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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Chris Wellekens

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3-3-1(2011-07-07)The 2011 Linguistic Institute , Univ Colorado ,Boulder

The 2011 Linguistic Institute will take place July 7-August 2 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with major sponsorship by the Linguistic Society of America and the University of Colorado Department of Linguistics, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School. Membership dues in the Linguistic Society of America help underwrite the planning and implementation of the Institute, while tax-deductible contributions may be directed to funds supporting student fellowships or named professorships.

The theme of the 2011 Linguistic Institute is Language in the World. The Institute focus is on interdisciplinary, empirically based approaches to language that acknowledge its dual nature, as both a real-time interactional strategy and a product of interaction. We are providing a diverse array of courses that emphasize the contributions of data-intensive research to theories of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, phonetics, phonology and their interactions, and provide training in an array of research tools, including acoustic analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation, ethnography, computational and statistical modeling, corpus analysis and various types of fieldwork.

An Institute focus is the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages, with courses that will survey methodologies and available tools and resources. In addition to offering core linguistics courses, we are offering courses that combine linguistic theory with perspectives derived from psychology, computer science, anthropology and other related disciplines and that apply linguistic theory to practical endeavors like lexicography, natural language processing and language teaching.

Check out The Many Faces of Linguistic Institute 2011!


3-3-2(2011-07-11) Workshop on Multimodal Audio-based Multimedia Content Analysis (MAMCA-2011)

Workshop on Multimodal Audio-based Multimedia 

                                       Content Analysis (MAMCA-2011)
                               In Conjunction with the IEEE International Conference 
                                        on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 
                                      Barcelona, Spain, July 11-15, 2011
                                             Call for Papers
By definition, multimedia content is composed of multiple forms, including 
audio, video, text/ subtitles, and others. Traditionally, applications and 
algorithms that work with such content have considered only a single modality, 
allowing for example searching of textual tags, thereby ignoring any information 
available from others modalities. The limitations of this approach are obvious, 
and there is a recent trend towards multimodal processing, in which different 
content modalities complement each other, or are used for bootstrapping analysis 
of new modalities.
Audio is a prominent part of multimedia content, which is backed up by extensive 
research by the speech and music communities, although usually performed on 
audio-only systems. Utility of audio-only systems is often limited by the quality 
of the acoustic environment or the information contained therein, so they can 
benefit from a multimodal analysis of multimedia data, to enhance the resulting 
performance, robustness, and efficiency.
The main goal of the workshop is to explore ways in which audio processing can 
be enhanced, bootstrapped, or facilitated by other available information modalities. 
We are interested not only in applications that show successful combinations of 
audio and other sources of information, but also on algorithms that effectively 
integrate them and leverage complementary information from each modality to obtain 
an enhanced result, in terms of degree of detail, coverage of the corpus, or other 
enabling factors.
The workshop will provide a forum for publication of high-quality, novel research 
on multimedia applications and multimodal processing, with a special focus on the 
audio modality. 
Paper submission
MAMCA 2011 solicits regular technical papers of up to 6 pages following the ICME 
author guidelines. The proceedings of the workshop will be published as part of 
the IEEE ICME 2011 main conference proceedings and will be indexed by IEEE Xplore. 
Papers must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other conference 
or journal. Papers can be submitted through the ICME submission website.
Papers submitted to the workshop will be peer-reviewed by members of the community 
with extensive experience both in audio processing as well as other relevant 
modalities considered. The review will be semi-blind and assignment will be 
performed manually in order to generally produce three best practice reviews of 
each of the submitted papers.
Papers can be submitted through the ICME submissions website at
Topics of interest 
including, but not limited to:
- Effective fusion of audio with other modalities
- Multimodal input applications, where one input is audio
- Multimodal databases
- Bootstrapping of multimodal systems
- Co-training for labeling new data
- User-in-the loop calculations to detect preferences
- Games with a purpose to label new data
- Improving robustness through multimodality
- Prediction of modality preference
- Applications that utilize multimodality
Important dates
- Paper submission deadline: February 20th 2011
- Paper acceptance notification: April 10th 2011
- Camera-ready paper: April 20th 2011
- Workshop day: tentative date July 11th or 15th 2011
Organizing committee
Xavier Anguera (Telefonica Research)
Gerald Friedland (ICSI)
Florian Metze (CMU)

3-3-3(2011-07-11) JHU Summer Workshops
JHU Summer Workshops
Deadline: Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

The Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins
University invites one-page research proposals for a
Summer Workshop on Language Engineering, to be held
in Baltimore, MD, USA, July 11 to August 19, 2011.

An interactive peer-review meeting will refine and select proposals
to be funded for a six-week residential team exploration. Proposals
should aim to advance the state of the art in any of the various
fields of Human Language Technology (HLT).  This year, proposals in
related areas of Machine Intelligence that share techniques with
HLT, such as Computer Vision (CV), are also strongly solicited.

Proposals are welcome on any topic of interest to HLT, CV and
technically related areas.  For example, proposals may address
novel topics or long-standing problems in one of the following

* SPEECH TECHNOLOGY:  Proposals are welcomed that address any
  aspect of information extraction from speech signal (message,
  speaker identity, language,...). Of particular interest are
  proposals for techniques whose performance would be minimally
  degraded by input signal variations, or which require minimal
  amounts of training data.

* NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING: Proposals for knowledge discovery
  from text are encouraged, as are proposals in traditional
  fields such as parsing, machine translation, information
  extraction, sentiment analysis, summarization, and question
  answering.  Proposals may aim to improve the accuracy or enrich
  the output of such systems, or extend their reach by improving
  their speed, scalability, and coverage of languages and genres.

* VISUAL SCENE INTERPRETATION: New strategies are needed to
  parse visual scenes or generic (novel) objects, analyzing an
  image as a set of spatially related components.  Such strategies
  may integrate global top-down knowledge of scene structure (e.g.,
  generative models) with the kind of rich bottom-up, learned
  image features that have recently become popular for object
  detection.  They will support both learning and efficient search
  for the best analysis.

  that do not require extensive quantities of human annotated data
  to address any of the challenges above could potentially make
  large strides in machine performance as well as lead to greater
  robustness to changes in input conditions.  Semi-supervised and
  unsupervised learning techniques with applications to HLT and CV
  are therefore of considerable interest.

Research topics selected for investigation by teams in
past workshops may serve as good examples for your proposal

An independent panel of experts will screen all received proposals
for suitability. Results of this screening will be communicated
no later than November 12, 2010. Authors passing this initial
screening will be invited to Baltimore to present their ideas
to a peer-review panel on December 3-5, 2010.  It is expected
that the proposals will be revised at this meeting to address any
outstanding concerns or new ideas. Two or three research topics and
the teams to tackle them will be selected for the 2011 workshop.

We attempt to bring the best researchers to the workshop
to collaboratively pursue the selected topics for six weeks.
Authors of successful proposals typically become the team leaders.
Each topic brings together a diverse team of researchers and
students.  The senior participants come from academia, industry
and government.  Graduate student participants familiar with
the field are selected in accordance with their demonstrated
performance. Undergraduate participants, selected through a
national search, are rising seniors: new to the field and showing
outstanding academic promise.

If you are interested in participating in the 2011 Summer
Workshop we ask that you submit a one-page research proposal for
consideration, detailing the problem to be addressed.  If your
proposal passes the initial screening, we will invite you to join
us for the December 3-5 meeting in Baltimore (as our guest) for
further discussions aimed at consensus.  If a topic in your area
of interest is chosen as one of the two or three to be pursued
next summer, we expect you to be available for participation
in the six-week workshop. We are not asking for an ironclad
commitment at this juncture, just a good faith understanding
that if a project in your area of interest is chosen, you will
actively pursue it.  We in turn will make a good faith effort to
accommodate any personal/logistical needs to make your six-week
participation possible.

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to by
4PM EST on Tue, November 9, 2010.

3-3-4(2011-08-01) eNTERFACE'11, Summer workshop, Plzen, Czech Republic


August 1

Plzeň, Czech Republic

st – August 26th, 2011

University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Cybernetics

in collaboration with the OpenInterface Foundation

and under financial support of the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic



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Call for Participation

th International Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces

Senior researchers, PhD, MS, or undergraduate students are now invited to submit an application for participation

at eNTERFACE '11. All those interested in participating at the workshop should send their application by emailing the

organizing committee at

- A short CV.

- A list of preferred project(s) to work on. Look at the

project descriptions include a list of opened positions for each project. Each participant is supposed

to participate (except in rare exceptional cases) in a single project.

- A list of interests/skills to offer for these projects. In case there is too many applicants for one project

you may be selected for participation of second or third of projects you mention in your application

(if you do so).- Innovative modalities and modalities conversion

- The possible dates of participation. Generally it is expected that participants will take part in the

workshop as a whole and attend it for the whole 4 weeks. Of course we understand that especially in

case of senior researchers busy by other tasks it cannot be achieved, in such case indicate it in your


- Accommodation preferences. This is not relevant for the selection process, which is done by project

leaders. But we would like to have idea how many participants will stay in offered dormitories and

which are going to search accommodation by themselves. We have reserved number of rooms in

dormitories (facility of the university), that are not far from the venue.

The workshop attendance is free for all participants, but participants must pay for travel, accommodation, and

living from their own funds. The estimated costs are like this: accommodation in dormitories 380 EUR in case of single

occupancy, 230 EUR in case of double occupancy of the room - per person per whole 4 weeks, accommodation in a

hotel depends on a level of the hotel and can be between 25 (small family hotel) and 100 (for luxurious hotel) EUR per

night; meals can be around 500 EUR for the whole 4 weeks, it can be about a half or less if you cook yourself at the

dorm and university canteen is open (we will check), and of course twice more or even more if you visit only the high

level restaurants. Also, we expect participants to bring their own laptops. The application should contain:Projects & Teams page for project options. The full

Important dates:

April 15

April 29

August 1

Correspondence to:

th, 2011 Closing of the Call for Participationth, 2011 Publication of teamsst – August 26th eNTERFACE’11


3-3-5(2011-08-17) 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII)

17th International Congress ofPhonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII) 

 in Hong Kong, August 17-21, 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. I

CPhS  XVII is jointly organized by the City University of Hong Kong, the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, and the Academia Sinica,
Taipei, under the auspices of the Permanent Council for the
Organization of the International Congresses of Phonetic Sciences and
the International Phonetic Association. We have the pleasure to invite
you to take part in this world event in Hong Kong 2011. For further
information about ICPhS XVII, please visit the congress website or contact us at

The Organizers of ICPhS XVII 2011

Congress website:


Tel.: (852) 3442-7594

Fax: (852) 3442-0356


3-3-6(2011-08-20) 8th Int. Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - NLPCS 2011 Special Theme: Human-Machine Interaction in Translation


8th International Workshop on

Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - NLPCS 2011

Special Theme: Human-Machine Interaction in Translation?

20-21 August, 2011 - Copenhagen, Denmark



Scope and Topics of NLPCS workshop

The aim of this workshop is to foster interactions among researchers and practitioners in Natural Language Processing (NLP) working within the paradigm of Cognitive Science (CS). Research into NLP involves concepts and methods from many fields including artificial intelligence, linguistics, computational linguistics, statistics, computer science, and most importantly cognitive science.

The overall emphasis of the workshop is on the contribution of cognitive science to language processing, including conceptualisation, representation, discourse processing, meaning construction, ontology building, and text mining.

The special theme of this year's NLPCS workshop is 'Human-Machine Interaction in Translation'. Therefore, we particularly welcome papers addressing aspects of human and machine translation and human-computer interaction in translation.

Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive and Psychological Models of NLP
  • Computational Models of NLP
  • Evolutionary NLP
  • Situated (embodied) NLP
  • Multimodality in speech / text processing
  • Text Summarisation and Information Extraction
  • Natural Language Interfaces and Dialogue Systems
  • Multi-Lingual Processing
  • Pragmatics and NLP
  • Speech Processing
  • Tools and Resources in NLP
  • Human and Machine Translation
  • Ontologies
  • Text Mining
  • Electronic Dictionaries
  • Evaluation of NLP Systems

These topics can be addressed from any of the following perspectives: full automation by machines for machine (traditional NLP or HLT), semi-automated processing, i.e. machine-mediated processing (programs assisting people in their tasks), simulation of human cognitive processes.

With this year?s special theme we also welcome submissions on translators? experiences with CAT tools, human-machine interface design, methods for and evaluation of interactive machine translation, feasibility studies, user simulation, etc.


Keynote Speaker at NLPCS

RMK Sinha, IIT Kanpur, India, will talk about:

Man-Machine Integration in the Translation Process: An Indian Scenario?
The talk will cover the current MT research and translation industry status in the Indian subcontinent.

Dr. Sinha is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur where he has been serving for more than three decades. Dr. Sinha's major research concentration has been in the areas of language technology and applied artificial intelligence. In the early 70s, he worked on Devanagari OCR and was the first person to work on the topic. In the late 70s and early 80s, he worked on Indian script enabling and their computer processing. He is the originator of the well-known multilingual GIST technology / IDC, ISCII coding, INSCRIPT keyboarding and several other Indian language technologies. Starting in the late 80s, he has been working on computer processing of Indian languages. He is the originator of AnglaBharati and AnuBharati technology for translation from English to Indian languages and vice-versa. He is a member of TDIL working group, National Translation Mission Advisory, Technical Advisory Committee of CDAC, Standardization committee, Associate UNESCO chair in ORBICOM. He is founding president of the Society for Machine Aids for Translation and Communication (SMATAC), Fellow IETE, and Senior Member of IEEE. He has been a visiting professor at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, INRS Quebec and Asian Institute of Technology.

