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SiMPE 2014 : Workshop on Speech and Sound in Mobile and Pervasive Environments (SiMPE) at Mobile HCI


When Sep 23, 2014 - Sep 23, 2014
Where Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline Jun 15, 2014
Notification Due Jul 4, 2014
Final Version Due Jul 10, 2014

Call For Papers

9th workshop on
Speech (and Sound) in Mobile and Pervasive Environments – SiMPE’ 14 Toronto, Canada - September, 23 2014 | in conjunction with ACM MobileHCI 2014.

Call For Papers
The workshop invites articles from all areas that enable, optimise or enhance speech and sound in mobile and pervasive environments and devices.
Possible areas include, but are not restricted to:
- Multimodal User Interfaces for Mobile Devices
- Interfaces combining Speech and Sound
- Speech Interfaces/Applications for Developing Regions
- Multilingual Speech Recognition
- Robust Speech, Context, and Activity Recognition in Noisy and Resource Constrained Environments
- Memory/Energy Efficient Algorithms
- Distributed Speech and Audio Processing
- Mobile Application Adaptation and Learning
- User Modeling
- Context and location aware interfaces
- Sound and Music Computing and Sonic Interaction Design on Mobile Platforms
- Speech interfaces for Differently Abled Users

We seek original, unpublished papers in the following three categories:
(a) Position papers
(b) Early results or work in progress, or,
(c) Full papers.

Papers should be of 4 to 8 pages in length and in the MobileHCI publication format.
The LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates are available at the ACM Template site.
All submissions should be in the PDF format and should be submitted electronically through the workshop submission web site -

The best paper (extended if applicable) from the workshop will appear in a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI).

Demo Submissions
At SiMPE 2014, we also invite submissions for interesting demos. Any prototype or demos on the phone or a device are encouraged for submission.
A 1- page description of the demonstration in the above format is required by the submission deadline. The 1- page description should provide specific details about the demo, the device and how this will be presented at the workshop. If the authors needs specific arrangements to be made at the workshop day, that also needs to be specified.

We also welcome participation without paper submission.

Note: Since the workshop also aims to be a meeting point for researchers working in this area, at least one author of accepted papers has to attend the workshop to present their work, else the paper will not be included in the final workshop proceedings. Participants who wish to attend the workshop will have to register for the main conference as well.

Seed Questions
• Interaction
- How do we perform dialogue management when devices are multi modal or users are multi-tasking?
- How do we users converse with each other through mobile devices, and to mobile devices?
- What is the right design methodology for developing speech applications?
- What are the usability issues with speech on mobile devices?
- Are there any cultural differences in the way different societies use speech on mobile devices?
- What are the challenges in using speech and language as mainstream modalities?
- What are the usability issues affecting speech and language based interactive systems?

• Speech, Context, and Activity Recognition o How do we improve speech, context, and activity recognition in noisy environments?
o How do we construct speech or non-speech audio systems with small footprints of memory and power consumption?

• Intelligence
o How can we make voice UIs flexible and adaptive?
o How do we make such devices adapt automatically to the user, task and environment?
o How can we leverage context (such as location) to make more intelligent UIs that reduce the cognitive burden of semi-literate/illiterate users?
o Are there any novel and easier ways to handle multiple languages and dialects?
o How do we construct speech systems with small footprints of memory and power consumption?
o How can we distribute processing more efficiently given the increased available computing power on handhelds? How do we trade this off with a remote server to conserve energy?
o What are the right learning models for such settings?
o How does the differently able population use speech interfaces for mobile devices and what are their unique needs and challenges?

• Applications and Architectures
o What novel applications and services can be deployed on such devices?
o What does the architecture of future systems looks like?
o What kind of components and frameworks should be built to enable rapid application creation?
o How can we design scalable speech applications?

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline - June 15, 2014 (11:59 PM Toronto Time) Notification of Acceptance - July 4, 2014 Camera-ready Submission Deadline - July 10, 2014 Early Registration Deadline - TBA Workshop - September 23, 2014 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

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For any comments regarding submissions and participation, contact:-,,

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