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Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

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3-1 ISCA Events
3-1-1(2014-09-14) CfP INTERSPEECH 2014 Singapore

Interspeech 2014


September 14-18, 2014



INTERSPEECH is the world's largest and most comprehensive conference on issues surrounding the science and technology of spoken language processing, both in humans and in machines.

The theme of INTERSPEECH 2014 is 'Celebrating the Diversity of Spoken Languages'. INTERSPEECH 2014 emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach covering all aspects of speech science and technology spanning basic theories to applications. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, the conference will also feature plenary talks by internationally renowned experts, tutorials, special sessions, show & tell sessions, and exhibits. A number of satellite events will take place immediately before and after the conference. Please follow the details of these and other news at the INTERSPEECH website

We invite you to submit original papers in any related area, including but not limited to:

1: Speech Perception and Production

2: Prosody, Phonetics, Phonology, and Para-/Non- Linguistic Information

3: Analysis of Speech and Audio Signals

4: Speech Coding and Enhancement

5: Speaker and Language Identification

6: Speech Synthesis and Spoken Language Generation

7: Speech Recognition - Signal Processing, Acoustic Modeling, Robustness, and Adaptation

8: Speech Recognition - Architecture, Search & Linguistic Components

9: LVCSR and Its Applications, Technologies and Systems for New Applications

10: Spoken Language Processing - Dialogue, Summarization, Understanding

11: Spoken Language Processing -Translation, Info Retrieval

12: Spoken Language Evaluation, Standardization and Resources 

A detailed description of these areas is accessible at:


Paper Submission

Papers for the INTERSPEECH 2014 proceedings should be up to 4 pages of text, plus one page (maximum) for references only. Paper submissions must conform to the format defined in the paper preparation guidelines and provided in the Authors’ kit, on the INTERSPEECH 2014 website, along with the Call for Papers. Optionally, authors may submit additional files, such as multimedia files, which will be included in the official conference proceedings USB drive. Authors must declare that their contributions are original and are not being submitted for publication elsewhere (e.g. another conference, workshop, or journal). Papers must be submitted via the online paper submission system, which will be opened in February 2014. The conference will be conducted in English. Information on the paper submission procedure is available at:

There will be NO extension to the full paper submission deadline.


Important Dates

Full Paper submission deadline


24 March 2014

Notification of acceptance/rejection


10 June 2014

Camera-ready paper due


20 June 2014

Early registration deadline


10 July 2014

Conference dates


14-18 Sept 2014

We look forward to welcoming you to INTERSPEECH 2014 in Singapore!


Helen Meng and Bin Ma

Technical Program Chairs





Email:— For general enquiries


Conference website:


3-1-2(2014-09-14) INTERSPEECH 2014 Singapore



It is a great pleasure to announce that the 15th edition of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH) will be held in Singapore during September 14-18, 2014. INTERSPEECH 2014 will bring together the community to celebrate the diversity of spoken languages in the vibrant city state of Singapore.  INTERSPEECH 2014 is proudly organized by the Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS), the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).




Ten steps to Singapore


You want to know more about Singapore?


During the next ten months, the organization committee will introduce you to Singaporean culture through a series of brief newsletters featuring topics related to spoken languages in Singapore. Please stay tuned!






Submission deadline:  December 1, 2013


Satellite workshops related to speech and language research will be hosted in Singapore as well as in Phuket Island, Thailand (1 hr 20 min flight from Singapore) and in Penang, Malaysia (1 hr flight from Singapore).


Proposals must be submitted by email to before December 1, 2013. Notification of acceptance and ISCA approval/sponsorship will be announced by January 31, 2014.




Sponsorship and Exhibition


The objective of INTERSPEECH 2014 is to foster scientific exchanges in all aspects of Speech Communication sciences with a special focus on the diversity of spoken languages. We are pleased to invite you to take part in this major event as a sponsor. For more information, view the Sponsorship




Conference venue


INTERSPEECH 2014 main conference will be held in the MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo.






Lists of the organizing, advisory and technical program committees are available on line (here).




Follow us


Facebook: ISCA


Twitter: @Interspeech2014 follow hash tags: #is2014 or #interspeech2014


LinkedIn Interspeech






Conference website:— For general enquiries — For Exhibition & Sponsorship — For Workshops & Satellite Events








3-1-3(2015) INTERSPEECH 2015 Dresden RFA

Interspeech 2015


September 6-10, 2015, Dresden, Germany



Speech Beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal



Speech is the most important biosignal humans can produce and perceive. It is the most common means of human-human communication, and therefore research and development in speech and language are not only paramount for understanding humans, but also to facilitate human-machine interaction. Still, not all characteristics of speech are fully understood, and even fewer are used for developing successful speech and language processing applications. Speech can exploit its full potential only if we consider the characteristics which are beyond the traditional (and still important) linguistic content. These characteristics include other biosignals that are directly accessible to human perception, such as muscle and brain activity, as well as articulatory gestures.



will therefore be organized around the topic “Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal”. Our conviction is that spoken language processing can make a substantial leap if it caters for the full information which is available in the speech signal. By opening our prestigious conference to researchers in other biosignal communities, we expect that substantial advances can be made discussing ideas and approaches across discipline and community boundaries.



The following preliminary list of principal organizers plan INTERSPEECH 2015:

  • Sebastian Möller, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Technische Universität Berlin (General Chair)
  • Rüdiger Hoffmann, Chair for System Theory and Speech Technology, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Ercan Altinsoy, Chair for Communication Acoustics, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Ute Jekosch, Chair for Communication Acoustics, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Siegfried Kunzmann, European Media Laboratory GmbH, Heidelberg
  • Bernd Möbius, Dept. of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University
  • Hermann Ney, Chair of Computer Science 6, RWTH Aachen
  • Elmar Nöth, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Alexander Raake, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Gerhard Rigoll, Institute of Human-Machine Communication, Technische Universität München
  • Tanja Schultz, Cognitive Systems Lab, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)



The event will be staged in the recently built Maritim International Congress Center (ICD) in Dresden, Germany. As the capital of Saxony, an up-and-coming region located in the former eastern part of Germany, Dresden combines glorious and painful history with a strong dedication to future and technology. It is located in the heart of Europe, easily reached via two airports, and will offer a great deal of history and culture to INTERSPEECH 2015 delegates. Guests are well catered for in a variety of hotels of different standards and price ranges, making INTERSPEECH 2015 an exciting as well as an affordable event.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller, Quality and Usability Lab, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, TU Berlin

Sekr. TEL-18, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, D-10587 Berlin, Germany





3-1-4(2016) INTERSPEECH 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA

Interspeech 2016 will take place

from September 8-12 2016 in San Francisco, CA, USA

General Chair is Nelson Morgan.



3-1-5CfP Speech Technology for the Interspeech App

Call for Proposals

Speech Technology for the Interspeech App

During the past Interspeech conference in Lyon, a mobile application (app) was provided for accessing the conference program, designing personal schedules, inspecting abstracts, full papers and the list of authors, navigating through the conference center, or recommending papers to colleagues. This app was designed by students and researchers of the Quality and Usability Lab, TU Berlin, and will be made available to ISCA and to future conference and workshop organizers free-of-charge. It will also be used for the upcoming Interspeech 2014 in Singapore, and is available under both iOS and Android.

In its current state, the app is limited to mostly touch-based input and graphical output. However, we would like to develop the app into a useful tool for the spoken language community at large, which should include speech input and output capabilities, and potentially full spoken-language and multimodal interaction. The app could also be used for collecting speech data under realistic environmental conditions, for distributing multimedia examples or surveys during the conference, or for other research purposes. In addition, the data which is being collected with the app (mostly interaction usage patterns) could be analyzed further.

The Quality and Usability Lab of TU Berlin would like to invite interested parties to contribute to this development. Contributions could be made by providing ready-built modules (e.g. ASR, TTS, or alike) for integration into the app, by proposing new functionalities which would be of interest to a significant part of the community, and preferably by offering workforce for such future developments.

If you are interested in contributing to this, please send an email with your proposals to

by October 31, 2013. In case that a sufficient number of interested parties can be found, we plan to submit a proposal for a special session around speech technology in mobile applications for the upcoming Interspeech in Singapore.

More information on the current version of the app can be found in: Schleicher, R., Westermann, T., Li, J., Lawitschka, M., Mateev, B., Reichmuth, R., Möller, S. (2013). Design of a Mobile App for Interspeech Conferences: Towards an Open Tool for the Spoken Language Community, in: Proc. 14th Ann. Conf. of the Int. Speech Comm. Assoc. (Interspeech 2013), Aug. 25-29, Lyon.


3-1-6INTERSPEECH 2014 Calls for workshops, special sessions and tutorials
INTERSPEECH 2014 - SINGAPORE September 14-18, 2014 
The organizing Committee of INTERSPEECH 2014 invites proposals for workshops, 
special sessions and tutorials around INTERSPEECH 2014, which will be held in Singapore 
on September 14-18, 2014. 
The theme of INTERSPEECH 2014 is “Celebrating the Diversity of Spoken Languages”. 
 WORKSHOPS (submission by the 1 December, 2013) ******************************
The Organizing Committee would be pleased to host various workshops and satellite events 
of INTERSPEECH 2014 in order to stimulate focus areas and research activities related to 
speech and language. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, or would like a planned 
event to be listed as an official satellite event:
 More information on 
Contact Dr Chai Wutiwiwatchai at: ***********************
 SPECIAL SESSIONS (submission by the 31 December, 2013) ****************************
Submissions of Special Session proposals covering interdisciplinary topics and/or important new 
emerging areas of interest related to the main conference topics are encouraged. Submissions 
related to the special focus of the conference, “Celebrating the Diversity of Spoken Languages”, 
are particularly welcome. Apart from a particular theme, special sessions should be the 
opportunity for a format different from a regular session. 
More information on 
Contact Dr. Tomi H. Kinnunen at: *************************************
TUTORIALS (submission by the 3 January 2014) **************************************
INTERSPEECH 2014 will host a number of high calibre tutorials covering interdisciplinary topics 
and/or emerging areas of interest. Applications for tutorials that either introduce a new area of 
interest to the speech research community or provide a condensed overview of an active area of 
speech related research are strongly encouraged. Each tutorial will be of three or six hour 
duration and is expected to provide a complete coverage of the proposed topic rather than focus 
on individual research. More information on 
Contact Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah at: 
The Organizing team 

3-1-7INTERSPEECH 2014 Singapore Newsletter January 2014


English in Singapore




Attending INTERSPEECH 2014 in Singapore you will probably be glad to know that English is spoken in any corner of the island. Indeed, it is one of the four national languages and the second language spoken in Singapore's homes. According to the last census, in 2010, 89% of the population is literate in English, making of Singapore a very convenient place for tourism, shopping, research or to hold a conference.






Historical context of English in Singapore




The history of Singapore started as the first settlements were established in the 13th century AD [2]. Along the years, Singapore was part of different kingdoms and sultanas until the 19th century, when modern Singapore was founded under the impulsion of the British Empire. In 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore and established a treaty with the local rulers to develop a new trading station. From this date, the importance of Singapore continuously grew under the influence of Sir Raffles who, despite not being very present on the island, was the real builder of modern Singapore. Singapore remained under British administration until the Second World War and became a Crown Colony after the end of the conflict. Followed a brief period during which Singapore was part of the Federation of Malaya before becoming independent in 1965 and part of the Commonwealth of Nations.


From this history, Singapore conserved English as one of its four official languages as well as many landmarks that deserve a visit beside of INTERSPEECH. Amongst them, Singapore Botanic Garden, founded in 1859, is internationally renowned [3]. This urban garden of 74 hectares was laid there by Sir Raffles to cultivate and preserve local plants in the tradition of the tropical colonial gardens. Including a Rain Forest, several lakes, an orchid garden and a performance stage, Singapore Botanic Garden is a very popular place to enjoy free concerts on week end afternoons.


Other green spot in the “City in a Garden”, the Padang (field in Malay) was created by Sir Raffles, always him, who planned to reserve the space for public purposes. The place is now famous for the two cricket clubs founded in 1870 and 1883 at both ends of the field and the games that can be watched on weekends.


Amongst the numerous landmarks inherited from the British colonization, the most famous include St Andrew's Anglican cathedral, the Victoria Theater, the Fullerton building, Singapore's City Hall, Old Parliament house, the Central Fire Station and many black and white bungalows built from the 19th century for the rich expatriate families. Some of those bungalows, now transformed in restaurant, will offer you a peaceful atmosphere to enjoy a local diner.






The role of English in Singapore




English has a special place in Singapore as it is the only national language which is not a “mother-tongue”. Indeed, Alsagoff [6] framed English as “cultureless” in that it is “disassociated from Western culture” in the Singaporean context. This cultural voiding makes English an ethnically neutral language used as lingua franca between ethnic groups [5] after replacing the local Malay in this role [4]. Interestingly, English is the only compulsory language of education, and its status in school is that of First Language, as opposed to the Second Language status delegated to the other official languages. By promoting the use of English as working language, the will of the government is to not advantage or disadvantage any ethnic group.


Nevertheless, the theoretical equality stated in the constitution between the four national languages is not always present in practice. For instance, English is overwhelming parliamentary business and some governmental websites are only available in English. Additionally, all legislation is in English only [4].






Singapore English




The standard Singapore English is almost similar to the British English although very cosmopolitan, with 42% of the population born outside the country. Nevertheless, a new standard of pronunciation has been emerging recently [1]. Interestingly, this pronunciation is independent of any external standard and some aspects of it cannot be predicted by reference to British English or any other variety of external English.


The other form of English that you will hear in Singapore is known as Singlish. It is a colorful Creole including words from the many languages spoken in Singapore such as various Chinese dialects (Hokkien, TeoChew, and Cantonese), Malay or Tamil. Many things might be said about Singlish and another newsletter will be especially dedicated to this local variant. Don't miss it!






[1] Deterding, David (2003). 'Emergent patterns in the vowels of Singapore English' National Institute of Education, Singapore. Retrieved 7 June 2013.


(on line January 7
th, 2014)


[3] , (on line January 7th, 2014)


[4] Leimgruber, J. R. (2013). The management of multilingualism in a city-state: Language policy in Singapore. In I. G. Peter Siemund, Multilingualism and Language Contact in Urban Areas: Acquisition development, teaching, communication (pp. 229-258). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


[5] Harada, Shinichi. 'The Roles of Singapore Standard English and Singlish.' 情報研究 40 (2009): 69-81.


[6] Alsagoff, L. (2007). Singlish: Negotiating culture, capital and identity. In Language, Capital, Culture: Critical studies of language and education in Singapore (pp. 25-46). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.







3-2 ISCA Supported Events
3-2-1(2014-06-23) JEP 2014 ( Le Mans France
Appel à Communications JEP 2014 ( Les Journées d'Études de la Parole (JEP) sont consacrées à l'étude de la communication parlée 
ainsi qu'à ses applications. Ces journées ont pour but de rassembler l'ensemble des 
communautés scientifiques francophones travaillant dans le domaine. La conférence se veut 
aussi un lieu d'échange convivial entre doctorants et chercheurs confirmés.
 En 2014, les JEP sont organisées au Mans par le Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Université 
du Maine (LIUM) et par le Laboratoire d'Informatique de Nantes Atlantique (LINA), sous l'égide 
de l'Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée (AFCP). Dates importantes Soumission des communications : 31 janvier 2014 Notification d’acceptation : 28 mars 2014 Soumission des versions définitives : 11 avril 2014 Conférence : du 23 au 27 juin 2014 Thématiques Les communications porteront sur la communication parlée et le traitement de la parole dans
 leurs différents aspects. Les thèmes de la conférence incluent, de façon non limitative : Acoustique de la parole Acquisition de la parole et du langage Analyse, codage et compression de la parole Applications à composantes orales (dialogue, indexation, etc) Apprentissage d'une langue seconde Communication multimodale Dialectologie Évaluation, corpus et ressources Langues en danger Modèles de langage Parole audio-visuelle Pathologies de la parole Perception de parole Phonétique et phonologie Phonétique clinique Prises de position présentant un point de vue sur les sciences et technologies de la parole Production de parole Prosodie Psycholinguistique Reconnaissance et compréhension de la parole Reconnaissance de la langue Reconnaissance du locuteur Signaux sociaux, sociophonétique Synthèse de la parole Critères de Sélection Les auteurs sont invités à soumettre des travaux de recherche originaux, n'ayant pas fait l'objet 
de publications antérieures. Les contributions proposées seront examinées par au moins deux 
spécialistes du domaine. Seront considérées en particulier : - l’importance et l’originalité de la contribution ; - la discussion critique des résultats, en particulier par rapport aux autres travaux du domaine ; - la situation des travaux présentés dans le contexte de la recherche internationale ; - l’organisation et la clarté de la présentation ; - l’adéquation aux thèmes de la conférence. Les articles sélectionnés seront publiés dans les actes de la conférence. Bourses L’AFCP offre un certain nombre de bourses pour les doctorants et jeunes chercheurs désireux de 
prendre part à la conférence, voir le site de l’AFCP. L’ISCA apporte également un soutien financier aux jeunes chercheurs participant à des 
manifestations scientifiques sur la parole et le langage, voir le site de l’ISCA. Contacts : ou 

3-2-2(2014-09-08) Seventeenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014)

17th International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014) Brno, Czech Republic,

8-12 September 2014

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association. Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to): Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual, text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation, specialized lexicons, dictionaries) Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words, alternative way of feature extraction, new models for acoustic and language modelling) Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech (morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship attribution) Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing) Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web, knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense disambiguation, plagiarism detection) Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing (machine translation, natural language understanding, question-answering strategies, assistive technologies) Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual, question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in dialogues) Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions and personality modelling) Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


Hynek Hermansky, USA (general chair) Eneko Agirre, Spain Genevieve Baudoin, France Paul Cook, Australia Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia Karina Evgrafova, Russia Darja Fiser, Slovenia Radovan Garabik, Slovakia Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico Louise Guthrie, GB Jan Hajic, Czech Republic Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic Yannis Haralambous, France Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic Ales Horak, Czech Republic Eduard Hovy, USA Maria Khokhlova, Russia Daniil Kocharov, Russia Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic Valia Kordoni, Germany Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic Diana McCarthy, United Kingdom France Mihelic, Slovenia Hermann Ney, Germany Elmar Noeth, Germany Karel Oliva, Czech Republic Karel Pala, Czech Republic Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia Fabio Pianesi, Italy Maciej Piasecki, Poland Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland Josef Psutka, Czech Republic James Pustejovsky, USA German Rigau, Spain Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands Anna Rumshisky, USA Milan Rusko, Slovakia Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine Pavel Skrelin, Russia Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic Petr Sojka, Czech Republic Stefan Steidl, Germany Georg Stemmer, Germany Marko Tadic, Croatia Tamas Varadi, Hungary Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands Yorick Wilks, GB Marcin Wolinski, Poland Victor Zakharov, Russia KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Ralph Grishman, New York University, USA Bernardo Magnini, FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions. Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised.


