Training and Education
ELSNET aims at building and providing competence in language
speech technology. It provides the HLT community with properly trained
human resources, both at the university level, and at the level of
specific training actions for professionals already active or about to
become active in the field. The focus is on interdisciplinarity (e.g.
language, speech, and other modalities), on emerging new technologies,
and on porting technologies to other languages.
- The 13th ELSNET Summer School on
Language and Speech
Communication in 2007
2007 Summer School was dedicated to Advanced Dialogue Systems:
Affectivity, Adaptability and Multimodality.
- It took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 16 - 27 July 2007.
Organizers were Queen's University and the University of Ulster.
The 12th ELSNET Summer School on Language and Speech
Communication in 2006
2006 Summer School was dedicated to Information Fusion in
Natural Language Systems.
It took place in
03 - 14 July 2006.
Organizer was the University of Hamburg.
- The 11th
ELSNET Summer School on Language and Speech
Communication in 2003
The 2003 Summer School was dedicated to Language and Speech
Technology for Language Learning. It took place in Lille,
from 7 - 18 July 2003. Organizer was the University of Lille-3.
- Website: http://www.elsnet.org/ess2003.html
The 10th ELSNET Summer School on Language and Speech
Communication in 2002
- This summer
school was dedicated to Evaluation and
Assessment of Text and Speech Systems. It took place in
Denmark, from 15 - 26 July 2002. Organizer was the natural Interactive
Systems Laboratory (NISLab) of the University of Southern Denmark. More
information on http://summerschool2002.nis.sdu.dk/
- Videotaped lectures of this school can be seen at http://media.nis.sdu.dk/elsnet/
The 9th ELSNET European Summer School on Language and
Speech Communication in 2001
summer school was dedicated to Text and Speech Corpora.
It took place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 16-27 July 2001.
Organizer was The Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics of
Charles University. The website is http://ufal.ms.mff.cuni.cz/~ess2001/
ELSNET has organized the Summer School on Language
Communication since 1993. Information on previous
summer schools is still
- TRAIN-IT is geared towards (future) entrepreneurs who
plan to start-up a business in Information Society
Technology. For participants of finished or ongoing
IST projects, the course is free of charge.
- TRAIN-IT offers a six-day hands-on crash-course on
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Courses are held in our modern training facilities.
- At Eurospeech'99 ELSNET organized the Education ArenA, an
afternoon full of entertaining demonstrations. What was on show? There
was a lot of software that demonstrated interactively the use of speech
analysis techniques, from signal processing to auditory functions, LPC
vocoders, speech synthesis and HMM visualisation. These kinds of
demonstrations really had the student in mind and aimed to elucidate
difficult notions in an easy and flexible way. General-purpose tools
were offered by WinSnorri, Praat for speech analyses, while the CSLU
toolkit can be used for the rapid development of dialogue
systems.Experimentation with a dialogue system (also with talking
agent) was also on show in the KTH speech surfer. More elaborate
tutorials were present as well. The heavy investment by Sensimetrics in
the speech production and perception CD-ROM paid off in an exemplary
tutorial. But also on less ambitious levels there were very good
demonstrations of interactive learning.
ELSNET has produced a CD-ROM with software and courseware of most
demonstrations at the Education ArenA 1999.
This version is now out of stock.
similar CD-ROM has been produced in connection with the Education ArenA
at Eurospeech 2001. This version is still available. If you are
interested in trying
the demos yourself, send an email message with your affiliation and
address details to email@example.com.
- Workshop on Computer
and Internet Supported Education
At the EACL '99 conference in Bergen, Norway, ELSNET
co-organized a workshop
and Internet Supported Education in Language and Speech Technology. The
idea for this workshop was motivated by positive experiences with the
Socrates Thematic Network for Speech Communication Sciences.
The European Masters in Language and Speech presents a
and innovative scheme in which all European universities and
students can participate, endorsed by the International Speech
Communication Association (ISCA) and the European Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL).
For more information, see: http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/euromasters
and learn how
universities and students can participate in the scheme.
Currently approved programmes are organised by the universities
of Aalborg, Utrecht, Sheffield, Bonn, Saarbruecken, Brno, Athens,
Patras and UPC Barcelona. In preparation are programmes at
Edinburgh, Leuven, Erlangen, Stuttgart and EPFL Lausanne.