17.3614, FYI: TC-STAR 3rd Evaluation Campaign 2007 - CfP

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Date: 06-Dec-2006
From: Helene Mazo < info at elda.org >
Subject: TC-STAR 3rd Evaluation Campaign 2007 - CfP 

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Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 14:06:29
From: Helene Mazo < info at elda.org >
Subject: TC-STAR 3rd Evaluation Campaign 2007 - CfP 

TC-STAR Third Evaluation Campaign 2007
Call For Participation

TC-STAR is an European integrated project focusing on Speech-to-Speech
Translation (SST). To encourage significant advances in all SST
technologies, annual competitive evaluations are organized. Automatic
Speech Recognition (ASR), Spoken Language Translation (SLT) and
Text-To-Speech (TTS) are evaluated independently and within an end-to-end
system. The project targets a selection of unconstrained conversational
speech domains-speeches and broadcast news-and three languages: European
English, European Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

The second evaluation campaign took place in March 2006 and was concluded
by an international workshop. TC-STAR welcomes outside participants in its
3rd evaluation of January-February 2007. This participation is free of charge.

The TC-STAR 2007 evaluation campaign will consider:
SLT in the following directions
a) Chinese-to-English (Broadcast News)
b) Spanish-to-English (European Parliament plenary speeches; Cortes Spanish
Parliament speeches)
c) English-to-Spanish (European Parliament plenary speeches)

The SLT evaluation of European Parliament plenary speeches will cover three
types of input:
1. ASR output (single best sentence, and more: N-best, word lattices)
2. verbatim transcription,
3. final text edition.

ASR in the following languages
a) English (European Parliament plenary speeches)
b) Spanish (European Parliament plenary speeches; Cortes Spanish Parliament
c) Mandarin Chinese (Broadcast News)
TTS in Chinese, English, and Spanish under the following conditions:
a) Complete system: participants use their own training data
b) Voice conversion intralingual and crosslingual, expressive speech: data
provided by TC-STAR
c) Component evaluation

For ASR and SLT, training data will be made available by the TC-STAR
project for English and Spanish and can be purchased at LDC for Chinese.
Development data will be provided by the TC-STAR project. Legal issues
regarding the data will be detailed in the 2nd Call For Participation.

All participants will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their
results in the 3rd TC-STAR evaluation workshop in Aachen in March 2007.

Tentative schedule:
Registration: October 2006 (early expression of interest is welcome)
ASR evaluation: from 21st of January to 28th of January 2007
SLT evaluation: from 31st of January to 7th February 2007
TTS evaluation: from 9th of February to15th of February 2007

Workshop: March 28-30, 2007 in Aachen, Germany

Contact: Djamel Mostefa (ELDA)
e-mail: mostefa at elda.org
tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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