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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

November 2010

Welcome to the Autumn 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 8 guest contributors, and our own 8 staff reporters and editors.

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 submit job postings here, and 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
Martin Russell, Editor
Chuck Wooters, Editor


From the SLTC and IEEE

From the IEEE SLTC chair

Steve Young

A farewell, and a look ahead.

Frederick Jelinek 1932 – 2010 : The Pioneer of Speech Recognition Technology

Steve Young

A celebration of the life of Fred Jelinek, speech recognition technology pioneer.

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


SIGDial Conference offers paper mentoring

Jason D. Williams

At SIGDial in Tokyo, a mentoring program was introduced, aimed to help improve papers with interesting core ideas, but problematic presentation..

SLTC Implements New Submission Process for Job Opportunities

Chuck Wooters

In an effort to streamline the process of posting job announcements to the SLTC's Speech and Language Processing Job Opportunities web page, we have created an online job submission form.

The PASCAL CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge

Jon Barker and Emmanuel Vincent

The article announces a new speech separation and recognition challenge focusing on the problems of recognising speech in the reverberant multisource environments typical of everyday listening conditions.

Overview of COLING 2010

Junlan Feng

An overview of COLING 2010, the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, which included papers, tutorials, workshops and demonstrations covering a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation.

An unexplored realm for dialogue research: Social role-playing games

Matthew Marge

Marilyn Walker, one of the keynote speakers from SIGdial 2010, gave a talk on her recent work in dialogue system adaptation. We had a chance to interview Professor Walker about SpyFeet, a project exploring the impact of verbal and nonverbal behavior generation on interactive, outdoor role-playing games.

Human Assisted Speaker Recognition in NIST 2010 Speaker Recognition Evaluation

Alvin F. Martin and Craig S. Greenberg

2010 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation or SRE10 (see SLTC Newsletter, July 2010) included a pilot test of human assisted speaker recognition (HASR). This test, which was open to sites whether or not they participated in the main evaluation of fully automatic systems, involved utilizing human expertise in combination with automatic algorithms on a limited set of trials chosen to be particularly challenging. In this evaluation, with specially chosen difficult trials, there was no evidence of human expertise contributing to system performance. But this was only a pilot test on limited numbers of trials, with little overall statistical significance. The possible contributions of human expertise on less challenging trials were not investigated.

Workshop on Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education, and Technology

Nobuaki Minematsu

This article provides an overview and some useful links to the INTERSPEECH 2010 satellite workshop on Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology (L2WS 2010). The aim of the workshop is for people working in speech science and engineering, linguistics, psychology, and language education to get together and discuss second language acquisition, learning, education, and technology.

Sparse Representations

Tara N. Sainath

Sparse representations (SRs), including compressive sensing (CS), have gained popularity in the last few years as a technique used to reconstruct a signal from few training examples, a problem which arises in many machine learning applications. This reconstruction can be defined as adaptively finding a dictionary which best represents the signal on a per sample basis. This dictionary could include random projections, as is typically done for signal reconstruction, or actual training samples from the data, which is explored in many machine learning applications. SRs is a rapidly growing field with contributions in a variety of signal processing and machine learning conferences such as ICASSP, ICML and NIPS, and more recently in speech recognition. Recently, a special session on Sparse Representations took place at Interspeech 2010 in Makuhari, Japan from March 26-30, 2010. Below work from this special session is summarized in more detail..

New corpus release: a parallel corpus of dialogue and monologue

Svetlana Stoyanchev and Paul Piwek

We are introducing a new type of parallel corpus - a parallel corpus of dialogue and monologue. The dialogue part of the corpus consists of expository or information-delivering dialogues written by several acclaimed authors. The monologue part of the corpus has paraphrases of these dialogues in monologue form which were manually created..


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