March 15 2014 ............ Submission of abstract

March 22 2014 ............ Submission of full papers

May 15 2014 .............. Notification of acceptance

May 31 2014 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration

August 3 2014 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts

August 10 2014 ........... Notification of acceptance for demonstrations sent to the authors

September 8-12 2014 ...... Conference date

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE The official language of the conference is English. ADDRESS All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to Ales Horak, TSD 2014 Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63 fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20 email: The official TSD 2014 homepage is:


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights. South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region. Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Eindhoven, Rome and Prague and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).


3-3 Other Events
3-3-1(2014) Speech Prosody 2014 in Dublin.

Speech Prosody 2014 in Dublin.


3-3-2(2014- 05-27) CfP WILDRE2- 2nd Workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation

WILDRE2- 2nd Workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation

Date: Tuesday, 27th May 2014     

Venue: Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland (Organized in under the platform of LREC2014 (26-31 May 2014))   


  • main website -
  • submit papers on -

    WILDRE – the 2nd workshop on Indian Language Data: Resources and Evaluation is being organized in Reykjavik, Iceland on 27th May, 2014 under the LREC platform.  India has a huge linguistic diversity and has seen concerted efforts from the Indian government and industry towards developing language resources. European Language Resource Association (ELRA) and its associate organizations have been very active and successful in addressing the challenges and opportunities related to language resource creation and evaluation. It is therefore a great opportunity for resource creators of Indian languages to showcase their work on this platform and also to interact and learn from those involved in similar initiatives all over the world.
    The broader objectives of the WILDRE will be

    • To map the status of Indian Language Resources
    • To investigate challenges related to creating and sharing various levels of language resources
    • To promote a dialogue between language resource developers and users
    • To provide opportunity for researchers from India to collaborate with researchers from other parts of the world

February 17, 2014 Paper submissions due     
March 10, 2014 Paper notification of acceptance     
April 4, 2014 Camera-ready papers due     
May 27, 2014 Workshop


Papers must describe original, completed or in progress, and  unpublished work. Each submission will be reviewed by two program committee members.     

Accepted papers will be given up to 10 pages (for full papers) 5 pages (for short papers and posters) in the workshop proceedings, and will be presented oral presentation or poster.     

Papers should be formatted according to the style-sheet, which will be provided on the LREC 2014 website (   

Please submit papers in PDF/doc format to the LREC website

We are seeking submissions under the following category

  • Full papers (10 pages)
  • Short papers (work in progress – 5 pages)
  • Posters (innovative ideas/proposals, research proposal of students)
  • Demo (of working online/standalone systems)  

Though our area of interest covers all NLP/language technology related activity for Indian languages, we would like to focus on the resource creation in the following areas-

  • Text corpora
  • Speech corpora
  • Lexicons and Machine-readable dictionaries
  • Ontologies
  • Grammars
  • Annotation of corpora
  • Language resources for basic NLP, IR and Speech Technology tasks, tools and
  • Infrastructure for constructing and sharing language resources
  • Standards or specifications for language resources  applications
  • Licensing and copyright issues

Both submission and review processes will handled electronically using the Start interface of the LREC website. The workshop website will provide the submission guidelines and the link for the electronic submission.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.), to enable their reuse, replicability of experiments, including evaluation ones, etc...

For further information on this initiative, please refer to

Conference Chairs
  • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Kalika Bali, Microsoft Research India Lab, Bangalore
  • Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai
Program Committee (to be updated)
  • A. Kumaran, Microsoft Research, India
  • Amba Kulkarni, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Ashwani Sharma, Google India
  • Chris Cieri, LDC, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dafydd Gibbon, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
  • Dipti Mishra Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad, India
  • Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Hans Uszkoreit, Saarland University, Germany
  • Indranil Datta, English & Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, India
  • Jopseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, France
  • Jyoti Pawar, Goa University, India
  • Kalika Bali, MSRI, Bangalore, India
  • Karunesh Arora, CDAC Noida, India
  • Khalid Choukri, ELRA, France
  • L Ramamoorthy, LDC-IL, CIIL, Mysore, India
  • Malhar Kulkarni, IIT Bombay, India
  • Monojit Choudhary, Microsoft Research, India
  • Nicoletta Calzolari, ILC-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Niladri Shekhar Dash, ISI Kolkata, India
  • Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Pushpak Bhattacharya, IIT Bombay, India
  • Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai, India
  • Umamaheshwar Rao, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Vikram Dendi, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Workshop contact:

Esha Banerjee, Sr Linguist, ILCI project @JNU


3-3-3(2014-01-14) 6ème Journée d'Etude et de Formation sur la Parole (JEFP), Aix en Provence

6ème Journée d'Etude et de Formation sur la Parole (JEFP) organisée sous l'égide de l'AFCP :

« Etude et analyse Prosodiques de la parole: de la forme acoustique aux fonctions linguistiques 

Le 14 janvier 2014 au Laboratoire Parole et Langage LPL (Aix-en-Provence)

L'étude de la parole conduit des chercheurs de différentes disciplines (sciences humaines, sciences de l’ingénieur, science de la vie,...) à collaborer. Ces disciplines ont chacune leurs références et leurs applications, et il apparaît extrêmement judicieux de mettre ces connaissances et expertises en commun pour appréhender certaines questions de recherche.
Soutenues par l'Association Française de Communication Parlée, ces journées ont comme objectif premier de permettre aux doctorants d'avoir l'occasion de se familiariser aux habitudes, objets, méthodes et questionnements de ces disciplines connexes.

Fortes de leur succès, ces journées repartent pour une nouvelle édition 2013/2014. La sixième JEFP aura lieu le 14 Janvier 2014 de 9h30 à 18h au Laboratoire Parole et Langage au 5 Avenue Pasteur, Aix en-Provence. Cette journée aura pour thématique « Etude et analyse prosodiques de la parole: de la forme acoustique aux fonctions linguistiques », et afin d’appréhender au mieux cette dernière, la journée s’articulera en deux parties ; une théorique avec les interventions de :

Albert Di Cristo « la Prosodie de la parole à la lumière de l’articulation Formes-Fonctions-Sens »

Mariapaola D’imperio « Modèles autosegmental-métrique et d’alignement tonal »

Daniel Hirst « Analyse acoustique et modélisation de l’intonation »

Ensuite une partie ateliers pratiques qui a pour but de faciliter la prise en main de nouveaux programmes de traitement de la parole, avec pour intervenants :

Philippe Martin « WinPitch : Programme d’analyse acoustique »

Brigitte Bigi et Tatsuya Watanabe « SPPAS : Outils et ressources pour un traitement optimisé de la langue »

L'ensemble des résumés des interventions sont accessibles depuis l’adresse suivante

Etant donné que les places sont limitées, nous vous invitons à vous inscrire le plus rapidement possible, ces journées s’adressent prioritairement aux doctorants et jeunes chercheurs, mais restent ouvertes à d’autres participants. Nous vous rappelons également que ces journées sont gratuites.

L’inscription se fait en envoyant un email à l’adresse suivante

L’AFCP dispose d’un budget alloué au remboursement (total ou partiel) de vos frais de transport, le remboursement se fera sur pièces justificatives à présenter à la fin de la journée. Merci de nous prévenir lors de votre inscription si vous souhaitez bénéficier d’une bourse de transport et de nous donner une idée du montant. Compte tenu de la politique tarifaire de la SNCF, pensez à réserver vos billets rapidement.

En espérant vous voir nombreux,

Bien cordialement,

Le comité d’organisation des 6émes JEFP.





3-3-4(2014-01-18) 5th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS 2014), Napa, CA, USA

5th International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS 2014)


                                                 Situated Dialog


                            Napa, California, US, January 18-20, 2014





Following the success of IWSDS-2009 (Irsee, Germany), IWSDS-2010 (Gotemba Kogen Resort, Japan), IWSDS-2011 (Granada, Spain), and IWSDS-2012, (Paris, France), the Fifth International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems (IWSDS-2014) will be held in Napa, California, US on January 18-20, 2014.


The IWSDS Workshop series provides an international forum for the presentation of research and applications and for lively discussions among researchers as well as industrialists, with a special interest to the practical implementation of Spoken Dialog Systems in everyday applications.


To date many dialog systems have been developed for well-defined domains most notably information access and simple transactions. As spoken language technologies become more sophisticated more diverse domains have begun to be explored. One direction has been towards systems that are untethered and that do not rely on a clearly demarcated domain. More recently, researchers have begun to explore systems for domains that require a clear awareness of dynamic context and surroundings, also known as situated dialog systems. Such domains include robotic and automotive systems, but also systems found in mobile devices and in the cloud.


Situated dialog represents the next step in creating spoken language systems that can be used by humans as a part of everyday life but it presents new research challenges. For example perception becomes significantly more important as the current state of the world plays a role in the interaction; moreover situated dialog often requires more advanced reasoning capabilities than non-situated systems. Humans might also expect systems to understand and retain new information and be able to accept relatively complex direction. Many of these systems are used in hands-busy eyes-busy situations, where spoken language becomes the principal means of communication.


Areas of research that touch on Situated Dialog:              

* Auditory scene analysis and interpretation

* Acquisition and tracking of dialog channels

* Explicit and implicit grounding

* Out-of-Vocabulary inputs and their resolution

* Advanced conversational capabilities: Initiation and termination

* Managing multi-party dialogs

* Multi-modal interaction (gesture and gaze)

* Language-based learning and instruction

* Dialog interaction for robotic systems or kiosks

* Interfaces to automotive systems

* Spoken language for mobile applications


Research and development in the following areas are relevant to this meeting; we also invite the submission of original papers in any related area:


* Speech recognition and understanding, Dialog management, Adaptive

* Dialog modeling, Recognition of emotions from speech, gestures,

* Facial expressions and physiological data, Emotional and

* Interactional dynamic profile of the speaker during dialog, User

* Modeling, Planning and reasoning capabilities for coordination and

* Conflict description, Conflict resolution in complex multi-level

* Decisions, Multi-modality such as graphics, gesture and speech for

* Input and output, Fusion, fission and information management,

* Learning and adaptability, Visual processing and recognition for

* Advanced human-computer interaction, Spoken Dialog databases and

* Corpora, including methodologies and ethics, Objective and

* Subjective Spoken Dialog evaluation methodologies, strategies and

* Paradigms, Spoken Dialog prototypes and products, etc.




We particularly welcome papers that can be illustrated by a demonstration, and we will organize the conference in order to best accommodate these papers, whatever their category.  As usual, it is planned that a selection of accepted papers will be published in a book by Springer following the conference.  We distinguish between the following categories of submissions:


* Long Research Papers are reserved for reports on mature research

  results. The expected length of a long paper should be in the range

  of 6-10 pages, not including references.


* Short Research Papers should not exceed 6 pages in total. Authors

  may choose this category if they wish to report on smaller case

  studies or ongoing but interesting and original research.


* Demo - System Papers: Authors who wish to demonstrate their system

  may choose this category and provide a description of their system

  and demo. System papers should not exceed 6 pages in total.



October 13, 2013 (23:59 GMT)    Deadline for submission

November 18, 2013:       Author notification

December 2, 2013:          Deadline for final submission of accepted paper

December 23, 2013:        Final Program available online

January 18-20, 2014         Workshop



IWSDS 2014 will be held as a two-day residential seminar at  The Carneros Inn in Napa, USA, where attendees will be accommodated.

January 20th will be devoted to visits at laboratories in the Bay Area's Silicon Valley.


IWSDS Steering Committee: Gary Geunbae Lee (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea), Ramón López-Cózar (Univ. of Granada, Spain), Joseph Mariani (LIMSI and IMMI-CNRS, Orsay, France), Wolfgang Minker (Ulm Univ., Germany), Satoshi Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)


Organizing Committee: Alexander Rudnicky (CMU) (Chair), Ian Lane (CMU), Antoine Raux (Lenovo), Teruhisa Misu (HRI USA)


Scientific Committee: Jan Alexandersson - DFKI, Germany; Masahiro Araki - Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan; André Berton - Daimler, Germany; Dan Bohus - Microsoft, USA; Axel Buendia - SpirOps, France; Susan Burger - CMU, USA; Felix Burkhard - Deutsche Telekom Lab., Germany ; oraida Callejas - Univ. Granada, Spain; Heriberto Cuayahuitl

- DFKI, Germany; Yannick Estève - LIUM, France; Sadaoki Furui - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; David Griol - Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain; Joakim Gustafson - KTH, Sweden; Olivier Hamon - ELDA, France; Paul Heisterkamp - Daimler, Germany; Dirk Heylen - Univ. Twente, The Netherlands; Ryuichiro Higashinaka - NTT, Japan; Julia Hirshberg - Columbia Univ., USA; Kristiina Jokinen - Helsinki Univ., Finland; Tatsuya Kawahara - Kyoto Univ., Japan; Harksoo Kim - Kangwon National University, Korea ;Hong Kook Kim - Gwangju Inst. of Science and Technology, Korea; Seokhwan Kim - Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore; Kazunori Komatani - Nagoya Univ, Japan; Fabrice Lefèvre - LIA, France; Haizhou Li - Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore; Matthew Marge - CMU, USA; Michael McTear - Univ. Ulster, UK; Yasuhiro Minami - NTT, Japan; Teruhisa Misu - HRI, USA; Mikio Nakano - Honda Resaerch Institute, Japan; Shrikanth S. Narayanan - SAIL, USA; Elmar Nöeth - Univ. Erlangen, Germany; Roberto Pieraccini - ICSI - Berkeley, USA; Olivier Pietquin - Sup'Elec, France; Norbert Reithinger - DFKI, Germany; Björn Schuller - Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany; Lizbeth Shriberg - ICSI, SRI and Microsoft, USA; Gabriel Skantze - KTH, Sweden; Sebastian Stüker - KIT, Germany; Kazuya Takeda - Nagoya Univ., Japan; Stefanie Tellex - Brown U., USA; David Traum - USC, USA; Hsin-min Wang - Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Nigel Ward

- UTEP, USA; Jason Williams - Microsoft, USA


Supporting organization: SIGdial


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3-3-5(2014-01-22) AISV 2014 X Convegno Nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce

X Convegno Nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce

Università degli Studi di Torino

22-24 gennaio 2014

The conference will take place at the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Turin, via Verdi, 10.


gemellato con l'evento Conferenza TAL 2014

Organizzato da  

Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce


Università degli Studi di Torino



Besides the topics which are usually discussed in the AISV workshops   you are invited to submit abstracts in the following fields:

  • The speech of the media
  • The speech of narratives
  • Textual Linguistics
  • The Language of popular literature
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Narratives and speech pathology and Therapy
  • Phonetic methods for teaching
  • Speaker and language identification






Abstract Submission


   Your abstract must be formatted in PDF format and composed of about 2000 words (or 10000 characters, included spaces). The deadline for the abstracts' submission is scheduled for October 14, 2013. There is no template for the abstract. Contributions should be in anonymous form avoiding citations and minimizing those elements that would allow reviewers to determine the identity of the authors. For this purpose we invite you NOT to put the bibliography in the abstract (which will be inserted in the final paper). Abstracts containing cues about their authors will be anonymized by a member of the organizing committee.   


