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SLPAT 2014 : 5th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies


When Jun 26, 2014 - Jun 27, 2014
Where Baltimore, US
Submission Deadline Mar 21, 2014
Notification Due Apr 11, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 28, 2014
Categories    NLP   accessibility   assistive technologies   speech

Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the fifth annual workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), to be co-located with ACL 2014 in Baltimore in June 2014. The deadline for submission of papers and demo proposals is 21 March. Full details on the workshop, topics of interest, timeline, and formatting of regular papers can be found here here:

This 2-day workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or developmental disabilities. This workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and progress. General topics include but are not limited to:

- Automated processing of sign language
- Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive impairments
- Speech transformation for improved intelligibility
- Speech and Language Technologies for Assisted Living
- Translation systems; to and from speech, text, symbols and sign language
- Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for AAC/AT applications
- Text processing for improved comprehension, e.g., sentence simplification or text-to-speech
- Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio
- Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication
- Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive technologies
- Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive technologies
- NLP for cognitive assistance applications
- Presentation of graphical information for people with visual impairments
- Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications
- Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications
- Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive technologies
- Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of assistive technology
- Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted presentation modes such as speech, signs or symbols
- Deployment of speech and NLP tools in the clinic or in the field
- Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes
- Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology
- Anything included in this year's special topic
- Other topics in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Please contact the conference organizers at with any questions.

Important dates:

21 March: Paper/demo submissions due
11 April: Notification of acceptance
28 April: Camera-ready papers due
26 - 27 June: SLPAT workshop

We look forward to seeing you!

The organizing committee of SLPAT 2014,
Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany
Dimitra Anastasiou, University of Bremen, Gernany
Cui Jian, SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, University of Bremen, Germany
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Rupal Patel, Northeastern University, USA
Frank Rudzicz, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto, Canada
Annalu Waller, University of Dundee, Scotland
Desislava Zhekova, University of Munich, Germany

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