Paper Submission for NLPCS

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above. Papers should be in English, and instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available  at

Since reviewing will be blind, papers should not include names of authors and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author?s identity should be avoided. Once prepared, papers should be submitted electronically for review in pdf format via the submission system .

Selected papers from previous NLPCS workshops were published as special issues of the International Journal  of Speech  Technology. Best papers from this workshop and future ones will also be published in an international journal.

Important Dates for NLPCS 2011

  • Paper Submission: 2nd May 2011 ?
  • Authors? Notification: 6th June 2011?
  • Final Paper Submission: 15th July 2011 ?
  • Registration and Payment: 15th July 2011
  • Workshop : 20-21 August  2011


Information will be updated at the workshop website :

Enquiries can be made to:

NLPCS Co-chairs

  • Sharp B. Staffordshire University, UK
  • Zock, M. LIF- CNRS, France
  • Carl, M. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Jakobsen, A. L. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

NLPCS Workshop Program Committee

Aretoulaki, M. (Dialog Connection, UK); Ball, J.T. (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA); Barnden, J. (Birmingham University, UK); Blanchon, H (IMAG, Grenoble, France); Carl, M. (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark); Casacuberta F (UPV, Spain); Delmonte, R. (University of Texas, Dallas, USA); Endres-Niggemeyer (Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany); Ferret, O. (CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France); Fischer, I. ( University of Konstanz,  Germany); Higgins, C.A. (Nottingham Trent University, UK); Higgins S.J.B (Nottingham Trent University, UK); P. Koehn (University of Edinburgh, UK); Kutz, Oliver (University of Bremen, Germany); Langlais P. (University of Montreal, Canada); Lapalme,G.  (University of Montreal, Canada); Lepage Y (Waseda University, Japan); Macklovitch, E  (Bureau de la traduction, Canada); Mladenic D.  (J. Stefan Institute, Slovenia); Murray, W. E. (Boeing Research and Technology); Neustein, A. (Journal of Speech Technology, USA); Netter, K (Consulting GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany); Rapp, B.  (GRLC, Tarragona, Spain); Roche, C. (Université de Savoie, France); Sedes, F. (Université de Toulouse, France); Schwab D (LIG-GETALP, Grenoble, France); Thompson G. (Liverpool University, UK); Tiedmann J  (Uppsala University, Stockholm, Sweden); Tufis Dan (University 'A.I.Cuza' of Iasi, Romania); Rayson P. (Lancaster University, UK); Sharp B  (Staffordshire University, UK); Wandmacher, T. (CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France); Zock,  M. (LIF- CNRS, France)

Local Arrangement

  • Borch M. Copenhagen Business School
  • Carl M. Copenhagen Business School
  • Jakobsen A.L. Copenhagen Business School

This year?s NLPCS workshop will be immediately preceded by a Ph.D summer school course in Translation Processes Research ? TPR, 15-19 August, 2011 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Course in Translation Processes Research (TPR)

The Centre for Research in Translation and Translation Technology (CRITT) at the Copenhagen Business School is offering an international, English-language course on translation process research which will precede the NLPCS workshop. This 1st International TPR course will focus on theoretical aspects of process research, on experimental research design and methodology, on data representation and visualization, on quantitative and qualitative translation data analysis, and on user interaction with language technological tools. Participants in the TPR course are encouraged to participate also at the NLPCS workshop and may register at a special rate.

Updated information about the summer school PhD course will be available at (the information can also be accessed via

Enquiries can be made to: Arnt Lykke Jakobsen,

Important Dates for TPR 2011

  • Registration TPR: 15th June 2011
  • PhD course on TPR: 15-19 August 2011

3-3-7(2011-08-28) Show and tell (at Interspeech 2011)

Interspeech 2011, Florence Italy





We are delighted to host the first Show and Tell event at Interspeech 2011. Show&Tell will provide researchers, technologists and practitioners from academia, industry and government the opportunity to demonstrate their latest research systems and interact with the attendees in an informal setting. Demonstrations need to be based on innovations and fundamental research in areas of human speech production, perception, communication, and speech and language technology and systems.


Demonstrations will be peer-reviewed by members of the Interspeech Program Committee, who will judge the originality, significance, quality, and clarity of each submission. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for and attend the conference, and demonstrate the system during the Show&Tell sessions. Each accepted demonstration paper will be allocated 2 pages in the conference proceeding.


At the conference, all accepted demonstrations will be evaluated and considered for the Best Show&Tell Award.



Submission guidelines:

  • All manuscripts must be in English.
  • The paper must be no longer than two (2) pages.
  • All submitted proposals must adhere to the format and style specified in the Interspeech 2011 authors' kit.
  • All Show&Tell papers submitted to INTERSPEECH 2011 must be original contributions that have not been submitted to any other conference.
  • Authors are invited to submit supporting data files, such as demonstration videos, to be included on the Proceedings CD-ROM if their Show&Tell paper is accepted.
  • Show and Tell events will be held tentatively in the afternoons of August 28th, and 29th. Authors will be provided with a poster board and a table. Wireless access will be available.
  • Papers should be submitted to


Mazin Gilbert (AT&T Labs Research, USA)

Important dates:
Full submission deadline: March 31st, 2011

Acceptance notification: May 27th, 2011



(SSLST 2011)

(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies) 

Tarragona, Spain, August 29 – September 2, 2011

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University



Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Linguistics. Other students (for instance, from Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or Philosophy) are welcome too.

All courses will be compatible in terms of schedule.


Walter Daelemans (Antwerpen), Computational Stylometry [advanced, 4 hours]
Robert Dale (Macquarie), Automated Writing Assistance: Grammar Checking and Beyond [intermediate, 8 hours]
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton), Computational Lexical Semantics [introductory/intermediate, 10 hours]
Ralph Grishman (New York), Introduction to Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]
Daniel Jurafsky (Stanford), Computational Extraction of Social and Interactional Meaning [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
Chin-Hui Lee (Georgia Tech), Digital Speech Processing [intermediate, 8 hours]
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara), Syntax and Parsing: Phrase Structure and Dependency Parsing [introductory, 8 hours]
Diana Maynard (Sheffield), Text Mining [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
Dan Roth (Urbana-Champaign), Structured Predictions in NLP: Constrained Conditional Models, and Integer Linear Programming in NLP [intermediate/advanced, 8 hours]


On a voluntary basis, within 6 months after the end of the School, students will be expected to draft an individual or jointly-authored research paper on a topic covered during the classes under the guidance of the lecturing staff.


It has to be done on line at 


They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

1 hour = 

- 10 euros (for payments until June 5, 2011), 
- 15 euros (for payments after June 5, 2011). 

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account: 

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC)

Please mention SSLST 2011 and your full name in the subject. An invoice will be provided on site. Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is recommended to complete the registration and the payment earlier.


Information about accommodation will be provided on the website of the School.


Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration. Those participants who will choose to be involved in a research paper will receive an additional certificate at the end of the task, independently on whether the paper will finally get published or not.


Announcement of the programme: April 21, 2011
Starting of the registration: April 25, 2011
Early registration deadline: June 5, 2011
Starting of the School: August 29, 2011
End of the School: September 2, 2011 


Florentina-Lilica Voicu: 



SSLST 2011
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386


3-3-9(2011-08-29) CfP 6th DGfS-CL Computational Linguistics Fall School 2011


6th DGfS-CL Computational Linguistics Fall School 2011

The Computational Linguistics Fall School is a biennial event for students who wish to
broaden their knowledge of techniques and methods used in natural language processing, in
particular of innovative and emerging fields in computational linguistics not
traditionally taught in standard degree programmes.

Date: August 29th - September 9th, 2011

Venue: University of Zurich, Switzerland

Scientific organizer: German Linguistic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Local organizer: Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Track 1: Computational Linguistics and Cultural Heritage
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Piotrowski (University of Zurich)

Track 2: Summarization and Generation: From 'Extracting' to 'Abstracting'
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam)

Track 3: Connectionist Modelling of Language and Cognitive Processes
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Gert Westermann (Oxford Brookes University)

Track 4: Introduction to Tree Adjoining Grammar
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Laura Kallmeyer and Timm Lichte (Heinrich Heine University

Tracks are non-concurrent (i.e. any number of tracks can be booked). One lecture (90
minutes) in each track each weekday. Weekend 3/4 Sept.: Social programme (field trip).

Language: The language of instruction will be English.

ECTS: Each course is worth 4 ECTS credits (upon successful completion).

Credit certificates as well certificates of attendance will be issued by the Institute of
Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich.

You do not have to be a member of DGfS to attend the Fall School.

Dates and Fees:

    * Early Registration by May 15, 2011 (CHF 200.00)
    * Final Registration by June 30, 2011 (CHF 250.00)
    * On Site Registration possible (CHF 300.00)

Registration online through:

Grants: Ten grants (EUR 150 each, intended to cover part of the registration fee) are
available from DGfS for enrolled students. Please apply to the local organizers, with
proof of eligibility, by e-mail to (first come first served).

Additional grants (to cover part of the cost for accommodation) may become available

Accommodation: Cheap(ish) accommodation is available (see URL below). Please note

Additional information:


3-3-10(2011-08-31) 9TH Pan European Voice Conference PEVOC 09, Marseille France
> * PEVOC on Facebook / PEVOC sur Facebook 
> ********************************************************************
> Dear colleagues,
> We are very pleased to invite you to the ninth Pan European 
> Voice Conference (PEVOC9). It will be held on August 31th - 
> September 3rd, 2011 in Marseille, France. The Pan-European 
> Voice conference has always been a great scientific, medical 
> and artistic event. It focuses both on basic and applied 
> scientific research, and on clinical assessment and 
> treatment. It offers the opportunity for international voice 
> researchers, voice therapists, voice teachers and singers to 
> come together and share their knowledge, ideas and 
> experience. PEVOC conferences are known to provide a forum 
> for the presentation and discussion of current scientific and 
> clinical research on the larynx and voice. After previous 
> meetings of the PEVOCs in London, Regensburg, Utrecht, 
> Stockholm, Groningen, Graz and Dresden, we are proud to host 
> PEVOC for the first time in France. It will be held in 
> Marseille, a major French city on the Riviera Coast. PEVOC9 
> will host three additional meetings :
> - August 31st 2011 : the first meeting of the new European 
> Academy of Voice, a european organization for education in 
> the voice sciences.
> - September 3rd 2011 : workshop of the *European 
> Laryngological Society on the topic of micro-phono-surgery. 
> - August 30-31st 2011 : workshop of the European Voice 
> Teachers Association on the topic of Digital Resources in the 
> Voice Teaching Studio.
> Please find more details in the PEVOC website: 
> We hope very much to see you in end of 
> August 2011 in Marseille !
> Antoine GIOVANNI and Nathalie HENRICH, chairpersons

3-3-11(2011-09) Speech processing tools at Interspeech 2011

Dear Colleague,

at Interspeech 2011 in Florence there will be a special event on 'Speech Processing Tools' with the focus on interoperability:

If you're interested, please submit a regular four-page paper via the Interspeech submission system and select as the ONLY (!) option the special event on 'Speech Processing Tools'. The deadline is 31st March 2011!

Best regards - and I hope to see you in Florence!

Christoph Draxler

Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Schellingstr. 3 Vordergebäude Zi. 220
D 80799 München

Büro: +49-(0)89-2180 2807
mobil: +49-(0)152 2258 4157
Fax: +49-(0)89-2180-5790


3-3-12(2011-09) Speech Technology for Under-Resourced Languages at Interspeech 2011

A special session on  'Speech
Technology for Under-Resourced Languages'
will be hold at Interspeech

laurent besacier

3-3-13(2011-09-01) Workshop on Paralinguistic Information and its Integration in Spoken Dialogue Systems
2nd Call for Papers
IWSDS2011 - Workshop on Paralinguistic Information and its Integration in Spoken Dialogue Systems
Granada, Spain, September 1-3, 2011

Following on the success of IWSDS2009 (in Irsee, Germany) and IWSDS2010 (in Gotemba Kogen Resort, Japan) this 3rd International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS2011) will bring together researchers from all over the world working in the field of spoken dialogue systems. It will provide an international forum for the presentation of research and applications and for lively discussions among researchers as well as industrialists.

This year's workshop designates 'Paralinguistic Information and its Integration in Spoken Dialogue Systems' as a special theme of discussion.  We would also like to encourage discussions of common issues of spoken dialogue systems.

The workshop will be held just after INTERSPEECH 2011, Florence, Italy, August 28-31, 2011. It is endorsed by SIGDIAL, a SIG of ISCA and ACL, and is supported by the Korean Society of Speech Scientists. The workshop proceedings will be published in a book by Springer.

