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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   Extension: 2nd International Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology
Email:   kipp_(on)_dfki.de
Date received:   12 Jul 2011
Start date:   23 Oct 2011

We have received requests to extend the deadline for submitting papers for SLTAT. In order to accommodate the widest range of participants, the following dates have been revised: Deadline for submitting papers: 31 July 2011. Notification of Acceptance: 15 August 2011. John Glauert ---------- 2nd International Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT) Date: 23 October 2011 Location: University of Dundee, UK (in conjunction with ASSETS 2011, 24-26 October 2011) Recent research in the use of 3D virtual human characters, or avatars, to animate sign language promises to provide increased accessibility for deaf people via the Internet on a range of computing devices. In addition, avatars support sign linguistics research, providing a potential target for translation from spoken and other sign languages, and shedding light on human factors of sign language usage. A highly successful international workshop was held in Berlin in January 2011 http://embots.dfki.de/SLTAT11-Berlin, bringing together a number of workers in the field. Submissions are invited for the 2nd International Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT) that will be held at the University of Dundee in October 2011 associated with ASSETS 2011. The workshop will focus on three main topics: symbolic translation of sign language, animation of sign language using avatars, and usability evaluation of practical translation and animation systems. The format of the workshop will encourage discussion and collaboration between researchers. It is anticipated that we will have a mix of oral presentations as well as poster presentations covering active work and proposed research. There will be an opportunity for demonstration of existing work and presentation of videos. The workshop will be interpreted in international sign language. All submissions that address the focus of the workshop are invited, but topics of particular interest include: SYMBOLIC TRANSLATION * Lexicographic and linguistic approaches * Use of corpora to inform translation * Modelling of signing space for translation * Handling of productive signs, classifier constructions, and constructed action * Incorporation of non-manual features in production * Consideration of emotional and prosodic aspects AVATAR ANIMATION * Requirements for signing avatar technology * Linguistically-informed notations for gestural animation * Use of corpora to inform animation * Realistic animation of manual and bodily gestures * Flexibility in animation of facial gestures and mouthing USABILITY * Evaluation results for practical translation systems * Evaluation methodologies for signing translation systems * Realism and acceptability of signing avatars * Efficient content creation and editing tools for signing texts SUBMISSION OF PAPERS Papers must be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. They should be submitted electronically via the conference Web site https://www.softconf.com/c/sltat2011/ no later than 17 July 2011. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. As we will dedicate a significant amount of time open to open discussions during the workshop, authors of all selected papers will be asked to prepare an A0 format poster to accompany their paper in case oral presentation is not possible. Important Dates: Submission 31 July, 2011 Notification of Acceptance 15 August, 2011 Early Registration 20 August, 2011 Final Programme 16 September, 2011 Workshop 23 October, 2011 Websites: 2nd SLTAT Workshop http://embots.dfki.de/SLTAT ASSETS 2011 Conference http://www.sigaccess.org/assets11/index.html Organisers: John Glauert (University of East Anglia) Michael Kipp (DFKI) Alexis Heloir (DFKI) Thomas Hanke (University of Hamburg) Matt Huenerfauth (City University of New York) _______________________________________________ MMC-interest mailing list MMC-interest_(at)_dfki.de http://www.dfki.de/mailman/cgi-bin/listinfo/mmc-interest _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_mailman.let.uu.nl http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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