[Elsnet-list] CfP Speech retrieval workshop at ACM Multimedia 2010

M. Larson m.a.larson at tudelft.nl
Mon May 10 20:54:54 CEST 2010

Paper submission deadline: June 10, 2010
CfP: ACM Multimedia 2010 Workshop on
Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech (SSCS 2010)
Workshop held on 29 October 2010, in Firenze, Italy
in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2010

Website: http://www.searchingspeech.org/

The SSCS 2010 workshop is devoted to presentation and discussion of 
recent research results concerning advances and innovation in the area 
of spoken content retrieval and the area of multimedia search that makes 
use of automatic speech recognition technology.

Spoken audio is a valuable source of semantic information, and speech 
analysis techniques, such as speech recognition, hold high potential to 
improve information retrieval and multimedia search. Nonetheless, speech 
technology remains underexploited by multimedia systems, in particular, 
by those providing access to multimedia content containing spoken audio. 
Early success in the area of broadcast news retrieval has yet to be 
extended to application scenarios in which the spoken audio is 
unscripted, unplanned and highly variable with respect to speaker and 
style characteristics. The SSCS 2010 workshop is concerned with a wide 
variety of challenging spoken audio domains, including: lectures, 
meetings, interviews, debates, conversational broadcast (e.g., 
talkshows), podcasts, call center recordings, cultural heritage 
archives, social video on the Web and spoken natural language queries. 
As speech steadily moves closer to rivaling text as a medium for access 
and storage of information, the need for technologies that can 
effectively make use of spontaneous conversational speech to support 
search becomes more pressing.

In order to move the use of speech and spoken content in retrieval 
applications and multimedia systems beyond the current state of the art, 
sustained collaboration of researchers in the areas of speech 
recognition, audio processing, multimedia analysis and information 
retrieval is necessary. Motivated by the aim of providing a forum where 
these disciplines can engage in productive interaction and exchange, 
Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech (SSCS) workshops were held 
in conjunction with SIGIR 2007, SIGIR 2008 and ACM Multimedia 2009. The 
SSCS workshop series continues at ACM Multimedia 2010 with a focus on 
research that strives to move retrieval systems beyond conventional 
queries and beyond the indexing techniques used in traditional 
mono-modal settings or text-based applications.

We welcome contributions on a range of trans-disciplinary research 
issues related to these research challenges, including:

- Information Retrieval techniques in the speech domain
(e.g., applied to speech recognition lattices)
- Multimodal search techniques exploiting speech transcripts 
(audio/speech/video fusion techniques including re-ranking)
- Search effectiveness
(e.g., evidence combination, query/document expansion)
- Exploitation of audio analysis (e.g., speaker’s emotional state, 
speaker characteristics, speaking style)
- Integration of higher level semantics, including topic segmentation 
and cross-modal concept detection
- Spoken natural language queries
- Large-scale speech indexing approaches
(e.g., collection size, search speed)
- Multilingual settings
(e.g., multilingual collections, cross-language access)
- Advanced interfaces for results display and playback of multimedia 
with a speech track
- Exploiting user contributed information, including tags, rating and 
user community structure
- Affordable, light-weight solutions for small collections, i.e., for 
the long tail

Contributions for oral presentations (short papers of 4 pages or long 
papers of 6 pages) and demonstration papers (4 pages) will be accepted. 
The submission deadline is 10 June 2010. For further information see the 
website: http://www.searchingspeech.org/

At this time, we area also pre-announcing a special issue of ACM 
Transactions on Information Systems on the topic of searching 
spontaneous conversational speech. The special issue is based on the 
SSCS workshop series, but will involve a separate call for papers. We 
will especially encourage the authors of the best papers from SSCS 2010 
to submit to the special issue call.

SSCS 2010 Organizers
Martha Larson, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Roeland Ordelman, Sound & Vision and Uni. of Twente, Netherlands
Florian Metze, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Franciska de Jong, University of Twente, Netherlands
Wessel Kraaij, TNO and Radboud University, Netherlands

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