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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

April 2011

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

This issue also features a new regular section: Award announcements. If you or a colleague has received an award, please let us know and we'll pass along the news.

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

John Hansen

Grand Challenges in Speech & Language Processing

IEEE Signal Processing Society Newsletter

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

A Job Marketplace for Signal Processing Professionals

Alex Acero, SPS Director of Industrial Relations

Editor's note: The SLTC jobs page has long been one of the newsletter's most popular features. We recently worked with the IEEE Signal Processing Society leadership to help other technical committees start and grow their own job boards. This article by Alex Acero, which appeared in the March 2011 issue of "Inside Signal Processing eNewsletter", reports on progress.


CFPs, Jobs, Book announcements, and Awards

Calls for papers, proposals, and participation

Edited by Chuck Wooters

Job advertisements

Edited by Chuck Wooters

Book announcements

Edited by Jason Williams

Award announcements

Includes the MIT Lincoln Laboratory 2010 Best Paper Award. Edited by Jason Williams.


Babel Program - Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Contributed by Mary Harper

The IARPA Babel BAA was released on April 07, 2011. A synopsis of this new speech program is given below, along with important dates and links.

Machine Learning for Speech and Language Processing - Symposium and Special Interest Group

Joseph Keshet and Geoffrey Zweig

The newly created Special Interest Group (SIG) on Machine Learning for Speech and Language Technology (SIGML) is organizing a first symposium, to be held June 27th in Bellevue, Washington.

Book Review: Johanna Drucker's "SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing"

Antonio Roque

This book review describes how Johanna Drucker's "SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing" approaches language processing from a humanist's perspective.

An Overview of the TransTac Evaluation and the IBM Speech-to-Speech System

Tara N. Sainath

Over the past few years, the DARPA Translation System for Tactical Use (TransTac) program has create a number of evaluations with the goal of advancing state of the art research in automatic speech recognition (ASR), machine translation (MT) and text-to-speech synthesis (TTS). The speech-to-speech (S2S) translation group at IBM has developed a system which has performed quite well in these evaluations. In this article, we describe the TransTac evaluation and highlight various research directions in the IBM S2S Group.

Question Generation Workshop at AAAI Fall Symposia 2011

Svetlana Stoyanchev and Rashmi Prasad

Asking questions is a fundamental cognitive process that underlies higher-level cognitive abilities such as comprehension and reasoning. Ultimately, question generation allows humans, and in many cases artificial intelligence systems, to understand their environment and each other.

This is a call for participation for the Fourth Question Generation workshop at AAAI Fall Symposia 2011, to be held Friday - Sunday, November 4-6 in Arlington, Virginia, adjacent to Washington, DC.

The Spoken Dialog Challenge 2010 and 2011

Jason D. Williams

The Spoken Dialog Challenge 2010 was an exercise to investigate how different spoken dialog systems perform on the same task. Dialog systems from different research teams fielded calls from test subjects, and real bus riders. The data will be made available to the community, and admission to the 2011 challenge is now open.

Speech science and technology for real life at INTERSPEECH 2011 in Florence

Piero Cosi, Renato De Mori, Roberto Pieraccini, and Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio

20 years after the second EUROSPEECH Conference, which was held in Genoa, INTERSPEECH returns to Italy, this time in the cradle of renaissance: Florence, on 27-31 August 2011.


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