Web page of the workshop

Important dates (Subject to change)

April 22, 2011: Deadline for Long, Short and Demo papers
May 22, 2011: Author notification
May 29, 2011: Deadline for final submission of accepted paper
June 10, 2011: Deadline for early registration
September 1-3, 2011: Workshop


Ramón López-Cózar Delgado - University of Granada, Spain
Tetsunori Kobayashi - Waseda University, Japan

Steering Committee

Gary Geunbae Lee - POSTECH, Pohang, Korea
Joseph Mariani - LIMSI-CNRS and IMMI, Orsay, France 
Wolfgang Minker - Ulm University, Germany 
Satoshi Nakamura - NICT, Kyoto, Japan

Local Committee

Zoraida Callejas - University of Granada, Spain 
David Griol - Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain 
Gonzalo Espejo - University of Granada, Spain 
Nieves Ábalos - University of Granada, Spain

Scientific Committee

Jan Alexandersson - DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Masahiro Araki- Interactive Intelligence lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
André Berton - Daimler R&D, Ulm, Germany
Sadaoki Furui - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Joakim Gustafson - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden 
Tobias Heinroth - Ulm University, Germany
Paul Heisterkamp - Daimler Research, Ulm, Germany
Kristiina Jokinen - University of Helsinki, Finland
Tatsuya Kawahara - Kyoto University, Japan
Hong Kook Kim - Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Lin-Shan Lee - National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Mike McTear - University of Ulster, UK
Mikio Nakano - Honda Research Institute, Japan
Elmar Nöth - University of Erlangen, Germany
Norbert Reithinger - DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Gabriel Skantze - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Alexander Schmitt - Ulm University, Germany
Kazuya Takeda - Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Japan
Hsin-min Wang - Academia Sinica, Taiwan


3-3-14(2011-09-01) 9th Oxford disfluency conference

The 9th Oxford Dysfluency Conference is one of the leading international conferences in the field of stuttering/stammering. In 2011, the goal of the Oxford Dysfluency Conference is to lead a challenging international debate about the latest research in disorders of fluency and its clinical applications.

Topics List

Abstracts are invited on the following conference themes:

  • Commonalities - commonalities across therapies, disorders or perspectives
  • Evidence Based Practice - empirical research evidence; integrating research into clinical practice; measuring outcome; practice based evidence
  • Dysfluency: The wider context - concomitant disorders; covert aspects of stuttering; environmental factors; cluttering
  • Integrating theories and therapies - application of counseling approaches such as CBT, SFBT to stuttering; application of theories; how theory informs therapy
  • Neurophysiology - aetiological complexity; brain imaging; brain function; motor function; implications for interventions
  • Health Service Issues - coping with health service changes; value for money; telehealth; service delivery models.

Abstract submissions are sought for the following presentations:

  • Poster
  • Research Paper
  • Junior Researcher Forum
  • Discussion Paper
  • Workshops

Visit the abstract submission page to find out the formats required for each submission type.

Programme Outline

View the conference programme outline to find out why you should attend!


David Rowley, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, UK
Sharon Millard, The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, UK


Rt Hon Ed Balls MP will be the Speaker at the Gala dinner, to find out more visit

Nan Bernstein Ratner, University of Maryland, USA
Willie Botterill, The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, UK
Joe Donaher, The Center for Childhood Communication, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
Ann Packman, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
Martin Sommer, University of Goettingen, Germany

To find out more and to sign up for the latest news visit:







3-3-15(2011-09-01) First International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME 2011) Firenze Italy

 First International Workshop on
Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME 2011)

           in conjunction with Interspeech 2011
           September 1st, 2011, Florence, Italy

Important Dates:
* Deadline for submission of papers: April 14th, 2011
* Notification of acceptance: June 2nd, 2011
* Final version: June 14th, 2011
* Workshop: September 1st, 2011

CHiME 2011 is an ISCA-approved satellite workshop of Interspeech 2011 that will consider
the challenge of developing machine listening applications for operation in multisource
environments, i.e. real-world conditions with acoustic clutter, where the number and
nature of the sound sources is unknown and changing over time. CHiME will bring together
researchers from a broad range of disciplines (computational hearing, blind source
separation, speech recognition, machine learning) to discuss novel and established
approaches to this problem. The cross-fertilisation of ideas will foster fresh approaches
that efficiently combine the complementary strengths of each research field.

The workshop will also be hosting the PASCAL CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition
Challenge. This is a binaural, multisource speech separation and recognition competition
supported by the EU PASCAL network and the UK EPSRC. If you wish to participate, please
visit the Challenge website (

Call for Papers:
We invite original submissions for oral or poster presentation during the workshop.
Relevant research topics include (but are not limited to),

* automatic speech recognition in multisource environments,
* acoustic event detection in multisource environments,
* sound source detection and tracking in multisource environments,
* music information retrieval in multisource environments,
* sound source separation or enhancement in multisource environments,
* robust feature extraction and classification in multisource environments,
* scene analysis and understanding for multisource environments.

Abstracts or full-papers are to be submitted by 14th April. After the workshop
participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a
peer-reviewed special issue of the journal 'Computer Speech and Language' on the theme of
Multisource Environments.

Organising Committee:
Dr Jon Barker,  University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Emmanuel Vincent, INRIA Rennes, France
Prof. Dan Ellis, Columbia University, USA
Prof. Phil Green, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr. John Hershey, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, USA
Prof. Walter Kellermann, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Prof. Hiroshi Okuno, Kyoto University, Japan

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3-3-16(2011-09-01) MediaEval 2011 Benchmark Evaluation and Workshop
Call for Participation
MediaEval 2011 Benchmark Evaluation and Workshop
Official Satellite Event of Interspeech 2011

The MediaEval benchmarking initiative and workshop provides a unique opportunity to work on new and interesting speech data within the context of forward-looking multimedia applications. MediaEval sets its focus on aspects of multimedia that go beyond visual content and, in particular, concentrates on the speech and language aspects of multimedia access and retrieval.

MediaEval tasks provide the research community with challenging opportunities to make use of speech recognition and audio analysis technology in interesting application scenarios. Participants carry out one or more tasks and submit runs to be evaluated. The MediaEval 2011 workshop provides a forum for presentation of results and is an official satellite event of Interspeech 2011.

For each task, participants receive a task definition, task data and accompanying resources (dependent on task) such as video shot boundaries, single-image keyframes, visual features, speech transcripts and social metadata.  Participation is open to all interested research groups. In order to participate, please sign up by 31 May via MediaEval 2011 offers a wide selection of tasks. The following four are of particular interest to the speech and audio research communities:

Genre Tagging
Given a set of genre tags (how-to, interview, review etc.) and a video collection, participants are required to automatically assign genre tags to each video based on a combination of modalities, i.e., speech, metadata, audio and visual (Data: Creative Commons internet video, multiple languages mostly English)

Rich Speech Retrieval
Given a set of queries and a video collection, participants are required to automatically identify relevant jump-in points into the video based on the combination of modalities, i.e., speech, metadata, audio and visual. The task can be approached as a multimodal task, but also as strictly a searching speech task. (Data: Creative Commons internet video, multiple languages mostly English)

Spoken Web Search
This task involves searching FOR audio content WITHIN audio content USING an audio content query. It is particularly interesting for speech researchers in the area of spoken term detection and low-resource speech recognition. About 400 audio recordings (4-30 sec in length each) from four different Indian languages -- English, Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu -- will be used.

Affect Task: Violent Scenes Detection
This task requires participants to deploy multimodal features to automatically detect portions of movies containing violent material. Any features automatically extracted from the video, including the subtitles, can be used by participants. (Data: A set of ca. 15 Hollywood movies that must be purchased by the participants.)

MediaEval 2011 Timeline
March-May register and return usage agreements
1 June release of development/training data
1 July release of test data
8 August run submission
22 August working notes paper submission
1&2 September MediaEval 2011 Workshop in Pisa

The MediaEval 2011 Workshop is an official satellite event of Interspeech 2011 (

MediaEval 2011 Coordination
Martha Larson, Delft University of Technology
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University

MediaEval 2011 Organization Committee
Claire-Helene Demarty, Technicolor
Maria Eskevich, Dublin City University
Guillaume Gravier, IRISA/CNRS
Pascal Kelm, Technical University of Berlin
Florian Metze, CMU
Vasileios Mezaris, ITI CERTH
Vanessa Murdock, Yahoo! Research
Roeland Ordelman, University of Twente and Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision
Adam Rae, Yahoo! Research
Nitendra Rajput, IBM Research India
Sebastian Schmiedeke, Technical University of Berlin
Pavel Serdyukov, Yandex
Mohammad Soleymani, University of Geneva
Raphael Troncy, Eurecom

For questions or additional information please contact Martha Larson

MediaEval 2011 is coordinated by PetaMedia, a FP7 EU Network of Excellence (, and by the OpenSem project of EIT ICT Labs ( Many other projects make individual contributions to organization, including: AXES (, Chorus+ (, Glocal (, Quaero ( and weknowit (

3-3-17(2011-09-05) GESPIN2011 Gesture and Speech in Interaction Bielefeld GE
Gesture and Speech in Interaction
 5 - 7 September, 2011
 Universität Bielefeld

First call for papers

After the ?rst successful conference on Gesture and Speech in
Interaction 2009 in Poznan, we have the pleasure to
announce that the next GESPIN will take place in Bielefeld, 5-7 Sep
2011. The conference is jointly organised by
several institutions at Bielefeld University, Germany and Adam
Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.

With this conference we would like to promote interdisciplinary
perspectives that facilitate an efficient understanding
of the complexity of multimodal communication. We would like to invite
linguists, phoneticians, speech technologists,
computer and cognitive scientists as well as researchers from all
other ?elds who share an interest in speech and
gesture interfaces to participate in the GESPIN conference.

Papers on all topics related to speech and gesture are welcome.
However this year, we especially invite papers
that address prosody and gesture, i.e. timing relations between
gesture and prosody, gestural prosody, integration
of prosody and gesture, prosody and gesture acquisition using the
following methodological foci:

 1. theory building and empirical investigations
 2. modeling of gesture and speech
 3. tools for an integrative analysis of speech and gesture corpora
 4. systems for gesture and speech annotation
 5. neurophysiological and neurobehavioural speech and gesture research
 6. as well as: automatic speech and gesture recognition and synthesis
system demos.

We also plan to accept tutorial and special session proposals.

Conference proceedings will include a selection of accepted papers and
be published on a CD. The possibility of
publishing extended versions of conference papers in an edited
collection or a special issue of a journal is being

Planned dates:
   Call for special sessions and tutorials: January 2011
   Deadline for special sessions and tutorials: April 2011
   Deadline for full papers: May 31st, 2011
   Acceptance/rejection: July 15th, 2011
   Early registration July 30th, 2011
   Conference: September 5th - 7th, 2011

Con?rmed invited speakers:
   Marianne Gullberg (Lund University, Sweden)
   Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld University)
   Jan de Ruiter (Bielefeld University)
   Marc Swerts (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

Organising Committees:
Program Committee
   Stefan Kopp (CITEC; SFB 673; Bielefeld University)
   Katharina J. Rohl?ng (CITEC; Bielefeld University)
   Jan de Ruiter (CITEC; SFB 673; Bielefeld University)
   Petra Wagner (CITEC; SFB 673; Bielefeld University)
   Maciej Karpinski (CSLP AMU; Institute of Linguistics, AMU, Poznan)

Local Organising Committee
   Petra Wagner
   Zo?a Malisz (conference secretary)
   Alexandra Kenter (conference secretary)
   Carolin Kirchhof (conference secretary)
   Konrad Juszczyk (webmaster, CSLP AMU)
   Hendrik Hasenbein (webmaster, Bielefeld University)

Participating Institutions:

Bielefeld, Germany
   Universität Bielefeld
   Center for Interdisciplinary Science (ZiF), Bielefeld University
   Cognitive Interaction Technology - Center of Excellence (CITEC),
   Bielefeld University
   CRC 673 Alignment in Communication (SFB 673), Bielefeld University

Poznan, Poland
   Centre for Speech and Language Processing (CSLP), Adam Mickiewicz University

Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany,
General enquiries:

Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Tel.: +49 521 106-3510
Fax: +49 521 106-2996 


3-3-18(2011-09-12) Prosody-Discourse Interface IDP 2011 U.Salford, Great Manchester UK

Conference  IDP 2011


Second Call for Papers


The Prosody-Discourse Interface (including research training workshop on prosody and special workshop on expressive and affective prosody)


University of Salford, Greater Manchester

12 September 2011 –  14 September (incl)

(just after the LAGB  7 – 10 September 2011, at the University of Manchester)


Invited speakers:

Nicole Dehe, University of Konstanz

John Local, University of York

Chris Potts, University of Stanford

Marc Schroeder, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence


This conference is the fourth in a series which provides a forum for those working on the relationship between prosody and discourse.  As the previous conferences have shown, there is a range of phenomena which illustrate how research in prosody feeds into research in discourse and vice versa – for example, the communication of attitudes and emotions, constraints on implicit meaning, focus and information structure, the communication of irony, interaction and interactive meaning, humour in discourse, parentheticals, the interpretation of anaphora, the identification of processing units, and the identification of genre. The relationship between prosody and discourse has been viewed from the perspective of phonology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, language processing, language pathology, stylistics, language evolution, and speech synthesis. Moreover, research has been carried out in a wide range of theoretical paradigms. We now aim to build on this research, and in this way develop a greater understanding of phenomena at the prosody-discourse interface.


The conference will consist of four parts:


  1. 12 September: Research Training Workshop (for research students and academics who wish to develop an understanding of the issues involved in transcribing prosodic structure).
  2. 13 – 14 September: Oral presentations on any area of the prosody-discourse interface
  3. 13th September am & 14 September Poster sessions on any area of the prosody-discourse interface
  4. 13 September pm: Special workshop on expressive and affective prosody (speakers: Diane Blakemore, Chris Potts, Marc Schroeder)



We now invite researchers in prosody and discourse to submit abstract for inclusion in themed sessions on any area of the prosody-discourse interface (including the topic of the special workshop). We expect abstracts to address the following questions from a range of theoretical paradigms:


  • What are the different prosodic subsystems; how do they interact; and how do they contribute to the interpretation of discourse?
  • How should we describe and analyze prosodic facts?
  • What are the relevant units for the analysis of discourse; and what are their prosodic properties?
  • How is discourse processed; and how does prosody affect discourse processing?
  • How do context and prosody interact in the interpretation of discourse?
  • What is ‘tone of voice’ and how does it affect interpretation?
  • How do L1 and L2 speakers acquire an understanding of the relationship between prosody and context?
  • What are the best methodological tools for the description and transcription of the prosodic properties of discourse?



