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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

February 2010

Welcome to the Winter 2010 edition of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee's Newsletter.

In this issue we are pleased to provide another installment of brief articles representing a diversity of views and backgrounds. This issue includes articles from 15 guest contributors, and our own 6 staff reporters. Also, in this issue, we welcome Tara N. Sainath, at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, who joins us as a staff reporter.

We believe the newsletter is an ideal forum for updates, reports, announcements and editorials which don't fit well with traditional journals. We welcome your contributions, as well as calls for papers, job announcements, comments and suggestions. You can reach us at speechnewseds [at] listserv (dot) ieee [dot] org.

Finally, to subscribe the Newsletter, send an email with the command "subscribe speechnewsdist" in the message body to listserv [at] listserv (dot) ieee [dot] org.

Jason Williams, Editor-in-chief
Pino Di Fabbrizio, Editor
Chuck Wooters, Editor

From the SLTC and IEEE

From the SLTC Chair: New Years Message

Steve Young

News from our TC: election of new members and a vice-chair, and ICASSP review results.

2010 Signal Processing Awards

Philip Loizou

Two researchers from the SLTC community have won IEEE awards: Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan for Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2011), and Isabel M. Trancoso for Meritorious Service Award.

IEEE SPS Board of Governors Nominations Open

Jason Williams

IEEE SPS Nominations Open for Two Director Positions

Jason Williams

IEEE Signal Processing Society Newsletter

The IEEE Signal Processing Society, our parent organization, also produces a monthly newsletter, "Inside Signal Processing".

CFPs, Jobs, and book announcements

Calls for papers, proposals, and participation

Edited by Chuck Wooters

Job advertisements

Edited by Chuck Wooters

Book announcements

Edited by Jason Williams


Cloudy with a chance of ... speech

Danilo Giulianelli and Giuseppe (Pino) Di Fabbrizio

This article provides a quick introduction about speech processing into the cloud to support the scalability challenges of speech-enabled applications running on mobile devices.

A Brief Overview of Meeting Understanding Tasks

Dilek Hakkani-Tür

This article gives an overview of the main tasks of meeting understanding: Meeting summarization, Action item detection, and Decision detection.

Linguists targeted for Redundancy at King's College London

Ruth Kempson

As part of a restructuring program, King's College London may eliminate several positions held by well-known researchers..

Setting up the Interaction Lab

Oliver Lemon

Setting up a new research group presents special challenges and opportunities. This article describes the work of the Interaction Lab, and some of the main issues we considered when setting up this new research facility.

Text Analysis Conference 2009: An Overview

Annie Louis

The 2009 Text Analysis Conference (TAC) was held at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a two day event from 16-17 November, 2009. TAC covers a variety of shared tasks organized every year. The participant systems are evaluated at NIST and the workshop brings together researchers and participants to share their experiences and ideas. This article provides an overview of this year's tasks.

Researchers developing way to synthesize speech with a brain-machine interface

Matthew Marge

Advances in brain-machine interfaces are now allowing a paraplegic patient to control a real-time speech synthesizer using a BMI that reads the neural signals that relate to the production of speech.

ISCA Student Activities Update

Samer Al Moubayed, Marco A. Piccolino-Boniforti, Antonio Roque, Sylvie Saget, Sunayana Sitaram, Marcel Waeltermann

The ISCA Student Advisory Committee (ISCA-SAC) was established in 2005 by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) to organize and coordinate student-driven projects. We were especially active in 2007 and 2008, we were pleased to continue our efforts in 2009, and we look forward to 2010.

Memories from ASRU 2009, Merano, Italy

Giuseppe Riccardi and Renato de Mori

The IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, held in December 2009 in Merano Italy, published 96 papers and attracted 180 international attendees.

Island-Driven Search

Tara N. Sainath

Island-driven search is an alternative method to better deal with noisy and unintelligible speech. In this article, we discuss past research in island-driven search and propose some future research directions.

eNTERFACE Workshops on Multimodal Interfaces: A success story

Albert Salah and Thierry Dutoit

The eNTERFACE workshops are the largest activity of the SIMILAR European Network of Excellence on multimodal interfaces. Their aim is to gather a team of leading professionals in multimodal man-machine interfaces together with students in one place, to work on a pre-specified list of challenges, for 4 complete weeks.

Second Life as a research platform

Svetlana Stoyanchev

Second Life (SL) is a virtual social environment with over 11 million registered users. This article describes some of the projects that use Second Life environment for research.

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