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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

February 2011

Welcome to the Winter 2011 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 13 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.

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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 IEEE SLTC chair

John Hansen

An update on ICASSP 2011, what to do when authors can't present papers, and a look ahead.

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

2010 ISCA Student Activities Update

Samer Al Moubayed, Catherine Lai, Matt Speed, 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. After our work in 2008 and 2009 we are looking forward to a busy 2011.

First "Show & Tell" event at Interspeech 2011

Mazin Gilbert

We are delighted to host the first "Show & Tell" event at Interspeech 2011. Show & Tell will provide researchers, technologists and practitioners from academia, industry and government the opportunity to demonstrate their latest research systems and interact with the attendees in an informal setting.

The CLASSiC Project: Computational Learning in Adaptive Systems for Spoken Conversation

Oliver Lemon

This article describes some of the main achievements to date in the EC FP7 project "CLASSiC", which ends in early 2011. The project focuses on statistical methods for dialogue processing, and is one of the largest current European research projects in speech and language technology. It is coordinated by Heriot-Watt University, and is a collaboration between Cambridge University, the University of Geneva, University of Edinburgh, Supelec, and France Telecom / Orange Labs.

Interview: AAAI Symposium on Dialog with Robots Brings Together Researchers in Speech Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Human-Robot Interaction

Matthew Marge

In November, an AAAI symposium sought out to address a growing problem in robotics - how should we build dialog systems for robots? This meeting brought together researchers from communities that traditionally haven't had a clear line of communication - human-robot interaction and spoken dialog. We had a chance to interview one of the organizers about the workshop and existing challenges facing human-robot dialog researchers.

Automatic speech recognition: can we speak far from the microphones?

Maurizio Omologo

This article covers recent work in distant speech processing, including the EU-funded DICIT project.

Some thoughts on Language, Dialect and Accents in Speech and Language Technology

Martin Russell, Abualsoud Hanani and Michael Carey

This short article presents some brief thoughts on regional accent and dialect in speech and language technology research, and their relationship with language recognition.

An Overview of Watson and the Jeopardy! Challenge

Tara N. Sainath

Over the past few years, IBM Research has been actively involved a project to build a computer system, known as Watson, to compete at the human championship level on the quiz show Jeopardy!. After four years of intense research, Watson can perform on the Jeopardy! show at the level of human expertise in terms of precision, confidence and speed. The official first-even man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on television February 14, 15, and 16.

Automatic Identification of Discourse Relations in Text

Svetlana Stoyanchev

Structure makes text coherent and meaningful. Discourse relations (also known as rhetorical and coherence relations) link clauses in text and compose overall text structure. Discourse relations are used in natural language processing, including text summarization and natural language generation. In this article we discuss human agreement in discourse annotation task and review approaches to automatic discourse identification.

Odyssey presentations indexed in Brno University of Technology's

Josef Zizka, Igor Szoke and Honza Cernocky is an innovative lecture video portal that enables users to search for spoken content. This brings a significant speed-up in accessing lecture video recordings. The aim of this portal is to make video content easily searchable as any textual document. The speech processing system automatically recognizes and indexes Czech and English spoken words.

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