Please note

  • the conference will be held in English and French. 
  • abstracts must be no more than 1 A4 page and written in Times 12 Font (plus an extra page for references and figures)
  • two copies of the abstract must be submitted – one anonymous and the other marked with the name of the author(s), affiliation(s) and email address of the main author
  • abstracts must be sent to the following address:
  • abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the scientific committee for the conference.
  • abstracts should indicate if they are for an oral presentation, a poster, or both. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate everybody in the oral sessions.




Submission of abstracts: 15 April 2011

Notification of acceptance: 6 June 2011

Conference: 12 – 14 September 2011


Conference website:  



Diane Blakemore  (local organizer)

Debbie Hughes (conference support)

Gerry Howley (conference assistant)



3-3-19(2011-09-14) 53rd International Symposium ELMAR-2011 Zadar, Croatia

  53rd International Symposium ELMAR-2011
                   September 14-16, 2011
                      Zadar, Croatia

         Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2011


                      CALL FOR PAPERS


  IEEE Region 8
  IEEE Croatia Section
  IEEE Croatia Section Chapter of the Signal Processing Society
  IEEE Croatia Section Joint Chapter of the AP/MTT Societies
  EURASIP - European Association for Signal Processing


  (Conference Proceedings Citation Index)


  --> Image and Video Processing
  --> Multimedia Communications
  --> Speech and Audio Processing
  --> Wireless Commununications
  --> Telecommunications
  --> Antennas and Propagation
  --> Navigation Systems
  --> Ship Electronic Systems
  --> Power Electronics and Automation
  --> Naval Architecture
  --> Sea Ecology


  * Prof. Helmut Bolcskei, ETHZ, Switzerland:
    Nonparametric Identification of Linear Time-Varying Systems

  * Dr. Julia A. Schnabel, University of Oxford, UK:
    Challenges and Recent Advances in Cancer Image Analysis

  * Dr. Gerald Schaefer, Loughborough University, UK:
    Colour for Image Retrieval and Image Browsing

  * Prof. Juraj Bartolic, University of Zagreb, Croatia:
    Title - TBD


  Papers accepted by two reviewers will be published in
  conference proceedings available at the conference and
  abstracted/indexed in the IEEE Xplore, INSPEC, SCOPUS
  and CPCI databases. More info is available here:


  Deadline for submission of full papers: March 15, 2011
  Notification of acceptance mailed out by: May 20, 2011
  Submission of (final) camera-ready papers: May 31, 2011
  Preliminary program available online by: June 14, 2011
  Registration forms and payment deadline: June 21, 2011


  Ive Mustac, Tankerska plovidba, Zadar, Croatia
  Branka Zovko-Cihlar, University of Zagreb, Croatia


  Mislav Grgic, University of Zagreb, Croatia


  Juraj Bartolic, Croatia
  David Broughton, United Kingdom
  Paul Dan Cristea, Romania
  Kresimir Delac, Croatia
  Zarko Cucej, Slovenia
  Marek Domanski, Poland
  Kalman Fazekas, Hungary
  Janusz Filipiak, Poland
  Borko Furht, USA
  Mohammed Ghanbari, United Kingdom
  Mislav Grgic, Croatia
  Sonja Grgic, Croatia
  Yo-Sung Ho, Korea
  Bernhard Hofmann-Wellenhof, Austria
  Bojan Ivancevic, Croatia
  Ebroul Izquierdo, United Kingdom
  Kristian Jambrosic, Croatia
  Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, USA
  Ismail Khalil, Austria
  Tomislav Kos, Croatia
  Murat Kunt, Switzerland
  Igor Kuzle, Croatia
  Panos Liatsis, United Kingdom
  Rastislav Lukac, Canada
  Lidija Mandic, Croatia
  Gabor Matay, Hungary
  Branka Medved Rogina, Croatia
  Borivoj Modlic, Croatia
  Marta Mrak, United Kingdom
  Fernando Pereira, Portugal
  Pavol Podhradsky, Slovak Republic
  Ramjee Prasad, Denmark
  Kamisetty R. Rao, USA
  Gregor Rozinaj, Slovak Republic
  Gerald Schaefer, United Kingdom
  Mubarak Shah, USA
  Shiguang Shan, China
  Thomas Sikora, Germany
  Karolj Skala, Croatia
  Ryszard Stasinski, Poland
  Luis Torres, Spain
  Frantisek Vejrazka, Czech Republic
  Stamatis Voliotis, Greece
  Nick Ward, United Kingdom
  Krzysztof Wajda, Poland
  Branka Zovko-Cihlar, Croatia


  Prof. Mislav Grgic
  FER, Unska 3,
  HR-10000 Zagreb,

  Telephone: + 385 1 6129 851
  Fax: + 385 1 6129 717
  E-mail: elmar2011 (_at_)

  For further information please visit:


3-3-20(2011-09-21) SemDial 2011 15th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

SemDial 2011 (Los Angelogue)

The 15th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

Los Angeles, September 21-23, 2011


The SemDial series of workshops aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, formal semantics/pragmatics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In 2011 the workshop will leave Europe for the first time, to be held at the Institute for Creative Technologies of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The SemDial workshops are always stimulating and fun, and L.A. is a great place to visit.


Invited Speakers:


Jerry Hobbs

David Schlangen

Additional invited speakers to be announced later


Call for Papers:


Submission is now open.


We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogues, including, but not limited to:


- Models of common ground/mutual belief in communication

- Modelling agents' information states and how they get updated

- Multi-agent models and turn-taking

- Goals, intentions and commitments in communication

- Semantic interpretation in dialogues

- Reference in dialogues

- Ellipsis resolution in dialogues

- Dialogue and discourse structure

- Interpretation of questions and answers

- Nonlinguistic interaction in communication

- Natural language understanding and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems

- Multimodal dialogue systems

- Dialogue management in practical implementations

- Categorisation of dialogue moves or speech acts in corpora

- Designing and evaluating dialogue systems


Submission is through Easychair:


On the submission site, choose the category that is the closest fit to your paper; categories are used for assigning papers to area chairs, who follow each paper through its review process (we may reassign papers to distribute the load among the chairs).


Submitted papers should be in the following format:


- Anonymous PDF file

- 8 pages total (including data, tables, figures, and references)

- US letter paper size

- 11pt Times font

- 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins

- 2-column format


Include a one-paragraph abstract of the entire work (about 200 words). We strongly recommend using the style files provided by ACL-HLT 2011.


Multiple submissions by the same author or group of authors are allowed, but each person may only give one oral presentation at the workshop.


Deadline for receipt of papers is June 5, 2011, at 23:59 UTC-11.


Posters and Demos:


We will have a separate submission of late-breaking system demonstrations and ongoing project descriptions, to be presented in a poster session during the workshop. Late-breaking submissions will be two pages long; they will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the area chairs. Submission of late-breaking abstracts will be allowed only after review of the main session papers has concluded. The deadline for late-breaking submissions is August 7, 2011.




Final, 8-page versions of the accepted papers, together with the 2-page accepted late-breaking abstracts, will be compiled in a proceedings volume and distributed (online or in print) at the workshop.


Important Dates:


Paper submissions due: June 5, 2011 (Sunday)

Author notification for full papers: July 29, 2011 (Friday)

Poster and demo submissions due: August 7, 2011 (Sunday)

Author notification for posters and demos: August 12, 2011 (Friday)

Camera-ready copies due: August 24, 2011 (Wednesday)

SemDial 2011 workshop: September 21-23, 2011 (Wednesday--Friday)




Ron Artstein: Area chair Theoretical Linguistics, Logic, and Conversation Analysis

David DeVault: Area chair Natural Language Processing

Kallirroi Georgila: Area chair Natural Language Processing

Elsi Kaiser: Area chair Psycholinguistics

Amanda Stent: Area chair

David Traum: Internal coordinator

Sudeep Gandhe: Sponsorship and fundraising

Mark Core: Demos and posters

Anton Leuski: Web site


Program Committee:


Hua Ai, Jennifer Arnold, Srinivas Bangalore, Luciana Benotti, Nate Blaylock, Johan Bos, Harry Bunt, Donna Byron, Herb Clark, Paul Dekker, Myroslava Dzikovska, Raquel Fern‡ndez, Victor Ferreira, Simon Garrod, Jonathan Ginzburg, Amy Isard, Andrew Kehler, Alistair Knott, Kazunori Komatani, Staffan Larsson, Gary Lee, Oliver Lemon, Colin Matheson, Gregory Mills, Yukiko Nakano, Stanley Peters, Martin Pickering, Chris Potts, Matthew Purver, Antoine Raux, Hannes Rieser, David Schlangen, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gabriel Skantze, Ronnie Smith, Matthew Stone, Nigel Ward, Michael White


If you have any questions, please write to one of the organizers. We do not have a dedicated email address.


SemDial 2011 homepage:

SemDial series homepage:



3-3-21(2011-09-25) AISV Stellaris Summer School 2011, September 25th-30th

AISV - STELARIS (late)Summer School 2011, September 25th-30th

Software Tools and Methods for Advanced Research in Phonetics

The next AISV summer school, organized by AISV in collaboration with the Stelaris network, will take place at S. Marco di Castellabate (Salerno, Italy) on September 25th-30th 2011.

Confirmed teachers are Paul Boersma, Franco Cutugno, Sarah Hawkins, Mietta Lennes.

The maximum number of participants will be fixed at 30 (min to guarantee the budget 22). They will pay a fixed fee (600,00 €) inclusive of lodging, meals and scientific activities.


1.     Advanced use of Tools for Phonetic Research (TBA)

2.     Scripting and/or complex procedures (Paul Boersma)

3.     Perceptual experiments, methods and tools (Sven Mattys)

4.     Data Modeling, querying and Information Retrieval (Francesco Cutugno)

5.     Methodology clinics: small groups discuss students' own research questions (Sarah Hawkins (coordination) together with all lecturers)

6.     Annotation, Labeling, Descriptive Systems (Mietta Lennes)

Please visit the website for more information.


Dott.ssa Rosita Lio

L@bphon - Laboratorio di Fonetica
c/o Dipartimento di Linguistica
Via P.Bucci - Cubo 20/A
87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS)
Tel. (+39) 0984/494078
Fax (+39) 0984/494114
Home Page:


3-3-22(2011-09-27) L'Ecole de Recherche Multimodale d'Information - Techniques & Sciences [ERMITES]
L'Ecole de Recherche Multimodale d'Information - Techniques & Sciences
[ERMITES],  édition VI,
se tient les 27, 28 et 29 septembre 2011, sur  Porquerolles la perle
des Iles D’Or - Var


' Décomposition parcimonieuse, abstraction et structuration
           pour l'analyse de scène acoustique complexe '

Orateurs confirmés :
Adam O. ; Bengio Y. ; Glotin H. ; Halkias X. ; Haton J.-P. ; Kowlaski
S. ; MALLAT S. : Razik J. ; Stylianou Y.

Organisée par le projet DYNI de l'UMR LSIS.
Sous le patronage de la Fédération de Recherche en Informatique et
Interactions d’Aix-Marseille (FRIIAM)
et du PEPS IN2SI DYNI 'Indexation robuste à l’échelle'.

Les participants peuvent soumettre un résumé de leurs travaux, qui si
accepté sera présenté durant ERMITES et publié dans les actes.

Ouverture dès 10h le 27 septembre, centre IGESA Porquerolles

J.-P. Haton  - Pr univ. Nancy - LORIA & IUF -

'Analyse de scène et reconnaissance stochastique de la parole'

Les difficultés spécifiques pour la reconnaissance de la parole sont
nombreuses: nombre variable de locuteurs connus ou inconnus,
microphones distants, bruit ambiant, effets liés aux locaux (écho,
Cet exposé rappelle les principes de la reconnaissance automatique de
la parole et présentera les niveaux fonctionnels d'un système : prise
de son, paramétrisation, analyses syntaxiques et sémantiques. Nous
insisterons sur les modèles stochastiques actuellement les plus
performants pour la reconnaissance de la parole.

Y. Stylianou – Pr univ. de Crête – ICS -

'Adaptive AM-FM decomposition of signals with applications to speech'

I will present an adaptive AM-FM decomposition of signals and will
comment its application to speech analysis, synthesis, and
As an introduction, I will present the classic Sinusoidal model
showing its limitations in modeling non-stationary signals like
Then the iterative adaptive AM-FM decomposition algorithm will be
presented in the context of time-varying multi-component signals and
robustness issues against wrong initial conditions/hypotheses and
additive noise will be discussed on synthetic signals. Focusing in
speech, it will be shown that this decomposition results in a
time frequency representation of speech. Comparisons with Gauss-Newton
and Reassigned Spectrogram approaches will be presented.
Finally, possible applications on signals other than speech, like in
vocalizations from marine mammals will be shortly discussed.

