[Elsnet-list] CFP: Speech and language technology for less-resourced languages

Mikel Forcada Zubizarreta mlf at dlsi.ua.es
Mon Feb 5 19:13:22 CET 2007


    "Speech and language technology for less-resourced languages"

      Special Session at INTERSPEECH 2007, Antwerp, Belgium

Speech and language technology researchers who work on less-resourced
languages often have very limited access to funding, equipment and
software. This makes it all the more important for them to come together
to share best practice, in order to avoid a duplication of effort. This
special session will therefore be devoted to speech and language
technology for less-resourced languages.

In view of the limited resources available to the targeted researchers,
there will be a particular emphasis on "free" software, which may be
either open-source or closed-source. However, submissions are also
invited from those using commercial software.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

      * Examples of systems built using free or purpose-built software
        (possibly with demonstrations).
      * Presentations of bugs in free software, and strategies for
        dealing with them.
      * Presentations of additions and enhancements made to the software
        by a research group.
      * Presentations of linguistic challenges for a particular
        less-resourced language.
      * Descriptions of desired features for possible future


Researchers who are interested in contributing to this special session
are invited to submit either a paper or a demo or both, as follows.

   1. Papers can be submitted by proceeding according to the regular
submission procedure of Interspeech 2007 and selecting "Speech and
language technology for less-resourced languages" as the topic of your
first choice. The paper submission deadline is March 23, 2007.
   2. We offer a light submission procedure for demos. (Please note:
unlike regular papers, texts submitted with a demo will NOT be published
in the proceedings, but will be made available for download from the
SALTMIL website at http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/saltmil/ ) In this case, please
submit a short description of the system demonstrated, the demo,
required materials for the demo, and references, to the first of the
session organisers (see below) and to
special_sessions at interspeech2007.org before April 27, 2007. Demo
submission texts should be formatted in accordance with the Interspeech
2007 author kit, and should be between 1 and 4 pages in length. 

Session organisers

Dr Briony Williams
Language Technologies Unit, Canolfan Bedwyr, University of Wales,
Bangor, UK
Email: b.williams at bangor.ac.uk

Dr Mikel Forcada
Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informrtics, Universitat
d'Alacant, E-03071 Alacant, Spain
Email: mlf at dlsi.ua.es

Dr Kepa Sarasola
Dept of Computer Languages, Univ of the Basque Country, PK 649 20080
Donostia, Basque Country, Spain
Email: ksarasola at si.ehu.es

Important dates

Four-page paper deadline:
    March 23, 2007
Demo submission deadline:
    April 27, 2007
Notification of acceptance:
    May 25, 2007
Early registration deadline:
    June 22, 2007
Main Interspeech conference:
    August 28-31, 2007 

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