Appel: SLPAT 2013

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 22 16:30:16 UTC 2013

Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 16:19:40 +0200
From: François Portet <Francois.Portet at>
Message-ID: <519B827C.2010409 at>

SLPAT 2013, FINAL call for papers

The 4th annual workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive
Technologies (SLPAT).

21 and 22 August 2013, Grenoble France (satellite event of Interspeech

==> Submission deadlines: 27 May (research papers) and 3 June (demo 
proposals) <==

Full details:

Contact: slpat2013.workshop at


We invite you to join us in Grenoble for the 4th annual workshop on
Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies. This 2-day
workshop will combine research in speech and language technology that
assists people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or
developmental disabilities. This year we are introducing a special topic
-- Smart Homes and ambient intelligent technology applied to
augmentative communication. The program committee is now online at

It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Mark Hawley will be
delivering an Invited Lecture on the first day of the workshop. Mark
Hawley is Professor of Health Services Research at the University of
Sheffield, UK, where he leads the Rehabilitation and Assistive
Technology Research Group. He is also Honorary Consultant Clinical
Scientist at Barnsley Hospital, where he is Head of Medical Physics and
Clinical Engineering. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a
clinician and researcher -- providing, researching, developing and
evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and telecare products, and
services for disabled people, older people, and people with long-term

This year's workshop will include a tour of a smart home at the
Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble. This smart home is an
environment for researchers working on smart spaces and ambient
intelligence. DOMUS is a 40 sq. metre apartment composed of typical
rooms (e.g., office, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen with dining area)
and furnishings. The entire apartment is fitted with sensors and
actuators and is controlled by a home automation system.

General topics of SLPAT 2013 include but are not limited to:

- Automated processing of sign language

- Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive

- Speech transformation for improved intelligibility

- Speech and Language Technologies for Assisted Living

- Translation systems; to and from speech, text, symbols and sign

- 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

- Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive

- NLP for cognitive assistance applications

- Presentation of graphical information for people with visual

- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications

- Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications

- Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive

- 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

The special topic this year is smart homes and intelligent companions.
Subtopics include:

- Automatic Speech recognition in distant or multi-source environments

- Understanding, modelling or recognition of aged speech

- Speech analysis in the case of elderly with impairments, early
  recognition of speech capability loss

- Multimodal speech recognition (context-aware ASR)

- Multimodal emotion recognition

- Applications of speech technology (ASR, dialogue, synthesis) for
  ambient assisted living

This year, SLPAT will be co-located with the 1st Workshop on Affective
Social Speech Signals (WASSS,, which takes
place on 22 and 23 August 2013). Participation in and submission to both
workshops will be facilitated by reduced registration fees for
double-registration (rather than registering for both individually),
co-ordination of topics on the overlapping day (22 August) to enable
participation in both, and common lunch and events combining the two

We look forward to your submissions!


Organizing Committee, SLPAT 2013

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