M. Kowlaski - MC univ. Paris XI - L2S -

'Parcimonie et structures pour les décompositions des signaux dans des
dictionnaires temps-fréquence'

Les décompositions parcimonieuses et structurées des signaux dans des
dictionnaires de formes d'ondes peuvent s'obtenir par un modèle
explicite dans le domaine des coefficients.
On s'intéresse dans une première partie aux approches variationnelles,
où les normes mixtes permettent d'introduire des couplages sur les
coefficients préalablement organisés en groupes. L'optimisation des
fonctionnelles s'effectue alors par des algorithmes de seuillage
itératifs. En modifiant directement les opérateurs de seuillage, on
peut introduire plus de flexibilité sur le couplage des coefficients,
en particulier grâce à un Group-Lasso fenêtré.
Dans une seconde partie, on regardera des modèles de type
Bernoulli-Gaussien, éventuellement multi-varié, pour la décomposition
hybrides des signaux (aussi appelée décomposition en composantes
morphologiques). Une telle approche à l'avantage de fournir un
seuillage adaptatif des coefficients, et ainsi de s'affranchir des
réglages parfois fastidieux d'hyper-paramètres intervenant dans les
approches variationnelles.

Y. Bengio - Pr univ. Montréal - LISA -

'Deep Unsupervised Learning of Representations'

Deep Unsupervised Learning of Representations et ferait un survol de
découvertes récentes dans le domaine de l'apprentissage non-supervisé
de représentations (surtout pour les images, transposable à
Nous montrerons en particulier cette approche dans le but d'apprendre
des abstractions de plus en plus haut niveau, et de découvrir les
facteurs explicatifs des variations présentes dans les données.

S. Mallat - Ecole X, CMAP -

'Scattering & Matching Pursuit for Acoustic Sources Separation'

Signal classes are usually invariant to groups of operators such as
translations or scalings, and to larger Lie groups of deformations.
Invariants and dimensionality reduction play major roles for
classification, as opposed to sparse complete representations.
Constructing invariants while keeping discriminant information deeply
constraints the representation. We introduce a non-linear invariant
representation, that reminds quantum scattering. It is implemented
through the architecture of a deep neural network, but learning is
needed at a single layer, and computed with O(N) operations. State of
the art results are shown for object classification of deformed
patterns and random textures. Part of this work is described in .

J. Razik - MC univ. USTV LSIS -

'Apprentissage de dictionnaire : de la parole humaine au chant de baleine'

L'utilisation des méthodes de dictionary learning non supervisé a
montré dans le domaine de l'image être la méthode de l'état de l'art
pour des tâches de classification. Dans le domaine de la parole, nous
avons montré que ces méthodes permettent également de dépasser les
classiques modèles GMM en reconnaissance de phonèmes, tout en restant
non supervisé. Nous avons également étudié l'apprentissage non
supervisé par dictionary learning dans le cadre de l'analyse et la
découverte d'un lexique associé au chant des baleines. L'objectif est
d'obtenir des descripteurs plus génériques et plus efficaces que ceux
habituellement extraits. Ceci permet également de déterminer des
formes récurrentes dans la structure des chants entre les différents
individus d'une population et sur plusieurs années. Ces travaux menés
en collaboration avec S. Paris et H. Glotin sont illustrés de

X. Halkias - Columbia univ., Rosa Lab & post-doc DYNI Univ. Sud-Toulon Var

'Detection and Tracking of Dolphin Vocalizations'

Audio processing has widely affected the field of animal bioacoustics.
Many audio engineers are now using their knowledge to advance ou r
understanding of the world that surrounds us and especially that of
animals. This work falls into that category, where the principles of
signal processing, communication theory and machine learning are used
to analyze the clandestine world of marine mammals and specif ically
In this talk, several algorithms are proposed for the successful
detection of dolphin calls in long recordings. Starting with the
simple and widely used thresholding detectors, several advancements
are proposed, based on the data, leading to more intricate classifiers
like Support Vector Machines (SVM) that are known for their
Lastly, two systems for pitch extraction are provided. The first
system is based on a probabilistic framework and deals with the
extraction of dolphin whistle calls while providing a first attempt on
resolving simple overlaps. The second system assumes that the desired
calls have already been detected and proceeds to identify the pitch
for both whistle and burst calls using hierarchically driven Hidden
Markov Models (HMM).

O. Adam - Pr univ. Paris6 - LAM (Equipe Lutherie Acoustique Musicale)
et CNPS (Centre de Neuroscience de Paris-Sud) -

'Estimation de densité de population de baleine par analyse de leurs chants'

L’étude des cétacés passe par leurs observations. Plusieurs méthodes
sont possibles et récemment le recours à l’acoustique passive a montré
un grand intérêt, soit pour des observations d’espèces discrètes et/ou
pour des observations à distance et/ou pour des observations
Les techniques développées, relevant de l’acoustique sous-marine,
l’instrumentation, du traitement du signal, de la reconnaissance des
formes, ont pour but de détecter les sons émis par ces mammifères
marins, de les classer, et de localiser lorsque cela est possible.
Nous présenterons une nouvelle activité dans ce domaine qui consiste à
estimer la taille du groupe de cétacés à partir de leurs émissions
sonores et des extrapolations statistiques. Plusieurs exemples sur
différentes espèces seront présentés comme illustrations.

H. Glotin - Pr univ. USTV - LSIS & IUF -

'Suivi de cachalot par acoustique passive'

Nous posons la problématique de l'analyse de scène acoustique au
travers de la structuration de signaux bioacoustiques acquis dans des
conditions variables. Nous nous intéresserons essentiellement au plus
grand des odontocètes, le cachalot (45 tonnes, 18 mètres de long). Cet
extraordinaire plongeur, qui sonde plus d'une heure à moins 2000
mètres, possède le biosonar le plus puissant.
Avec plusieurs canaux (ici 4 hydrophones), nous montrons qu'il est
possible de reconstruire la trajectoire de ses plongées écoutées à
plusieurs kilomètres (voir démonstrations 3D et ).
Nous montrons aussi que d'autres informations sont mesurables sur un
seul canal, comme la taille de l’animal, son comportement. Des
démonstrations sont faites sur des signaux que nous avons enregistrés
au large de Porquerolles cette année, et sur des bases de référence de
la communauté bioacoustique enregistrés au large des Bahamas par


Inscription :

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Les places seront limitées aux trente premiers à avoir validé leur
inscription par paiement à l'AFCP avant le 26 août (détails : ).


Tarifs :

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pauses café / boissons, actes papier, en chambre studio 2 lits / salle
de bain) :
A1/ Doctorant, Postdoc, Master = 280 euros,
A2/ Autre = 410 euros.

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Comité de Programme :
H. Glotin (prés.), Pr univ. Sud-Toulon Var & IUF, LSIS DYNI
S. Paris, MC univ. Aix-Marseille, LSIS DYNI
J. Razik, MC univ. Sud-Toulon Var, LSIS DYNI
Y. Bengio, Pr univ. Montréal, LISA
S. Mallat, Ecole Polytechnique
O. Adam, Pr univ. Paris VI, LAM
Y. Stylianou, Pr univ. de Crête
J.-P. Haton, univ. Nancy & IUF, LORIA

Comité d’Organisation :
S. Paris (prés.)
J. Razik
H. Glotin
F. Chamroukhi, MC USTV, LSIS DYNI
R. Abeille, doctorant USTV, LSIS DYNI
M. Chouchane, doctorant, LSIS DYNI
R. Delaye, ingénieur du son,
P. Machart, doctorant LSIS DYNI & LIF
F. Bénard, doctorant LSIS DYNI
Y. Doh, master, LSIS DYNI


Contexte général d'ERMITES :
L’Ecole Recherche Multimodale d’Information : Technologies et Sciences
fait intervenir, sur 3 jours, devant des chercheurs et ingénieurs en
devenir, une dizaine de spécialistes qui travaillent sur les analyses
conjointes de textes, images, sons et vidéos pour en extraire de
l’information. La recherche d’information est de plus en plus complexe
et hasardeuse compte tenu du volume sans cesse croissant des
informations disponibles et de leur nature multimodale (images, sons,
musique, parole, bio-acoustique, vidéos…). Nous avons décidé
d’organiser ERMITES 2011 avec l'USTV, le support de l'UMR Laboratoire
des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes (LSIS), du CNRS, de
l'INRIA, du GDRI3-ARIA, du CNRS et LSIS, afin :
- d’analyser les dernières avancées théoriques, et pratiques, des
systèmes robustes de recherche d’information multimodale de grande
dimension et sur des masses de données,
- de montrer que ces nouveaux outils forment une base pour une domaine
plus vaste que celui  d’origine pour lequel ils ont été développés
(plus particulièrement leur application au domaine audio et
- de sensibiliser les jeunes scientifiques au vaste champ scientifique
mis en jeu par ces nouvelles avancées aux problèmes de fiabilité,
robustesse, apprentissage, sous contrainte du passage à l'échelle.
Chaque spécialiste présentera un condensé de son savoir. L'esprit
d’ERMITES étant de mettre l'accent sur les analyses jointes
(transversales sur diverses modalités), ceci étant un défi majeur et
encore peu pris en compte par la majorité des équipes qui restent
plutôt dans le pré carré de leur spécialité de départ.

Site web de l'édition 2010 avec actes audiovisuels :

SITE WEB 2011 :


3-3-23(2011-09-27) XIVth Intern. Conference Speech and Computer- Russia


Preliminary information

More precise information about the date of paper submittal, the requirements for

paper formalization and the financial matter of the participation in the conference will

be declared some time later.


XIV International Conference “Speech and Computer”

Organizers of the conference: Moscow State Linguistic University,

Kazan (Privolzhsky) Federal University

The Conference is organized in cooperation with Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and

Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation.

Approximate dates

of the conference: September 27–30, 2011.

The location of

the conference: Russian Federation, the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan.

Discussion Issues:

• Informatization and public information security

• Automatic processing of multilingual, multimodal and multimedia information

• Speech signal coding and decoding; speech information security

• Linguistic, para- and extralinguistic communicative tactics and strategies

• The legibility of speech transmitted through different communication channels; speech by interference

and noise

• Speech production and perception modeling

• Fundamental and applied problems of modern speechology

• Development and testing of automatic voice and speech systems for speaker verification; speaker

emotional state and native language identification

• Automatic speech recognition and understanding systems

• Language and speech information processing systems in robotechnics

• Automated translation systems

• New information technologies in lingvodidactics; 3-D technologies

• Text-to-speech conversion systems

• Spoken and written natural language corpora linguistics

• Multifunctional expert and information retrieval systems

• Future of multi-purpose and anti-terrorist speech technologies

The aim of the conference

the development of automated human-machine interface systems based on natural language processing and new

information technologies

is the discussion of top priority issues and recent achievements in the field of.

Well-known specialists both from Russia and from such countries as Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Great Britain,

Canada, China, Czekh Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy,

Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Thailand,

Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the USA, Viet Nam etc. regularly participate in the conference.

The International Speech Communication Association, International Association on Forensic Phonetics and

Acoustics, International Society of Phonetic Sciences, Russian Acoustic Society and other organizations actively

participate in this event.

The atmosphere of the conference promotes lively discussion and opinion interchange, as well as decisionmaking

in different fields of fundamental and applied sciences connected with natural language information

processing and high technologies.

Alongside with the intense scientific program, a wide spectrum of cultural and excursion activities will be



3-3-24(2011-10-04) SiPS 2011 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems

SiPS 2011
IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems
October 4-7, 2011, Beirut, Lebanon
Preliminary Call for Papers

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of new developments, recent progress, and innovations in the design and implementation of digital signal processing systems. It addresses all aspects of architecture and design methods of these systems. Emphasis is on current and future challenges in research and development in both academia and industry. Hard-bound proceedings of the workshop will be published. Original and unpublished papers are solicited in the following areas, but not limited to:

VLSI Based Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems
-Low-power signal processing circuits and applications
-High performance VLSI systems
-FPGA and reconfigurable architecture based systems
-System-on-chip and network-on-chip
-VLSI Systems for Wireless Sensor Network and RF Identification Systems
Software Based Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems
-Programmable digital signal processor architecture and systems
-Application specific instruction-set processor (ASIP) architecture and systems
-SIMD, VLIW and multi-core CPU architecture
-Graphic processing unit (GPU) based massively parallel implementation

Design Methods of Signal Processing Algorithms and Architectures 
-Optimization of signal processing algorithms
-Compilers and tools for signal processing system design
-Algorithm transformation and algorithm-to-architecture mapping

Signal Processing Application Systems
-Audio, speech and language processing
-Biomedical signal processing and bioinformatics
-Image, video and multimedia signal processing
-Information forensics, security and cryptography
-Machine learning for signal processing
-Sensing and sensor signal processing
-Wireless communications and networking
-Coding and Compression
-Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) and Communication Systems
-Software Defined Radio

Emerging Technologies
-Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET)
-Cognitive radio networks
-Bio-inspired networks
-Context-aware mobile networking
-Wireless body area networks (WBANs)
-Tele-medicine/e-health networks

Important Dates
Paper submission          April 9
Acceptance notification   June 27
Final version due         July 25

Best Student Paper Contest: The finalist papers will be presented in a poster session during an evening reception on Tuesday October 4th. The papers will be judged based on both manuscript and presentation. The finalist papers will have free student registration and certificate. The top three winning papers will be announced during lunch on Thursday October 6th.

Special Issue: Selected papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of VLSI on Signal Processing Systems for Signal, Image and Video Technology, Springer Publisher.

Details on author schedules, submission, program and venue are available on the workshop website:

General Chairs:
Magdy Bayoumi
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Ibrahim Hajj
American University of Beiru

Technical Program Chairs:
Mohammad Mansour
American University of Beirut

Brian L. Evans
University of Texas at Austin

Industry Liaison Chair:
Khaled El-Maleh

Administration Committee:
Ahmed Abdelgawad
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sponsored by:
IEEE Signal Processing Society
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society


3-3-25(2011-10-16) 2011 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics

2011 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics
                   Mohonk Mountain House
                    New Paltz, New York
                    October 16-19, 2011


The 2011 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio
and Acoustics (WASPAA'11) will be held at the Mohonk Mountain House in
New Paltz, New York, and is sponsored by the Audio and Acoustic Signal
Processing committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The
objective of this workshop is to provide an informal environment for
the discussion of problems in audio and acoustics and signal
processing techniques leading to novel solutions. Technical sessions
will be scheduled throughout the day. Afternoons will be left free for
informal meetings among workshop participants.