Send the abstract in attachment to an e-mail addressed to Please state in the body of the message the following data:

  • Abstract submission: October 14, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: November 5, 2013
  • Conference registration: December 19, 2013
  • Conference days: January 22-24, 2014



3-3-6(2014-02-23) CfP MMEDIA 2014, The Sixth International Conferences on Advances in Multimedia, Nice ,F
MMEDIA 2014, The Sixth International Conferences on Advances in Multimedia February 23 - 27, 2014 - Nice, France General page: Call for Papers: - regular papers - short papers (work in progress) - posters Submission page: Submission deadline: October 12, 2013 Sponsored by IARIA, Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals: Print proceedings will be available via Curran Associates, Inc.: Articles will be archived in the free access ThinkMind Digital Library: Please note the Poster and Work in Progress options. The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas. All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels. Before submission, please check and comply with the editorial rules: MMEDIA 2014 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site) Fundamentals in multimedia Multimedia systems, architecture, and applications; New multimedia platforms; Multimedia architectural specification languages; Theoretical aspects and algorithms for multimedia; Multimedia content delivery networks; Network support for multimedia data; Multimedia data storage; Multimedia meta-modeling techniques and operating systems; Multimedia signal coding and processing (audio, video, image); Multimedia applications (telepresence, triple-play, quadruple-play, …); Multimedia tools (authoring, analyzing, editing, browsing, …); Computational multimedia intelligence (fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms, …); Intelligent agents for multimedia content creation, distribution, and analysis; Multimedia networking; Wired and wireless multimedia systems; Distributed multimedia systems; Multisensor data integration and fusion; Multimedia and P2P; Multimedia standards Multimedia content and modeling Interfaces for multimedia creation; Multimedia streaming and services; Image modeling and editing; Audio modeling and transformation; Video modeling and transformation; Image recognition; Multimedia databases; Multimedia coding and encryption; Multimedia modeling for learning content; Multimedia description languages; Image clustering; Media fusion for communication and presentation Self-organizing multimedia architectures Self-organization in multimedia systems; Self-organization in multimedia communities; Self-organized multimedia networks; Multimedia content distribution and consumption; Adaptive multimedia interfaces; Multimedia retrieval Multimedia content-based retrieval and analysis Multimodal data analysis; Multimedia databases; Semi-automatic and automatic methods for multimedia annotation; Image/video/audio databases; Content-based image retrieval; Semantics-based search and integration of multimedia and digital content; Multimedia data modeling, indexing, and mining; Statistical modeling of multimedia data; Multimedia extraction and annotation; Content search/browsing/retrieval; Internet imaging and multimedia; Multimodal content analysis; Multimedia abstraction and summarization; Semantic analysis of multimedia data; Media assimilation and fusion Perception and cognition for multimedia users Quality of experience; Relevance feedback; Human-computer interaction; Multimodal interaction; Multimodal user interfaces; Mobile user-centered interfaces; Peer-to-peer multimedia systems and streaming; Pervasive and interactive multimedia systems (digital TV, mobile systems, gaming,…); Multimedia in personal, sensor and ad-hoc networks; Visualization and virtual reality; Intelligent browsing and visualization; Perception and cognition; Perception and modeling of the environment; Multimedia collaboration; Social networking Multimedia ontology Multimedia semantics; Emergent semantics; Media ontology learning; Ontology for media web mining; Multimedia ontologies; Multimedia information management; Approaches using metadata standards; Conceptual clustering; Modeling and recognition of visual objects and actions Mobile and ubiquitous multimedia Architectures, protocols, and algorithms for multimedia mobility; Middleware and distributed computing support for mobile and ubiquitous multimedia; Mobile and ubiquitous multimedia in intelligent transportation systems; Enabling platforms for mobile multimedia; Roaming and limited bandwidth; Intermittent connectivity; Streaming mobile multimedia; Mobile multimedia software architectures; Mobile multimedia applications and services; Communication and cooperation via mobile multimedia; Business models for mobile multimedia; Provisioning of mobile multimedia services; Context-aware mobile and ubiquitous multimedia; Mobile computer graphics, games and entertainment; Mobile and ubiquitous multimedia in ad hoc networks; Personalization, privacy and security in mobile multimedia; Social and regulatory aspects of mobile multimedia; Multimedia in the Extended Home; Ubiquitous/Seamless content sharing Multimedia services Reliability, availability, serviceability of multimedia services; Multimedia content distribution services; Real-time multimedia services; Audio-visual multimedia services; Multimedia signal processing and communications; Media representation and algorithms; Audio, image, video processing, coding and compression; Multimedia database, content delivery and transport; Multimedia service protocols; Mobility of multimedia services; Internet telephony and hypermedia technologies and systems; Media enabled eCommerce service; Case studies, field trials and evaluation of new multimedia services Multimedia applications Real-time interactive multimedia applications Adaptive and context-aware multimedia applications; Ambiance multimedia applications; Media applications on mobile devices; Multi-modal interaction; Virtual environments; Personalization; Collaboration, contextual metadata, collaborative tagging; Web applications; Multimedia authoring; Multimedia-enabled new applications (eLearning, entertainment,…..); Cooperative networks and applications; Mobile multimedia applications & services; Semantic metadata for mobile applications; Semantics enabled multimedia applications; Semantics enabled networks and middleware for multimedia applications; Wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks/RFID applications Industrial use-cases and applications Multimedia security and content protection Multimedia security (watermark, encryption,… ); Mobile multimedia systems and services; Security, privacy, and cryptographic protocols; Network security issues and protocols; Key management and authentication; Authentication and access control; Intrusion detection and prevention; Content protection and digital rights management; Trusted computing; Information hiding; Protection of user-generated content Multimedia control and management Wireless and mobile multimedia network management; Multimedia measurement, control, and management; Content management and delivery; IP multimedia system operations and management; Managing the quality of experience and quality of service; Measuring the quality of performance in multimedia systems; Mobile multimedia network traffic engineering and optimization; Monitoring and managing mobile multimedia; Resource reservation for multimedia services; Multicast and broadcast multimedia service management; Management of service oriented architectures; Pricing, accounting and billing for multimedia services ----------------------- Committee: 

3-3-7(2014-03-03) CfP International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing BIOSIGNALS


International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing


March 3 - 6, 2014

Angers, Loire Valley, France

Technical Co-sponsorship by: ESEM In Cooperation with: AAAI and EUROMICRO

Co-organized by: ESEO

Sponsored by: INSTICC   INSTICC is Member of: WfMC, OMG and FIPA

Logistics Partner: SCIT EVENTS


Regular Paper Submission: September 19, 2013

Authors Notification (regular papers): December 6, 2013

Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: December 20, 2013

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Let me kindly inform you that the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS 2014 - steering committee cordially invites you to submit a paper to the BIOSIGNALS 2014 Conference, to be held in Angers, France. The deadline for paper submission is scheduled for September 19, 2013.The purpose of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing is to bring together researchers and practitioners from multiple areas of knowledge, including biology, medicine, engineering and other physical sciences, interested in studying and using models and techniques inspired from or applied to biological systems. A diversity of signal types can be found in this area, including image, audio and other biological sources of information. The analysis and use of these signals is a multidisciplinary area including signal processing, pattern recognition and computational intelligence techniques, amongst others. BIOSIGNALS is interested in promoting high quality research as it can be confirmed by last year acceptance rates, where from 113 submissions, 13% were accepted as full papers. Additionally, 24% were presented as short papers and 27% as posters.Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.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 CCIS Series book.The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library ( SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef ( paper awards will be distributed during the conference closing session. Please check the website for further information (

Workshops, Special sessions, Tutorials as well as Demonstrations dedicated to other technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference 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.

This conference is part of the 7th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC ( and it is co-located with four related conference, namely:- BIODEVICES - International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices ( BIOIMAGING - International Conference on Bioimaging ( BIOINFORMATICS - International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms ( HEALTHINF - International Conference on Health Informatics (

Registration to one conference allows free access to all other BIOSTEC conferences.We would like to highlight the Doctoral Consortium on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies that will take place in conjunction with BIOSTEC and aims to provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the field (

We hope to welcome you in Angers, France next March, 2014!

Should you have any question please don't hesitate contacting me.

Kind regards,Vera Coelho BIOSIGNALS SecretariatAv. D. Manuel I, 27A 2.Esq.2910-595 Setubal, PortugalTel.: +351 265 100 033 Fax: +44 203 014 8813Email:

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BIOSTEC Conference Co-chairs

Guy Plantier, ESEO, GSII, France

Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Ana Fred, Technical University of Lisbon / IT, Portugal

Hugo Gamboa, CEFITEC / FCT - New University of Lisbon, Portugal

PROGRAM CHAIR:Harald Loose, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:Please check the program committee members at

CONFERENCE TOPICS:- Speech Recognition- Neural Networks- Biometrics- Pattern Recognition- Medical Signal Acquisition, Analysis and Processing- Wearable Sensors and Systems- Real-Time Systems- Evolutionary Systems- Acoustic Signal Processing- Time and Frequency Response- Wavelet Transform- Medical Image Detection, Acquisition, Analysis and Processing- Physiological Processes and Bio-signal Modeling, Non-linear dynamics- Cybernetics and User Interface Technologies- Electromagnetic fields in biology and medicine- Fuzzy Systems and Signals- Monitoring and Telemetry- Cardiovascular Signals- Image Analysis and Processing- Detection and Identification- Motion Control



8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS LATA 2014 Madrid, Spain March 10-14, 2014 Organized by: Research Group on Implementation of Language-Driven Software and Applications (ILSA) Complutense University of Madrid Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University ********************************************************************* AIMS: LATA is a yearly conference on theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the diverse PhD training events in the field developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2014 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.). VENUE: LATA 2014 will take place in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The venue will be the School of Informatics of Complutense University. SCOPE: Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to: algebraic language theory algorithms for semi-structured data mining algorithms on automata and words automata and logic automata for system analysis and programme verification automata, concurrency and Petri nets automatic structures cellular automata codes combinatorics on words compilers computability computational complexity data and image compression decidability issues on words and languages descriptional complexity DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing digital libraries and document engineering foundations of finite state technology foundations of XML fuzzy and rough languages grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, unification, categorial, etc.) grammatical inference and algorithmic learning graphs and graph transformation language varieties and semigroups language-based cryptography language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life natural language and speech automatic processing parallel and regulated rewriting parsing patterns power series quantum, chemical and optical computing semantics string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics string processing algorithms symbolic dynamics symbolic neural networks term rewriting transducers trees, tree languages and tree automata weighted automata STRUCTURE: LATA 2014 will consist of: invited talks invited tutorials peer-reviewed contributions INVITED SPEAKERS: to be announced PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Dana Angluin (Yale, US) Eugene Asarin (Paris Diderot, FR) Jos Baeten (Amsterdam, NL) Christel Baier (Dresden, DE) Jan Bergstra (Amsterdam, NL) Jin-Yi Cai (Madison, US) Marek Chrobak (Riverside, US) Andrea Corradini (Pisa, IT) Mariangiola Dezani (Turin, IT) Ding-Zhu Du (Dallas, US) Michael R. Fellows (Darwin, AU) Jörg Flum (Freiburg, DE) Nissim Francez (Technion, IL) Jürgen Giesl (Aachen, DE) Annegret Habel (Oldenburg, DE) Kazuo Iwama (Kyoto, JP) Sampath Kannan (Philadelphia, US) Ming-Yang Kao (Northwestern, US) Deepak Kapur (Albuquerque, US) Joost-Pieter Katoen (Aachen, DE) S. Rao Kosaraju (Johns Hopkins, US) Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton, CA) Gad M. Landau (Haifa, IL) Andrzej Lingas (Lund, SE) Jack Lutz (Iowa State, US) Ian Mackie (École Polytechnique, FR) Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, ES, chair) Giancarlo Mauri (Milan, IT) Faron G. Moller (Swansea, UK) Paliath Narendran (Albany, US) Enno Ohlebusch (Ulm, DE) Helmut Prodinger (Stellenbosch, ZA) Jean-François Raskin (Brussels, BE) Wolfgang Reisig (Humboldt Berlin, DE) Marco Roveri (Bruno Kessler, Trento, IT) Michaël Rusinowitch (LORIA, Nancy, FR) Yasubumi Sakakibara (Keio, JP) Davide Sangiorgi (Bologna, IT) Colin Stirling (Edinburgh, UK) Jianwen Su (Santa Barbara, US) Jean-Pierre Talpin (IRISA, Rennes, FR) Andrzej Tarlecki (Warsaw, PL) Rick Thomas (Leicester, UK) Sophie Tison (Lille, FR) Rob van Glabbeek (NICTA, Sydney, AU) Helmut Veith (Vienna Tech, AT) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona) Ana Fernández-Pampillón (Madrid) Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) Antonio Sarasa (Madrid) José-Luis Sierra (Madrid, co-chair) Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona) SUBMISSIONS: Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see Submissions have to be uploaded to: PUBLICATIONS: A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference. A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation. REGISTRATION: The period for registration is open from July 15, 2013 to March 10, 2014. The registration form can be found at: DEADLINES: Paper submission: October 14, 2013 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 25, 2013 Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 2, 2013 Early registration: December 9, 2013 Late registration: February 24, 2014 Starting of the conference: March 10, 2014 End of the conference: March 14, 2014 Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: June 14, 2014 QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: POSTAL ADDRESS: LATA 2014 Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35 43002 Tarragona, Spain Phone: +34-977-559543 Fax: +34-977-558386 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya Universidad Complutense de Madrid Universitat Rovira i Virgili 

3-3-9(2014-03-19) Semaine du document numérique, Nancy, FR
Semaine du Document Numérique et de la Recherche d'Information 
Date : 19-21 mars 2014 
Lieu : Nancy L'ARIA (Association francophone de Recherche d'Information et Applications) 
et le GRCE (Groupement de Recherche en Communication écrite) ont décidé d'organiser 
simultanément les conférences CORIA et CIFED dans le cadre de la semaine du document 
numérique et de la recherche d’information (SDNRI) en mars 2014 à Nancy. CORIA et 
CIFED sont les points de rassemblement des communautés francophones respectivement 
en recherche d'information et en analyse de l'écrit et des documents numérisés. Tout en 
préservant les spécificités de chaque conférence, cette édition constituera une opportunité 
pour les deux communautés de se retrouver autour de thématiques pour lesquelles il existe 
des synergies de recherche (recherche de documents multimédia, modèle d'interaction avec 
l'utilisateur, passage à l'échelle de système de recherche de d'information, outils d'évaluation 
de performance pour la recherche d'information). L'objectif est le rassemblement de plus 
de 120 participants autour de sessions thématiques, spécifiques et communes. Pendant la 
conférence CIFED-CORIA 2014 seront également organisées les Rencontres Jeunes 
Chercheurs (RJC) en recherche d'information et en analyse de l'écrit et des documents numérisés. Elles ont pour objectif de permettre à tous les doctorants de présenter leur problématique de recherche, d’établir des contacts avec des équipes travaillant sur des domaines similaires ou connexes, et d’offrir à l’ensemble de la communauté un aperçu des axes de recherche actuels. Les travaux sélectionnés pour les RJC donneront lieu à une présentation orale et sous forme de poster. Les soumissions conjointes RJC et CIFED-CORIA sont autorisées. ============================================= Thématiques CIFED ⁃ Théorie et modèles pour la reconnaissance de formes en écrit et document ⁃ Méthodes d’analyse d’images, de segmentation et de reconnaissance de l’écrit ⁃ Numérisation, acquisition et compression ⁃ Analyse de dessins, plans, cartes, reconnaissance de graphiques, formules mathématiques ⁃ Traitement de documents en ligne, multimédia et web ⁃ Architectures matérielles et logicielles pour l’analyse d’images et la reconnaissance des formes ⁃ Extraction et structuration d’informations graphiques, manuscrites, structurées ⁃ Indexation de grandes base d’images de documents (bibliothèques, archives, formulaires, …) ⁃ Recherche/fouille d’information dans les images de documents et les écrits ⁃ Interrogation par l’exemple (CBIR, word spotting, symbol spotting, …) ⁃ Reconnaissance de symboles, de l’écrit, des structures ⁃ O.C.R. et dématérialisation ⁃ Format et codage des documents et plasticité des documents ⁃ Encre électronique, nouvelles modalités d’acquisition et d’interaction ⁃ Interaction multipoints en conception de documents structurés ⁃ Camera-OCR, nouveaux dispositifs mobiles, … ⁃ Reconnaissance de textes incrustés dans les vidéos ⁃ Reconnaissance de textes dans les scènes naturelles ⁃ Identification, authentification des écritures et des signatures manuscrites ⁃ Évaluation de performances ============================================= Thématiques CORIA ⁃ Théorie et modèles formels pour la RI : modèle logique, modèles de langages ⁃ Multilinguisme : Recherche d’information multilingue, traduction automatique ⁃ Multimédia (images, audio, vidéos, son, musique) : indexation, navigation, accès, interactions avec le texte, recherche d’information cross-média, fusion des informations ⁃ Passage à l’échelle : indexation, performances, architectures ⁃ Classification automatique, clustering, ranking, apprentissage automatique ⁃ Filtrage, routage, détection de nouveautés ⁃ Modélisation du contexte, personnalisation ⁃ Traitement Automatique de la Langue Naturelle pour la recherche d’information ⁃ Systèmes de Questions Réponses ⁃ Extraction d’informations : ontologies, ressources et recherche d’informations, détection d’entités nommées et des relations ⁃ Web : grands graphes, utilisation de la topologie du web, lois de puissances, citations, analyse de liens ⁃ RI et documents structurés : RI et XML, RI précise et recherche de passages ⁃ Réseaux sociaux : analyse de blogs et de sites communautaires, suivi de conversations, analyse de rumeurs, analyse de sentiments, détection d’opinion et des styles de vie ⁃ Recherche collaborative : filtrage, systèmes de recommandation ⁃ Interaction utilisateur : interrogation flexible, interfaces, visualisation, modélisation de l’utilisateur, accessibilité, indexation collaborative ⁃ Traitement et représentation des connaissances : logique floue, métadonnées, ontologies, web sémantique, web de données, ingénierie des connaissances ⁃ Bibliothèques numériques : RI sur des livres numérisés, robustesse, OCR et indexabilité ⁃ Systèmes de recherche d’information dédiés : recherche d’information génomique, géographique ⁃ RI distribuée : recherche d’information mobile, située, P2P ⁃ Outils pour la recherche d’information : évaluation, bancs d’essais, métriques, expérimentations qualitatives des systèmes Soumission des articles Les soumissions peuvent être faites en anglais ou en français. Les contributions peuvent concerner des travaux académiques ou des applications industrielles. Les textes de communications doivent comporter 16 pages maximum pour les soumissions à CIFED et CORIA et 10 pages maximum pour les journées RJC. Les articles soumis ou récemment acceptés à des conférences internationales sont recevables, sous réserve qu’ils soient traduits et adaptés pour CORIA ou CIFED. Une version étendue des meilleurs articles sera publiée dans une revue ou dans un livre. ============================================= Dates importantes • Soumission des articles : 15 décembre 2013 • Réponse aux auteurs : 15 janvier 2014 • Dépôt des articles définitifs : 15 février 2014 • Conférence : mercredi 19-21 mars 2014 Présidents des comités de programme CORIA-CIFED ⁃ Marie-Francine Moens (Computer Science, KU Leuven, Belgique) ⁃ Christian Viard-Gaudin (IRCCyN - Université de Nantes) Présidents du comité de programme RJC ⁃ Haïfa Zargayouna, LIPN, Université Paris 13 ⁃ Oriol Ramos-Terrades, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Président du comité d’organisation ⁃ Salvatore-Antoine Tabbone, LORIA-Université de Lorraine Vous trouverez sur le site toutes les informations sur les thématiques spécifiques et communes des conférences.

