2012:



November

IberSpeech

IberSPEECH2012 – “VII Jornadas en Tecnología del Habla” and “III Iberian SLTech”

 IberSPEECH2102, a joint effort between the events “Jornadas en Tecnología del Habla” and “Iberian SLTech”, will present and discuss the latest research results on speech and language technologies on Iberian languages and promote industry/university collaboration.
Microsoft has been developing Speech Technology for several Iberian Languages and will take part in this event, which will be held in Madrid (Spain) from the 21st to 23rd November 2012. This conference will include a wide variety of activities: technical papers presentations, keynote lectures, presentation of project reports, laboratory activities, recent PhD thesis presentations and discussion panels about speech technology and its applications, as well as standardization and the traditional Albayzin evaluation challenges.

All the community working on speech and language processing of Iberian Languages is invited to participate in this three days event planned to promote interaction and discussion.

Important dates:

Regular Papers: June 15, 2012
Special Sessions (Projects, Demos and Thesis | ALBAYZIN Evaluations): September 7, 2012
Registration and Conference: October 12, 2012

More information about this conference can be found here: http://iberspeech2012.ii.uam.es/



July

DSAI 2012

DSAI 2012, the 4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. DSAI 2012 will take place in July 19-22, 2012, in the Douro Region, Portugal.

 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development which is indifferent to the concerns of social inclusion may raise barriers and increase the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to eliminating this gap and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all.
Senior citizens and others with special needs are often faced with multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and higher quality of life standards. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should take into account accessibility and usability features for the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, in all policies and programmes. Learn more

Papers reporting original research results and experiences are solicited.

Important dates:

Paper submission: March 2, 2012
Deadline for registration and camera ready papers: April 16, 2012
DSAI 2012 conference: July 19-22, 2012

This conference includes the following Workshop organized by Microsoft and UTAD:
Microsoft Workshop on Natural User Interaction: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives”, on the 21st July 2012, organized by Microsoft and UTAD, under the scope of DSAI 2012, Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion, held in the Douro Region, Portugal.
Natural User Interaction is perhaps the biggest challenge in the scope of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). It refers to the user ability to interact with computing systems in a simple and natural way, using such modalities as speech, gesture of human hands, arms and whole body, facial expressions, touch and, including also, biometric signals generated by the human body during interaction tasks. This concept also means using multimodal HCI technology in a seamless way, without requiring a big effort to learn such technology and being able to switch between modalities of interaction in an organic way. Key-players in ICT, like Apple and Microsoft have recently revolutionized the interaction community, with the speech features of the new Iphone 4S and of the new Windows Phone Mango, or the multimodal gesture and speech interaction of Microsoft Kinect. In this special track, the main Portuguese experts on HCI and NUI will bring their opinion and vision about the current challenges this area faces and unveil what in their opinion will be the future in this emerging area in the scope of HCI.

More information about this conference can be found here: http://dsai2012.utad.pt/



June



pHealth 2012 Call for Papers, Porto, Portugal,  June 26 – 28, 2012

WHAT TO SUBMIT
Submission to pHealth 2012 includes full papers and demonstrations abstracts. The organizers do not encourage the submission of posters. Papers that tend to be better presented as posters will be recommended to the authors by the organizers.

SCOPE
The 9th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth) has emerged as the leading international meeting on wearable micro and nano technologies for personalized medicine. Starting in 2004, pHealth has attracted scientists for various technologies, medical doctors, and policy makers from the healthcare industry, hospital administration and allied professionals. Collecting a dynamic professional community from Europe and all over the world pHealth has given visibility to the tremendous potential of micro and nano technologies not only for the future of medicine, but also for the improvement of healthcare processes today.
Microsystems, smart textiles, telemedicine, smart implants and sensor-controlled medical devices have become important enablers for monitoring and treatment in both inpatient and outpatient care.
Additional details regarding the scope of the conference, is available at the conference homepage at http://www.phealth2012.com/focus-topics/.

HOW TO SUBMIT
Submit your full papers and demonstrations abstracts  to pHealth 2012 at http://www.phealth2012.com/submission/.