Papers describing original research and new concepts are solicited for
technical sessions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Acoustic scenes
 * Source separation and localization
 * Signal enhancement: Echo cancellation, dereverberation,
    noise reduction, restoration
 * Microphone arrays
 * Multichannel audio acquisition and reproduction
 * Room acoustics

Music and environmental audio
 * Musical signal analysis: Segmentation, classification, transcription
 * Creation of musical sounds: Waveforms, instrument models, singing
 * Audio matching and retrieval

Audio coding
 * Waveform coding and parameter coding
 * Spatial audio coding
 * Sparse representations
 * Mobile devices
 * Digital rights

Hearing and perception
 * Auditory perception
 * Spatial hearing
 * Quality assessment
 * Hearing aids

Important Dates:

Submission of four page paper:     May 13, 2011
Notification of acceptance:        July 15, 2011
Early registration open until:     August 31, 2011

Organizing Committee:

General Chair             Dan Ellis, Columbia University
Technical Program Chair   Paris Smaragdis, UIUC & Adobe Systems Inc
Finance Chair             Michael Brandstein, MIT Lincoln Labs
Publications Chair        John McDonough, Disney Research
Publicity Chair           Michael Mandel, Audience, Inc
Local Arrangements Chair  Bhiksha Raj, Carnegie Mellon University
Far East Liaison          Shigeki Sagayama, University of Tokyo


3-3-26(2011-10-19) APSIPA ASC 2011, Xi'an, China

Call for papers

With great honor, the City of Xi'an hosts the APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2011 (APSIPA ASC 2011). Xi'an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang'an in ancient times, Xi'an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During 3,100 year development of Xi'an, 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou (11th century BC-771 BC), Qin (221 BC-206 BC), Western Han (206 BC-24 AD) and Tang (618-907) placed their capitals here. So far, Xi'an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals in the world. Xi'an enjoys the laudatory title of 'China Natural History Museum'. The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses is praised as 'the eighth major miracle of the world', the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is listed on the World Heritage List, and the Famen Temple holds the precious finger bones of Sakyamuni the founder of Buddhism?

APSIPA ASC 2011 is the third great event of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA). Founded in 2009, APSIPA aims to promote research and education on signal processing, information technology and communications. The annual conference was previously held in Japan in 2009 and in Singapore in 2010. The field of interest of APSIPA concerns all aspects of signals and information including processing, recognition, classification, communications, networking, computing, system design, security, implementation, and technology with applications to scientific, engineering, and social areas. Accepted papers in regular sessions and accepted papers in special sessions will be published in APSIPA ASC 2011 proceedings which will be indexed by EI Compendex.

The topics for regular sessions include, but are not limited to: 

1. Signal Processing (SP) 
1.1 Audio, speech, and language processing 
1.2 Image, video, and multimedia 
1.3 Information forensics and security 
1.4 Signal processing for communications 
1.5 Signal processing theory and methods 
1.6 Biomedical/Biological signal processing

2. Communication Systems (Com) 
2.1 Communication and information theory 
2.2 Information and network security 
2.3 Wireless communications and networking 
2.4 Standards and emerging technology 
2.5 RF and antennas 

3. Information Processing (IP) 
3.1 Database and data mining
3.2 Ubiquitous and mobile computing 
3.3 Computer vision and pattern recognition 
3.4 Computer science fundamentals 

4. Multimedia & Computer Graphics (MM&CG) 
4.1 Media processing 
4.2 Interaction and interface 
4.3 Virtual reality and augmented virtuality 
4.4 Computer graphics and visualization fundamentals

5. Circuits and Systems/VLSI (Circuits) 
5.1 Biomedical circuits and systems 
5.2 Nanoelectronics and gigascale systems 
5.3 Neural systems and applications 
5.4 VLSI systems and applications 
5.5 Embedded systems

Submission of Papers 
Prospective authors are invited to submit either full papers,up to 10 pages in length, or short papers up to 4 pages in length, where full papers will be for the single-track oral presentation and short papers will be mostly for poster presentation. The conference proceedings will be published, available and maintained at the APSIPA website. The proceedings will be indexed by EI Compendex.

Important Dates 

Submission of Proposals for Special Sessions, Forum, Panel & Tutorial Sessions
April 15, 2011
Notification of Proposal Acceptance 
May 15, 2011
Submission of Full, Short Papers and Student Symposium Papers 
May 15, 2011
Submission of Papers in Special Sessions
June 15, 2011
Notification of Papers Acceptance
July 14, 2011
Author Registration Deadline
August 14, 2011
Submission of Final Manuscript
August 14, 2011
Tutorial Session Date
October 18, 2011
Summit and Conference Dates
October 19-21, 2011

Organizing Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs 
Guangnan Ni, Chinese Information Processing Society of China 
Biing-Hwang (Fred) Juang, Georigia Institute of Technology, USA
Xiaozhu Chen, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an

General Co-Chairs 
Thomas Fang Zheng, Tsinghua University, Beijing
C. C. Jay Kuo, University of South California, USA 
Yoshikazu Miyanaga, Hokkaido University, Japan 

Technical Program Co-Chairs 
Soo-Chang Pei, National Taiwan University, Taipei (SP) 
Jianguo Huang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an (SP) 
Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo, University of Minnesota, USA (Com) 
Jing Wang, Tsinghua University, Beijing (Com) 
Yo-Sung Ho, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Korea (IP) 
Chengqing Zong, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (IP) 
Akihiko (Ken) Sugiyama, NEC Corporation, Japan (MM&CG) 
Yanning Zhang, Northwestern Polytech. University, Xi'an(MM&CG)
Liang-Gee Chen, National Taiwan University, Taipei (Circuits) 
Zhihua Wang, Tsinghua University, Beijing (Circuits)

Forum Co-Chairs 
Jhing-Fa Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan
Hitoshi Kiya, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan 
Tianling Ren, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Panel Session Co-Chairs 
Lin-Shan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taipei 
Li Deng, Microsoft, USA
Jianwu Dang, JAIST, Japan/Tianjin University, Tianjin 
Mingyi He, Northwestern Polytech. University, Xi'an 
Kenneth Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hongkong

Special Session Co-Chairs 
Alex Kot, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Masato Akagi, JAIST, Japan
Weibin Zhu, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing

Tutorial Session Co-Chairs 
Waleed Abdulla, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jiwu Huang, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
Koh Soo Ngee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publicity Co-Chairs 
Jyh-Shing Roger Jang, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu
Namsoo Kim, Seoul National University, Korea 
Mrityunjoy Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur, India 
Qing Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an

Publication Co-Chairs 
Antonio Ortega, University of Southern California, USA 
Eng Siong Chng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Ying Li, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an

Local Arrangement Co-Chairs
Lei Xie, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 
Xiaojun Wu, Tsinghua University, Beijing 
Jiangbin Zheng, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an

Sponsorship Co-Chairs 
Guoqing Wang, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Shanghai 
Xi Xiao, Tsinghua University, Beijing 
Dongmei Jiang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an

Industrial & Government Advisors 
Yong Qin, IBM Research- China, Beijing
Claus Bauer, Dolby Laboratories Intl. Services (Beijing), Beijing

Financial Co-Chairs 
Qiang Zhou, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Runping Xi, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an
Jinqiu Sun, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 

Registration Co-Chairs    
Xinbo Zhao, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an
Zhonghua Fu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an
Tao Yang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an


Tsinghua University

Northwestern Polytechnical University


3-3-27(2011-10-26) CfP Oriental COCOSDA Taiwan

Oriental COCOSDA 2011
October 26-28, 2011, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan


        The oriental chapter of COCOSDA (The International Committee for the
Co-ordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment
Techniques) is pleased to announce that the 14th Oriental COCOSDA Conference
will be held on Oct. 26-28, in Hsinchu, Taiwan hosted by the National Chiao
Tung University, Taiwan. Oriental COCOSDA is an international conference
held annually by the oriental chapter of COCOSDA. The first preparatory
meeting was held in Hong Kong in 1997 and then the past thirteen workshops
were held in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, China and Nepal.
        Oriental COCOSDA conference in Taiwan will help in boosting the
research and development in the field of Speech Technology and will help in
enthusing the interest towards Speech Technology in East and Southeast Asia.
        Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research
on all aspects of speech databases, assessments and speech I/O, including,
but not limited to:


• Speech databases and text corpora
• Assessment of speech input and output technologies
• Phonetic/phonological systems for Oriental languages
• Romanization of Non-Roman Characters
• Segmentation and labeling
• Speech Prosody and Labeling
• Speech processing models and systems
• Multilingual speech corpora
• Special topics on speech databases and assessments
• Standardization
• Any other relevant topics
Important Dates

•Full Paper Submission                     July, 1,  2011
•Notification of acceptance of paper          Aug. 5, 2011
•Final Manuscript                         Aug. 26, 2011


3-3-28(2011-11-25) (Extended deadline) 5th Language and Technology Conference (LTC 2011), Poznan, Poland

Deadline extended to July 31

The 5th Language and Technology Conference (LTC 2011), November 25-27, 2011, Poznań, Poland

CALL FOR PAPERS The 5th Language and Technology Conference (LTC'11), a meeting organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation, will take place on November 25-27, 2011. Since very beginning the meetings of the LTC series continue to address Human Language Technologies (HLT) as a challenge for computer science, linguistics and related fields. Fostering language technologies and resources remains an important mission in the dynamically changing information-saturated world. We aim at contributing to this mission and we invite you to join us in that at LTC'11 in November 2011, traditionally held in Poznań, Poland.

CONFERENCE TOPICS The conference topics include the following (the ordering is not significative): * electronic language resources and tools * formalization of natural languages * parsing and other forms of NL processing * computer modeling of language competence * NL user modeling * NL understanding by computers * knowledge representation * man-machine NL interfaces * Logic Programming in Natural Language Processing * speech processing * NL applications in robotics * text-based information retrieval and extraction * question answering * tools and methodologies for developing multilingual systems * translation enhancement tools * corpora-based methods in language engineering * WordNet-like ontologies * methodological issues in HLT * language-specific computational challenges for HLTs (especially for languages other than English) * validation in all areas of HLTs * HLT standards and best practices * HLTs as a support for foreign language teaching * HLTs as support for e-learning * communicative intelligence * legal issues connected with HLTs (problems and challenges) * contribution of HLTs to the Homeland Security problems (technology applications and legal aspects) * visionary papers in the field of HLT * HLT related policies * system prototype presentations This list is by no means closed and we are open to further proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to feed us with your suggestions and ideas of how to satisfy your expectations concerning the program. The Program Committee is also open to suggestions concerning accompanying events (workshops, exhibits, panels, etc). Suggestions, ideas and observations may be addressed directly to the LTC Chair by email ( ). Language: The conference language is English Contact: Paper submission The conference accepts papers in English. Papers (5 formatted pages in the conference format) are due by June 20, 2011 (midnight, any time zone) and should not identify the author(s) in any manner. In order to facilitate submission we have decided to reduce the formatting requirements as much as possible at this stage. Please, however, do observe the following: 1. Accepted fonts for texts are Times Roman, Times New Roman. Courier is recommended for program listings. Character size for the main text should be 10 points, with 11 points leading (line spacing). 2. Text should be presented in 2 columns, 8,42 cm each with 0,95 cm between columns (gutter). 3. The document size is 5 pages formatted according to (1) and (2) above. 4. The use of PDF format is strongly recommended, although MS Word will also be accepted. (Please no latex and other formats) You may also use the templates (ELRA/LREC based format), to be found at (soon). Detailed guidelines for the final submission of accepted papers will be published on the conference web site before September 12, 2011. All submissions are to be made electronically via the LTC'11 web submission system (EasyChair). Acceptance/rejection notification will be sent by September 12, 2011.

PUBLICATION POLICY Acceptance will be based on the reviewers' assessments (anonymous submission model). The accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings (hard copy, with ISBN number) and on CD-ROM. The abstracts of the accepted contributions will also be made available via the conference page (during its lifetime). Publication requires full electronic registration and payment of the conference fee (full registration) by at least one of the co-authors before October 12, 2011. A post-conference volume with extended versions of selected papers is planned to be published. As this was the case for post-LTC'07 (v. 5603) and LTC'09 (v. 6562), it is planned to publish them in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

IMPORTANT DATES/DEADLINES * Deadline for submission of papers for review: June 20, 2011 * Acceptance/Rejection notification: September 12, 2011 * Deadline for submission of final versions of accepted papers: October 12, 2011 * Conference: November 25-27, 2011

REGISTRATION Only electronic registration will be possible. Details will be published at

CONFERENCE FEES Non-student participants: Regular registration fee (payment before October 13, 2011) 190 EURO Late registration fee (payment after October 12, 2011) 240 EURO Student participants: Regular registration fee (payment before October 13, 2011) 120 EURO Late registration fee (payment after October 12, 2011) 160 EURO To be entitled to student rates the participant must present a student identity card (or equivalent document)valid on June 20, 2011. The conference fee covers: * participation in the scientific program * conference materials * proceedings on CD and paper * social events (banquet,...) * coffee breaks

EXHIBITIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS *Poster forum* Although all accepted papers will be presented by the authors in the traditional, standard way (oral presentation + discussion), the organizers will offer to the authors an additional opportunity to present (mini) posters containing the abstract and the key ideas of the paper. Posters will be presented by the organizers during the LTC in the conference area. No extra fee will be charged for this form of presentation. The poster size will be A1, horizontal. (Notice. The Poster forum should not be confused with traditional poster sessions. In particular, there will be no limited presentation time and the posters do not have to be accompanied by the authors) *Hyde park corner* We intend to arrange 'A Hyde Park Corner' for non-reviewed presentations and positions. Limited number of presentations (depending on the available space) will be accepted. The content must meet the conference scope and aims. Both form and content must conform to the Polish and International Law. Texts will be presented on the sole responsibility of the authors/presenters and will not be published or reproduced in the Conference documents. *A book exhibition* is intended (call for exhibitors in preparation). Also, registered participants are invited to bring hard copies of their papers and books. We plan to make special presentations of the achievements of the conference participants, irrespective of whether they are directly related to the conference topic. *Tutorials* A tutorial program is under construction. *Special events.* Besides the standard conference presentation of papers, the Organizers are open to various kinds of initiatives (expos, demos, satellite workshops, panels, awards). A program of special events is now under construction. You are welcome to contact us with your suggestions.