3-3-10(2014-04-03) Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development (LSCD 2014), UCL, London, GB
Workshop title: Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development (LSCD 2014)

Dates: 3-4 April 2014

Location: UCL, London, UK

Meeting website:

Contact email:

Submission deadline: 6 January 2014


Workshop description:

Much emphasis in research on speech and communication development has been on the rapid developments that occur in the first five years of life. However, less attention has been given to later stages of development. When, in fact, is development truly complete? Research has shown that even when a child is judged to be consistently producing all speech sounds, production is not adult-like, with more dispersed and variable phoneme categories and motor gestures. Similarly, in speech perception, phoneme categories are less clearly defined until early teens and children are more affected by noise and reverberation. Cognitive, attentional and memory factors may also influence children's ability to use speech effectively; communicative and conversational strategies (such as repair and turn-taking) continue to develop in adolescence. The age at which a given linguistic unit or communicative competence has been acquired and what constitutes the criterion for successful acquisition is therefore a far from trivial question.  This will be a particular focus of the workshop, along with the interplay between speech development and cognitive, perceptual and motor systems.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for interactions between researchers from areas of developmental research that rarely meet, even though they are linked:  speech and communication is often investigated either from a purely phonetic/phonological perspective, or focused on interactional/pragmatic principles.  The manner in which the two interact through development is little explored.  These questions are relevant for clinical and educational practice, and also inform theories of language processing and levels of representations.


Invited speakers include:

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL) tbc

Melissa Redford (University of Oregon)

Stuart Rosen (UCL)

Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto)

Bill Wells (University of Sheffield)

Natalia Zharkova (Queen Margaret University)


Call for papers:

We invite submissions, for oral and poster presentations, that deal with the following topics focusing on populations aged 5 years to early adulthood:

-          Later developments in speech perception in typically-developing children

-          Later developments in speech production in typically-developing children

-          Development in discourse: structure, repair strategies, dysfluencies

-          Speech and communication development in bilinguals and second-language learners

-          Development in auditory, cognitive, attentional skills and impact on speech and communication development

-          Development of sociolinguistic variations

-          Perception and production in adverse listening conditions

-          Research on speech and communication development in atypical populations that informs on typical development


Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 6 January, 2014, via Easychair (submission site open from 15 November). Submitted abstracts should not include authors and affiliations and must not be longer than two pages of A4-format. References and figures can be on an additional page. Abstracts should be single-spaced and in Calibri 11pt font. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by two reviewers. Authors will be requested to submit a final version of the extended abstract after acceptance.


Important dates:

First call for papers                                                                       1 October 2013

Abstract submission opens                                                        15 November 2013

Submission deadline of abstracts                                              6 January 2014

Notification of acceptance                                                             31 January 2014

Workshop                                                                                         3-4 April 2014


Local Organising committee:

Sonia Granlund

Lorna Halliday

Valerie Hazan (Chair)

Merle Mahon

Caroline Newton

Michèle Pettinato

Outi Tuomainen


The workshop is organised under the aegis of the ESRC project on Speaker-controlled Variability in Children's Speech in Interaction based at UCL.


3-3-11(2014-04-26) EACL 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning, Gothenburg, Sweden

EACL 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning

26 April 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden

Deadline for Paper Submissions: January, 23rd, 2014 (11:59pm GMT -12)

Endorsed by the Special Interest Group of the ACL on Natural Language Learning (SIGNLL)


The human ability to acquire and process language has long attracted interest and generated much debate due to the apparent ease with which such a complex and dynamic system is learnt and used on the face of ambiguity, noise and uncertainty. This subject raises many questions ranging from the nature vs. nurture debate of how much needs to be innate and how much needs to be learned for acquisition to be successful, to the mechanisms involved in this process (general vs specific) and their representations in the human brain. There are also developmental issues related to the different stages consistently found during acquisition (e.g. one word vs. two words) and possible organizations of this knowledge. These have been discussed in the context of first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, with cross linguistic studies shedding light on the influence of the language and the environment. The past decades have seen a massive expansion in the application of statistical and machine learning methods to natural language processing (NLP). This work has yielded impressive results in numerous speech and language processing tasks, including e.g. speech recognition, morphological analysis, parsing, lexical acquisition, semantic interpretation, and dialogue management. The good results have generally been viewed as engineering achievements. Recently researchers have begun to investigate the relevance of computational learning methods for research on human language acquisition and change. The use of computational modeling is a relatively recent trend boosted by advances in machine learning techniques, and the availability of resources like corpora of child and child-directed sentences, and data from psycholinguistic tasks by normal and pathological groups. Many of the existing computational models attempt to study language tasks under cognitively plausible criteria (such as memory and processing limitations that humans face), and to explain the developmental stages observed in the acquisition and evolution of the language abilities. In doing so, computational modeling provides insight into the plausible mechanisms involved in human language processes, and inspires the development of better language models and techniques. These investigations are very important since if computational techniques can be used to improve our understanding of human language acquisition and change, these will not only benefit cognitive sciences in general but will reflect back to NLP and place us in a better position to develop useful language models. Success in this type of research requires close collaboration between the NLP, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science communities. The workshop is targeted at anyone interested in the relevance of computational techniques for understanding first, second and bilingual language acquisition and language change in normal and clinical conditions. Long and short papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics: *Computational learning theory and analysis of language learning and organization *Computational models of first, second and bilingual language acquisition *Computational models of language changes in clinical conditions *Computational models and analysis of factors that influence language acquisition and use in different age groups and cultures *Computational models of various aspects of language and their interaction effect in acquisition, processing and change *Computational models of the evolution of language *Data resources and tools for investigating computational models of human language processes *Empirical and theoretical comparisons of the learning environment and its impact on language processes *Cognitively oriented Bayesian models of language processes *Computational methods for acquiring various linguistic information (related to e.g. speech, morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, and discourse) and their relevance to research on human language acquisition *Investigations and comparisons of supervised, unsupervised and weakly-supervised methods for learning (e.g. machine learning, statistical, symbolic, biologically-inspired, active learning, various hybrid models) from a cognitive perspective


We invite three different submission modalities: * Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references): Long papers should report on original, solid and finished research including new experimental results, resources and/or techniques. * Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references): Short papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions, ongoing research, negative results and/or philosophical discussion. * System demonstration (2 pages): System demonstration papers should describe and document the demonstrated system or resources. We encourage the demonstration of both early research prototypes and mature systems, that will be presented in a separate demo session. All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2014 formatting requirements (available at We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files. For long and short papers, the reported research should be substantially original. The papers will be presented orally or as posters. The decision as to which paper will be presented orally and which as poster will be made by the program committee based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the papers; self-reference should be avoided as well. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where no distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as posters. Submission and reviewing will be electronic, managed by the START system: Submissions must be uploaded onto the START system by the submission deadline: January 23rd, 2014 (11:59pm GMT -12 hours) Please choose the appropriate submission type from the START submission page, according to the category of your paper. --------------------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT DATES Jan 23, 2014 Long and Short Paper submission deadline Feb 05, 2014 System Demonstrations submission deadline Feb 20, 2014 Notification of acceptance Mar 03, 2014 Camera-ready deadline Apr 26, 2014 Workshop


Afra Alishahi Tilburg University (Netherlands) Colin J Bannard University of Texas at Austin (USA) Marco Baroni University of Trento (Italy) Robert Berwick Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Philippe Blache LPL, CNRS (France) Jim Blevins University of Cambridge (UK) Antal van den Bosch Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) Chris Brew Nuance Communications (USA) Ted Briscoe University of Cambridge (UK) Alexander Clark Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) Robin Clark University of Pennsylvania (USA) Stephen Clark University of Cambridge (UK) Matthew W. Crocker Saarland University (Germany) Walter Daelemans University of Antwerp (Belgium) Dan Dediu Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (The Netherlands) Barry Devereux University of Cambridge (UK) Benjamin Fagard Lattice-CNRS (France) Jeroen Geertzen University of Cambridge (UK) Ted Gibson Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Henriette Hendriks University of Cambridge (UK) Marco Idiart Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) Mark Johnson Brown University (USA) Aravind Joshi University of Pennsylvania (USA) Gianluca Lebani University of Pisa (Italy) Igor Malioutov Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Marie-Catherine de Marneffe The Ohio State University (USA) Maria Alice Parente Federal University of ABC (Brazil) Massimo Poesio University of Trento (Italy) Brechtje Post University of Cambridge (UK) Ari Rappoport The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) Anne Reboul L2C2-CNRS (France) Kenji Sagae University of Southern California (USA) Sabine Schulte im Walde University of Stuttgart (Germany) Ekaterina Shutova University of California, Berkeley (USA) Maity Siqueira Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) Mark Steedman University of Edinburgh (UK) Suzanne Stevenson University of Toronto (Canada) Remi van Trijp Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris (France) Shuly Wintner University of Haifa (Israel) Charles Yang University of Pennsylvania (USA) Beracah Yankama Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Menno van Zaanen Tilburg University (Netherlands) Alessandra Zarcone University of Stuttgart (Germany)


Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy) Muntsa Padró (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) Thierry Poibeau (LATTICE-CNRS, France) Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to


3-3-12(2014-04-26) CHI 2014 Workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions, Toronto, Canada

CHI 2014 Workshop on

Designing Speech and Language Interactions

Toronto, Canada


Submission of position papers: 17 January 2014

Notification of acceptance: 10 February 2014

Workshop: 26 April 2014



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


- Improved accessibility through speech and language processing


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


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


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


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


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


- Fit with the workshop topic


- Potential to contribute to the workshop goals


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


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



We're looking forward to seeing you in Toronto!



The DSLI 2014 Organizing Committee:


Cosmin Munteanu

National Research Council Canada and

University of Toronto


Matt Jones

Swansea University


Steve Whittaker

University of California at Santa Cruz


Sharon Oviatt

Incaa Designs


Mathhew Aylett

CereProc Inc.


Gerald Penn

University of Toronto


Stephen Brewster

University of Glasgow


Nicolas d'Alessandro

University of Mons






Dr. Cosmin Munteanu

Research Officer

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

    National Research Council Canada | Conseil national de recherches du

Adjunct Professor

    Department of Computer Science | University of Toronto

46 Dineen Drive | 46, promenade Dineen | Fredericton, NB, E3B 9W4, Canada

Tel. | Tél. +1 (506) 444-0527 | Fax | Télécopieur +1 (506) 444-6114



3-3-13(2014-04-27)CfP 3rd WORKSHOP ON HYBRID APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION (HyTra 2014), Gotheborg, Sweden

1st Call for Papers


Co-located with EACL 2014

Gothenburg, Sweden

April 27, 2014

Deadline for paper submissions: January 23, 2014



The aim of the HyTra workshop series is to bring together researchers developing and applying statistical, example-based, or rule-based translation systems, and those enhancing MT systems by combining elements from different approaches, to promote discussion and sharing of ideas among them. Hereby one relevant focus is on effectively combining linguistic and data driven approaches (rule-based and statistical MT). Another focus is on hybridization in the context of human translation.

The 3rd Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra-3) intends to continue developing and empowering the research agenda in the area of Hybrid Translation already started at its first and second editions. The previous two editions (see and were co-located with EACL 2012 in Avignon and with ACL 2013 in Sofia, and the proceedings were published on the ACL Anthology.


We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following topics:

- ways and techniques of hybridization - architectures for the rapid development of hybrid MT systems - applications of hybrid systems - hybrid systems dealing with under-resourced languages - hybrid systems dealing with morphologically rich languages - using linguistic information (morphology, syntax, semantics) to enhance statistical MT   (e.g. with hierarchical or factored models) - using contextual information to enhance statistical MT - bootstrapping rule-based systems from corpora - hybrid methods in spoken language translation - extraction of dictionaries and other large-scale resources for MT from parallel and comparable corpora - induction of morphological, grammatical, and translation rules from corpora - machine learning techniques for hybrid MT - describing structural mappings between languages (e.g. tree-structures using   synchronous/transduction grammars) - heuristics for limiting the search space in hybrid MT - alternative methods for the fair evaluation of the output of different types of MT systems   (e.g. relying on linguistic criteria) - system combination approaches such as multi-engine MT (parallel) or automatic post-editing (sequential) - open source tools and free language resources for hybrid MT


Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work without exceeding five pages of content plus one extra page for references. Characteristics of short papers include: a small, focused contribution; work in progress; a negative result; an opinion piece; an interesting application nugget. Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work without exceeding eight pages of content plus two extra pages for references. Submissions will be judged according to the criteria of the main conference (EACL 2014).

Authors are invited to submit papers on original and previously unpublished work. Formatting should be according to EACL 2014 specifications using LaTeX or MS-Word style files, see section 'submission format' at Reviewing of papers will be double-blind, so the submissions should not reveal the authors' identity.

Submission is electronic in PDF format using the START submission system at the URL to be provided on the Workshop Website.

Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or publications is possible but must be immediately notified to the workshop contact person (see below). If accepted, withdrawals are only possible within two days after notification.

For an accepted paper to appear in the proceedings, at least one author must register for the workshop and actually present the paper. The papers will be published in the workshop proceedings which will be made available via the ACL Anthology.


Authors of selected papers will be invited to contribute extended versions of their papers as book chapters for an edited volume on hybrid MT.


January 23, 2014: Deadline for paper submission February 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance March 3, 2014: Camera ready papers due April 27, 2014: Workshop in Gothenburg


Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore) Marta R. Costa-jussa (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore) Reinhard Rapp (Universities of Aix-Marseille and Mainz) Patrik Lambert (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) Kurt Eberle (Lingenio GmbH, Heidelberg) Bogdan Babych (University of Leeds)


Rafael E. Banchs: rembanchs (at) i2r (dot) a-star (dot) edu (dot) sg



3-3-14(2014-05-04) ICASSP 2014, Florence, Italy

IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
“Fortezza da Basso” Convention and Exhibition Centre
May 4-9, 2014 - Florence, Italy
Deadline for the submission of Regular Papers: OCTOBER 27, 2013

The 39th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) will be held in Florence, Italy, at the Fortezza da Basso Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 4-9, 2014 ( ICASSP 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 thematic workshops. Topics include but are not limited to:

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

Place: Florence is one of the most renowned cities in the world, not only due to its location in the heart of Tuscany, but also because of its connection to the evolution of art, culture, and scientific thought. It is in this area that Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei made their groundbreaking discoveries during the Renaissance, paving the way to modern science. Now that signal processing has become the science behind a wide range of application areas, from wireless communications to speech processing, from bioinformatics to multimedia, it seems only right to hold the 2014 edition of ICASSP in this city of Culture.

Submission of Papers: Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers of up to four pages of technical content (including figures and references), with a possible extension to a 5th page containing only references. The selection of the best papers will be made by the ICASSP 2014 committee based on recommendations from the Technical Committees.

Notice: The IEEE Signal Processing Society enforces a 'no-show' policy. Any accepted paper included in the final program is expected to have at least one author or qualified proxy attend and present the paper at the conference. Authors of the accepted papers included in the final program who do not attend the conference will be subscribed to a 'No-Show List', compiled by the Society. The 'no-show' papers will not be published by IEEE on IEEEXplore or other public access forums, but these papers will be distributed as part of the on-site electronic proceedings and the copyright of these papers will belong to the IEEE.

Tutorial and Special Sessions Proposals: Tutorials will be held on May 4 and 5, 2014. Brief tutorial proposals should include title, outline, contact information, biography and selected publications for the presenter(s), and a description of the tutorial and material to be distributed to participants. Special session proposals should include title, rationale, session outline, contact information, and a list of invited papers. Please refer to the ICASSP 2014 website for additional information.

Show & Tell: The 2014 edition of ICASSP is proud to bring back the S&T sessions. S&T offers the perfect stage for showcasing innovative ideas in all technical areas of interest of ICASSP. S&T sessions are expected to be highly interactive, involving, and very visible. Please refer to the ICASSP 2014 website for additional information.

Fulvio Gini, University of Pisa, Italy
Marco Luise, University of Pisa, Italy
Abdelhak Zoubir, University of Darmstadt, Germany
Mauro Barni, University of Siena, Italy
Petar Djuric, Stony Brook University, NY, USA
Enrico Del Re, University of Florence, Italy
Carlo Regazzoni, University of Genova, Italy
G. Tong Zhou, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Filippo Giannetti, University of Pisa, Italy
Maria S. Greco, University of Pisa, Italy
Alessandro Piva, University of Florence, Italy
Sergio Barbarossa, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy
Ananthram Swami, ARL, Adelphi MD, USA
Ercan E. Kuruoglu, CNR, Pisa, Italy
Antonio Napolitano, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Italy
Ezio Biglieri, Italy
Ali H. Sayed, UCLA, California, USA
Alberto Carini, University of Urbino, Italy
Antonio De Maio, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy
Augusto Sarti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Luca Sanguinetti, University of Pisa, Italy
Giacomo Bacci, University of Pisa, Italy
Pietro Stinco, University of Pisa, Italy
Stefano Fortunati, University of Pisa, Italy
Fabrizio Argenti, University of Florence, Italy
Marco Moretti, University of Pisa, Italy
Georgios B. Giannakis, University of Minnesota, USA
H.C. So, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Giuseppe A. Fabrizio, DSTO, Australia
Alfonso Farina, SELEX-ES, Rome, Italy
Graciela Stiavetti, DGMP srl, Pisa, Italy

Special Session and Tutorial Proposals: August 30, 2013
Notification of Special Session and Tutorial Acceptance: September 30, 2013
Submission of Regular Papers: October 27, 2013
Signal Processing Letters Due: January 7, 2014
Notification of Paper Acceptance: January 27, 2014
Show and Tell Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2014
Revised Paper Upload Deadline: March 7, 2014
Author’s Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014


3-3-15(2014-05-05) 10th International Seminar on Speech Production – ISSP 2014 Cologne Germany MODIFIED

10th International Seminar on Speech Production – ISSP 2014

We are pleased to announce the 10th International Speech Production Seminar, which will take place in Cologne from 5th to 8th May 2014. This international meeting was launched in 1988 in Grenoble, with the aim of providing an interdisciplinary forum for  researchers working on all aspects of speech production from fields as diverse as phonology, phonetics, prosody, mechanics, acoustics, physiology, motor control, neuroscience, computer science and human interaction. At this meeting we shall be celebrating the tenth anniversary of this series.


