8th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies

ACL Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, June 7, 2019

Collocated with NAACL 2019

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


Assistive technologies (AT) allow individuals with disabilities to do things that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for them to do. Some examples of assistive technologies involve providing universal access, such as modifications to televisions or telephones to make them accessible to the blind, d/Deaf, and hard of hearing. An important sub-discipline within the AT research community is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which focuses on developing technologies for individuals facing challenges in written and spoken comunication. Speech and natural language processing can be used in AT/AAC in a large variety of ways including enhancing the intelligibility of speech and providing communicative assistance for individuals with motor impairments. This workshop will bring researchers from the natural language processing, speech signal processing, speech-language pathology, and AAC research communities together with AAC users to share their findings, to discuss present and future challenges, and to explore possibilities for collaboration.

Important dates (subject to change)

    March 10: Deadline for papers and demos
    April 1: Notification of acceptance
    April 5: Camera-ready deadline
    June 7: Workshop dates

    Previous SLPAT workshops

    • SLPAT 2010, co-located with NAACL-HLT 2010 in Los Angeles
    • SLPAT 2011, co-located with EMNLP 2011 in Edinburgh
    • SLPAT 2012, co-located with NAACL-HLT 2012 in MontrĂ©al
    • SLPAT 2013, co-located with Interspeech 2013 in Grenoble
    • SLPAT 2014, co-located with ACL 2014 in Baltimore
    • SLPAT 2015, co-located with Interspeech 2015 in Dresden
    • SLPAT 2016, co-located with Interspeech 2016 in San Francisco