[Elsnet-list] Deadline extension: 2nd Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Techology (SLPAT)

Jan-Oliver Wülfing jan-oliver.wuelfing at izb.fraunhofer.de
Tue Apr 19 08:19:20 CEST 2011

apologies for cross-postings




SLPAT 2011 -- Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technology

Workshop at ACL-EMNLP, 30 July 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland





The 2nd Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technology

will be held in conjunction with the 2011 ACL Conference on Empirical 

in Natural Language Processing (SIGDAT - EMNLP) which will take place on

30 July 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This 1-day workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech

and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more

accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional or

developmental disabilities. This workshop will build on the first such

workshop (co-located with NAACL HLT 2010); it will provide an opportunity

for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with

whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss

present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and



While AAC is a particularly apt application area for speech and NLP

technologies, we are purposefully making the scope of the workshop broad

enough to include accessibility and assistive technologies as a whole.

Topics that are appropriate for the workshop yet fall outside of the scope

of AAC would include things such as spoken language or dialogue interfaces

to assistive devices, or other related topics in Human Computer Interaction.

While we will encourage work that validates the methods with human

experimental trials, we will also consider work on basic-level innovations,

inspired by AT/AAC related problems.

We welcome papers on theories, models, techniques and evaluation studies

from all areas of speech and language technology, tailored to accessibility,

AAC and AT; including, but not limited to, the following:

- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications

- Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications

- Automated processing of sign language

- Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive 

- Speech transformation for improved intelligibility

- Translation systems; to and from speech, text, symbols and sign language

- Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AAC applications

- Text processing for improved comprehension, e.g., sentence simplification

or text-to-speech

- Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio

- Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication

- Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive 

- Discourse and dialogue modelling for AAC

- Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive


- NLP for cognitive assistance applications

- Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive 

- Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of

assistive technology

- Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted 

modes such as speech, signs or symbols

- Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes

- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology

- Deployment of speech and NLP tools in the clinic or in the field

- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications


- Melanie Fried-Oken (Oregon Health & Science University)

- Peter Ljunglöf (University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of 

- Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware)

- Annalu Waller (University of Dundee)

- Jan Alexandersson, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

- Norman Alm, University of Dundee

- John Arnott, University of Dundee

- Melanie Baljko, York University, Canada

- Jan Bedrosian, Western Michigan University

- Rolf Black, University of Dundee

- Torbjørg Breivik, the Language Council of Norway

- Tim Bunnell, University of Delaware

- Rob Clark, University of Edinburgh

- Ann Copestake, University of Cambridge

- Stuart Cunningham, University of Sheffield

- Rickard Domeij, Stockholm, University

- Alistair D.N. Edwards, University of York

- Michael Elhadad, Ben-Gurion University

- Björn Granström, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

- Phil Green, Sheffield University

- Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, University of Illinois

- Per-Olof Hedvall, Lund University

- Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto

- Linda Hoag, Kansas State University

- Harry Howard, Tulane University

- Matt Huenerfauth, CUNY

- Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg

- Simon Judge, Barnsley NHS & Sheffield University

- Simon King, University of Edinburgh

- Greg Lesher, Dynavox Technologies, Inc.

- Jeremy Linskell, Electronic Assistive Technology Service, Tayside NHS

- Mats Lundälv, DART

- Ornella Mich, Foundazione Bruno Kessler

- Yael Netzer, Ben-Gurion University

- Alan Newell, University of Dundee

- Torbjørn Nordgård, Lingit A/S, Norway

- Helen Petrie, University of York

- Karen Petrie, University of Dundee

- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen

- Bitte Rydeman, Lund University

- Howard Shane, Children's Hospital Boston

- Fraser Shein, Bloorview Kids Rehab, Canada

- Richard Sproat, Oregan Health and Science University

- Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, University of Tokyo

- Nava Tintarev, University of Aberdeen

- Tonio Wandmacher, Commissariat á l'énergie atomique, France

- Jan-Oliver Wuelfing, Fraunhofer Centre Birlinghoven, Germany


Paper submission deadline (extended): 13 May 2011

Demo proposal submission deadline: 23 May 2011

Notification of demo acceptance: 1 June 2011

Notification to authors: 17 June 2011

Camera-ready paper version submission deadline: 1 July 2011

Workshop: 30 July 2011


Papers should be submitted by 13 May 2011 in PDF format via the START 

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2011 proceedings.

Each paper may consist of up to nine (9) pages of content, and any number

of additional pages with references only. Submissions should describe 

unpublished work. Please use the official ACL 2011 style files.

Submissions that do not conform to the length requirements will be rejected

without review. This includes papers that do not conform to style parameters

such as letter and font size restrictions. We reserve the right to reject

submissions that do not conform to these styles, including letter size and

font size restrictions. As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not

include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references

that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed

(Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith

previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these

requirements will be rejected without review. Separate identification

information is required, and will be part of the web submission process.

Submission/reviewing will be electronic, managed by the START system. The

only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Submissions must

be uploaded onto the system by the submission deadlines. Please note that

submissions after this date cannot be processed as Start will not allow

submissions to be uploaded after the submission deadline.

Submissions presented at the SLPAT workshop should mainly contain new 

that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available

proceedings. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or

publications must disclose this information at submission time. Please list

all other meetings where the paper has been submitted at the end of the

abstract field on the submission site.

WORKSHOP WEBSITE: http://slpat2011.computing.dundee.ac.uk/

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