Topics of interest for ISSP 2014 include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Perception-action control

  • Intra- and inter-speaker variability

  • Articulatory synthesis

  • Mapping between articulatory and acoustic events

  • Acoustic-to-articulatory inversion

  • Connected speech processes

  • Convergence and human interaction

  • Coarticulation

  • Prosody

  • Rhythm and timing

  • Biomechanical modeling

  • Models of motor control

  • Audiovisual synthesis

  • Aerodynamic models

  • Cerebral organization and neural correlates of speech

  • Disorders of speech motor control

  • Instrumental techniques

  • Speech and language acquisition

  • Audio-visual speech perception

  • Plasticity of speech production and perception


Invited speakers:

Christian Kell (Brain Imaging Center, Frankfurt, Germany) Oscillatory signatures of speech preparation and production

D. Robert Ladd (University of Edinburgh, UK) (title to be announced)

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (MIT, USA) The role of prosody in speech production planning

Michael J. Richardson (University of Cincinnati, USA) Behavioural dynamics of social coordination and speech production

Caroline Palmer (McGill University, CA) Auditory-motor integration in ensemble music performance

Further information is provided here:


To contact the organizers, please send an email to:



Important dates:

1st October 2013: Two page paper submission         

15th December 2013: Notification of acceptance   

15th January 2014: Online registration open

25th February 2014: Revised version of four page paper

15th March: Deadline for early bird registration     

5th May - 8th May 2014 : ISSP 2014


The organizers:

Susanne Fuchs, Martine Grice, Anne Hermes, Leonardo Lancia, Doris Muecke





3-3-16(2014-05-12) 4th Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA 2014), Nancy France

 4th Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication
            and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA 2014)

              May 12-14, 2014, Nancy, France


*Deadline extension*
The submission deadline has been postponed to February 2. There will be an additional 1-week grace period to update PDFs until February 9.

HSCMA is proud to announce technical co-sponsorship by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and support by ISCA through its Robust Speech Processing SIG.

The workshop will feature two special sessions:
- Advances in sparse modeling and low-rank modeling for speech processing, proposed by Hervé Bourlard and Afsaneh Asaei (Idiap)
- Speech detection and speaker localization in domestic environments, proposed by Maurizio Omologo (FBK) and the DIRHA consortium

The best paper and the best student paper will each receive a 500$ award.

* Call for Papers *
HSCMA 2014 will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of interest in the capture, enhancement, and recognition of far-field speech signals. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, speech or speaker recognition in noisy or reverberant environments, single or multi-channel speech enhancement, dereverberation, microphone array processing, source separation, and multiple input/multiple-output (MIMO) acoustic signal processing. Interdisciplinary work that crosses multiple technical areas is especially encouraged. Demonstrations of experimental systems and prototypes are also welcome.

HSCMA 2014 is being held in conjunction with ICASSP 2014 ( and the REVERB challenge (

* Workshop Topics *
Papers in all areas of distant-talking human/human and human/machine interaction are encouraged, including:
 - Multi-channel and single-channel approaches for speech acquisition, noise suppression, source localization and separation, dereverberation, echo cancellation, and acoustic event detection
 - Speech and speaker recognition technology for hands-free scenarios, including robust features, feature-domain enhancement and dereverberation, and model adaptation
 - Microphone array technology and architectures, especially for distant-talking speech recognition and acoustic scene analysis
 - Speech corpora for training and evaluation of distant-talking speech systems
 - Applications based on microphone arrays and hands-free speech systems.

* Paper & Demo Submission *
The workshop technical program will consist of oral presentations, poster sessions, and demonstrations. Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers up to four pages, with a fifth page permitted for references only. Submissions for proposed demonstrations may be up to two pages in length.

* Special Sessions*
The program will also feature special sessions on new or emerging topics of interest. Proposals for special sessions must include the session title, rationale, outline, and a list of four invited papers.

* Important Dates *
Submission of special session proposals: November 8, 2013
Special session decisions announced: December 6, 2013
Submission of papers & demos: January 24, 2014
Paper & demo decisions announced: March 12, 2014
Submission of camera-ready papers & demos: April 4, 2014
Workshop: May 12-14, 2014

* Organizing Committee *
Emmanuel Vincent (Inria, France)
Dietrich Klakow (Saarland University, Germany)
Hiroshi Saruwatari (Nara Institute of Technology, Japan)
Mike Seltzer (Microsoft Research, USA)
Bhiksha Raj (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)


3-3-17(2014-05-13) CfP 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2014) will be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The Fourth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2014) will be held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on 13-16 May 2014. The symposium, which follows the successful TAL 2012 in Nanjing, is held on a vibrant campus, which boasts three highly visible academic institutions whose research is relevant to the topic of the symposium: the Centre for Language Studies, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, both part of Radboud University Nijmegen, and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.


Nijmegen (by Maarten Takens)

Nijmegen (by Maarten Takens)

TAL 2014 is held in the week before the International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, which is held in Dublin from 21 to 25 May 2014 and like that conference enjoys the support of ISCA SProSig and ISCA SIG-CSLP.

The symposium continues the tradition of the previous three symposia of focusing on tone languages, aiming to present state-of-the–art research on the typological, phonetic, phonological, psycholinguistic, acquisitional and technological aspects of tonal contrasts, but will also welcome contributions on non-tone languages and art forms like songs and poetry.

Important dates


Submission of full papers
15 February 2014 (this date will not be postponed)
Notification of acceptance
20 March 2014
Camera-ready paper due
15 June 2014
Registration deadline
30 April 2014
Registration desk open
13 May 2014, 2 p.m.
Conference meeting
14-16 May 2014
Tutorial Speech Analysis
13 May 2014, 4 p.m.
Final versions paper due
15 June 2014

3-3-18(2014-05-14) CfP SLTU-2014 WORKSHOP , St Petersburg, Russia



4th International Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages (SLTU-2014)

14-16 May 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia


Organized by St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS) in cooperation with LIG (France), LIA (France), and MICA (Vietnam).


The Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages is the fourth in a series of even-year SLTU Workshops. Three previous Workshops were organized: SLTU’12 in Cape Town, SLTU’10 in Penang, and SLTU’08 in Hanoi. SLTU’14 Workshop is held in St. Petersburg (Russia) and has the special focus on Eastern European under-resourced languages (Slavic, Baltic, Uralic, Altaic, Caucasian, Turkic, etc.), but papers on automatic processing other under-resourced languages are also encouraged.


SLTU'14 Workshop topics include all areas related to processing any under-resourced and endangered languages:

- Language resources development, acquisition, and representation: dictionary, language model, grammars, text and speech corpora, etc.

- Automatic speech recognition and synthesis of low-resourced Languages and dialects, etc.

- Multi-lingual spoken language processing including analysis and synthesis.

- Machine translation and spoken dialogue systems, etc.


Speech Communication special issue on processing under-resourced languages was recently prepared by SLTU board:



Etienne Barnard, NWU, South Africa

Laurent Besacier, LIG, France

Eric Castelli, MICA, Vietnam

Dirk Van Compernolle, UCL, Belgium

Marelie Davel, NWU, South Africa

Alexey Karpov, SPIIRAS, Russia

Daniil Kocharov, SPbSU, Russia

Lori Lamel, LIMSI, France

Haizhou Li, A-star, Singapore

Roger K. Moore, Sheffield, UK

Pedro Moreno, Google, USA

Satoshi Nakamura, NAIST, Japan

Pascal Nocera, LIA, France

Francois Pellegrino, Lyon, France

Andrey Ronzhin, SPIIRAS, Russia

Yoshinori Sagisaka, Waseda, Japan

Ruhi Sarikaya, Microsoft, USA

Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe, Germany

Pavel Skrelin, SPbSU, Russia

Tan Tien Ping, USM, Malaysia


Several keynote lectures will be given by distinguished scientists: Prof. Satoshi Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) and some other outstanding speakers.



- Abstract submission: 10 January, 2014

- Full paper submission: 31 January, 2014

- Notification of acceptance: 03 March, 2014 

- Submission of final papers: 17 March, 2014 

- Registration due: 17 March, 2014 

- Workshop dates: 14-16 May, 2014 


Independently of the scientific actions we will provide excellent possibilities for acquaintance with cultural and historical valuables of St. Petersburg city and its beautiful surroundings.


SLTU'14 Workshop Chairs:

Alexey Karpov  (SPIIRAS, Russia)

Laurent Besacier  (LIG, France)

Pascal Nocera  (LIA, France)

Eric Castelli  (MICA, Vietnam)


For the latest information, please check the Workshop web page:


3-3-19(2014-05-20) The 7th Speech Prosody Conference, Dublin, Ireland

The 7th Speech Prosody Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, May 20-23, 2014, at Trinity College Dublin, directly preceding LREC, the Linguistic Resources and Evaluation Conference.

The special theme is social prosody, but we invite papers addressing any aspect of the science and technology of prosody, speaking styles, and voice quality.  Papers are due December 15th.

Topics of interest include: communicative situation and speaking style, dynamics of register and style, l2 prosody, phonology and phonetics of prosody, pitch accent, prosody and spoken language systems, prosody and the sounds of language, prosody development in first language acquisition, prosody for forensic applications, prosody in face-to-face interaction: audiovisual modeling and analysis, prosody in neurological disorders, prosody in speech synthesis, recognition and understanding; prosody models and theoretical issues, prosody of sign language, prosody of under-resourced languages and dialects; psycholinguistic, cognitive, and neural correlates of prosody; signal processing; voice quality, phonation, and vocal dynamics, and prosodic characteristics of individuals; and as special review areas, the prosody of nonverbal vocalisations, speech-gesture interaction, and joint/choral speech.

More information is available at .


3-3-20(2014-05-21) Workshop From Sound to Gesture (S2G): Communication as speech, prosody, gestures and signs, Univ Padova Italy
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

From Sound to Gesture (S2G): Communication as speech, prosody, gestures and signs, University of Padova, Italy - May 21-23, 2014 
Understanding how human communication works requires investigating the complex relations between abstract representations of both sounds and gestures and their concrete realizations. The study of both spoken and signed language can provide a key to understanding the fascinating connections between human sounds, gestures and language. 

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars interested in the relationships between different modalities (acoustic, visual) and between different levels within the same modality (e.g., phonology-phonetics, verbal-nonverbal, prosodic-segmental, etc.). 
We invite the submission of abstracts on the following topics: 

- Prosody 
- Spoken language phonology/phonetics 
- Non-verbal communication/gestures 
- Sign language phonology/phonetics 

In particular, we encourage papers focused the relationship between two (or more) of the proposed topics, e.g.: 

- Spoken and sign language phonology: Is there only one, modality-independent phonology, or is there one phonology for each modality? Is there evidence for the existence of phonological primitives common to both modalities? 
- Linguistic and non-linguistic signs: How are non-verbal gestures integrated in sign language? How are these distinguished from linguistic signs? 
- Prosody and sign language: What are the prosodic units of sign language? Are they organized in a similar way as prosodic units in speech? 
- Suprasegmental and segmental phonology: What are relationships between the two levels? What are the best theoretical approaches and why? 
- Prosody and language: How is prosody used to convey linguistic and non-linguistic meanings in L1 and/or L2? What are the best theoretical models to describe it? 
- Prosody and gestures: What is the relation between speakers' intonation, prosody and gestures? How are language-specific prosody and gestures used in second language communication? 
- Speech and gestures: Wow are gestures and language connected? What is the relation between language-specific/universal gestures and language? How can gestures be employed effectively to communicate with people who speak a different language? 

Invited speakers:

Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University),
Marianne Gullberg (University of Lund), MarianneGullberg 
Pilar Prieto (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona),
Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa),

Abstracts (max 1000 words, Times New Roman, 12pt, PDF or DOC format) can be summited through Easy Abstract at the link:

Important Dates: 

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2014 
Acceptance notification: 28 February 2014 
Conference: 21-23 May 2014 

Scientific Committee: 

Maria Grazia Busà 
Antonio Baroni 
Laura Vanelli 
Motoko Ueyama

For info:      


3-3-21(2014-05-26) 9th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland

ELRA and the LREC Programme Committee are very pleased to announce that the

LREC 2012 Proceedings have been accepted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings

Citation Index of Thomson Reuters. The CPCI is searchable through the

Web of Science

platform and will provide authors with unprecedented recognition.

LREC 2010 proceedings are currently under review, and chances that they will be

accepted are high! Once published, the proceedings of LREC 2014 will be submitted for

inclusion in the CPCI.

Schedule of all the LREC 2014 Workshops and Tutorials is now online at
On this web page you will find a link to each Workshop Call for Papers and each Tutorial Outline, when available.
Don't hesitate to contact Workshop and/or Tutorial organisers if you have specific questions on their event.

For general LREC 2014 matters, please contact us at
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ELRA is glad to announce the 9th edition of LREC, organised with the support of a wide range of international organisations.


LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language

Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new

R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their

applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial

uses and needs, requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with respect both to policy

issues and to scientific/technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across

a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and

promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support of investigations in language

sciences, progress in language technologies (LT) and development of corresponding products,

services and applications, and standards.


Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, multimodality

* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability

* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation

* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge

* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation

* LRs and Semantic Web

* LRs and Crowdsourcing

* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications

* Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication

* LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction, information retrieval,

audio-visual and multimedia search, speech dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided

Language Learning, training and education, mobile communication, machine translation,

speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing,

reasoning, etc.

* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and

multimodal/multisensorial interactions,

* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like e-government, e-culture, ehealth,

e-participation, mobile applications, digital humanities, etc.

* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs

Issues in LT evaluation

* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures

* Validation and quality assurance of LRs

* Benchmarking of systems and products

* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems

* User satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

* International and national activities, projects and collaboration

* Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs

* Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced languages

* Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative architectures

* Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues.


Big Data, Linked Open Data, LRs and HLT

The ever-increasing quantities of large and complex digital datasets, structured or

unstructured, multilingual, multimodal or multimedia, pose new challenges but at the same

time open up new opportunities for HLT and related fields. Ubiquitous data and information

capturing devices, social media and networks, the web at large with its big data / knowledge

bases and other information capturing / aggregating / publishing platforms are providing

useful information and/or knowledge for a wide range of LT applications.

LREC 2014 puts a strong emphasis on the synergies of the big Linked Open Data and LRs/LT

communities and their complementarity in cracking LT problems and developing useful

applications and services.

LRs in the Collaborative Age

The amount of collaboratively generated and used language data is constantly increasing and

it is therefore time to open a wide discussion on such LRs at LREC. There is a need to discuss

the types of LRs that can be collaboratively generated and used.

Are lexicons, dictionaries, corpora, ontologies (of language data), grammars, tagsets, data

categories, all possible fields in which a collaborative approach can be applied? Can

collaboratively generated LRs be standardised/harmonised? And how can quality control be

applied to collaboratively generated LRs? How can a collaborative approach ensure that lessresourced

languages receive the same digital dignity as mainstream languages?

There is also a need to discuss legal aspects related to collaboratively generated LRs. And last

but not least: are there different types of collaborative approaches, or is the Wikimedia style

the best approach to collaborative generation and use of LRs?


Share your LRs!

In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map – now a normal step in the submission

procedure of many conferences – LREC 2014 recognises that the time is ripe to launch

another important initiative, the LREC Repository of shared LRs!

When submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share your LRs (data, tools,

web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special LREC META-SHARE repository set up by


Your LRs will be made available to all LREC participants before the conference, to be reused,

compared, analysed, …

This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new

'regular' feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common

repository where everyone can deposit and share data.


The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster and demo

presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote address by the winner of the Antonio

Zampolli Prize.


Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo)

papers: 15 October 2013

Abstracts should consist of about 1500-2000 words, will be submitted through START @

and will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15 October 2013

Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website (

click Submission

from the Home page

) and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.


The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same format.

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the

appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the

paper will be considered.

In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.


Nicoletta Calzolari – CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa -

Italy (Conference chair)

Khalid Choukri – ELRA, Paris - France

Thierry Declerck – DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany

Hrafn Loftsson – School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University - Iceland

Bente Maegaard – CST, University of Copenhagen - Denmark

Joseph Mariani – LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay - France

Asuncion Moreno – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain

Jan Odijk – UIL-OTS, Utrecht - The Netherlands

Stelios Piperidis – Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens - Greece



voice-activated services, etc.



3-3-22(2014-05-27) 7th WORKSHOP ON BUILDING AND USING COMPARABLE CORPORA, Reykjavik (Iceland)
1st Call for Papers

  Building Resources for Machine Translation Research
  May 27, 2014
  Co-located with LREC 2014
  Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavik (Iceland)
  DEADLINE FOR PAPERS: February 10, 2014
In the language engineering and the linguistics communities, research
in comparable corpora has been motivated by two main reasons. In
language engineering, on the one hand, it is chiefly motivated by the
need to use comparable corpora as training data for statistical
Natural Language Processing applications such as statistical machine
translation or cross-lingual retrieval. In linguistics, on the other
hand, comparable corpora are of interest in themselves by making
possible inter-linguistic discoveries and comparisons. It is generally
accepted in both communities that comparable corpora are documents in
one or several languages that are comparable in content and form in
various degrees and dimensions. We believe that the linguistic
definitions and observations related to comparable corpora can improve
methods to mine such corpora for applications of statistical NLP. As
such, it is of great interest to bring together builders and users of
such corpora.
The scarcity of parallel corpora has motivated research concerning
the use of comparable corpora: pairs of monolingual corpora selected
according to the same set of criteria, but in different languages
or language varieties. Non-parallel yet comparable corpora overcome
the two limitations of parallel corpora, since sources for original,
monolingual texts are much more abundant than translated texts.
However, because of their nature, mining translations in comparable
corpora is much more challenging than in parallel corpora. What
constitutes a good comparable corpus, for a given task or per se,
also requires specific attention: while the definition of a parallel
corpus is fairly straightforward, building a non-parallel corpus
requires control over the selection of source texts in both languages.
Parallel corpora are a key resource as training data for statistical
machine translation, and for building or extending bilingual lexicons
and terminologies. However, beyond a few language pairs such as
English- French or English-Chinese and a few contexts such as
parliamentary debates or legal texts, they remain a scarce resource,
despite the creation of automated methods to collect parallel corpora
from the Web. To exemplify such issues in a practical setting, this
year's special focus will be on
    Building Resources for Machine Translation Research
This special topic aims to address the need for:
(1) Machine Translation training and testing data such as spoken or
written monolingual, comparable or parallel data collections, and
(2) methods and tools used for collecting, annotating, and verifying
MT data such as Web crawling, crowdsourcing, tools for language
experts and for finding MT data in comparable corpora.

