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)


Time Friday, 27th May (All time stated are in Dublin time, GMT+1)
09:00-09:30 Opening Remarks
09:30-10:30 Invited speaker: Annalu Waller
"Participatory Interface Design for Intelligent Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technologies"
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Brienna Herold, James Waller, Raja Kushalnagar:
"Applying the Stereotype Content Model to assess disability bias in popular pre-trained NLP models underlying AI-based assistive technologies" (10)
11:30-12:00 Rachid Riad, Hadrien Titeux, Laurie Lemoine, Justine Montillot, Agnès Sliwinski, Jennifer Hamet Bagnou, Xuan Nga Cao, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lévi, Emmanuel Dupoux:
"A comparison study on patient-psychologist voice diarization" (6)
12:00-12:30 Matthew Daly:
"ColorCode: A Bayesian Approach to Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Two Buttons" (4)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:15 Poster pitches
14:15-15:15 Poster session:
- Brian Roark, Alexander Gutkin: "Design principles of an open-source language modeling microservice package for AAC text-entry applications" (3)
- Magali Norré, Vincent Vandeghinste, Thomas François, Bouillon Pierrette: "Investigating the Medical Coverage of a Translation System into Pictographs for Patients with an Intellectual Disability" (8)
- Johanna Gerlach, Jonathan David Mutal, Bouillon Pierrette: "Producing Standard German Subtitles for Swiss German TV Content" (7)
- Preethi Vaidyanathan, Angela J Wislon, Doug Sawyer, Amy Diego, Augustine Webster, Katerina Fassov, James Brinton, Jenn Rubenstein: "A glimpse of assistive technology in daily life" (5)
- Ailbhe Ni Chasaide, Emily Barnes, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ronan McGuirk, Oisín Morrin, Muireann Nic Corcráin, Julia Cummins: "Challenges in assistive technology development for an endangered language: an Irish (Gaelic) perspective" (13)
- Shachi H. Kumar, Hsuan Su, Ramesh Manuvinakurike, Maximilian C Pinaroc, Sai Prasad, Saurav Sahay, Lama Nachman: "CueBot: Cue-Controlled Response Generation for Assistive Interaction Usages" (12)
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Sian Gooding:
"On the Ethical Considerations of Text Simplification" (9)
16:30-17:30 Invited speaker: Raja Kushalnagar:
"Accessibility Guidelines for AI-powered Services and Models"
17:30-18:00 Closing Remarks

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Annalu Waller OBE
    Chair of Human Communication Technologies
    Academic Lead (Computing)
    Programme Lead for MSc Educational Assistive Technology
    School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee

  • Prof. Raja Kushalnagar
    Director, Information Technology Program and Accessible Information and Communication Technologies Lab
    Professor, School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics and Public Health
    Gallaudet University