[Elsnet-list] CfP: SRIV2006 - Submission Open

Stéphane Dupont dupont at multitel.be
Mon Jan 23 15:31:24 CET 2006

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
    ITRW Workshop on Speech Recognition and Intrinsic Variation
                   Toulouse, France, 20 May 2006


UPDATE  === Submission NOW OPEN = deadline: 1st Feb 2006 ===

Major progress is being recorded regularly on both the technology
and exploitation of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and spoken
language systems. However, flexible solutions and user satisfaction
under some circumstances are still challenging topics. Particularly,
current research is emphasizing deficiencies in dealing with speech
intrinsic variations. For instance, specific aspects of the speech
signal like foreign accents, precludes the use by specific
populations. Also, some applications, like directory assistance,
particularly stress the core recognition technology due to the very
high active vocabulary (application perplexity). Besides, speech
models seem to remain inadequate for handling unconstrained
spontaneous speech and dialogs. Investigations on factors affecting
speech realization and variations within the speech signal that make
the ASR task challenging are hence very valuable for future
developments of spoken language systems.

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen common understanding and
research trends that deal with these topics. Original studies and
algorithms related to ASR sensitivity, genericity,
user-independence, robustness or adaptation to variations in speech
should be covered. Besides, original contributions from the fields
of phonetic science, as well as human speech perception and
recognition are warmly encouraged. Finally, we also invite
submission of papers about application and services scenarios
involving specific speech variations.

- Speech variability, including foreign and/or accented speech
modeling and recognition,
- Children and/or elderly speech modeling and recognition,
- Speech non-stationarity and relevant analysis methods,
- Speech spectral (e.g. vocal tract length) and temporal
(e.g. speaking rate) variations,
- Spontaneous speech modeling and recognition,
- Speech variation due to emotions, fatigue, frustration,...
- Speech corpora covering sources of variation,
- Modeling of speech variability,
- Acoustic-phonetic correlates of variations,
- Impact and characterization of speech variations on ASR analysis,
models and performance,
- Speaker adaptation and normalization (e.g., VTLN); Speaker adapted
training methods,
- Novel general or specific compensation and adaptation algorithms,
- Novel analysis and modeling structures and algorithms for handling
speech variations,
- Alternative Statistical and Machine Learning Methods for General
ASR (e.g., no-HMM methods),
- Man/machine confrontation; ASR and HSR (human speech recognition)
interdisciplinary views,
- Intrinsic variations in multimodal recognition,
- Speech modification/transformation,
- Noise robustness,
- Review papers on these topics are also welcome.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length (4-6 pages)
previously unpublished papers via the workshop website, in the
submission section. Guidelines for paper submission are provided
there. The full-length papers will be selected through a peer review
process. The proceedings will be available via the workshop web

Structure and Venue
The workshop will consist of oral and poster sessions, as well as
talks by invited speakers. The workshop will be limited to 100
participants and about 50 presentations.

This event is organized as a satellite of the ICASSP 2006
conference, which is held in Toulouse, France in May 2006. The
workshop will also take place in Toulouse, on 20 May 2006, just after
the conference, which ends May 19. More information on the venue
will be provided on the workshop website in due time.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: February 1, 2006
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2006
Final manuscript due: March 15, 2006
Program available: March 22, 2006
Workshop registration deadline: March 29, 2006
Workshop: May 20, 2006 (after ICASSP 2006)

Technical Committee
Carmen Benitez, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Pierre-Albert Breton, Thales Avionics, France
Renato De Mori, Université d'Avignon, France
Olivier Deroo, Acapela Group, Belgium
Stéphane Dupont, Multitel, Belgium
Luciano Fissore, Loquendo, Italy
Roberto Gemello, Loquendo, Italy
Alexandre Girardi, Multitel, Belgium
Denis Jouvet, France Telecom, France
Katrin Kirchhoff, U. Washington, WA, USA
Birger Kollmeier U. Oldenburg, Germany
Pietro Laface, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Marco Matassoni, ITC-IRST, Italy
Alfred Mertins, U. Oldenburg, Germany
Alexandros Potamianos, Technical university of Crete, Greece
Christophe Ris, Multitel, Belgium
Richard Rose, McGill University, Canada
José C. Segura, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Piergiorgio Svaizer, ITC-IRST, Italy
Louis ten Bosch, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Christian Wellekens, Eurecom, France
email: divines-workshop at multitel.be

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