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Candidates for SIG-CSLP Officer Election (Term 2015-2016)

Dear SIG-CSLP Members,

On 29 April 2014, we called for nomination of SIG-CSLP officers. We are glad to announce that we have concluded the nomination of candidates for the term 2015-2016.

Three officers to be elected are: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. According to the constitution, a candidate must be nominated by at least two members and the candidate must agree to the nomination.

Next are the qualified candidates:

Chairperson: Helen Meng,
Vice Chairperson: Bin Ma
Secretary: Yao Qian

On-line ballot collection will start from 1 July 2014 and close on 31 July 2014. Please cast your vote at http://www.isca-cslp.org/officervote14/submitvote.php (PIN has been sent to members by email)

The newly elected officers will begin their two-year term from 1 January 2015. The election results will be announced on 14 Septermber 2014 during CSLP General Assembly in Singapore.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our flagship conference, ISCSLP 2014, will be held in Singapore on 12-14 September 2014. Please visit the SIG-CSLP website and ISCSLP 2014 website for the latest update.

Look forward to your votes in this election and your participation in ISCSLP 2014!

Haizhou Li, Aijun Li, Hsin-Min Wang
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SIG-CSLP Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary

The Biographies of the Candidates

Helen Meng

Helen Meng received all her degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998, where she is currently Professor and Chairman in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. In 1999, she established the Human-Computer Communications Laboratory and serves as Director. In 2005, she established the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies and serves as Co-Director. This laboratory was recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory in 2008. In 2013, she helped the University establish the Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center and serves as its Founding Director.

Helen was Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2010. She received the MoE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards in Technological Advancements, for the area of "Multimodal User Interactions with Multilingual Speech and Language Technologies" in 2009. In previous years, she has also received the CUHK Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award and Service Award of the Faculty of Engineering. She has also been awarded the Peng Cheng Visiting Professorship of Tsinghua Graduate School of Shenzhen, and is/has been a Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, Fudan University and the Northwestern Polytechnical University. Her research interests lie in the areas of human-computer interaction via multimodal and multilingual spoken language systems, computer-aided language learning systems, as well as translingual speech retrieval technologies. She was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. She serves as a member of the International Speech Communication Association Board and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors.  Helen was General Chair of the International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing 2012 and is Technical Chair of Interspeech 2014. 

Her international and local professional services include: Steering Committee member on eHealth Record Sharing of the HKSAR Government, and Council Membership of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Open University of Hong Kong. She also serves on the review panels of various agencies, including the Hong Kong SAR Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research, Swiss National Science Foundation. Helen is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and IEEE.

Bin Ma 

Bin Ma received the B.Sc. degree in computer science from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in pattern recognition and artificial intelligence from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS), Beijing, China, in 1993, and the Ph.D.  degree in computer engineering from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2000. He was a Research Assistant from 1993 to 1996 at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, IACAS. In 2000, he joined Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific as a Researcher working on the speech recognition of multiple Asian languages. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for InfoTalk Corp., Ltd, as a Senior Researcher and a Senior Technical Manager engaging in telephony speech recognition. Since 2004, he has been working for the Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and is currently a Senior Scientist and the Group Leader of Speech Processing Group. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker and language recognition, spoken document retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. Dr. Ma has served as a Subject Editor of Speech Communication.

Yao Qian 

 

Dr. Qian is now a lead researcher in the Speech Group, Microsoft Research Asia. She received the Ph.D degree in the Dept. of EE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2005. During her Ph.D study, she received the award of Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship in 2003. She joined Microsoft research Asia in September, 2005. She is interested in spoken language processing. Her recent research projects include speech synthesis, voice transformation, prosody modeling for speech synthesis, recognition and understanding and Computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Her most recent work focuses on deep learning and its application in speech synthesis and pronunciation evaluation.

Call for ISCA SIG-CSLP membership enrollment and officer nomination

Dear ISCA SIG-CSLP Members,

The Special Interest Group on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP), ISCA (http://www.isca-cslp.org/) solicits your continual support and now calls for free membership enrollment and officer nomination. The term of the incumbent officers expires by the end of the calendar year.

