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EXTENDED DEADLINE: 1st International Workshop on Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE-2012), collocated with ACL 2012

        CALL FOR PAPERS - Apologies for multiple postings

The 1st International Workshop on Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE 2012): http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/smiae/2012/ will be held at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (http://www.acl2012.org/), on July 8th - 14th, 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

SMIAE will focus on issues, applications, and development tools in the field of Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE). It will be concerned with all topics which fit within the purview of speech and multimodal communication in environments suitable for the elderly and people with age-related physical or cognitive disabilities. Assistive environments are an application area of the research field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). This research field is supported through a European technology and innovation funding programme, which promotes intelligent assistant systems for a better, healthier, and safer life in the preferred living environments through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Human-computer and human-robot interaction are key technological tools in the area of Assistive Environments, and as such the workshop will particularly aim to draw together speech and multimodal work in these areas. Moreover, both theoretical and applied computational work regarding multimodal interaction in assistive environments will be welcome at this workshop.
The submission deadline is March 25, 2011 (Check the website-Important Dates for notification to authors and camera ready deadlines).
Submissions for long or short papers are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2012 style guidelines here and should be submitted through the START system.

Suggested Major Areas or Tracks are the following:
- Speech-enabled systems in assisted living environments
- Speech in interaction with gesture and other modalities in assistive environments
- Speech and multimodality in assistive robotics
- Control of smart devices through speech and multimodal approaches
- Speech/Text-to Speech software in Web applications designed for the elderly
- Speech and multimodal interaction in e-Government and e-Health in assistive environments
- Communication in assistive environments (e.g. Peer-to-Peer)
- Talking agents in assistive environments
- Multimodal ICT used in elder care

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through double-blind reviewing processes (at least three reviewers). Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference will have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers.

SMIAE 2012 is endorsed by the the ACL Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT): http://sigslpat.csee.ogi.edu/Â

Invited Speaker: Dr. Mikio Nagano

Programme Committee:
Jan Alexandersson (DFKI SaarbrÃcken)
John Bateman (University of Bremen)
Heriberto CuayÃhuitl (DFKI SaarbrÃcken)
Alexandre Denis (Loria-CNRS)
Nina Dethlefs (University of Bremen)
Eleni Efthimiou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing / ATHENA RC)
Evita Fotinea (Institute for Language and Speech Processing / ATHENA RC)
Konstantina Garoufi (University of Potsdam)
Kalliroi Georgila (University of Southern California)
Stefan Goetze (Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology)
Florian Kretzschmar (Telekom Innovation Labs / Technische UniversitÃt Berlin)
Susan Kemper (University of Kansas)
Brigitte Krenn (Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence)
Oliver Lemon (Heriot-Watt University)
Ilias Maglogiannis (University of Central Greece)
Patrick Oliver (University of Newcastle)
Brian Roark (Oregon Health & Science University)
RubÃn San Segundo HernÃndez (Technical University of Madrid)
Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University)
Hui Shi (University of Bremen)
Kristina Striegnitz (Union College)
Thora Tenbrink (University of Bremen)
MariÃt Theune (University of Twente)
Pat Tun (Brandeis University Memory & Cognition Lab)
Maria Wolters (University of Edinburgh)
Wolfgang Zagler (Vienna University of Technology)

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to smiae2012@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

SMIAE 2012 organising committee,
Dimitra Anastasiou,
Desislava Zhekova
Cui Jian
Robert Ross
Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Goetze
Head of 'Audio Technology for Assistive Systems'
Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT)
Department Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology
Haus des HÃrens - Marie-Curie-Strasse 2 - 26129 Oldenburg - Germany
Tel (+49)441 / 2172 - 432 - Fax (+49)441 / 2172 - 450
mailto:s.goetze@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - http://www.idmt.fraunhofer.de/
PGP: http://www.ant.uni-bremen.de/sixcms/media.php/57/StefanGoetze.asc