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SLPAT 2016 : 7th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies


When Sep 13, 2016 - Sep 13, 2016
Where San Francisco
Submission Deadline Jun 24, 2016
Notification Due Jul 11, 2016
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2016
Categories    NLP   speech processing   assistive technology   AAC

Call For Papers


SLPAT 2016

Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT)

13 September 2016, co-located with Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA

Venue: San Francisco State University : College of Extended Learning, 835 Market St, San Francisco (1 mile from the main conference)

Submission deadline: 24 June 2016


We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the seventh Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT) on Tuesday 13 September 2016 to be co-located with Interspeech 2016 in San Francisco, California. Full details on the workshop, topics of interest, timeline, and formatting of regular papers are here:

We are also very excited to announce that Helen Meng ( will give the invited talk at this workshop. Dr. Meng is a very accomplished researcher with a wide range of research efforts, including speech communication and human-computer interaction, and it is an honour to welcome her to our workshop!

This workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or developmental disabilities. The workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and progress. General topics include but are not limited to:

• Speech synthesis and speech recognition for physical or cognitive impairments
• Speech transformation for improved intelligibility
• Speech and language technologies for daily assisted living and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
• Translation systems; to and from speech, text, symbols and sign language
• Novel modeling and machine learning approaches for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) / Assistive Technologies (AT) applications
• Personalized voices for ACC based on limited data (e.g., nearly nonverbal)
• Biofeedback for therapy in neurological disorders.
• Text processing for improved comprehension, e.g., sentence simplification or TTS
• Silent speech: speech technology based on sensors without audio
• Symbol languages, sign languages, nonverbal communication
• Dialogue systems and natural language generation for assistive technologies
• Multimodal user interfaces and dialogue systems adapted to assistive technologies
• NLP for cognitive assistance applications
• Presentation of graphical information for people with visual impairments
• Speech and NLP applied to typing interface applications
• Brain-computer interfaces for language processing applications
• Speech, natural language and multimodal interfaces to assistive technologies
• Assessment of speech and language processing within the context of AT
• Web accessibility; text simplification, summarization, and adapted presentation modes such as speech, signs or symbols
• Deployment of speech and NLP tools in the clinic or in the field
• Linguistic resources; corpora and annotation schemes
• Evaluation of systems and components, including methodology
• Other topics in AAC and AT


Papers should describe original work which are either completed work or advanced ongoing research which should not have been published elsewhere. Full papers should contain up to 6 pages of content, with 1–2 extra pages for references.

The submission should be performed through the easychair website only:

All submissions should follow the INTERSPEECH 2016 formatting requirements in all but page length:

Note that we are more liberal with regards to the number of pages, but this does not mean that your SLPAT submission has to be longer than a regular INTERSPEECH paper.

Please contact the conference organizers at with any questions.

Important dates:
• 17 June: Deadline for papers and demos
• 11 July: Notification of acceptance
• 1 August: Camera-ready deadline
• 5 August: Early registration deadline
• 13 September 2016: SLPAT workshop

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