AWARDS FOR BEST STUDENT PAPERS As at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Language and Technology Conferences (2005, 2007, 2009) special awards will be granted to the best student papers. The regular or PhD students (on the date of paper submission) are concerned. Co-authored papers will be considered provided that the students' contributions exceeds 60% and that the main author(s) is (are) student(s)(this fact must be documented by a written declaration signed by all co-authors). In 2005 the Jury, composed of the Program Committee members present at the conference, awarded this distinction to: Ronny Melz (University of Leipzig, Germany), Hartwig Holzapfel (University of Karlsruhe, Germany), Marcin Woliński (IPI PAN, Warsaw, Poland). In 2007 this distinction went to Daria Fišer (University of Ljubljana) In 2009 two awards were granted: to Mahmoud EL-Haj (University of Essex, UK) and Alexander Pak (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France). VISAS Participants from some non-EC countries may need visas to enter the Polish territory. Visa delivery is exclusively in competence of the Visa Authorities of the Schengen Convention countries. If you have any doubts, we recommend you to check your situation with the nearest Polish Consulate in your residence country. If you are author (co-author) of an accepted paper, we can confirm - if necessary - that we expect your presence at the conference for paper presentation. Upon request, we may also write a confirmation letter (in Polish) directly to the Polish Consulate indicated by you. To do this we will need a request letter (e-mail) from you in which you will provide us with the address of the Consulate you wish us to contact. To get information about countries whose citizens are not required to have a visa when entering Poland and to find important telephone numbers you may also visit the web site of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see Consular Information ) Conference location: Poznań, Poland. Further details will be announced soon at

ACCOMODATION There are several large scale events in Poznań at the LTC 2009 time (November 25-27, 2011). Therefore, we strongly recommend you to make hotel reservation in advance. There are several standard possibilities to book via Internet. Also, a special offer for Conference participants has been prepared by the travel agency Zimny ( ). OTHER MANY important information will is provided at Please check it from time to time and do not hesitate to ask questions at


3-3-29(2011-12-04) International Symposium on Audiovisual Detection of Errors in Pronunciation Training (IS ADEPT)
International Symposium on Audiovisual Detection of Errors in
Pronunciation Training (IS ADEPT)
Cairo University, Egypt
4-6 December 20011

The aim of this symposium is to bring together academia and industry
within the field of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training in order
to reach a common understanding of the current state-of-the-art in
pronunciation error analysis and identifying needs and paths for
future research.

Keynote speakers
Lewis Johnson, Chief scientist at Alelo Inc.
Horacio Franco, Speech Technology & Research Laboratory SRI International
Gary Pelton, VP Carnegie Speech
Helmer Strik, Radboud University Nijmegen
Silke Witt-Ehsani, Vice President, TuVox Design Center
Florian Hoenig, University of Erlangen

Invited speakers will give presentations focusing on overviews of
automatic pronunciation detection methods in commercial applications
and research projects, ongoing development of pronunciation analysis
algorithms, and the pedagogical or pragmatic needs in future

Paper submissions
Prospective participants should submit a full 4 or 6 page paper, or a
1 page demo proposal. Please refer to for
the list of topics.

Important Dates
Paper Submission 10 September 2011
Notification of Acceptance 10 October 2011
Camera-Ready Paper 4 November 2011
Registration Deadline 4 November 2011

Social program
The program includes a symposium river cruise dinner on the Nile, an
excursion to the nearby pyramids in Giza and common lunches during the

International Symposium on Audiovisual Detection of Errors in
Pronunciation Training (IS ADEPT)
Cairo University, Egypt
4-6 December 20011

Call for Papers
IS ADEPT is a symposium jointly organized by the Centre for Speech
Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden and the Faculty of Computers and
Information (FCI), Cairo University, Egypt with the support of the
Arabic Language Technology Center (ALTEC).

The aim of this symposium is to bring together academia and industry
within the field of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training. That is,
on the one hand, researchers working on methods to create and evaluate
algorithms for automatic detection and analysis of language learners'
pronunciation errors and, on the other, representatives from companies
marketing language learning software. The goal is to reach a common
understanding of the current state-of-the-art in pronunciation error
analysis and identifying needs and paths for future research.

Keynote speakers
Lewis Johnson, Chief scientist at Alelo Inc.
Horacio Franco, Speech Technology & Research Laboratory SRI International
Gary Pelton, VP Carnegie Speech
Helmer Strik, Radboud University Nijmegen
Silke Witt-Ehsani, Vice President, TuVox Design Center
Florian Hoenig, University of Erlangen

Invited speakers will give presentations focusing on overviews of
automatic pronunciation detection methods in commercial applications
and research projects, ongoing development of pronunciation analysis
algorithms, and the pedagogical or pragmatic needs in future

Paper submissions
Prospective participants should submit a full 4 or 6 page paper, or a
1 page demo proposal. Both types of submissions will be reviewed by
members of the scientific committee.

Important Dates
Paper Submission 10 September 2011
Notification of Acceptance 10 October 2011
Camera-Ready Paper 4 November 2011
Registration Deadline 4 November 2011
Symposium Dates 4-6 December 2011

Topics (non-exhaustive)
Automatic pronunciation scoring
Automatic pronunciation error detection and analysis
Audiovisual methods for pronunciation analysis
Articulation-based pronunciation analysis
Evaluation of pronunciation analysis algorithms
Evaluation of commercial products
Technology vs. pedagogy: match and misses
Feedback based on automatic pronunciation analysis
Robustness and portability of analysis methods (exercises, speakers,
dialects, languages)
Effect of intonation/stress on pronunciation errors

Social program
One aim of the symposium is to promote future exchange between the
participants and a social program will be organized in order to allow
for more informal discussions and exchanges of ideas. The program
includes a symposium river cruise dinner on the Nile, an excursion to
the nearby pyramids in Giza and common lunches during the symposium.

Registration fees
$250, $150 for students

3-3-30(2011-12-08) CfP 8th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation

     8th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation

             (IWSLT 2011)


First Call for Participation


December 8-9, 2011

    San Francisco, CA, USA


The International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT) is a yearly scientific workshop, associated with an open evaluation campaign on spoken language translation, where both scientific papers and system descriptions are presented. The 8th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation will take place in downtown San Francisco, 8-9 December 2011.


=== Scientific Papers ===

The IWSLT invites submissions of scientific papers to be published in the workshop proceedings and presented at the workshop, either in oral or poster form. The workshop welcomes high quality contributions covering theoretical and practical issues in the field of machine translation (MT), in general, and spoken language translation (SLT), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and Text-to-Speech Synthesis (TTS), in particular. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-       MT and SLT approaches and evaluation

-       Integration of ASR and MT

-       Language resources for MT and SLT

-       Open source software for MT and SLT

-       Adaptation in MT

-       Simultaneous speech translation

-       Speech translation of lectures

-       Efficiency in MT

-       Stream-based algorithms for MT

-       Multilingual ASR and TTS

-       Rich transcription of speech for MT

-       Translation of on-verbal events

Important dates:

 - Paper submission due                 30 September 2011

 - Notification of acceptance                       31 October 2011

 - Camera-ready paper due                       11 November 2011

=== Evaluation Campaign ===

The IWSLT 2011 Evaluation Campaign will focus on the translation of TED Talks, a collection of public speeches on a variety of topics. Four tracks are organized addressing different research tasks:

·      ASR track: automatic transcription of talks from audio to text (in English)

·      SLT track: speech translation of talks from audio (or ASR output) to text (from English to French)

·      MT track: text translation of talks (from English to French, Arabic to English, and Chinese to English)

·      SC track: system combination of ASR outputs (in English) and MT outputs (in English and French)

Training of MT systems and language models for ASR is constrained to data supplied by the organizers. Supplied training, development, and test data will be available under the workshop’s webpage.

Important dates: 

-       01 Sep 2011 - Release of ASR test data

-       11 Sep 2011 - Submission of ASR runs

-       13 Sep 2011 - Release of ASR-SC test data

-       18 Sep 2011 - Submission of ASR System Combination runs

-       20 Sep 2011 - Release of SLT and MT test data

-       25 Sep 2011 - Submission of SLT and MT runs

-       27 Sep 2011 - Release of MT System Combination test data

-       30 Sep 2011 - Submission of MT System Combination runs

-       15 Oct 2011 - Submission of system paper

-       31 Oct 2011 - Notification of acceptance

-       11 Nov 2011 - Camera ready version


=== Organizers===

- Alex Waibel (CMU, USA / KIT Germany; Workshop Chair)

- Marcello Federico (FBK-irst, Italy; Evaluation Campaign Chair)

- Mei-Yuh Hwang (Microsoft Research, USA; Program Committee Co-Chair)

- Sebastian Stüker (KIT, Germany; Program Committee Co-Chair)

=== All information as it becomes available can be found at the workshop’s webpage: ===


3-3-31(2011-12-15) (Call for demos) IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding

ASRU 2011
Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
Big Island, Hawaii
December 11-15, 2011
Demonstration Call for Proposals
> Deadline: September 15, 2011 <

The program committee for the 12th biannual IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and
Understanding is accepting proposals for the Show & Tell demonstration session event that will be held
during the conference. The Demonstration session has become an exciting highlight of the ASRU
workshops. The event will include demonstrations of latest innovations by research groups in industry,
academia and government. Demonstrations can be related to any of the topics defined by ASRU:
• ASR / LV CSR Systems
• Language Modeling
• Acoustic Modeling
• Decoder Search
• Spoken Language Understanding
• Spoken Dialog Systems
• Multilingual Speech & Language Processing
• Robustness in ASR
• Spoken Document Retrieval
• Speech-to-Speech Translation
• Text-to-Speech Systems
• Speech Summarization
• New Applications of ASR
• Speech Signal Processing
The deadline for submission of Show & Tell demos proposals is September 15, 2011 with notification
of acceptance by September 29, 2011. Submissions will be mailed to the Demonstration Chairs.
Proposals should include the demonstration title, list of authors, and an abstract of no more than one
page. The abstract should clearly explain what is novel and innovative in the proposed demonstration.
Show & Tell demonstrations should have an interactive component (i.e., should be more than a simple
computer simulation or graph).
Each demonstration will be allotted one table, space for a poster, and a power outlet. Presenters are
responsible for all other equipment and shipping to and from the conference. At request wireless
Internet connection will also be available and, if you have special requirements, please contact the
Demonstration Chairs.
ASRU 2011
the Demonstration Chairs
Patrick Nguyen (e-mail:
Olivier Siohan(e-mail:


3-3-32(2011-12-15) Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop ASRU 2011
 ASRU 2011
            Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
                               Big Island, Hawaii
                              December 11-15, 2011

The deadline for submitting papers is 1 July 2011. The website will not accept any submissions after July 1st 11:59PM Hawaiian time. Please be sure to submit your papers by:

** Workshop overview and topics **
The twelfth IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU) will be held on December 11-15, 2011. The ASRU workshop meets every two years and has a tradition of bringing together researchers from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of common interest in automatic speech recognition and understanding.

Submission of papers in all areas of human language technology is encouraged, with emphasis placed on:
- Automatic speech recognition and understanding
- Human speech recognition and understanding
- Speech-to-text systems
- Spoken dialog systems
- Multilingual language processing
- Robustness in ASR
- Spoken document retrieval
- Speech-to-speech translation
- Text-to-speech systems
- Spontaneous speech processing
- Speech summarization
- New applications of ASR

** Schedule **
Paper submission deadline: 1 July 2011
Paper acceptance/rejection: 20 August 2011
Early registration deadline: 15 October 2011
Workshop: 11-15 December 2011

** Technical Program **
The workshop program will consist of oral and poster presentations, including invited overview lectures covering major areas of the field.  In addition, there will be four keynote addresses by well-known experts on such related topics as machine learning and pattern classification.

** Submission Procedure **
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 4-6 page papers, including figures and references, to the ASRU 2011 website ( All papers will be handled and reviewed electronically. The website will provide you with further details.  Please note that the submission dates for papers are strict deadlines.

** Registration and information **
Please note that the number of attendees will be limited and priority will be given to paper presenters. Registration will be handled via the ASRU 2011 website,, where more information on the workshop will be available. 



