Appel: CHI workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Wed Jan 15 17:43:14 UTC 2014

Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:34:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Gerald Penn <gpenn at>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.02.1401122232090.15619 at>

Call for Papers

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

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 systems

- 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: dsli2014-submissions at
. For all other enquiries about the workshop, please contact us at:
dsli2014 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


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