Three officers are open for nomination: Chairperson; Vice Chairperson; and Secretary. Membership is required to nominate and be nominated. All members of SIG-CSLP may nominate any members for these positions. Candidates for Chairperson and Secretary shall be members in good standing of ISCA at the date of the election. All candidates must be nominated by at least two other members and must agree to be candidates.

Please note that the incumbent officers are not eligible for re-election because they have served two terms. The incumbent officers are:

Chairperson:  Haizhou Li (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice Chairperson:  Aijun Li (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary:  Hsin-Min Wang (Academia Sinica, Taipei) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the participants and authors of the previous ISCSLP conferences have been registered as provisional members of SIG-CSLP. However, SIG-CSLP is open to anyone who is interested in Chinese Spoken Language Processing. To enroll for free membership, please go to http://www.isca-cslp.org/pages/membership.htm. The closing date of membership enrollment is May 20, 2014.

To nominate candidates as SIG-CSLP officers, please do so by email a short biography of the nominee and the names of two nominators to the SIG-CSLP secretary Hsin-Min Wang (Academia Sinica, Taipei) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The closing date of nomination is May 31, 2014.

You will be informed by email by July 1, 2014 of the list of candidates and the procedure for voting. The election result will be announced in the general assembly during ISCSLP2014 (September 12-14, 2014, Singapore).

Best regards,

Haizhou Li, Aijun Li, and Hsin-Min Wang
SIG-CSLP Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary

Dr. Chiu-yu Tseng Awarded Antonio Zampolli Prize

Dr. Chiu-yu Tseng, Research Fellow and Director of the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica and ex-chairperson of SIG-CSLP (2006-10) was selected to receive the 2012 Antonio Zampolli Prize. Trained in linguistics and later took up speech science, she was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of language resources and language technology evaluation within human language technologies in the capacity of the Convener of Oriental COCOSDADA (the Oriental Chapter of the International Committee for Coordination and Standardization of Speech Databases).

The award ceremony was held on May 25 at the The 8th biennial international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012, May 21-26) at ICEC (Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gümüş Cd No: 4 Harbiye 34267 Istanbul, Turkey). Dr. Tseng gave a 20-min speech entitled “Oriental COCOSDA: Its progress during the past 14 years”with her co-recipients Professor Shuichi Itahashi, NAIST, Japan and Professor Satoshi Nakamura, NiCT, Japan.

The Antonio Zampolli Prize was created in 2004 by the European Language Resources Association (ELRA) Board to honour the memory of its first president, Professor Antonio Zampolli, a pioneer and visionary scientist who was internationally recognized in the field of Computational Linguistics and Human Language Technologies (HLT). The Prize is awarded to individuals whose work lies within the areas of Language Resources and Language Technology Evaluation with acknowledged outstanding contributions to their advancements. The prize is 12,000€. The recipient(s) will also receive a certificate, recognition in the ELRA newsletter and will be featured on ELRA’s website.

The recipients of the 2012 Prize are Shuichi Itahashi, Chiu-yu Tseng and Sotoshi Nakamura for the Oriental COCOCOSDA and Charles Fillmore and John Baker for FrameNet.

 

Relate website: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/?-Antonio-Zampolli-Prize

LREC 2008

LREC 2008 -  6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

Palais des Congrès, MARRAKECH - MOROCCO

MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2008

WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 26-27 MAY and 31 MAY- 1 JUNE 2008

The sixth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC) will be organised in 2008 by ELRA in cooperation with a wide range of international associations and organisations, including AAMT, AMTA, ACL, ALTA, COCOSDA and Oriental COCOSDA, EACL, EAMT, ELSNET, EURALEX, GWA, IAMT, KnowledgeWeb, LDC, NEMLAR Network, SIGLEX, TEI, Technolangue French Program, WRITE and with major national and international organisations including the European Commission - Information Society and Media, Unit E.2 “Content and Knowledge”.

