[Elsnet-list] Ext. Deadline (Mar 16): Language Technology and Pervasive Computing Workshop

Christoph Stahl christoph.stahl at dfki.de
Mon Mar 12 13:13:15 CET 2012

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS (with apologies for cross-posting)

LTPC - Language Technology and Pervasive Computing

Workshop at PERVASIVE 2012, Newcastle, UK, June 19th

Extended Deadline: March 16th, 2012

We invite you to submit a paper to the 1st Workshop on
Language Technology and Pervasive Computing (LTPC 2012),
to be held at the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing
(PERVASIVE 2012: http://pervasiveconference.org/2012/index.php)
at Newcastle University in the UK, June 19th.

The main objective of the workshop is to consider the intersection of 
two research domains which have been separated the past years: NLP and 
pervasive computing. In pervasive and ubiquitous computing scenarios, 
spoken language is in many cases the ideal modality for human beings to 
interact with a “disappearing” computer, i.e. to directly formulate 
their intentions and to receive feedback from the system. However, 
despite recent advances in speech technology, many developers still have 
objections to employ NLP due to concerns of low recognition rates and 
issues of disambiguation etc. These limitations of NLP components are 
not surprising, considering that even human beings can only make sense 
of spoken language by contextual knowledge. Sensing context however is 
one of the key topics of the Pervasive Computing conference series, 
particularly location sensing and activity recognition. We believe that 
the pervasive computing community can make an important contribution to 
the field of NLP.

* Location awareness in speech-enabled systems
* Adapting speech systems to the user’s activity
* Multimodal interaction in intelligent environments, e.g. speech and 
gesture combined
* Interacting through speech with smart devices in the Internet of Things
* Personalizing devices and services through speaker recognition
* Multilingualism, localization, and translation in pervasive computing

The location of users within the environment and the surrounding objects 
are of major importance for dialogue between the user and a system. It 
is more likely that the user refers to objects that are nearby and 
visible, so the speech system should consider this. The challenge is to 
sense and represent the position of the user and other objects in a 
location model, and to incorporate this model into the language 
processing. Likewise, utterances are likely to refer to the current 
actions of the user. Much effort has been spent in recognizing and 
representing activity and NLP components should make use of such 
contextual information. Gesture recognition is another pervasive 
technology that can improve speech-enabled systems through 
multimodality, with manifold applications. Smart energy scenarios drive 
the connection of objects with the Internet in order to measure and 
reduce power consumption. This development offers new chances to 
remotely control and even interact with objects through speech. 
Likewise, our ageing society requires technological solutions that allow 
elderly users to live independently at home (Ambient Assisted Living). 
Such assistance systems require intuitive user interfaces, i.e. based on 
speech, to keep the humans in the loop. The quality of user interfaces 
may be further increased by personalization through speaker recognition. 
Finally, user interfaces of pervasive computing systems must be 
translated and localized to different languages and cultures in order to 
be successful on global markets. Hence NLP frameworks should include 
tool support for efficient and correct translation of resources, such as 
We welcome ongoing work on LT-Pervasive Computing, but also theoretical
discussions on how to integrate these areas.

The submission deadline is March 9th, 2012. Submissions should describe 
relevant experience or ongoing research in the field and include a short 
biographyof the authors. The submitted manuscripts should be between 2 
to 8 pages. To submit a paper, use our EasyChair website at

Submission Deadline (Ext.): March 16, 2012
Notification of Acceptance:  April 2, 2012
Camera-ready deadline:      April 20, 2012
Workshop day:                June 19, 2012

Primary contact: Christoph Stahl, DFKI, Germany
Email: christoph.stahl at dfki.de

Dimitra Anastasiou, Bremen University, Germany
Christoph Stahl, DFKI, Germany

Lars Bo Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Nikolaos Mavridis, MIT and United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Mice McTear, University of Ulster, Ireland
Michael Feld, DFKI, Germany
Norbert Pfleger, SemVox

Dr. Christoph Stahl
Forschungsbereich Sichere Kognitive Systeme
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
D-28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49-421-218-64259

Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Firmensitz: Trippstadter Strasse 122, D-67663 Kaiserslautern
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Walter Olthoff
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates:
Prof. Dr. h. c. Hans A. Aukes
Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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