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)

Call for papers: SLPAT 2019

Submission deadline: March 10, 2019

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the Eighth Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT) on June 7, 2019, co-located with NAACL-HLT 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Full details on the workshop, including topics of interest, important deadlines, and instructions for authors are here::


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 researchers, clinicians, and users of AAC technology to share their findings, to discuss present and future challenges, and to explore possibilities for collaboration.

Possible 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 AAC and AT
  • Personalized voices for ACC based on limited data
  • 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
  • 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; adapted presentation modes such as speech 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

Please contact the conference organizers at slpat2019-organizers@googlegroups.com with any questions.

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

Instructions for authors

Papers must be submitted using the START V2 paper submission system which you can access here:


Submissions should follow the NAACL-HLT 2019 style guidelines. Full papers should contain up to 6 pages of content, not including references. Demo papers should be up to 4 pages, not including references. We strongly recommend the use of the official NAACL-HLT 2019 style templates: