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Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee Newsletter

May 2012

Welcome to the Spring 2012 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 7 articles from 7 guest contributors, and our own staff reporters and editors.

Starting with this issue, we revive the "Announcements" section, where we plan to include job changes and book announcements. Please email the editors with your non-commercial announcements.

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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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

Welcome to the next installment of the SLTC Newsletter of 2012. In this SLTC Chair update, I would like to spend a little time covering several related aspects on citations and impact which have come up based on (i) a proposal by ICASSP-2013 to move to a 5-page optional format, and (ii) trends from IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing and ICASSP papers.

CFPs, Jobs, and Announcements

Calls for papers, proposals, and participation

Edited by William Campbell

Job advertisements

Edited by William Campbell


The RSR2015 Speech Corpus

Anthony Larcher and Haizhou Li

RSR2015 (Robust Speaker Recognition 2015) is a new speech corpus for text-dependent robust speaker recognition.

The "Spoken Web Search" Task at MediaEval 2011

Florian Metze

The "Spoken Web Search" task of MediaEval 201 involved searching for audio content, within audio content, using an audio content query. The task required developing and optimizing a language-independent audio search system on very little available data.

Siri and the Kai-Fu Effect

Roberto Pieraccini

The recent excitement around speech recognition caused by the popularity of Apple's Siri reminds me of the research atmosphere of a quarter century ago. In the late 1980s, a young CMU PhD student named Kai-Fu Lee revolutionized and revitalized the academic speech recognition world, which had been trying to break new ground since the early 1950s.

Voice Interfaces for Smartphones

Svetlana Stoyanchev

Popularity of voice interfaces on smartphones have been growing recently. As for most users typing on a phone is more laborious than typing on a full-size keyboard, voice interfaces serve a real practical purpose. This article overviews and compares several modern voice interfaces and smartphone apps for dialogue management and error handling approaches.

An Overview of Acoustic Modeling Techniques from ICASSP 2012

Tara N. Sainath

Deep Belief Networks (DBNs) have become a popular topic in the speech recognition community of late. In this article, we discuss in more detail work in deep belief networks from ICASSP.

Call for Proposals: ASRU 2013

Nick Campbell, George Saon, Geoffrey Zweig

Following on the tremendous success of ASRU 2011, the SPS-SLTC invites proposals to host the Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop in 2013.

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