[Elsnet-list] 3rd CFP -- Special issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) On Speech and Language Interaction for Daily Assistive Technology (SLPAT)

François Portet Francois.Portet at imag.fr
Fri Mar 14 17:09:09 CET 2014

*Third Call for Papers - Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible 
Computing (TACCESS) On Speech and Language Interaction for Daily 
Assistive Technology *

/Guest Editors: François Portet, Frank Rudzicz, Jan Alexandersson, Heidi 

Assistive technologies (AT) allow individuals with disabilities to do 
things that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Many assistive 
technologies involve providing universal access, such as modifications 
to televisions or telephones to make them accessible to those with 
vision or hearing impairments. An important sub-discipline within this 
community is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which has 
its focus on communication technologies for those with impairments that 
interfere with some aspect of human communication, including spoken or 
written modalities. Another important sub-discipline is Ambient Assisted 
Living (AAL) which facilitates independent living; these technologies 
break down the barriers faced by people with physical or cognitive 
impairments and support their relatives and caregivers. These 
technologies are expected to improve quality-of-life of users and 
promote independence, accessibility, learning, and social connectivity.

Speech and natural language processing (NLP) can be used in AT/AAC in a 
variety of ways including, improving the intelligibility of 
unintelligible speech, and providing communicative assistance for frail 
individuals or those with severe motor impairments. The range of 
applications and technologies in AAL that can rely on speech and NLP 
technologies is very large, and the number of individuals actively 
working within these research communities is growing, as evidenced by 
the successful INTERSPEECH 2013 satellite workshop on Speech and 
Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT). In particular, 
one of the greatest challenges in AAL is to design smart spaces (e.g., 
at home, work, hospital) and intelligent companions that anticipate user 
needs and enable them to interact with and in their daily environment 
and provide ways to communicate with others. This technology can benefit 
each of visually-, physically-, speech- or cognitively- impaired persons.

Topics of interest for submission to this special issue include (but are 
not limited to):

•Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces designed for people 
with physical or cognitive impairments

•Applications of speech and NLP technology (automatic speech 
recognition, synthesis, dialogue, natural language generation) for AT 

•Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AT applications

•Long-term adaptation of speech/NLP based AT system to user's change

•User studies, overview of speech/NLP technology for AT: understanding 
the user's needs and future speech and language based technologies.

•Understanding, modeling and recognition of aged or disordered speech

•Speech analysis and diagnosis: automatic recognition and detection of 
speech pathologies and speech capability loss

•Speech-based distress recognition

•Automated processing of symbol languages, sign language and nonverbal 
communication including translation systems.

•Text and audio processing for improved comprehension and 
intelligibility, e.g., sentence simplification or text-to-speech

•Evaluation methodology of systems and components in the lab and in the 

•Resources; corpora and annotation schemes

•Other topics in AAC, AAL, and AT

*Submission process*

Contributions must not have been previously published or be under 
consideration for publication elsewhere, although substantial extensions 
of conference or workshop papers will be considered. as long as they 
adhere to ACM's minimum standards regarding prior publication 
(http://www.acm.org/pubs/sim_submissions.html). Studies involving 
experimentations with real target users will be appreciated. All 
submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as 
published in the Journal website at http://www.rit.edu/gccis/taccess/.

Submissions should follow the journal's suggested writing format 
(http://www.gccis.rit.edu/taccess/authors.html) and should be submitted 
through Manuscript Central http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/taccess, 
indicating that the paper is intended for the Special Issue. All papers 
will be subject to the peer review process and final decisions regarding 
publication will be based on this review.

*Important dates:*

◦Full paper submission: 31^st March 2014

◦Response to authors: 30^th June 2014

◦Revised submission deadline: 31^st August 2014

◦Notification of acceptance: 31^st October 2014

◦Final manuscripts due: 30^th November 2014

François PORTET
Maître de conférences - Grenoble Institute of Technology
Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble - Équipe GETALP
Bâtiment IMAG B - 41, rue des mathématiques
38400 Saint Martin d’Hères

Phone:	+33 (0)4 76 63 55 73
Email:	francois.portet at imag.fr
www:	http://membres-liglab.imag.fr/portet/

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