SLaTE Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education

ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop

The Summit Inn, Farmington, Pennsylvania USA

October 1-3, 2007.


Speech and natural language processing technologies have evolved from being emerging new technologies to being reliable techniques that can be used in real applications. One worthwhile application is education. This is not only helpful to the end user, the student, but also to the researcher who can learn more about the technology from observing its use in a real setting. This workshop included presentations of both research projects and real applications in the domain of speech and language technology in education.



With the theme of expanding horizons, the keynote speakers for the SLaTE 2007 workshop will be Nick Ellis, Pamela Bogart and Stephanie Seneff.


The ISCA SIG, SLaTE, held its International Tutorial and Research Workshop from October 1 - 3 2007.

There were 30 oral papers in seven sessions and two sessions of 17 demonstrations of software. With 55 participants from around the world, the meeting allowed everyone time to discuss findings. The talks addressed subjects from phonetic detection and instruction to the use of natural language technologies, and spoken dialogue systems. The presentations were put into a wider perspective of learning and language acquisition by the presence of researchers from a diverse set of domains as well as from both academia and industry. Adding to the quality of the workshop were the keynote speeches. Nick Ellis and Pamela Bogart were the Monday keynote speakers; Stephanie Seneff was the Tuesday keynote speaker.


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The workshop was organized by the new ISCA Special Interest Group, SLaTE. The general chair is Dr. Maxine Eskenazi from Carnegie Mellon University.



The workshop will focus on research issues, applications, development tools and collaboration. It will be concerned with all topics which concern speech and language technology for education. Papers will discuss theories, applications, evaluation, limitations, persistent difficulties, general research tools and techniques. Papers that critically evaluate approaches or processing strategies will be especially welcome, as will prototype demonstrations of real-world applications.

The scope of acceptable topic interests includes but is not limited to:

- Use of speech recognition for education

- Use of natural language processing for education

- Use of spoken language dialogue for education

- Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for education

- Intelligent tutoring systems using speech and natural language

- Tutor assessment



As per the spirit of ITRWs, the format of the workshop consisted of a non-overlapping mixture of oral and demo sessions. Internationally recognized experts from pertinent areas delivered several keynote lectures on topics of particular interest.



Seventeen demonstrations were given at the workshop.



The Scientific Committee consists of the following group of internationally recognized researchers and scientists:

Abeer Alwan, UCLA

Jared Bernstein, Ordinate Corp.

Rodolfo Delmonte, University of Venice

Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon

Bjorn Granstrom, KTH

Valerie Hazan, University College, London

Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh

Dominic Massaro, University of California Santa Cruz

Nobuaki Minematsu, University of Tokyo

Patti Price,

Martin Russell, University of Birmingham

Stephanie Seneff, MIT

Helmer Strik, Radboud University, Nijmegen