[Elsnet-list] SLPAT 2013, third call for papers

Frank Rudzicz frank at cs.toronto.edu
Mon Apr 29 15:17:41 CEST 2013

SLPAT 2013, 3rd call for papers


The 4th annual workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive
Technologies (SLPAT).

21 and 22 August 2013, Grenoble France (satellite event of Interspeech


==> Submission deadlines: 27 May (research papers) and 3 June (demo
proposals) <==


Full details: http://slpat.org/slpat2013

Contact: slpat2013.workshop at gmail.com




We invite you to join us in Grenoble for the 4th annual workshop on Speech
and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies. This 2-day workshop will
combine research in speech and language technology that assists people with
physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or developmental disabilities. This
year we are introducing a special topic -- Smart Homes and ambient
intelligent technology applied to augmentative communication. The program
committee is now online at http://www.slpat.org/slpat2013/people.html.


It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Mark Hawley will be delivering
an Invited Lecture on the first day of the workshop. Mark Hawley is
Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield, UK,
where he leads the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group.
He is also Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital,
where he is Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. Over the last
20 years, he has worked as a clinician and researcher -- providing,
researching, developing and evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and
telecare products and services for disabled people, older people and people
with long-term conditions.


This year's workshop will include a tour of a smart home at the Laboratory
of Informatics of Grenoble. More details will become available on the SLPAT
2013 website.


General topics of SLPAT 2013 include but are not limited to:


- Automated processing of sign language

- Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive

- Speech transformation for improved intelligibility

- Speech and Language Technologies for Assisted Living

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

- Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AAC/AT 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

- Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive

- NLP for cognitive assistance applications

- Presentation of graphical information for people with visual impairments

- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications

- Brain-computer interfaces for language processing 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
presentation modes such as speech, signs or symbols

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

- Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes

- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology

- Anything included in this year's special topic

- Other topics in Augmentative and Alternative Communication


The special topic this year is smart homes and intelligent companions.
Subtopics include:


- Automatic Speech recognition in distant or multi-source environments

- Understanding, modelling or recognition of aged speech

- Speech analysis in the case of elderly with impairments, early recognition
of speech capability loss

- Multimodal speech recognition (context-aware ASR)

- Multimodal emotion recognition

- Applications of speech technology (ASR, dialogue, synthesis) for ambient
assisted living


This year, SLPAT will be co-located with the 1st Workshop on Affective
Social Speech Signals (WASSS,http://wasss-2013.imag.fr/, which takes place
on 22 and 23 August 2013). Participation in and submission to both workshops
will be facilitated by reduced registration fees for double-registration
(rather than registering for both individually), co-ordination of topics on
the overlapping day (22 August) to enable participation in both, and common
lunch and events combining the two communities.


We look forward to your submissions!



Organizing Committee, SLPAT 2013

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