The manuscript format instructions are available at http://www.phealth2012.com/submission/. The length of the submitted manuscripts should not exceed 5 pages and should strictly follow the formatting rules of the provided IOS Press template.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact. Send an email to info@aal4all.org



February



2nd International Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL Latest Solutions, Trends and Applications - AAL 2012

This event is co-organized by Microsoft and Universidade de Aveiro and aims to present the latest results in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and to provide a forum for discussing the results achieved in the context of the project Living Usability Lab (LUL) for Next Generation Networks and in other related AAL projects. The technical program will consist of a full day of oral presentations, showcasing both internal contributions to the LUL project and latest research and applications on Ambient Assisted Living. This event is co-chaired by Miguel Sales Dias and Daniela Braga from the Microsoft Language Development Center, and António Teixeira from DETI/IEETA, Universidade de Aveiro.

More information can be found here: http://www.biostec.org/workshops.asp
This workshop is a part of the BIOSTEC 2012 Conference: http://www.biostec.org/
The AAL 2012 workshop program can be found here: http://www.biostec.org/Program_Friday_AAL.htm
The full BIOSTEC 2012 program can be found here: http://www.biostec.org/technical_program.asp



2011:


August

12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association - Interspeech 2011 Florence

Once again, Microsoft sponsored Interspeech 2011, the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), held this year in Florence, Italy, from 27th to 31st August. The theme of Interspeech 2011 was: “Speech science and technology for real life”. Under this theme, the conference covered the state of the art of speech science and technology. Around 1400 participants from all over the world attended the conference and more than 800 papers were presented in oral and poster sessions. (Pictures)


January




AAL 2011

1st International Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL Latest Solutions,

Trends and Applications - AAL 2011 @ BIOSTEC 2011

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the event Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL latest solutions, trends and applications @ BIOSTEC 2011, to be held in Rome, on 28-29th January 2010.

This event aims to present the latest results in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and to provide a forum for discussing the results achieved in the context of the project Living Usability Lab (LUL) for next generation networks. The technical program will consist of a full day of oral presentations presenting both internal contributions to LUL project and latest research and applications on Ambient Assisted Living area.

The authors are invited to submit their research contributions. All papers will be peer reviewed by a team of reviewers composed by members of the LUL consortium as well as external experts. The event provides an opportunity to present state-of-art research and development in a variety of topics related with LUL project, as well as an opportunity to come up-to-date on important issues involved in the enhancement of Ambient Assisted Living.

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2010:


November


FALA 2010 - "VI Jornadas en Tecnología del Habla" and II Iberian SLTech Workshop

The FALA2010 conference will be held in Vigo, Spain from 10 to 12 November 2010. The workshop is organized by the “Multimedia Technology Group (GTM)” of the University of Vigo, the Spanish Thematic Network on Speech Technology (RTTH) and the ISCA-Special Interest Group on Iberian Languages. FALA 2010 is an ISCA supported event.

The Spanish Thematic Network on Speech Technology (“Red Temática en Tecnología del Habla, (RTTH) has been promoting every other year the “Jornadas en Tecnologías del Habla” since 2000. Previous workshops were held in Sevilla (2000), Granada (2002), Valencia (2004), Zaragoza (2006) and Bilbao (2008). On the other hand, the ISCA Special Interest Group on Iberian Languages (SIG-IL) decided to organize the “I Iberian SLTech - I Joint SIG-IL/Microsoft Workshop on Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages”. The I Iberian SLTech was held in Porto Salvo, nearby Lisbon, on September 2009. Both events pursue the aims of being a meeting point to present and discuss the results of the research on speech and language technologies on Iberian languages and promoting industry/university collaboration.

