[Elsnet-list] ACL-EMNLP 2011, Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology (SLPAT 2011)

Jan-Oliver Wülfing jan-oliver.wuelfing at izb.fraunhofer.de
Fri Feb 25 12:12:16 CET 2011

Excuse, multiple postings

Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology (SLPAT 2011)
The 2nd Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology will
be held in conjunction with the 2011 ACL Conference on Empirical Methods 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 impairments
- 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 
- Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio
- Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication
- Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive technologies
- 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 technologies
- Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of assistive
- Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted presentation
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 (Göteborgs Universitet)
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: 22 April 2011   
Notification to authors: 20 May 2011   
Demo proposal submission deadline: 23 May 2011   
Notification of demo acceptance: 31 May 2011   
Camera-ready paper version submission deadline: 3 June 2011   
Workshop: 30 July 2011


Papers should be submitted by 22 April 2011 in PDF format via the START system.

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 original, 
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 material
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/

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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