HLT as foreign
language teaching support
* new challenge: communicative
* vision papers in the field of HLT
* HLT related
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,
Acceptance/Rejection notification - June 15, 2007
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.
2007 IEEE International Conference on Signal
Processing and Communications, United Arab Emirates
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
and Mixed Signal Processing
• Audio/Speech Processing and Coding
Image/Video Processing and Coding
• Watermarking and Information
• Multimedia Communication
• Signal Processing for
• Communication and Broadband Networks
• Mobile and
• Optical Communication
• Modulation and
• Computer Networks
• Computational Methods and
• Neural Systems
• Control Systems
and Security Systems
• Parallel and Distributed Systems
and Biomedical Applications
• Signal Processing and Communications
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:
must be made on-line and must follow the guidelines given on the web
ICSPC 2007 Conference Secretariat,
P. O. Box: 573, Sharjah,
United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.),
Fax: +971 6
Etisalat University College, UAE
Etisalat University College, UAE
of proposals for tutorials, special sessions, and exhibitions March 5th,
Submission of full-paper proposals April 2nd,
Notification of acceptance June 4th, 2007
Submission of final
version of paper October 1st, 2007
Premier appel à communications-
Montpellier 7 décembre 2007
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
7- La représentation phonologique de la coarticulation ;
8- L’émergence et le développement de la coarticulation chez l’enfant.
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”.
Jalal AL-TAMIMI, DDL UMR 5596 CNRS-Lyon II
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
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
5th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal
Emissions for Biomedical Applications MAVEBA 2007
December 13 -
Conference Hall - Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
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
30 September 2007 - Final full paper submission (4 pages, 2
columns, pdf format) and early registration
13-15 December 2007
Dr. Claudia Manfredi - Conference
Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications
Studi di Firenze
Via S. Marta 3
50139 Firenze, Italy
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
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.
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
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
REGISTRATION AND PAPER SUBMISSION is now open
EXHIBITORS BOOTH RESERVATION 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
- 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:
What is Voice Search?
Voice Search News
About Bill Meisel and TMA Associates
Or contact cONTACT.
2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (LATA 2008)
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.).
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
- 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
- weighted machines
- 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
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Plaza Imperial Tarraco, 1
43005 Tarragona, Spain
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
• Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web
• 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,
• 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
• 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
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,
• Interaction/Association of language and perception data, also for
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.
SUBMISSIONS AND DATES
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
• Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 31
The Proceedings on CD will include both oral and poster papers, in the
In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.
PREMIER APPEL POUR JEP/TALN/RECITAL 2008 - Avignon France
- XXVIIemes Journees d'Etude sur la Parole
- 15eme conference sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues
- 10eme Rencontre des Etudiants Chercheurs en
Informatique pour le Traitement Automatique des Langues
Universite d'Avignon et des Pays de
Avignon du 9 au 13 Juin 2008
Date limite de soumission: 11 fevrier
Notification aux auteurs: 28 mars 2008
Conference: 9-13 juin
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
Des appels a communication precisant les themes ainsi que
les modalites de soumission pour chaque conference suivront ce premier
4th IEEE Tutorial and Research Workshop
PERCEPTION AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SPEECH-BASED SYSTEMS
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
- Conflict resolution in complex multi-level decisions
- Multi-modality such as graphics, gesture and speech for input and
- Fusion and information management
- Computer-supported collaborative work
- Attention selection and guidance
- Learning and adaptability
- Visual processing and recognition for advanced human-computer
- 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
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.
TIMING AND DATES
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.
University of Ulm
Department of Information Technology
Phone: +49 731 502 6254/-6251
Fax: +49 691 330 3925516
JHU Summer Workshop on Language Engineering
JHU Summer Workshops
CALL FOR TEAM RESEARCH PROPOSALS
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.
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
* 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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM ET on
Wed, October 17, 2007.