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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Interspeech 2007 Special Session: Novel techniques for the NATO non-native military air traffic cont
Email:   david.vanleeuwen_(on)_tno.nl
Date received:   05 Feb 2007
Deadline:   23 Mar 2007
Start date:   28 Aug 2007

(apologies for multiple cross-posting) Call for Papers Special session at Interspeech 2007: Novel techniques for the NATO non-native military air traffic controller database (nn-matc) Following a series of special interest sessions and (satellite) workshops, at Lisbon (1995), Leusden (NL, 1999) and Aalborg (2001), the NATO research task group on speech and language technology, RTO IST031-RTG013, organizes a special session at Interspeech 2007. After having studied various aspects of speech in noise, speech under stress, and non-native speech, the research task group has been studying the effects of all of these factors on various speech technologies. To this end, the task group has collected a corpus of military Air Traffic Control communication in Belgian air space. This speech material consists predominantly of non-native English speech, under varying noise and channel conditions. The database has been annotated at several levels: * word transcriptions, which allow research to be conducted on automatic speech recognition and named entity extraction, * Speaker turns, identified by call signs, allowing for research in speaker recognition and clustering and tracking of conversations. The database consists of 16 hours of training speech, plus one hour of development and evaluation test sets. The NATO research task group is making this annotated speech database available for speech researchers, who want to develop novel algorithms for this challenging material. These new algorithms could include noise-robust speaker recognition, robust speaker and accent adaptation for ASR, and context driven named entity detection. In order to facilitate a common task, we have written a suggested test and evaluation plan to guide researchers. At the special session we will discuss research results on this common data set. More information on the special session, the database and the evaluation plan can be found on the web-site http://speech.tm.tno.nl/nn-matc/ Submission Researchers who are interested in contributing to this special session are invited to submit a paper according to the regular submission procedure of INTERSPEECH 2007, and to select `Novel techniques for the NATO non-native Air Traffic Control database' in the special session field of the paper submission form. The paper submission deadline is March 23, 2007. Contact Session organizer: David van Leeuwen TNO Human Factors P. O. Box 23 3769 ZG Soesterberg The Netherlands david.vanleeuwen_(on)_tno.nl This e-mail and its contents are subject to the DISCLAIMER at http://www.tno.nl/disclaimer/email.html _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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