We solicit contributions including but not limited to the following topics:
Topics related to the special theme:
  * Methods and tools for collecting and processing MT data,
        including crowdsourcing
  * Methods and tools for quality control
  * Tools for efficient annotation
  * Bilingual term and named entity collections
  * Multilingual treebanks, wordnets, propbanks, etc.
  * Comparable corpora with parallel units annotated
  * Comparable corpora for under-resourced languages and specific domains
  * Multilingual corpora with rich annotations:
        POS tags, NEs, dependencies, semantic roles, etc.
  * Data for special applications: patent translation, movie
        subtitles, MOOCs, meetings, chat-rooms, social media, etc.
  * Legal issues with collecting and redistributing data
        and generating derivatives
Building comparable corpora:
  * Human translations
  * Automatic and semi-automatic methods
  * Methods to mine parallel and non-parallel corpora from the Web
  * Tools and criteria to evaluate the comparability of corpora
  * Parallel vs non-parallel corpora, monolingual corpora
  * Rare and minority languages, across language families
  * Multi-media/multi-modal comparable corpora
Applications of comparable corpora:
  * Human translations
  * Language learning
  * Cross-language information retrieval & document categorization
  * Bilingual projections
  * Machine translation
  * Writing assistance
Mining from comparable corpora:
  * Extraction of parallel segments or paraphrases from comparable corpora
  * Extraction of bilingual and multilingual translations of single words
        and multi-word expressions; proper names, named entities, etc.

  February 10, 2014    Deadline for submission of full papers
      March 10, 2014    Notification of acceptance
      March 27, 2014    Camera-ready papers due
         May 27, 2014    Workshop date
Papers should follow the LREC main conference formatting details (to be
announced on the conference website )
and should be submitted as a PDF-file via the START workshop manager at
Contributions can be short or long papers. Short paper submission must
describe original and unpublished work without exceeding six (6)
pages. Characteristics of short papers include: a small, focused
contribution; work in progress; a negative result; an opinion piece;
an interesting application nugget. Long paper submissions must
describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work without
exceeding ten (10) pages.
Reviewing will be double blind, so the papers should not reveal the
authors' identity. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop
Double submission policy: Parallel submission to other meetings or
publications is possible but must be immediately notified to the
workshop organizers.
When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to
provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense,
i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have
been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of
your research.  Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share
the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.), to enable their
reuse, replicability of experiments, including evaluation ones, etc.
For further information, please contact
    Pierre Zweigenbaum pz (at) limsi (dot) fr

  Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI, CNRS, Orsay (France)
  Ahmet Aker, University of Sheffield (UK)
  Serge Sharoff, University of Leeds (UK)
  Stephan Vogel, QCRI (Qatar)
  Reinhard Rapp, Universities of Mainz (Germany) and Aix-Marseille (France)

  * Ahmet Aker, University of Sheffield (UK)
  * Srinivas Bangalore (AT&T Labs, US)
  * Caroline Barrière (CRIM, Montréal, Canada)
  * Chris Biemann (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
  * Hervé Déjean (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
  * Kurt Eberle (Lingenio, Heidelberg, Germany)
  * Andreas Eisele (European Commission, Luxembourg)
  * Éric Gaussier (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France)
  * Gregory Grefenstette (INRIA, Saclay, France)
  * Silvia Hansen-Schirra (University of Mainz, Germany)
  * Hitoshi Isahara (Toyohashi University of Technology)
  * Kyo Kageura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  * Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd, UK)
  * Natalie Kübler (Université Paris Diderot, France)
  * Philippe Langlais (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  * Michael Mohler (Language Computer Corp., US)
  * Emmanuel Morin (Université de Nantes, France)
  * Dragos Stefan Munteanu (Language Weaver, Inc., US)
  * Lene Offersgaard (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  * Ted Pedersen (University of Minnesota, Duluth, US)
  * Reinhard Rapp (Université Aix-Marseille, France)
  * Sujith Ravi (Google, US)
  * Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
  * Michel Simard (National Research Council Canada)
  * Richard Sproat (OGI School of Science & Technology, US)
  * Tim Van de Cruys (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France)
  * Stephan Vogel, QCRI (Qatar)
  * Guillaume Wisniewski (Université Paris Sud & LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)
  * Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)

3-3-23(2014-06-09) eNTERFACE 2014 - 10th SUMMER WORKSHOP ON MULTIMODAL INTERFACES, Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain, June 9th – July 5th, 2014


Aholab Signal Processing research group, Faculty of Engineering of the University of the 
Basque Country, in Bilbao (Spain), invites project proposals for eNTERFACE’14.

Following the tremendous success of the previous eNTERFACE workshops (, eNTERFACE’14 aims at continuing and enhancing the tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, leading researchers in multimodal interfaces and students to work on specific projects for 4 complete weeks.

eNTERFACE’14 will encompass presentation sessions, including tutorial state-of-the-art surveys on several aspects of design of multimodal interfaces, given by invited senior researchers, and periodical presentations of the results achieved by each project group. The ultimate goal is to make this event a unique opportunity for students and experts all over the world to meet and effectively work together, so as to foster the development of tomorrow’s multimodal research community. The results of the projects are expected to be published in the Workshop proceedings.

THEMES (not exhaustive list):

- Multimodal signal analysis and synthesis 
- Intuitive interfaces and personalized systems in real and virtual environments 
- Assistive technologies for education and social inclusion 
- Assistive and rehabilitation technologies 
- Search in multimedia and multilingual documents 
- Affective and social signal processing 
- Multimodality for biometrics and security 
- Innovative musical interfaces 
- Augmented reality 
- Embodied agents 
- Human-robot and human-environment interactions in smart environments 
- Multimodal conversational systems 
- Self-learning and adapting systems 
- Innovative modalities and modalities conversion 
- Applications of Multimodal interfaces 
- Performing arts applications 
- Teleoperation and telerobotics


November 30th, 2013
Reception of a 1-page Notification of Interest, with a summary of projects goals, temptative workpackages, and deliverables.

December 15th, 2013
Reception of the Full Project Proposal.

January 10th, 2014
Notification of acceptance to project leaders. Start Call for Participation.

February 28th, 2014 
End Call for Participation. Team building.

March 28th, 2014
Notification of acceptance to participants.


Proposals should be submitted in PDF format to

The proposals will be evaluated by the Scientic Committee with respect to suitability to the workshop goals and format. A call for PhD students and researchers participation will then be launched on January 10th, 2014. Authors of the accepted proposals will then be invited to build their teams.

There is no registration fee for participants. Participants are expected to pay for their own lodging and meals (see for information about facilities and prices). Some grants for students will be offered in due course.


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:


3-3-24(2014-06-11) 15th ICPLA Conference 2014
15th ICPLA Conference 2014
International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association

Dear Colleagues
It is our great pleasure to announce the 15th International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference to be held in Stockholm, Sweden in June 11-13, 2014.

We hereby cordially invite you and wish you welcome to Stockholm, at it's best in June, to participate in the conference held at Karolinska Institutet, Solna, at the centrally located campus near Stockholm city center. 

Please, visit for Programme at a glance and important dates for Panel proposals (September 1st) and Abstract submissions (November 1st).  

We are looking forward to welcome you in Stockholm 2014!

Best wishes,
The Organizing Committee of the ICPLA 2014

3-3-25(2014-06-16) Odyssey 2014, Joensuu, Finland
June 16-19, 2014, Joensuu, Finland 
NIST i-vector challenge (details TBA): 
- Challenge opens: November 2013 
- Challenge papers due: February 2014 
- Submissions without a paper: April 2014 
 Regular paper submission: January 22, 2014 
Industry submissions + demos February, 2014 
Notifications: March 22, 2014 
Final papers: April 7, 2014 
Dr. Samy Bengio, Google Research 
'Large scale learning of a joint embedding space' 
Prof. Martin Cooke, University of the Basque Country
 'Speaking in adverse conditions: from behavioural observations to intelligibility-enhancing speech 
Third keynote XX (TBA) 
The general themes of the conference include speaker  and   language  recognition and 
 The specific topics  include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Speaker characterization and adaptation
  • Features for speaker and language recognition
  • Multi-speaker training, detection and diarization
  • Robustness in channels and environment
  • Robust classification and fusion
  • Speaker recognition corpora and evaluation
  • Speaker recognition with speech recognition
  • Forensics, multimodality, and multimedia speaker recognition
  • Speaker and language confidence estimation
  • Language, dialect, and accent recognition
  • Speaker synthesis and transformation
  • Human recognition of speaker and language
  • Analysis and countermeasures against spoofing attacks
  • Commercial applications




 All regular submissions (max 8 pages) will be reviewed by at least  three members of the scientific review committee.The regular  submissions must include scientific or methodological novelty; the  paper has to review the relevant prior work and state clearly the  novelty in the Introduction part.The accepted papers will appear in  electronic proceedings. 



Odyssey committee recognizes a large gap between theoretical research  results and real-world deployment of the methods. To foster closer  collaboration across industry and academia, Odyssey 2014 features an  industry submission track. This can include a description of your  target application, a product, a demonstrator, or any combination. In  addition to voice biometrics providers, we encourage submissions from  companies who are in need for speaker or language recognition  technology.The industry paper submissions do NOT have to present  methodological novelty, but the submission MUST address one or all of  the following aspects:  

  • Description of the application, role of speaker/language recognition
  • Research results and methods that worked well in your application
  • Negative research results that have NOT worked in practice
  • Unsolved problems 'out-in-the-wild' that deserve attention

The industry submissions will NOT undergo full peer review nor will be included to the proceedings. All the industry track submissions can be presented as a posters. The organizing committee may select a few most interesting ones for oral presentation.  





In addition to regular and industry paper submissions, Odyssey 2014  features two special sessions co-organized with National Institute of  Standards and Technologies (NIST). NIST SRE-2012 special session  focuses on extended analyses on the latest, NIST 2012 speaker  recognition evaluation (SRE) benchmark, and is targeted for the  participants of NIST SRE 2012. The i-vector challenge is a new type of challenge targeted for anyone  interested for a 'quick start-up' in speaker recognition. Building  modern speaker and language recognition systems requires a lot of  preprocessing, corpus engineering and computations, making it  challenging for newcomers to enter the field. This prohibits piloting  of possibly promising modeling ideas developed outside of speaker  recognition community (e.g. machine learning and image processing  communities). To bridge this gap, NIST organizes a new type of  benchmark, i-vector challenge, synchronized with Odyssey 2014. Preliminary due-date for paper submissions to both special sessions is  February 2014. Submissions by this deadline will undergo review both  by NIST and by the scientific review committee, and will be included  to the conference proceedings if accepted. Late challenge submissions  (without a paper) are also encouraged; they can be presented as  posters, but will not undergo peer review nor will be included to the  conference proceedings. To ensure smooth organization, early (non-binding) preliminary sign-up  is required. More details and registration for the i-vector challenge  will be available in November 2013.   



Odyssey 2014 features three awards:

  • A best paper award
  • A best student paper award
  • Free registration for 1 to 2 top-performers in the i-vector challenge

All regular and special session papers submitted in time are  candidates for the awards. The awards are given based on the review  reports AND the presentation at the conference. For the best student  paper award, the first author must be a student (does not yet hold a  PhD degree) at the time of paper submission. Best 1 to 2 teams (max 1 person per site) in i-vector challenge are  provided FREE REGISTRATION to the full Odyssey 2014 workshop.



Odyssey 2014 will be hosted by School of Computing of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). 
Joensuu is a small town of 75,000 inhabitants in the lakeside Finland -- the capital of green. 
It is famous for its peaceful nature, excellent outdoor opportunities as well as many saunas. 
Joensuu can be easily reached from Helsinki (50 min flight), which can be reached via direct flights 
from several European, North American and Asian cities. 
Tomi Kinnunen, chair University of Eastern Finland, Finland 
Pasi Franti, co-chair University of Eastern Finland, Finland
 Jean-Francois Bonastre University of Avignon, France 
Niko Brummer Agnitio, South Africa 
Lukas Burget Brno Univ. Technology, Czech Republic 
Joseph Campbell MIT Lincoln Lab, USA 
Jan 'Honza' Cernocky Brno Univ. Technology, Czech Republic 
Haizhou Li Inst. Infocomm Research, Singapore 
Alvin Martin NIST, USA 
Douglas Reynolds MIT Lincoln Lab, USA
For more details: Email: 



3-3-26(2014-06-17) 10th Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC) at St Catherine's College Oxford , UK

We are  pleased to announce the 10th Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC) is to be held  at St Catherine's College Oxford from 17 - 20 July, 2014.

ODC has a reputation as one of the leading international scientific  conferences in the field of dysfluency. The conference brings together researchers and clinicians, providing a showcase and forum for discussion and  collegial debate about the most current and innovative research and clinical  practices.  Throughout the history of ODC, the primary aim has been to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.                           

The conference seeks  to promote research that informs management, with interventions that are  supported by sound theory and which inform future research.

In 2014, 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. The 2014 conference will enable delegates to:


  • Present the latest research developments and       findings
  • Explore issues relating to the nature of       stuttering and its treatment
  • Develop knowledge and clinical skills working       with children and adults who stutter
  • Consider ways to integrate research into       clinical practice
  • Support and encourage new researchers in the       field
  • Develop collaborations with researchers       working in dysfluency
  • Provide informal opportunities to meet and       discuss ideas with leading experts in the field in a friendly environment
  • Advance research in the field of dysfluency

Conference Co-Chairs                    

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


3-3-27(2014-06-21) The REAL Challenge

The REAL Challenge – Call for Participation


The Dialog Research Center at Carnegie Mellon (DialRC) is organizing the REAL Challenge. The goal of the REAL Challenge ( is to build speech systems that are used regularly by real users to accomplish real tasks. These systems will give the speech and spoken dialog communities steady streams of research data as well as platforms they can use to carry out studies. It will engage both seasoned researchers and high school and undergrad students in an effort to find the next great speech applications.


Why have a REAL Challenge?

Humans greatly rely on spoken language to communicate, so it seems natural that we would be likely to communicate with objects via speech as well. Some speech interfaces do exist and they show promise, demonstrating that smart engineering can palliate indeterminate recognition. Yet the general public has not yet picked up this means of communication as easily as they have the tiny keyboards. About two decades ago, many researchers were using the internet, mostly to send and receive email. They were aware of the potential that it held and waited to see when and how the general public would adopt it. Practically a decade later, thanks to providers such as AmericaOnline, who had found how to create easy access, everyday people started to use the internet. And this has dramatically changed our lives. In the same way, we all know that speech will eventually replace the keyboard in many situations when we want to speak to objects. The big question is what is the interface or application that will bring us into that era.


Why hasn’t speech become a more prevalent interface? Most of today’s speech applications have been devised by researchers in the speech domain. While they certainly know what types of systems are “doable”, they may not be the best at determining which speech applications would be universally acceptable.


We believe that students who have not yet had their vision limited by knowledge of the speech and spoken dialog domains and who have grown up with computers as a given, are the ones that will find new, compelling and universally appealing speech applications. Along with the good ideas, they will need some guidance to gain focus. Having a mentor, attending webinars and participating in a research team can provide this guidance.


The REAL challenge will combine the talents of these two very different groups. First it will call upon the speech research community who know what it takes to implement real applications. Second, it will advertise to and encourage participation from high school students and college undergrads who love to hack and have novel ideas about using speech.


How can we combine these two types of talent?

The REAL Challenge is starting with a widely-advertised call for proposals. Students can propose an application. Researchers can propose to create systems or to provide tools. A proposal can target any type of application in any language. The proposals will be lightly filtered and the successful proposers will be invited to a workshop on June 21, 2014 to show what they are proposing and to team up. The idea is for students to meet researchers and for the latter to take one or more students on their team. Students will present their ideas and have time for discussion with researchers. A year later, a second workshop will assemble all who were at the first workshop to show the resulting systems, measure success and award prizes.

Student travel will be taken care of by DialRC through grants.


Preparing students

Students will have help from DialRC and from researchers as they formulate their proposals. DialRC will provide webinars on such topics as speech processing tool basics and how to present a poster. Students will also be assigned mentors. Researchers in speech and spoken dialog can volunteer to be a one-on-one mentor to a student. This consists of being in touch either in person or virtually. Mentors can tell the students about what our field consists of, what the state of the art is, and what it is like to work in research. They can answer questions about how the student can talk about their ideas. If you are a researcher in speech and/or spoken dialog and you would like to be a mentor, please let us know at


What is an entry?

The groups will create entries. Here are the characteristics of a successful entry:

  • there is a stateful interaction (not stateless, not on-off)

  • the interaction is sustained over multiple turns

  • language is central to the entry – it is the primary medium of exchange (not necessarily the only medium, but it is not peripheral to the main use of the entry)

  • the entry makes a meaningful contribution to the interaction (so, it does not just pass messages)

  • the entry must do some meaningful processing (not just passing messages like an email router). It has to make meaningful contributions to the interaction.


How can we assess success?

Success will be judged on the basis of originality, amount of regular users and of data and on other criteria to be agreed upon by the Challenge scientific committee and the participants.


Possible prize areas for an entry include:

  • how much usage it gets

  • how engaging it is / how novel is the interaction

  • how good it is as a platform for future research – a platform is defined here as the output/result of an entry that would be of use for the research community. A platform is not just a computer program toolkit. It could, for example, be used the following year as the basis for a competition (like best ASR or best belief tracking)


Details of the measures of success will be refined at the workshop with input from the participants.




The REAL Challenge was announced at several major conferences during the summer of 2013: SIGDIAL, Interspeech, ACL. It is also being announced to younger participants through their schools and hacker websites.


March 20, 2014 : Proposals due

April 20, 2014: Feedback on proposals and invitations to attend the workshop sent out.

June 21, 2014 : Workshop in Baltimore Maryland USA.

Early summer of 2015 : Resulting systems are presented a year after the first workshop.


What advantage is there for a student to participate?

For students, participation in the REAL Challenge will present several unique opportunities:

  • the chance to work in a group with real researchers, on a real world problem

  • the chance to see how ideas are turned into reality

  • the chance to make something that works and that people actually use

  • the chance to learn about new technology and use it to solve new problems

  • the chance to observe what careers in technology are like and to be in contact with possible future employers


What does this Challenge contribute to the speech community?