3-3-33(2012-02-06) ICPRAM 1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods
ICPRAM (1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - has an open call for papers, whose deadline is set for July 26, 2011. We hope you can participate in this conference by submitting a paper reflecting your current research in any of the following tracks:
- Theory and Methods
- Applications

ICPRAM 2012 will be held in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal next year, on February 6-8, 2012. 
The conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (PASCAL2), and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Signal Processing Society, Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) Technical Committee of IEEE, AERFAI (Asociacion Espanola de Reconocimiento de Formas y Analisis de Imagenes) and APRP (Associacao Portuguesa de Reconhecimento de Padroes). INSTICC is member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC).

ICPRAM would like to become a major point of contact between researchers, engineers and practitioners on the areas of Pattern Recognition, both from theoretical and application perspectives.
Contributions describing applications of Pattern Recognition techniques to real-world problems, interdisciplinary research, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights that advance Pattern Recognition methods are especially encouraged.

The conference program features a number of Keynote Lectures to be delivered by distinguished world-class researchers, including those listed below.

The proceedings of ICPRAM will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index, INSPEC, DBLP and EI.
All accepted papers (full, short and posters) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support. BWRB
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a AISC Series book.
Top selected papers in specific areas of interest will be published as a special issue in the Neurocomputing Journal.

Best paper awards will be distributed during the conference closing session. Please check the website for further information (

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (

Workshops and special sessions are also invited. If you wish to propose a workshop or a special session, for example based on the results of a specific research project, please contact the secretariat. Workshop chairs and Special Session chairs will benefit from logistics support and other types of support, including secretariat and financial support, to facilitate the development of a valid idea.

Please check further details at the ICPRAM's conference website ( 
Should you have any question please don't hesitate contacting me.

ICPRAM 2012 will be held in conjunction with ICAART 2012 ( in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal next year, on February 6-8, 2012. Registration to ICPRAM will enable free access to the ICAART conference (as a non-speaker).

We hope to welcome you in Vilamoura, Algarve next February 2012!

Kind regards,
Patricia Alves
ICPRAM Secretariat

Av. D.Manuel I, 27A 2.Esq.
2910-595 Setubal, Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 100033
Fax: +44 203 014 8556

ICPRAM website:

Conference date: 6-8 February, 2012

Regular Paper Submission: July 26, 2011
Authors Notification: October 6, 2011
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: October 26, 2011

- Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) Technical Committee of IEEE 


- Exact and Approximate Inference
- Density Estimation
- Bayesian Models
- Gaussian Processes
- Model Selection
- Graphical and Graph-based Models
- Missing Data
- Ensemble Methods
- Neural Networks
- Kernel Methods
- Large Margin Methods
- Classification
- Regression
- Sparsity
- Feature Selection and Extraction
- Spectral Methods
- Embedding and Manifold Learning
- Similarity and Distance Learning
- Matrix Factorization
- Clustering
- ICA, PCA, CCA and other Linear Models
- Fuzzy Logic
- Active Learning
- Cost-sensitive Learning
- Incremental Learning
- On-line Learning
- Structured Learning
- Multi-agent Learning
- Multi-instance Learning
- Reinforcement Learning
- Instance-based Learning
- Knowledge Acquisition and Representation
- Meta Learning
- Multi-strategy Learning
- Case-based Reasoning
- Inductive Learning
- Computational Learning Theory
- Cooperative Learning
- Evolutionary Computation
- Information Retrieval and Learning
- Hybrid Learning Algorithms
- Planning and Learning
- Convex Optimization
- Stochastic Methods
- Combinatorial Optimization

- Natural Language Processing
- Information Retrieval
- Ranking
- Web Applications
- Economics, Business and Forecasting Applications
- Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
- Audio and Speech Processing
- Signal Processing
- Image Understanding
- Sensors and Early Vision
- Motion and Tracking
- Image-based Modelling
- Shape Representation
- Object Recognition
- Video Analysis
- Medical Imaging
- Learning and Adaptive Control
- Perception
- Learning in Process Automation
- Learning of Action Patterns
- Virtual Environments
- Robotics

Ludmila Kuncheva, Bangor University, U.K.
Tiberio Caetano, NICTA, Australia
Francis Bach, INRIA, France 
Jose C. Principe, University of Florida, U.S.A.
Joachim M. Buhmann, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
(list not yet complete)

Ana Fred, Technical University of Lisbon / IT, Portugal

J. Salvador Sanchez, Jaume I University, Spain
Pedro Latorre Carmona, Jaume I University, Spain

Authors should submit an original paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure. The initial submission must have between 3 to 13 pages otherwise it will be rejected without review. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable.

A 'double-blind' paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. This means that is necessary to remove the authors personal details, the acknowledgements section and any reference that may disclose the authors identity.

Submission types:

A) Regular Paper Submission
A regular paper presents a work where the research is completed or almost finished. It does not necessary means that the acceptance is as a full paper. It may be accepted as a 'full paper' (30 min. oral presentation), a 'short paper' (20 min. oral presentation) or a 'poster'.

B) Position Paper Submission
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results. It is, nevertheless, important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. A position paper may be a short report and discussion of ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research (bibliographic, experimental, theoretical, or other) focused on one of the conference topic areas. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of 'short paper' or 'poster', i.e. a position paper is not a candidate to acceptance as 'full paper'.

Please check the program committee members at


3-3-34(2012-03-25) International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Kyoto Japan
International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
                           March 25 - 30, 2012
               Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto JAPAN

The 37th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan, on March 25 - 30, 2012. 

The ICASSP meeting is the world's largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on signal processing and its applications. The conference will feature world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits, and over 50 lecture and poster sessions on:

 * Audio and acoustic signal processing
 * Bio imaging and signal processing
 * Design and implementation of signal processing systems
 * Image, video and multidimensional signal processing
 * Industry technology tracks
 * Information forensics and security
 * Machine learning for signal processing
 * Multimedia signal processing
 * Sensor array and multichannel signal processing
 * Signal processing education
 * Signal processing for communications and networking
 * Signal processing theory and methods
 * Speech processing
 * Spoken language processing

Welcome to Kyoto: The Cultural Heart of Japan. Kyoto is special because it reigned as the national capital of Japan for more than 1000 years. Seventeen UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The rich heritage is also reflected in modern technical advances of Japanese frontier and leading industries. You and your family will be welcomed with all the hospitality of the cultural heart of Japan.

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, four-page papers, including figures and references, to the ICASSP Technical Committee. All ICASSP papers will be handled and reviewed electronically. The ICASSP 2012 website will provide you with further details. Please note that the submission dates for papers are strict deadlines.

Tutorial and Special Session Proposals: Tutorials will be held on March 25 and 26, 2012. Brief proposals must include title, outline, contact information, biography and selected publications for the presenter, a description of the tutorial, and material to be distributed to participants. Special sessions proposals must include a topical title, rationale, session outline, contact information, and a list of invited speakers. Tutorial and special session authors are referred to the ICASSP 2012 website for additional information regarding submissions.

Important Deadlines
Special Session & Tutorial Proposals Due
     August 11, 2011
Notification of Special Session & Tutorial Acceptance
     September 15, 2011
Submission of Regular Papers
     September 27, 2011
Notification of Paper Acceptance
     December 22, 2011
Revised Paper Upload Deadline
     January 19, 2012
Author's Registration Deadline
     January 26, 2012

For more detailed information, please visit the ICASSP 2012 official website,

The ICASSP 2012 Organizing Committee

3-3-35(2012-04-23) EACL Thirteenth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
EACL 2012
Thirteenth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for 
Computational Linguistics
Avignon, France
April 23-27, 2012
First Call For Papers

>>> Submission deadline: November 4, 2011 <<<
EACL 2012 is the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics. The conference invites the
submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished
research on all areas of computational linguistics, broadly conceived
to include disciplines such as psycholinguistics, speech, information
retrieval, multimodal language processing. The conference welcomes
theoretical, empirical, and application-orientated papers as well as
papers targeting emerging domains such as bioinformatics and social

The list of topics includes, but is not limited to:

  - phonetics, phonology, and morphology
  - word segmentation, tagging and chunking
  - syntax, parsing, grammar formalisms, and grammar induction
  - semantics
  - pragmatics, discourse, and dialogue
  - generation and summarization
  - information retrieval and  question answering
  - information extraction
  - sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  - machine translation and multilingual systems
  - spoken language processing and language modeling
  - dialogue systems and multimodal systems
  - language resources and tools
  - psychological and mathematical models of language and language
  - machine learning and algorithms for natural language
  - natural language processing applications
  - evaluation methodology

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: November 4, 2011 
Author response period: December 27-30, 2011
Notification of acceptance: January 13, 2012
Camera-ready papers due: March 9, 2012
Papers available on-line: April 19, 2012
EACL 2012 Conference: April 23 - 27, 2012

All deadlines refer to 11:59pm Samoa time (UTC/GMT -11 hours) 


Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed
work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state
of completion of the reported results. A paper accepted for
at EACL 2012 cannot be presented at any other meeting with publicly
available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to
other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the submission
page. If the paper is accepted by both EACL 2012 and another meeting
or publication, it must be withdrawn from one of them. Furthermore,
its authors must notify the program chairs, within a week of receiving
the EACL 2012 acceptance notification, whether or not they have chosen
EACL 2012 for presentation of their work.

Review and Selection

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind, and all submissions will
three independent reviews. Final decisions on the program will be made
the Program Committee, consisting of the Program Co-Chairs and Area
Submissions will be assessed with respect to appropriateness, clarity, 
soundness/correctness, meaningful comparison,
and impact of ideas or results. 

Publication and Presentation

All papers that are accepted will be published in the proceedings of
the conference, and will be presented orally or as a poster
as determined by the program committee. The decisions as to which
will be presented orally and which as poster presentations will be
on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. Authors will be
asked on submission to state their preferred mode of presentation. 
EACL 2012 will continue aiming to give poster presentations a high
There will be no distinction in the conference proceedings between
that are assigned different presentation modes.

Submission Information

All submissions must be submitted electronically as PDF and must
follow the two-column format of EACL proceedings. Authors are strongly
recommended to use the style files available on the conference web
site. Papers may consist of up to nine (9) pages of content and any
number of additional pages containing references only.

EACL 2012 will also accept papers accompanied by the resource(s)
(software or data) described in the paper. In addition to the regular
review of the research quality of the paper, these papers will also be
reviewed for the quality of the resource that is being made
available. Acceptance or rejection decision will be made based on the
quality of both the research and the software/data component.

As reviewing will be double-blind, the paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that
reveal the author's identity, e.g., 'We previously showed (Smith,
1991) ...', should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as 'Smith
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'. Authors should not use anonymous
citations and should not include any acknowledgments. Papers that do
not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

The deadline for submission is 11:59pm Samoa Time (UTC/GMT -11 hours)
on November 4, 2011.  Additional instructions for electronic submission 
will be posted on the conference website at

Mentoring service

EACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from
regions of the world where English is less emphasized as a language of
scientific exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to
read the scientific literature in English, have little or no
experience in writing papers in English for conferences such as the
E/ACL meetings. If you would like to take advantage of the service,
please upload your paper in PDF format by September 23, 2011 using the
paper submission software for the mentoring service which will be
available at the conference website. Questions about the mentoring
service should be referred to 

Invited speakers


Best paper awards



General Chair:          Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp,

Program Co-Chairs:      Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
                        Lluis Marquez (Universitat Politcnica de
Catalunya, Spain)

Area Chairs:            TBA

Mentoring Chairs:       Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University,Germany)
                        Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The
Publications Chairs:    Adri de Gispert (University of Cambridge, UK)
                        Fabrice Lefevre (University of Cambridge, UK)

Local Chair:            Marc El-Beze (University of Avignon, France)
Local Co-Chair:         Tania Jimenez (University of Avignon, France)


3-3-36(2012-05-21) 8th LREC Conference Istambul Turkey
The 8th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) on May 21-27, 2012.
More information will be available soon on:

Helene Mazo
on behalf of LREC 2012 Programme Committee


3-3-37Evaluation of automatic speech processing Etape 2011

AFCP, French-speaking regional branch of ISCA, and the partners of the project ETAPE (1) are proud to announce an evaluation campaign on vocal technologies for the French language. The ETAPE 2011 campaign follows the series of ESTER campaigns organized in 2003, 2005 and 2009, targeting a wider variety of speech quality and the more difficult challenge of spontaneous speech. Speech transcription and information extraction (speaker turns, named entities) will be evaluated, focusing on TV material with various level of spontaneous speech and multiple speaker speech.

A corpora of about 30h of radio and TV shows covering various types and topics (news, debates, etc.), including the reference transcription with named entity annotations, will be made available to participants. After completion of the evaluation campaign, the corpus will be complemented with phonetic alignments and syntactic trees that will be available to participants for research purposes. The entire ETAPE data set will also be made availble to non participants via ELRA.

Tentative calendar:
   may 2011     proposal of an evaluation plan for discussion
   june 2011    release of training and development data
   dec. 2011    evaluation campaign (to be defined with participants)
   feb. 2012    workshop

For more information:

  - visit the ETAPE page of the AFCP website (

  - subscribe to the ester-info mailing list: send a mail to with the following line in the mail body

SUBSCRIBE ester-info firstname lastname

  - contact us:,

(1) ETAPE is a French national project targeting the organisation of evaluation campaigns in the field of automatic speech processing. Partially funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), the project brings together national experts in the organisation of such campaigns under the scientific leadership of the AFCP, the French-speaking Speech Communication Association, a regional branch of ISCA.

Partners of the ETAPE projects are, in alphabetical order: Association
Francophone de la Communication Parlée, Direction Générale de
l'Armement, ELDA S.A., Laboratoire National d'Essais, Laboratoire de
Linguistique Formelle (Univ. Paris 7), Laboratoire de Phonétique et
Phonologie (Univ. Paris 3).


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