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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

February 2012

Welcome to the Winter 2012 edition of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee's Newsletter.

It is my great pleasure and honor to be the successor of Jason Williams as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE SLTC Newsletter. Both Jason and the previous Editor-in-Chief Mike Seltzer kept the bar very high, establishing a top class newsletter, which is now much more than just a list of conference or jobs announcements. Thus, we'd like to thank the previous editorial team, volunteer reporters, invited and guest contributors, IEEE administrative team, and whole speech and language processing community for supporting this newsletter to be a phenomenal success within the IEEE Signal Processing Society. We'd like to especially thank Jason Williams and Chuck Wooters who have spent many hours trying to get the new team up to the speed.

We believe this Newsletter has contributed significantly in establishing a culture within the IEEE Speech and Language Processing community. Our goal is move this one step further in line with the current vision, towards a more interactive and dynamic Newsletter content. We will greatly appreciate your ideas, opinions, and thoughts to this end.

In this issue we are pleased to provide another installment of brief articles representing a diversity of views and backgrounds. This issue includes 12 articles from 14 guest contributors, and our own 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.

Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Editor-in-Chief
William Campbell, Editor
Patrick Nguyen, Editor
Martin Russell, Editor

From the SLTC and IEEE

From the IEEE SLTC chair

John Hansen

Updates on ICASSP 2012, and signal processing competitions/challenges based on recent interests from the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

CFPs, and Jobs

Calls for papers, proposals, and participation

Edited by William Campbell

Job advertisements

Edited by William Campbell

The SLTC Newsletter : 2009-2011

Jason Williams

A retrospective on the SLTC Newsletter over the past 3 years.

IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, Inaugural Editorial

Li Deng

Riding the Tidal Wave of Human-Centric Information Processing—Innovate, Outreach, Collaborate, Connect, Expand, and Win.

2012 IEEE Spoken Language Technology (SLT) Workshop

Yang Liu and Ruhi Sarikaya

2012 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT 2012) will be held at Miami Beach Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida, on Dec 2-5, 2012.

Pitch Tracking Corpus with Multipitch Tracking Evaluation

Franz Pernkopf, Michael Wohlmayr, and Gernot Kubin

Recently, our lab developed a fully probabilistic model for multipitch tracking which integrates a speaker interaction model in a factorial hidden Markov model (FHMM).

An Overview of Acoustic Modeling Techniques from ASRU 2011

Tara N. Sainath

The Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU) was recently hosted in Hawaii from December 11-15, 2011.

Interview: AAAI Fall Symposium on Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents

Matthew Marge

Perhaps you’ve heard the term common ground used in many different facets of life - from international relations to friendly conversations. But have you heard the term used as a way to explain how people communicate?

WordsEye - from Text to Image

Svetlana Stoyanchev

Wordseye is a software that generates 3-dimensional graphical scenes. Unlike 3d Max or Maya, Wordseye's input is plain text. The idea behind this project is to create scenes in a very quick manner by simply describing what you want to see in a scene.

The Kaldi Speech Recognition Toolkit

Arnab Ghoshal and Daniel Povey

Kaldi is a free open-source toolkit for speech recognition research. It is written in C++ and provides a speech recognition system based on finite-state transducers, using the freely available OpenFst, together with detailed documentation and scripts for building complete recognition systems.

The INTERSPEECH 2011 Speaker State Challenge - a review

Björn Schuller, Stefan Steidl, Anton Batliner, Florian Schiel, and Jarek Krajewski

The INTERSPEECH 2011 Speaker State Challenge was held in conjunction with INTERSPEECH 2011 in Florence, Italy, 28-31 August 2011.

Book Review: Stephen Ramsay’s “Reading Machines”: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism

Antonio Roque

Stephen Ramsay's book "Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism" provides a humanist's perspectives on computational text analysis as disruptive and performative.

Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Challenges Launch 2012

Patrick A. Naylor

The IEEE Technical Committee for Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing (AASP) will be launching a `Challenges' activity in order to encourage research and development with comparable and repeatable results, and to stimulate new ground-breaking approaches to specific problems in the AASP technical scope.

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