For researchers, participation reaps several benefits:

  • the number and type of speech applications will be greatly expanded

  • there will be more datasets available for research

  • there will be more platforms to run studies on and to use in speech and spoken dialog classes

  • the enrichment that comes from mentoring


Why should industrial research groups be interested in the Challenge?

Industrial research groups should be interested to see:

  • which types of applications actually appeal to the general public and which ones fail, which could be revenue-generating

  • how students learn to apply the latest speech technologies in novel directions and which of these students could become future collaborators



This Challenge is run by the Dialog Research Center at Carnegie Mellon (DialRC)


REAL Challenge Scientific Committee


Alan W Black, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Helen Hastie, Heriot Watt University, Scotland

Gary Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Sungjin Lee, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Santoshi Nakamura, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Elmar Noeth, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Antoine Raux, Lenovo, USA

David Traum, University of Southern California, USA

Jason Williams, Microsoft Research, USA


Contact information:

Website :

Email :


3-3-28(2014-06-24) CfP International Conference of young researchers in Language Didactics and Linguistics, Grenoble Fr.


International Conference of young researchers in Language Didactics and Linguistics

Multidisciplinary conference on the study of language


24 juin – 27 juin 2014

LIDILEM laboratory Stendhal University, Grenoble, France

In line with the areas of research of our laboratory, this multidisciplinary conference’s objective is to allow the community of PhD

students and young researchers to submit their research topics in the fields of language, its teaching and or literacy, psychology,

education sciences, ethnology, neurolinguistics, human-machine communication.







Linguistic development






Language didactics,


Natural Language Processing (NLP),


Digital Humanities.



Submission deadline : 15th November 2013 29th November 2013



Announcement of acceptances : March 3rd, 2013


Preliminary program : May, 2014


Reception of final articles : June 2nd, 2014


Conference dates : Tuesday, 24 June (afternoon) to Friday, 27 June 2014


Laurent BESACIER (Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France), Jacqueline BILLIEZ (Université

Stendhal de Grenoble, France), Annette BOUDREAU (Université de Moncton, Canada), Gabrièle BUDACH (University of

Southampton, England) , Cécile CANUT (Université Paris-Descartes, France), Jean-Pierre CHEVROT (Université Stendhal de

Grenoble, France), Jean-Louis CHISS (Université Paris 3, France), Jean-François de PIETRO (Université de Neuchâtel, Institut de

Recherche et de Documentation Pédagogique, Switzerland), Jean-Marc DEWAELE (Birbeck, University of London, England),

Cécile FABRE (ERSS, Université de Toulouse, France), Isabel GONZALEZ REY (Université St Jacques de Compostelle, Spain),

Heather HILTON (Université Paris 8, France), Alexandra JAFFE (California State University Long Beach, United-States), Sophie

KERN (Université de Lyon 3, France), Marinette MATTHEY (Université Stendhal de Grenoble, France), Christophe PARISSE

(Université de Paris 10, France), Ludovic TANGUY (ERSS, Université de Toulouse, France).


The languages used during the conference will be French or English.


This conference addresses only young researchers (PhD students and recent doctors). Abstracts must be in French or in English.

The abstract should not be more than 2 pages long, including references.

Deadline for submission : 15

th November 2013 29th November 2013


For more information refer to the instructions indicated on the conference site:


Presentations and posters of young researchers will follow one another and will be accompanied with plenary conferences of

renowned lecturers and researchers stemming from different disciplinary fields.

Communication in workshops (20 minutes presentation and an additional 10 minutes for discussion).

Presentation of posters.


The abstracts accepted for oral or displayed may be published in the form of articles (8-10 pages) to be submitted before June 2


2014. Articles will be subjected and selected to a proofreading committee with the possibility of being published in the University

Press of Grenoble (PUG) at the beginning of 2015.


For any further information about submissions or registrations, please email to:


3-3-29(2014-06-26) 5th annual workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT),Baltimore, USA

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the fifth annual workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), to be co-located with ACL 2014 in Baltimore in June 2014. The deadline for submission of papers and demo proposals is 21 March. Full details on the workshop, topics of interest, timeline, and formatting of regular papers can be found here here:



This 2-day workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or developmental disabilities. This workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and progress. General topics include but are not limited to:

                • Automated processing of sign language

                • Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive impairments

                • Speech transformation for improved intelligibility

                • Speech and Language Technologies for Assisted Living

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

                • Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AAC/AT applications

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

                • Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio

                • Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication

                • Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive technologies

                • Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive technologies

                • NLP for cognitive assistance applications

                • Presentation of graphical information for people with visual impairments

                • Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications

                • Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications

                • Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive technologies

                • Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of assistive technology

                • Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted presentation modes such as speech, signs or symbols

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

                • Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes

                • Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology

                • Anything included in this year's special topic

                • Other topics in Augmentative and Alternative Communication


Please contact the conference organizers at with any questions.


Important dates:


21 March: Paper/demo submissions due

11 April: Notification of acceptance

28 April: Camera-ready papers due

26 - 27 June: SLPAT workshop


We look forward to seeing you!


The organizing committee of SLPAT 2014,

Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany

Dimitra Anastasiou, University of Bremen, Gernany

Cui Jian, SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, University of Bremen, Germany

Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Rupal Patel, Northeastern University, USA

Frank Rudzicz, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto, Canada

Annalu Waller, University of Dundee, Scotland

Desislava Zhekova, University of Munich, Germany





3-3-30(2014-07-01) 21st Conference on Natural Language Processing (TALN 2014), Marseille, F




             21st Conference on Natural Language Processing




                             July 1-4 2014


                           Marseille, FRANCE






1. Long paper


    - Paper submission deadline : February 8, 2014

    - Notification : March 29, 2014

    - Camera ready paper due : May 2, 2014


2. Short paper


    - Paper submission deadline : April 12, 2014

    - Notification : May 10, 2014

    - Camera ready paper due : May 26, 2014


3. Demonstrations


    - Submission deadline : April 21, 2014

    - Notification : May 10, 2014

    - Camera ready paper due : May 26, 2014





Organized by the LPL (Laboratoire Parole et Langage) and the LIF

(Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale), the 21st Conference on

Natural Language Processing (TALN) will take place from 1st to the

4th July at Faculté Saint Charles, Marseille (France).


TALN'2014 is organised under the aegis of ATALA (Association pour

le Traitement Automatique des Langues) and will be held jointly with

RECITAL'2014, the conference for young researchers (separated call

for papers).


TALN'2014 will include oral presentations of research and position

papers, posters, invited speakers and demonstrations. The official

language is French. English presentations and papers are accepted for

non-French-speaking authors.





Two communication formats are proposed: long papers (from 12 to 14 pages)

and short papers (from 6 to 8 pages).


Authors are invited to submit two types of communications:


  - original research work

  - position paper on the current state of the research work


Papers should present original works, with substantial new material when

comparing to previous publications of the same author(s). Translation of

previously published papers are not


There will be two presentation formats: Oral for long papers and Poster

for short papers.


All topics of NLP are eligible for a submission.





Submissions will be reviewed by at least two experts of the domain. For research

papers, decisions will be based on the following criteria:


 - relevance to the conference topics

- importance and originality of the paper

- scientific and technical soundness

- comparison of the results obtained with those found in relevant works

- situation of the research in comparison with international work

- clarity of the presentation



For position papers, decisions will be based on the following criteria:


 - originality of the point of view presented

- breadth of view and the taking into account of the state-of-the-art



The selected communications will be published in the conference proceedings.


The program committee will select one paper (TALN Best Paper) among the


accepted papers which will be recommended for publication (extended form) in


the journal 'Traitement Automatique des Langues' (T.A.L.).





Papers will be written in French for French-speaking authors or English for non-French-speaking authors.


A LaTeX style file and a Word template will be made available on the


conference website:





                Philippe Blache (Président)

                Carine André                    Frédéric Béchet

                Sébastien Bermond       Brigitte Bigi

                Nadéra Bureau                Cyril Deniaud

                Stéphanie Desous          Benoît Favre

                Nuria Gala                          Joëlle Lavaud

                Grégoire Montcheuil     Alexis Nasr

                Catherine Perrot             Klim Peshkov

                Laurent Prévot                 Carlos Ramisch

                Stéphane Rauzy              Claudia Starke








3-3-31(2014-07-06) Special Session on Computational Intelligence Algorithms for Digital Audio Applications, Beijing China
Special Session on Computational Intelligence Algorithms for Digital Audio Applications WCCI 2014 Special Session - Call for Papers 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2014) Beijing, China, 
July 6-11 2014. Theme and Scope of the Session ___________________________________________ Computational Intelligence (CI) is widely used to face complex modelling, prediction, and recognition tasks, and is largely addressed in different research fields. One of these, characterized by a mature orientation to market for many years already, is represented by Digital Audio, which finds application in diverse contexts like entertainment, security, and health. Scientists and technicians worldwide actively cooperate to develop new solutions and propose them for commercial exploitation, and, from this perspective, the employment of advanced CI techniques, in combination with suitable Digital Signal Processing algorithms, surely constitutes a plus. In particular, this is typically accomplished with the aim of extracting and manipulating useful information from the audio stream to pilot the execution of automatized services, also in an interactive fashion. This often happens in conjunction with data coming from other media, like textual and visual, for which specific and application-driven fusion techniques are needed (which also require the involvement of advanced CI algorithms). Several are the Digital Audio topics touched by such a paradigm. In digital music applications we have music transcription, onset detection, genre recognition, just to name a few. Then, moving to speech processing, speech/speaker recognition, speaker diarization, and source separation are surely representative subjects with a florid literature already. Furthermore, auditory scene analysis, acoustic monitoring and sound detection and identification have lately encountered a certain success in the scientific community and can be thus included in this illustrative list. In dealing with the problems correlated to these different topics, the adoption of data-driven learning systems is often a ``must''. This is not, however, immune to technological issues. Indeed, big amount of data frequently needs to be managed and processed, data which features can change over time due to the time-varying characteristics of the audio stream and of the acoustic environment. Moreover, in many applicative scenarios hard real-time processing constraints must be taken into account. It is indeed of great interest for the scientific community to understand how and to what extent novel CI techniques can be efficiently employed in Digital Audio, in the light of all aforementioned aspects. The aim of this session is therefore to offer a CI oriented look at the large variety of Digital Audio research topics and applications and to discuss the most recent technological efforts from this perspective. Topics ___________________________________________ Intelligent Audio Analysis Audio Information Retrieval Music Content Analysis and Understanding Speech and Speaker Analysis and Classification Cross-domain Audio Analysis Sound Detection and Identification Computational Auditory Scene Analysis Acoustic Monitoring Context-aware Audio Source Separation Intelligent Audio Interfaces Important Dates ___________________________________________ •20 December 2013: Due date for paper submission •15 March 2014: Notification to authors •15 April 2014: Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers •6-11 July 2013: Conference Days Organisers ___________________________________________ Stefano Squartini Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy) Aurelio Uncini Università La Sapienza (Italy) Francesco Piazza Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy) Björn Schuller Imperial College London (UK), TUM (Germany) 

3-3-32(2014-07-19) Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française at l’Université Libre de Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin)

Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française 2014

Organisé par l’


Institut de Linguistique Française (CNRS – FR 2393)

du 19 au 23 juillet 2014,

à l’Université Libre de Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin)



: 19 au 23 juillet 2014


: Université Libre de Berlin

Site web

:, rubrique Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française




Intérêt scientifique

Le quatrième Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française est organisé par l’Institut de

Linguistique Française (ILF), Fédération de Recherche du CNRS (FR 2393) qui est sous la

tutelle de cet organisme et du Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche.

L’ILF regroupe dix-sept laboratoires de recherche, qui sont les co-organisateurs de ce

congrès en partenariat avec de nombreuses associations nationales et internationales. Une

telle organisation, conjointement prise en charge par dix-sept unités de recherche, est

exceptionnelle par son ampleur et la volonté de partenariat scientifique qu’elle révèle.

Le premier Congrès Mondial a été organisé à Paris par l’ILF en 2008, le deuxième à La

Nouvelle-Orléans, le troisième à Lyon en 2012. Chacun de ces trois congrès a attiré plus de

300 participants et les résultats ont fait l’objet d’une publication en ligne immédiate

accompagnée par un volume de résumés et un CD-ROM d’actes.

Ce congrès est organisé sans aucun privilège d'école ou d'orientation et sans exclusive

théorique ou conceptuelle. Chaque domaine ou sous-domaine, chaque type d'objet, chaque

type de questionnement et chaque problématique portant sur le français peut y trouver sa


Le CMLF est organisé en 15 sessions, lesquelles soulignent le fait que la linguistique

française n’est pas limitée à tel ou tel domaine érigé en modèle pour les autres sousdisciplines

du champ. Quatorze thématiques ont été retenues, qui permettent de balayer la

plus grande partie du champ scientifique : (1) Histoire du français : perspectives

diachronique et synchronique, (2) Linguistique et Didactique (français langue première,

français langue seconde), (3) Discours, Pragmatique et Interaction, (4) Francophonie, (5)

Histoire, Épistémologie, Réflexivité, (6) Lexique(s), (7) Linguistique de l’écrit, Linguistique

du texte, Sémiotique, Stylistique, (8) Morphologie, (9) Phonétique, Phonologie et

Interfaces, (10) Psycholinguistique et Acquisition, (11) Sémantique, (12)

Sociolinguistique, Dialectologies et Écologie des langues, (13) Syntaxe, (14) Ressources

et Outils pour l’analyse linguistique. A ces quatorze thématiques a été ajoutée une quinzième

session « pluri-thématique », laissant ouverte la possibilité de travailler dans plusieurs

domaines, voire en marge des territoires disciplinaires traditionnels.

Chaque thématique est pilotée par un Président et coordonnée par un Vice-président

(membre du Comité directeur de l’ILF, ou bien choisi par ce comité). Les comités

scientifiques comportent une proportion équilibrée de spécialistes français et étrangers. Un

soin particulier a été accordé à la sélection des comités afin de s’assurer qu’ils présenteraient

les plus grandes garanties scientifiques pour le succès du congrès. On trouve donc dans

chaque comité des linguistes connu(e)s mondialement pour leur contribution au domaine. Le

rôle de ces comités est de sélectionner les propositions de communications.

Les soumissions se feront sous la forme de brefs articles de 10 à 15 pages.

Toutes les communications (y compris les conférences plénières) seront publiées sous la

forme d'un article de 10 à 15 pages dans les actes du congrès (sous forme de CD-ROM

accompagnant un livret des titres et des résumés des communications) et maintenues sous

forme électronique sur le site du CMLF. L'archive électronique restera accessible après le



Rappel du calendrier

15 mai 2013 : Ouverture de la plateforme de dépôt des propositions de communications

30 novembre 2013 : Date limite de réception des propositions de communication

25 février 2014 : Notification de l'acceptation ou du refus et directives pour la version


25 mars 2014 : Réception de la version définitive des articles

Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française : du 19 au 23 juillet 2014




3-3-33(2014-07-25) 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon 14), Tokyo, Japan.

The 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon 14) will be held from 25 to 27 July at the National Institute for Japanese Linguistics (NINJAL) in Tokyo, Japan. For more details, see its official website, which is now open:


3-3-34(2014-08-23) COLING 2014



Dublin, Ireland, 23-29 August, 2014


COLING 2014 (, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, will be organised by CNGL (Centre for Global Intelligent Content) at the Helix Convention Centre at Dublin City University (DCU) from 23-29 August 2014. The COLING conference is organised under the auspices of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL).






The COLING conference has a history that dates back to the 1960s. The conference is held every two years and regularly attracts more than 700 delegates. The 1st conference was held in New York, 1965. Since then, the conference has developed into one of the premier Natural Language Processing conferences world-wide. The last five conferences were held in Geneva (COLING 2004), Sydney (COLING - ACL 2006), Manchester (COLING 2008), Beijing (COLING 2010) and Mumbai (COLING 2012).


COLING covers a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation. The conference will include full papers, oral presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops.








