[Elsnet-list] special session Interspeech 2014 : Speech technologies for Ambient Assisted Living
Francois.Portet at imag.fr
Mon Feb 17 17:44:06 CET 2014
Please find below the announcement of the Interspeech 2014 special
session : Speech technologies for Ambient Assisted Living.
Special session at Interspeech 2014
Submission deadline: 24th March 2014
Singapore, 14-18 September 2014
This special session focuses on the use of speech technologies for ambient assisted living, the creation of smart spaces and intelligent companions that can preserve independence and executive function, social communication and security of people with special needs.
Currently, speech input for assistive technologies remains underutilized despite its potential to deliver highly informative data and serve as the primary means of interaction with the home. Speech interfaces could replace or augment obtrusive and sometimes outright inaccessible conventional computer interfaces. Moreover, the smart home context can support speech communication by providing a number of concurrent information sources (e.g., wearable sensors, home automation sensors, etc.), enabling multimodal communication. In practice, its use remains limited due to challenging real-world conditions, and because conventional speech interfaces can have difficulty with the atypical speech of many users. This, in turn, can be attributed to the lack of abundant speech material, and the limited adaptation to the user of these systems.
Taking up the challenges of this domain requires a multidisciplinary approach to define the user's needs, record corpora in realistic usage conditions, develop speech interfaces that are robust to both environment and user's characteristics and are able to adapt to specific users.
This special session aims at bringing together researchers in speech and audio technologies with people from the ambient assisted living and assistive technologies communities to meet and foster awareness between members of either community, discuss problems, techniques and datasets, and perhaps initiate common projects.
Topics of the session will include:
Assistive speech technology
Applications of speech technology (ASR, dialogue, synthesis) for ambient assisted living
Understanding, modelling, or recognition of aged and atypical speech
Multimodal speech recognition (context-aware ASR)
Multimodal emotion recognition
Audio scene and smart space context analysis
Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of assistive technology
Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive impairments
Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication
Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications
Language modelling for Augmentative and Alternative Communication text entry and speech generating devices
Deployment of speech and NLP tools in the clinic or in the field
Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes
Evaluation of systems and components.
Researchers who are interested in contributing to this special session are invited to submit a paper according to the regular submission procedure of INTERSPEECH 2014, and to select "Speech technologies for Ambient Assisted Living" in the special session field of the paper submission form.
Please feel free to contact the organisers if you have any question regarding the special session.
Michel Vacher michel.vacher [at] imag.fr Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble,
François Portet francois.portet [at] imag.fr Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble,
Frank Rudzicz frank [at] cs.toronto.edu University of Toronto,
Jort F. Gemmeke jgemmeke [at] amadana.nl KU Leuven,
Heidi Christensen h.christensen [at] dcs.shef.ac.uk University of Sheffield,
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