[Elsnet-list] COLING workshop: Spoken language technologies for pervasive speech-based and multimodal applications (PESMA08)

M McTear mf.mctear at ulster.ac.uk
Fri Feb 29 17:49:36 CET 2008


COLING2008 Satellite Workshop

Spoken language technologies for pervasive speech-based and multimodal applications (PESMA08)

24 August 2008

Manchester, UK

Workshop URL: http://pesma08.cs.uta.fi/

Pervasive computing applications offer great opportunities for spoken language technologies since they can provide an effective and natural interface for mobile devices in situations where traditional modes of communication are less appropriate. Voice Search, which offers general web search as well as more specialized searches for businesses and services using speech on mobile phones, has recently become a hot topic within the speech industry, with examples such as Google’s Goog411 voice search service and VoiceRite’s location finder. Another potential area for deployment is smart homes, where applications such as speech-based home monitoring can provide essential services, particularly for the elderly and people with disabilities. For example, the EU-funded Companions project is currently developing a virtual conversational companion (or agent) that will communicate with users primarily by using and understanding speech, but also using other technologies such as touch screens and sensors.

Pervasive applications pose a number of challenges for spoken language technologies compared with traditional spoken dialogue applications. Current applications typically involve a single user interacting with an application to accomplish a task, such as obtaining information or making a reservation. In these interactions the dialogue is deterministic and centralized, whereas in pervasive applications the interaction may involve multiple users and computers engaging in open-ended and dynamically evolving concurrent dialogues. Moreover, given advances in mobile technologies, the interactions are more likely to be multimodal rather than the uni-modal interactions supported by traditional telephones. Thus new architectures and new interaction paradigms are required, particularly for those applications that will harness the benefits of new and emerging pervasive technologies.

The goal of this workshop is to identify and explore these challenges and to examine solutions that have been proposed for current as well as future applications. The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working in or interested in speech-based pervasive applications. Papers are invited that focus on issues such as:

• What are the architectural requirements for advanced speech-based and multimodal pervasive applications?
• What sorts of interaction paradigms are required for pervasive applications compared with more traditional spoken dialogue applications?
• What are the implications for dialogue models that represent the system’s current state?
• What sorts of dialogue control are required for pervasive applications?
• Are pervasive dialogue systems good candidates for approaches using machine learning and data-driven techniques?
• What are the requirements for natural language understanding and natural language generation to support advanced interaction in pervasive applications?
• What are the requirements for supporting technologies, such as speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, and multimodal integration?

Relevant dates

Call for papers, demos and posters: 1 March 
Submission deadline: 5 May 
Notification of acceptance: 6 June 
Camera-ready copy of papers due: 1 July
Date of workshop: 24 August

Workshop organisers 

Michael McTear (University of Ulster)
Markku Turunen (University of Tampere)
Ramón López-Cózar Delgado (University of Granada)

Programme committee

Raul Santos de la Camara (Telefonica Spain)
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Australia)
Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki)
Junling Hu (Bosch Research, USA)
Lars Bo Larson (University of Aalborg)
Gary Geunbae Lee (Postech, Korea)
Amit Nanavati (IBM, India)
Roberto Pieraccini (SpeechCycle, USA)
Nitendra Rajput (IBM, India)
Jacques Terken (Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven)
Fuliang Weng (Bosch Researc, USAh)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)
Jason Williams (AT&T, USA)

Professor Michael McTear
School of Computing and Mathematics
University of Ulster
Newtownabbey BT37 0QB
Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 28 90368166
Fax: +44 28 90366068
Url: http://www.infc.ulst.ac.uk/staff/mf.mctear

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