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

Co-located with NAACL HLT 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2012

Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on
Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT)


Thursday, June 7th, 2012

 Joint Demo and Poster Session, together with the Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations (PITR 2012)
15:30–17:30Coffee, system demonstrations, and posters
  A free and open-source tool that reads movie subtitles aloud
Peter Ljunglöf, Sandra Derbring and Maria Olsson
  WinkTalk: a demonstration of a multimodal speech synthesis platform linking facial expressions to expressive synthetic voices
Eva Szekely, Zeeshan Ahmed, Joao P. Cabral and Julie Carson-Berndsen
 (plus posters of the regular papers from SLPAT and PITR)
17:30–18:30SIG-SLPAT business meeting

Friday, June 8th, 2012

09:00–09:10Opening remarks
 Regular Paper Session
09:10–09:35 Discourse-Based Modeling for AAC
Margaret Mitchell and Richard Sproat
09:35–10:00 Applying Prediction Techniques to Phoneme-based AAC Systems
Ha Trinh, Annalu Waller, Keith Vertanen, Per Ola Kristensson and Vicki L. Hanson
10:00–10:25 Non-Syntactic Word Prediction for AAC
Karl Wiegand and Rupal Patel
10:30–11:00Coffee break
 User Panel
11:00–11:50Invited user panel
 Regular Paper Session
11:50–12:15 Assisting Social Conversation between Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Conversational Partners
Nancy Green, Curry Guinn and Ronnie Smith
12:15–12:40 Communication strategies for a computerized caregiver for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
Frank Rudzicz, Rozanne Wilson, Alex Mihailidis, Elizabeth Rochon and Carol Leonard
12:40–14:00Lunch break
 Regular Paper Session
14:00–14:25 Generating Situated Assisting Utterances to Facilitate Tactile-Map Understanding: A Prototype System
Kris Lohmann, Ole Eichhorn and Timo Baumann
14:25–14:50 Learning a Vector-Based Model of American Sign Language Inflecting Verbs from Motion-Capture Data
Pengfei Lu and Matt Huenerfauth
14:50–15:15 A Hybrid System for Spanish Text Simplification
Stefan Bott, Horacio Saggion and David Figueroa
15:15–15:30Closing remarks
15:30–Coffe break, mingling, brainstorming, and mutual admiration


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