[Elsnet-list] CFP: SIGIR 2008 Workshop on Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech

Joachim Köhler joachim.koehler at iais.fraunhofer.de
Thu Apr 10 17:50:00 CEST 2008

Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech 
Large scale use and commercial application of retrieval technology for
spoken content requires a sustained effort focused on merging speech
recognition, audio analysis and information retrieval into a concerted
discipline with a common vision. After the success of the 2007 Search in
Spontaneous Conversational Speech workshop (SSCS 2007), a second workshop,
SSCS 2008, will be held in conjunction with ACM SIGIR 2008 in order to
further the cross-pollination between the speech research community and the
information retrieval community. The workshop addresses application domains
including: conversational broadcast, podcasts, meetings, lectures,
discussions, debates, interviews and cultural heritage archives. 
We welcome contributions on a range of cross-cutting issues, including:
-Representation of spoken content for optimal search (e.g., LVCSR, word
lattice search, STD on phone lattice)
-Exploitation of evidence beyond word-level (e.g., emotional state, speaker
characteristics, topic shifts, audio events)
-Application of text IR techniques to the speech domain
-Speech mining in multimedia data 
-Multimodality (integrating features from associated non-speech content)
-Search effectiveness (e.g., evidence combination, expansion)
-Access to large scale collections
-Evaluation resources and benchmarking activities
-Multi-/cross-lingual retrieval
-Cross-media mining (e.g., coupling images or text fragments to speech)
-Interaction design and system development (e.g., query formulation, result
presentation, search strategies)
-Spoken audio visualization (e.g. results lists, individual results)
-Spoken query search
Contributions for oral presentations (8 pages) poster presentations (2
pages), demonstration descriptions (2 pages) and position papers for
selection of panel members (2 pages) will be accepted. Further information
including submission guidelines can be found on the workshop website
Important Dates
16 May: Paper submission deadline
6 Jun: Notification of acceptance
20 Jun: Camera-ready papers due
24 July: SSCS 2008 Workshop at SIGIR 2008
Joachim Koehler, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
Martha Larson, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Franciska de Jong, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Roeland Ordelman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Wessel Kraaij, TNO, The Netherlands
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