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

Joseph Keshet and Geoffrey Zweig

SLTC Newsletter, April 2011

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.

Symposium on Machine Learning in Speech and Language Processing

A symposium on Machine Learning in Speech and Language Processing will held June 27th in Bellevue, Washington. The goal of the symposium is to foster communication and collaboration between researchers in machine learning, speech recognition and natural language processing. The symposium takes advantage of the nearby locations of ACL-HLT 2011 (the annual meeting of the association for computational linguistics) and ICML 2011 (international conference on machine learning). It will bring together members of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the International Speech Communication Association, and the International Machine Learning Society.

The symposium will feature a series of invited talks and general submissions by speakers from all the three communities, such as Yoshua Bengio, Jeff Bilmes, Ming-Wei Chang, Stanley Chen, Ed Hovy, Sanjoy Dasgupta, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, David McAllester, Bhuvana Ramabhadran, George Saon, Lawrence Saul, and Mark Steedman. Submissions focusing on novel research are solicited, and position and review papers are especially encouraged. The organizing committee of the symposium includes Hal Daume III, Joseph Keshet, Dan Roth and Geoffry Zweig. The scientific program committee includes Jeff Bilmes, Brian Kingsbury and Karen Livescu.

The symposium website is http://www.ttic.edu/sigml/symposium2011/. Papers are due April 15, 2011. The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, the site of ICML on June 27, 2011. This is an especially pleasant time of year in the Pacific Northwest, and attendees may want to consider spending some extra time exploring Seattle itself, and the surrounding natural attractions. The Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and the North Cascades National Park are just three examples of nearby scenic areas.

Special Interest Group (SIG) on Machine Learning in Speech and Language Processing

The symposium is part of the activity of the newly created Special Interest Group (SIG) on Machine Learning for Speech and Language Technology (SIGML) within the International Speech communication Association (ISCA). SIGML have the overall aim of promoting research in modern machine learning specifically applied to speech and language processing, and of encouraging interaction between the speech community and the machine learning community. To this end, it has the following objectives: promoting conferences and workshops, promoting electronic discussion through the internet (web site, discussion list, etc.), maintaining a database of active researchers, and providing a channel of communication between the two communities.

A website with resources for both the speech and machine learning communities, including member lists, links to data, code, and more will be available soon here: http://www.ttic.edu/sigml/. The ISCA SIG is interested in continuing an annual workshop series along the lines of the symposium.