This year these two separate events will joint efforts in order to take advantage of synergies and aiming at gathering most of the members of the scientific community working on speech and language technologies for the Iberian Languages. Pictures)

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2009:


September


The ISCA Special Interest Group on Iberian Languages (SIG-IL) board, pursuing the aims of organizing conferences, schools and workshops, promoting industry/university collaboration and offering a forum to discuss opportunities in research and industry applications in the field of Speech and Language Technology, decided to organize a new event, I Iberian SLTech - I Joint SIG-IL/Microsoft Workshop on Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages. A practical way of making possible the event in 2009 was to join efforts with Microsoft Language Development Center (MLDC), in Portugal, associating the SIG-IL event to a new edition of their past Workshops (I Microsoft Workshop on Speech Technology - Building bridges between industry and academia, Porto Salvo, May 2, 2007 and Propor 2008 Special Session: Applications of Portuguese Speech and Language Technologies, September 10, 2008, Curia, Portugal). The event also has the support of Red Temática en Tecnologías del Habla (RTTH).

All the community working on Processing of the Iberian Languages is invited to join us this coming September 3-4, in Microsoft’s facilities in Portugal, in a two day event planned to promote interaction and discussion.

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June


DSAI 2009, Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion, 3-4-5 June 2009, Microsoft Portugal, Porto Salvo

After a successful start with DSAI 2006 and 2007 editions, the International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009) took place in June 2009, at the MSFT - Software para Microcomputadores, Lda. - TAGUSPARK - Lisboa - PORTUGAL. Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development which is indifferent to the concerns of social inclusion may raise barriers and increase the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to eliminating this gap and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all. Senior citizens and others with special needs are often faced with multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and higher quality of life standards. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should take into account accessibility and usability features for the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, in all policies and programmes.

The main DSAI objective this year was to contribute to the European eInclusion initiative with innovations on ICT-based products and services for people with special needs and promotion of accessible technology.

Areas of interest

High quality, original submissions on topics relevant to ICT, Ageing and accessibility were received. These included the use of technology by and in support of:

- Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments;

- Individuals with motor impairments;

- Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments;

- Individuals with multiple impairments;

- Senior citizens.

Accepted submissions presented novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, tools, evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or policy issues relating to:

- Assistive technologies and ICT services that can improve the daily lives of elderly people;

- Accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies;

- Identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed by existing research;

- Assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and Information Technologies;

- Innovative use of mainstream technologies for overcoming access barriers.

See more at the conference web-site http://dsai2009.utad.pt/index.html



2008:


November


Propor 2008 Special Session: Applications of Portuguese Speech and Language Technologies, September 10, 2008, Curia, Portugal

MLDC - Microsoft Language Development Center, the first Microsoft Development Center outside of Redmond (USA) dedicated to key Speech and Natural Language developments,was the promoter of Propor 2008 Special Session on " Applications of Portuguese Speech and Language Technologies".

It is our goal to continue our action of building bridges between Industry and Academia, gathering synergies of both communities in order to enhance Speech and Natural language technology in Portugal and Brazil.

Therefore, we have encouraged both university and industry communities from Portugal, Brazil and any other country working on the Portuguese Natural Language Processing and Speech Technology to submit proposals reporting their most recent products, systems, resources or tools for Portuguese.

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2007:


November


Speech Technology for Accessibility, organized by MLDC, in International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI), November 9, 2007, UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal

6 invited speakers and 25 delegates attended the event. The second edition of the DSAI in the UTAD (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro) brought a lot of quality work and experience in the area of the accessibility. Our congratulations to the organization, and in special to the chair, the Prof.João Barroso, for making happen an event in this area for the second time consecutive here in Portugal.

MLDC (Microsoft Language Development Center) would like to thank the organization for the invitation to promote the workshop of “Speech Technology for Accessibility”, where we could show more about the speech technology that we develop at MLDC.This event allowed us to bring names with great experience in the development of solutions to improve the accessibility. All presentations are avaible here at the DSAI

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August


Buffet for SIG-IL – Special Interest Group in Iberian Languages at Interspeech, Antwerpen, Belgium, August 07, 2007


April


MLDC will hold the I Microsoft Workshop on Speech Technology - Building bridges between industry and academia, in May 2, 2007, Microsoft Auditorium

We are very glad to announce the first Microsoft Workshop on Speech Technology held in Microsoft Portugal, Taguspark, Porto Salvo, in the forthcoming 2nd May 2007, organized by MLDC. Reflecting the increasing interest and solid activities in speech synthesis and voice recognition of Portuguese Language, it is our pleasure to welcome both university and industry communities.  

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