9th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies

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

May 27, 2022 — Dublin, Ireland (Virtual)

Collocated with ACL

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


Automatic speech and language processing is capable of increasing access to information and communication and, hence, social participation for individuals with disabilities and special educational needs, including people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or developmental disabilities, as well as older adults. This has become even more important in the wake of digital transformation, where it is key to ensure that access barriers are not increased and the target groups mentioned put at a larger disadvantage due to, for example, more information and communication being available in written form.

Assistive technologies (AT) allow individuals with disabilities to do things that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for them to do. An important sub-discipline within AT is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which focuses on developing technologies for individuals facing challenges in written and spoken communication. Speech and language processing can be used in AT/AAC in a wide variety of ways including enhancing the intelligibility of speech and providing communicative assistance for individuals with motor impairments.

Similarly, the concepts of media accessibility and Web accessibility subsume all efforts in improving access to audiovisual media and the Internet for Deaf/deaf and hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired, and Deaf/deaf-blind persons, individuals with cognitive impairment, and others.

This workshop will bring together researchers from areas such as natural language processing, speech signal processing, (special) education, rehabilitation sciences, computer science, HCI, communication, psychology, psycholinguistics, computer vision, and computer graphics with domain experts like clinicians, therapists, caretakers, and interpreters, as well as users to share their findings, to discuss present and future challenges, and to explore possibilities for collaboration.

Important dates

    Feb. 28, 2022 Mar. 6, 2022: extended deadline for papers
    March 26, 2022: notification of acceptance
    April 16, 2022: camera-ready papers due
    May 27, 2022: workshop

    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 Montréal
    • 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
    • SLPAT 2019, co-located with NAACL 2019 in Minneapolis