CONFERENCE AIMS

In 10 years - the first LREC was held in Granada in 1998 - LREC has become the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language Technologies (HLT). The aim of LREC is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support to investigations in language sciences, progress in language technologies and development of corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs): text, speech, multimodality

  • Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for LRs
  • Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
  • Methodologies and tools for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge
  • Ontologies and knowledge representation
  • Terminology
  • Integration between (multilingual) LRs, ontologies and Semantic Web technologies
  • Metadata descriptions of LRs and metadata for semantic/content markup

Exploitation of LRs in different types of systems and applications

  • For: information extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, mobile communication, machine translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
  • In different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice activated services, etc.
  • Communication with neighbouring fields of applications, e.g. e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile applications, etc.
  • Industrial LRs requirements, user needs

Issues in Human Language Technologies evaluation

  • HLT Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
  • Validation, quality assurance, evaluation of LRs
  • Benchmarking of systems and products
  • Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces, interactions and dialogue systems
  • Usability and user satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

  • National and international activities and projects
  • Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs
  • Open architectures
  • Organisational, economical and legal issues

Special Highlights

LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs - spoken, written, and other modalities - and of the respective communities. To this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues which are common to different types of LRs and language technologies.

LRs are currently developed and deployed in a much wider range of applications and domains. LREC 2008 recognises the need to encompass all those data that interact with language resources in an attempt to model more complex human processes and develop more complex systems, and encourages submissions on topics such as:

  • Multimodal and multimedia systems, for Human-Machine interfaces, Human-Human interactions, and content processing
  • Resources for modelling language-related cognitive processes, including emotions
  • Interaction/Association of language and perception data, also for robotic systems

PROGRAMME

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster and demo presentations, and panels.

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

On-line submission form for abstracts is now available: please go to the “Abstract submission” section on the LREC2008 web site (http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008) and follow the procedure instructions. Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo presentations must consist of about 1500-2000 words.

WORKSHOPS, TUTORIALS AND PANELS

Submission of workshop, tutorial and panel proposals should be made by e-mail to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no longer than three pages, and include:

  • For workshops:
    • The title
    • A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that the workshop will address
    • The reasons why the workshop is of interest
    • The names and affiliations, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers, email and web site addresses of the organising committee, which should consist of at least three people knowledgeable in the field, coming from different institutions
    • The name and the e-mail address of the member of the workshop organising committee designated as the contact person
    • The desirable duration of the workshop (half day or full day)
    • A summary of the intended call for participation
    • An estimate of the approximate audience size
    • A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements

The workshop proposers will be responsible for the organisational aspects (e.g. workshop call preparation and distribution, review of papers, notification of acceptance, assembling of the workshop proceedings using the ELRA specifications, etc.).

  • For tutorials:
    • The title
    • A brief technical description of the tutorial content
    • The reasons why the tutorial is of interest
    • The names and affiliations, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers, email and web site addresses of the tutorial speakers, with brief descriptions of their technical background
    • The name and e-mail address of one tutorial speaker designated as the contact person
    • The duration of the tutorial (half day is the expected usual length)
    • An estimate of the approximate audience size
    • A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements

The tutorial proposers will be responsible for the organisational aspects (e.g. assembling of the tutorial material, etc.).

Proposals for panels should contain the following information:

  • The title
  • A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that the panel will address
  • The reasons why the panel is of interest
  • Name of the panel organiser/s; affiliation and postal address; phone and fax numbers; e-mail address; web site address
  • The name and the e-mail address of the designated contact person

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 31 October 2007
  • Submission of proposals for oral and poster/demo papers: 31 October 2007
  • Notification of acceptance of panels, workshops and tutorials proposals: 22 November 2007
  • Notification of acceptance of oral papers, posters: 4 February 2008
  • Final version of papers for the proceedings: 25 March 2008
  • Conference: 28-30 May 2008
  • Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 26 and 27 May 2008
  • Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 31 May and 1 June 2008

CONSORTIA AND PROJECT MEETINGS

Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising meetings should contact well in advance the organisers at the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

  • Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa, Italy (Conference chair)
  • Khalid Choukri, ELRA, Paris, France
  • Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
  • Jan Odijk, Nuance Communications International, Belgium and UIL-OTS, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Stelios Piperidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), Athens, Greece
  • Daniel Tapias, Telefónica Móviles España, Madrid, Spain

The composition of the committees as well as instructions and addresses for registration and accommodation in Marrakech will be detailed on the conference website at http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/.

PROCEEDINGS

The Proceedings on CD will include both oral and poster papers, in the same format. In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.