Workshops and Tutorials


Call for Workshop and tutorial proposals 18th October 2013

Workshop and tutorial proposals submission 19th January 2014

Workshop and tutorials notification 26th January 2014




Main Conference


Call for Papers To be announced

Paper submission 21st March 2014

Paper notification 23rd May 2014

Camera-ready paper submission 6th June 2014


Formal publication date for all COLING 2014 papers: 11th August 2014









Program Co-Chairs


Prof. Junichi Tsujii (Microsoft Research, China)

Prof. Jan Hajic (Charles Univ., Czech)




General Chair


Prof. Josef van Genabith (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)




Scientific Advisory Board


Joakim Nivre (Uppsala Univ., Sweden)

Yuji Matsumoto (NAIST, Japan)

Michael Picheny (IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA)

Donia Scott (Univ. of Sussex, UK)

Chengqing Zong (CAS, China)




Workshop Chairs


Dr. Jennifer Foster (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)

Prof. Dan Gildea (University of Rochester, USA)

Prof. Tim Baldwin (University of Melbourne, Australia)




Tutorial Chairs

Prof. Qun Liu (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)

Prof. Fei Xia (University of Washington, USA)




Demo Chair


Dr. Lamia Tounsi (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)




Sponsorship Chairs


Dr. Sharon O’Brien (SALIS / CNGL, DCU, Ireland)

Prof. Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Germany)

Dr. Huaping Zhang (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)




Publicity Chairs


Dr. Dorothy Kenny (SALIS, DCU, Ireland)

Professor Seong-Bae Park (Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing Associations)




Publication Chairs


Dr. Joachim Wagner (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)

Dr. Liadh Kelly (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)

Dr. Lorraine Goeuriot (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)




Local Chair


Dr. Cara Greene (CNGL, DCU, Ireland)



Local Co-Chair


Dr. John Judge (CNGL / NCLT, DCU, Ireland)






3-3-35(2014-09-01) 22nd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2014) Lisbon, Portugal
The 22nd European Signal Processing Conference  September 1 – 5, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal ============================================================== Deadline for the submission of Full Papers: FEBRUARY 17, 2014 ============================================================== EUSIPCO 2014 will be held on September 1- 5, 2014, in Lisbon, Portugal. This is one of the largest international conferences in the field of signal processing and will address all the latest developments in research and technology. The conference will bring together individuals from academia, industry, regulation bodies, and government, to exchange and discuss ideas in all the areas and applications of signal processing. EUSIPCO 2014 will feature world-class keynote speakers, special sessions, plenary talks, tutorials, and technical sessions. We invite the submission of original, unpublished technical papers on signal processing topics, including but not limited to: • Audio and acoustic signal processing • Design and implementation of signal processing systems • Multimedia signal processing • Speech processing • Image and video processing • Machine learning • Signal estimation and detection • Sensor array and multichannel signal processing • Signal processing for communications including wireless and optical communications and networking • Signal processing for location, positioning and navigation • Nonlinear signal processing • Signal processing applications including health and biosciences Submitted papers must be camera-ready and no more than five pages long, and conforming to the format that will soon be specified on the EUSIPCO website ( ). ============================================================== Best Paper Awards ============================================================== Two “EUSIPCO best young author paper awards” will be given at the dinner banquet of EUSIPCO 2014 to the two best papers from authors under the age of 30. ============================================================== Important Dates ============================================================== Proposal for special sessions: December 9, 2013 Proposal for tutorials: February 17, 2014 Electronic submission of full papers: February 17, 2014 Notification of acceptance: May 26, 2014 Submission of camera-ready papers and copyright forms: June 23, 2014 _______________________________________________

3-3-36(2014-09-03) Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology 7 (LARP VII), Aix en Provence, FR

Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology 7 (LARP VII)

Aix-en-Provence, France
Sept. 3-5, 2014

The biannual conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
(LARP) seeks to bring together international researchers interested in all
areas of Romance phonetics and phonology, in particular within the
 laboratory phonology approach. In the past decades, research in the
 laboratory phonology paradigm has expanded significantly so that the
 disciplines of phonetics and phonology are being investigated from a unique
 interdisciplinary angle. LARP aims at providing an interdisciplinary forum
 for world-wide research focusing on the experimental investigation
 Romance phonetics and phonology and their related areas, such as language
 acquisition, language variation and change, prosody, speech pathology,
 speech technology, as well as the phonology-phonetics interface.
 LARP VII will be hosted for the first time in Europe, by the Laboratoire
 Parole et Langage in Aix-en-Provence, and will be the result of a joint
 effort between Aix-Marseille University (Aix-en-Provence, France) and the
 Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

 Meeting Dates:
 Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology VII will be held from
 03-Sept-2014 to 05-Sept-2014.

 Contact Information:
 Mariapaola D'Imperio:
 Mariapaola D'Imperio (Aix-Marseille University & LPL,CNRS)
 Pilar Prieto (ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

 Conference webpage:

 Abstract Submission Information:
 Abstracts can be submitted from 15-Dec-2013 until 31-March-2014.

 Invited speakers
 Laura Bosch, Univ. Barcelona
 Martine Grice, Univ. Koeln, Germany
 Thierry Nazzi, CNRS, Paris
 Daniel Recasens, Univ. Autonoma, Barcelona

3-3-37(2014-09-10) CfP 3rd SWIP - Swiss Workshop on Prosody, Université de Genève, Switzerland
Second Call for contributions
3rd SWIP - Swiss Workshop on Prosody
Special Theme : PhonoGenres and Speaking Styles
10-11 September 2014 - University of Geneva
The SWIP (Swiss Workshop on Prosody) is an annual meeting gathering
researchers in the field of prosody. After Zurich in 2012, and
Neuchâtel in 2013, the 3rd SWIP will take place in Geneva on
10-11 September 2014. For this edition, the special theme is
PhonoGenres and Speaking Styles. By this event we mark the end
of the three year FNS research project 'Prosodic and linguistic
characterisation of speaking styles: semi-automatic approach and
Phonostylistic prosodic variation, whether regional, social or
situational, is the object of a growing number of studies. They are
systematic or isolated, based on phonetic-phonological studies of
large-scale corpora or on the examination of narrow samples. Approaches
vary between systematic methodologies and ad hoc procedures. Thus, one
of the major goals of the conference is to index different approaches
and to confront their results.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
*PhonoGenres: phonetic-prosodic dimensions; situational, regional,
communicative, macro- or micro-social variations; comparative analysis
*speaker-specific behavior: cliché, idiosyncrasy, distinctive features
*diachronic speaking style variation
*identification of discourse genres and styles
*methodologies and tools for corpus processing of speech in general,
and especially those developed to process the speaking style variation
Invited speakers:
Julia Hirschberg
Philippe Boula de Mareüil
First, a one page abstract, plus references, shall be submitted in
English or in French via EasyChair by the 1st of February 2014.
Second, the definitive version of paper shall be submitted by the
1st of June 2014 in order to publish the proceedings - both in paper
and electronic format - at the beginning of the conference. Proceedings
will be published in Cahiers de la Linguistique Française in a short
(6 pages max., about 2000 words) or in a long version (12 pages max.,
about 4000 words). Papers can be written in English or in French with
an abstract in the other language and they must follow style sheet
Please note that the conference language is English.
Important dates:
Submission of abstracts : 1 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: 1 Mars 2014
Submission of final paper for proceedings publication: 1 June 2014
Conference: 10-11 September 2014
Scientific committee:
Antoine Auchlin
Mathieu Avanzi
Philippe Boula de Mareüil
Nick Campbell
Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie
Céline De Looze
Volker Dellwo
Jean-Philippe Goldman
Julia Hirschberg
Daniel Hirst
Ingrid Hove
Adrian Leemann
Joaquim Llisterri
Philippe Martin
Piet Mertens
Anne Lacheret
Nicolas Obin
Tea Pršir
Stephan Schmid
Sandra Schwab
Elizabeth Shriberg
Anne Catherine Simon
Organising committee:
Antoine Auchlin
Jean-Philippe Goldman
Tea Pršir

3-3-38(2014-12-01) CfP IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing - Atlanta Georgia 2014
IEEE GlobalSIP’14 – Call for Symposium Proposals
IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing - Atlanta Georgia 2014

Technical Program Chairs: Douglas Williams, Timothy Davidson, and Ghassan AlRegib
General Chairs: Geoffrey Li and Fred Juang

The IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP) is a recently launched flagship conference of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. GlobalSIP’14 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, during the week of December 1, 2014. The conference will focus broadly on signal and information processing with an emphasis on up-and-coming signal processing themes. The conference will feature world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits, and technical sessions consisting of poster or oral presentations. GlobalSIP’14 will be comprised of colocated symposia selected competitively based on responses to this call-for-symposium proposals. Symposium topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Signal processing in communications and networks, including green communication and optical communications
  • Image and video processing
  • Selected topics in speech and language processing
  • Acoustic array signal processing
  • Signal processing in security applications
  • Signal processing in finance
  • Signal processing in energy and power systems
  • Signal processing in genomics and bioengineering (physiological, pharmacological, and behavioral)
  • Neural signal processing
  • Selected topics in statistical signal processing
  • Seismic signal processing
  • Graph-theoretic signal processing
  • Machine learning and human machine interfaces
  • Compressed sensing, sparsity analysis, and applications
  • Big data processing, heterogeneous information processing, and informatics
  • Radar and array processing including localization and ranging techniques
  • Multimedia transmission, indexing and retrieval, and playback challenges
  • Hardware and real-time implementations
  • Other novel and significant applications of selected areas of signal processing

Symposium proposals should include the title of the symposium; length of the symposium (one day or two days); projected selectivity of the symposium; paper length requirements (submission: from 2 to 6 pages, final: 4-6 pages, invited papers may be longer); names, addresses, and short CVs (up to 250 words) of the organizers, including the general organizers and the technical chairs; an up-to two page description of the technical issues that the symposium will address (including timeliness and relevance to the signal processing community; names of (potential) technical program committee members; name of (potential) invited speakers (up to 2 for one-day symposia and 4 for two-day ones)); and a draft call-for-papers. Please package everything in a single pdf file. More detailed information can be found at

Symposium proposals should be emailed to Doug Williams ( and Geoffrey Li ( according the following timeline:

November 8, 2013: Symposium proposals due
November 22, 2013: Symposium selection decision notification
November 29, 2013: Final version of the call-for-papers for the accepted symposia due

Tentative timeline for paper submission:
May 16, 2014: Paper submission deadline (regular and invited)
June 27, 2014: Review results announced
September 5, 2014: Camera-ready regular and invited papers due



3-3-39(2014-12-23) CfP International Conference on Human Machine Interaction, New Delhi India

Call for papers

International Conference on Human Machine Interaction 2014 23 – 25, December 2014

In association with SETIT, Sfax University, Tunisia. and ASDF (Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties) Chennai Chapter, we will organize the International Conference HMI 2014 which will be held in New delhi -INDIA.

Human Machine Interaction (HMI), is a main annual research conference aimed at presenting current research being carried out. The idea of the conference is for the scientists, scholars, engineers and students from the Universities all around the world and the industry to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between the Universities and the industry. HMI 2014 is co-sponsored by Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties and SETIT, Sfax University, Tunisia and technical co-sponsored by many other universities and institutes.
The HMI 2014 conference proceeding will be published in the ASDF Proceedings as one volume, and will be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, and indexed by EBSCO, World Cat, Google Scholar, and sent to be reviewed by Ei Compendex and ISI Proceedings. Selected papers will be recommended to be published in the Journals.

Area of Submission


  • Active Vision
  • Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Applications of Perception
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Cognitive Engineering
  • Collaborative Design and Manufacturing
  • Collaboration Technologies and Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Cooperative Design
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Distributed Intelligent Systems
  • Ergonomics
  • Fuzzy Systems
  • Health Care
  • Human Centered Transportation System
  • Human Factors
  • Human Perception
  • Hybrid Intelligent System Design
  • Image Analysis
  • Intelligent Transportation
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Machine Learning
  • Material Appearance Modeling Medical Imaging
  • Mental Workload
  • Multimedia
  • Multiview Learning
  • Next Generation Network
  • Network Security and Management
  • Ontologies
  • Patient Safety
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Perceptual Factors
  • Physiological Indicators
  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Protocol Engineering
  • Semi-Supervised Learning
  • Service-Oriented Computing
  • Simulator Training
  • Systems Integration and Collaboration
  • Systems Safety and Security
  • Team Performance
  • Video Processing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visualization

Topics of interest for HMI is widely declared for the above, but not limited to.

Conference Registration Fees Rebate (Discount)

We are pleased to inform you that the organizing committee of the HMI2014 allocates a financial support for all participants from developing or emerging countries. This Financial support of among of 150 Dollars is available to help participants to attend HMI2014

You can find more details in:

  • REGISTRATION without discount

    Author Registration (Full Paper)

    250 USD

    Author Registration (Short Paper / Poster) 200 USD

    Listener Registration

    200 USD

    Extra Pages

    15 USD

  • REGISTRATION with discount

    Author Registration (Full Paper)

    100 USD

    Author Registration (Short Paper / Poster) 50 USD

    Listener Registration

    50 USD

    Extra Pages

    15 USD


We are waiting for seeing you in India.

NB : A select number of Post Conference Excursions will take place during 5 days.

As examples : 1 Day Tour to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Mathura in AC Bus : 25 $ per person 1 Day Tour to Qutub Minar, Parliament, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Gandhi Smiriti, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Rajghat: 25 $ per person


Best Regards

 Mohamed Salim BOUHLEL General Co-Chair, HMI2014 Head of Research Unit: Sciences & Technologies of Image and Telecommunications ( Sfax University ) GSM +216 20 200005



3-3-40Announcing the Master of Science in Intelligent Information Systems

Carnegie Mellon University


degree designed for students who want to rapidly master advanced content-analysis, mining, and intelligent information technologies prior to beginning or resuming leadership careers in industry and government. Just over half of the curriculum consists of graduate courses. The remainder provides direct, hands-on, project-oriented experience working closely with CMU faculty to build systems and solve problems using state-of-the-art algorithms, techniques, tools, and datasets. A typical MIIS student completes the program in one year (12 months) of full-time study at the Pittsburgh campus.  Part-time and distance education options are available to students employed at affiliated companies. The application deadline for the Fall 2013 term is December 14, 2012. For more information about the program, please visit


3-3-41Cf Participation:URGENT/ NTCIR-11 Spoken Query and Spoken Document Retrieval Task (SpokenQuery&Doc)

Call for Participation

NTCIR-11 Spoken Query and Spoken Document Retrieval Task (SpokenQuery&Doc)


(Although the official deadline of the NTCIR-11 task registration is 20th


January, the organizers will accept the registration for SpokenQuery&Doc until


the end of March, 2014.)


The NTCIR-11 SpokenQuery&Doc task will evaluate information retrieval systems

that make use of speech technologies for query input and document retrieval,

i.e. speech-driven information retrieval and spoken document retrieval.

Spoken document retrieval (SDR) in the SpokenQuery&Doc task builds on the

previous NTCIR-9 SpokenDoc and NTCIR-10 SpokenDoc-2 tasks, and will evaluate two

SDR tasks: spoken term detection (STD) and spoken content retrieval (SCR).

Common search topics will tbe used for STD and SCR which will enable component

and whole system evaluations of STD and SCR.

The emergence of mobile computing devices means that it is increasingly

desirable to interactive with computing applications via speech input. The

SpokenQuery&Doc provides the first benchmark evaluation using spontaneously

spoken queries instead of typed text queries. Here, a spontaneously spoken query

means that the query is not carefully arranged before speaking, and is spoken in

a natural spontaneous style, which tends to be longer than a typed text query.

Note that this spontaneousness contrasts with spoken queries in the form of

spoken isolated keywords which are carefully selected in advance, and represent

very different situations in terms of speech processing and composition. One of

the advantages of such spontaneously spoken queries as input to retrieval

systems is that this enables users to easily submit long queries which give

systems rich clues for retrieval, although their spontaneous nature means that

they are harder to recognise reliably.


The target data for the SpokenQuery&Doc task is recordings of the first to

seventh annual Spoken Document Processing Workshop. For this speech data, manual

and automatic transcriptions (with several ASR conditions) will be provided to

task participants. These enable researchers interested in SDR, but without

access to their own ASR system to participate in the tasks.

The main task of SpokenQuery&Doc is searching spoken documents for contents

described in response to spontaneously spoken queries (spoken-query-driven

spoken content retrieval: SQ-SCR). Partial sub-tasks of the main task will also

be conducted. The sub-tasks include a spoken term detection task for the spoken

queries (SQ-STD), and a SCR task from the search results of SQ-STD (STD-SCR).

For these tasks, manual and automatic transcriptions of the spoken queries are

also to be provided. These enable participants from the previous SpokenDoc tasks

to participate in the tasks using the text queries. For the SQ-SCR and STD-SCR

tasks, a target search unit is either a speech segment that is spoken within a

presentation slide (slide retrieval task) or a boundary-free speech segment

(passage retrieval task).


Please visit:


To register for the SpokenQuery&Doc please visit the main NTCIR-11 website at:

Registration deadline: 20th January 2014

(Although the official deadline of the NTCIR-11 task registration is 20th

January, the organizers will accept the registration for SpokenQuery&Doc until

the end of March, 2014.)


Tomoyosi Akiba (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

Hiromitsu Nishizaki (University of Yamanashi, Japan)

Hiroaki Nanjo (Ryukoku University, Japan)

Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, Ireland)

If you have any questions, please send e-mails to the task organizers mailing




3-3-42Master in linguistics (Aix-Marseille) France

Master's in Linguistics (Aix-Marseille Université): Linguistic Theories, Field Linguistics and Experimentation TheLiTEx offers advanced training in Linguistics. This specialty focuses Linguistics is aimed at presenting in an original way the links between corpus linguistics and scientific experimentation on the one hand and laboratory and field methodologies on the other. On the basis of a common set of courses (offered within the first year), TheLiTEx offers two paths: Experimental Linguistics (LEx) and Language Contact & Typology (LCT) The goal of LEx is the study of language, speech and discourse on the basis of scientific experimentation, quantitative modeling of linguistic phenomena and behavior. It focuses on a multidisciplinary approach which borrows its methodologies to human physical and biological sciences and its tools to computer science, clinical approaches, engineering etc.. Among the courses offered: semantics, phonetics / phonology, morphology, syntax or pragmatics, prosody and intonation, and the interfaces between these linguistic levels, in their interactions with the real world and the individual, in a biological, cognitive and social perspective. Within the second year, a set of more specialized courses is offered such as Language and the Brain and Laboratory Phonology. LCT aims at understanding the world's linguistic diversity, focusing on language contact, language change and variation (European, Asian and African languages, Creoles, sign language, etc.).. This specialty focuses, from a a linguistic and sociolinguistic perspective, on issues of field linguistics and taking into account both the human and socio-cultural dimension of language (speakers, communities). It also focuses on documenting rare and endangered languages and to engage a reflection on linguistic minorities. This path also provides expertise and intervention models (language policy and planning) in order  to train students in the management of contact phenomena and their impact on the speakers, languages and societies More info at:


3-3-43Research in Interactive Virtual Experiences at USC CA USA

REU Site: Research in Interactive Virtual Experiences



The Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates in interactive virtual experiences. A multidisciplinary research institute affiliated with the University of Southern California, the ICT was established in 1999 to combine leading academic researchers in computing with the creative talents of Hollywood and the video game industry. Having grown to encompass a total of 170 faculty, staff, and students in a diverse array of fields, the ICT represents a unique interdisciplinary community brought together with a core unifying mission: advancing the state-of-the-art for creating virtual reality experiences so compelling that people will react as if they were real.


Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of ICT research, we welcome applications from students in computer science, as well as many other fields, such as psychology, art/animation, interactive media, linguistics, and communications. Undergraduates will join a team of students, research staff, and faculty in one of several labs focusing on different aspects of interactive virtual experiences. In addition to participating in seminars and social events, students will also prepare a final written report and present their projects to the rest of the institute at the end of summer research fair.


Students will receive $5000 over ten weeks, plus an additional $2800 stipend for housing and living expenses.  Non-local students can also be reimbursed for travel up to $600.  The ICT is located in West Los Angeles, just north of LAX and only 10 minutes from the beach.


This Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The site is expected to begin summer 2013, pending final award issuance.


Students can apply online at:

Application deadline: March 31, 2013


For more information, please contact Evan Suma at


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