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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

April 2010

Welcome to the Spring 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 6 guest contributors, and our own 6 staff reporters..

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.

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

From the SLTC and IEEE

From the SLTC Chair: Time to Get Affiliated?

Steve Young

Any IEEE SPS member interested in Speech and Language or non-IEEE members of professional organizations in related fields can sign up as an affiliate member of the Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee.

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


"Hot speech summer" in Brno

Honza Cernocky

Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, is organizing four important speech events this summer. This article briefly introduces NIST SRE 2010 workshop, Speaker Odyssey, and BOSARIS and KALDI research workshops.

Normalizing txts into text for speech synthesis

Matthew Marge

Over the last five years, text messaging (also called SMS, short for "short message service") has become an increasingly popular form of communication in many parts of the world. Although state-wide bans on driving while talking on a mobile phone exist in the US, a growing distraction facing drivers is texting while driving. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are addressing this problem by developing a procedure to give text messages a "voice" with speech synthesis systems.

Following Global Events with IBM Translingual Automatic Language Exploration System (TALES)

Leiming Qian and Imed Zitouni

This article describes IBM TALES, a multi-lingual, multi-modal foreign news media monitoring research prototype system. TALES incorporates multiple natural language processing technologies from IBM, such as speech-to-text, machine translation, text-to-speech, information extraction, etc.

ASRU 2011

Bhuvana Ramabhadran

Organization for ASRU 2011 is underway -- the committee is in place, Hawaii has been selected as the venue, and IBM has agreed to be a principal sponsor.

Steels, Robotics, and the Evolution of Language

Antonio Roque

As research in language technology continues to develop, insights are contributed from interdisciplinary topics such as robotics and computer investigations into the evolution of language. One researcher pursuing such directions is Luc Steels, Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Brussels and Director of the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris.

SLaTE - the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology in Education

Martin Russell

A brief history of SLaTE, the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology in Education.

Overview of Acoustic Modeling Techniques from ICASSP 2010

Tara N. Sainath

35th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) was recently hosted in Dallas, Texas from March 14-19, 2010. The conference included lectures and poster sessions in a variety of speech and signal processing areas. In this article, some of the main acoustic modeling sessions at the conference are discussed in more detail.

Speech scientists are dead. Interaction designers are dead. Who is next?

David Suendermann

This article describes how the role of those professionals usually required to build commercial spoken dialog systems is changing in the dawning age of rigorously exploiting petabytes of data.

The AT&T Statistical Dialog Toolkit V1.0

Jason Williams

The AT&T Statistical Dialog Toolkit V1.0 is now available to the research community. This toolkit simplifies building statistical dialog systems, which maintain a distribution over multiple dialog states.

Question Generation Challenge

Brendan Wyse

Earlier this year the Question Generation Shared Task Evaluation Challenge was announced as part of Generation Challenges 2010. This challenge is just one of the ways by which the relatively new QG community expands and at the same time encourages advancements in QG technology.

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