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Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

3-3-35 (2014-04-26) CHI 2014 Workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions, Toronto, Canada

CHI 2014 Workshop on

Designing Speech and Language Interactions

Toronto, Canada


Submission of position papers: 17 January 2014

Notification of acceptance: 10 February 2014

Workshop: 26 April 2014



Speech and natural language remain our most natural forms of interaction;
yet the HCI community have been very timid about focusing their attention on
designing and developing spoken language interaction techniques. While
significant efforts are spent and progress made in speech recognition,
synthesis, and natural language processing, there is now sufficient evidence
that many real-life applications using speech technologies do not require
100% accuracy to be useful. This is particularly true if such systems are
designed with complementary modalities that better support their users or
enhance the systems' usability. Many recent commercial applications,
especially in the mobile space, are already tapping the increased interest
in and need for natural user interfaces by enabling speech interaction in
their products.


This multidisciplinary, one-day workshop will bring together interaction
designers, usability researchers, and general HCI practitioners to analyze
the opportunities and directions to take in designing more natural
interactions based on spoken language, and to look at how we can leverage
recent advances in speech processing in order to gain widespread acceptance
of speech and natural language interaction. Our goal is to create, through
an interdisciplinary dialogue, momentum for increased research and
collaboration in:


* Formally framing the challenges to the widespread adoption of speech and
natural language interaction,


* Taking concrete steps toward developing a framework of user-centric design
guidelines for speech- and language-based interactive systems, grounded in
good usability practices, and


* Establishing directions to take and identifying further research
opportunities in designing more natural interactions that make use of speech
and natural language


We invite the submission of position papers demonstrating research, design,
practice, or interest in, but not limited to, areas such as:


- Human factors and usability issues of imperfect speech- and language-based


- Meaningful evaluations of speech-based systems such as speech
summarization, machine translation, synthetic speech, etc.


- Designing natural language-based mobile interfaces, such as embodied
conversational agents or applications for facilitating access to large
multimedia repositories (e.g. meetings, video archives).


- Improved accessibility through speech and language processing


- Multimodal interfaces that combine speech with other input modalities for
increased usability and robustness


- Speech applications that go beyond lexical recognition in novel ways (e.g.
signal analysis for health diagnostics, learning analytics)


- Speech as an interface tool for building usable applications for
illiterate or semi-literate populations


- Pervasive, augmented reality, or mixed-reality immersive systems enhanced
with audio interactions


Position papers should be no more than 4 pages long, in the ACM SIGCHI
Archival format, and include a brief statement from the author(s) justifying
the interest in the workshop's topic. Summaries of research already
presented are welcome if they contribute to the multidisciplinary goals of
the workshop (e.g. a speech processing research in clear need of HCI
expertise). Submissions will be reviewed according to:


- Fit with the workshop topic


- Potential to contribute to the workshop goals


- A demonstrated track of research in the workshop area (HCI or speech
processing, with an interest in both areas).


Please submit workshop papers to: . For
all other enquiries about the workshop, please contact us at: .



We're looking forward to seeing you in Toronto!



The DSLI 2014 Organizing Committee:


Cosmin Munteanu

National Research Council Canada and

University of Toronto


Matt Jones

Swansea University


Steve Whittaker

University of California at Santa Cruz


Sharon Oviatt

Incaa Designs


Mathhew Aylett

CereProc Inc.


Gerald Penn

University of Toronto


Stephen Brewster

University of Glasgow


Nicolas d'Alessandro

University of Mons






Dr. Cosmin Munteanu

Research Officer

    People-Centred Technologies | Agent de recherche, Technologies axées sur
les gens

    National Research Council Canada | Conseil national de recherches du

Adjunct Professor

    Department of Computer Science | University of Toronto

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