Beyond Short Units

16-19 April 2008; Naples, Italy

This is the 3rd S2S workshop. 

Using non segmental units and top-down models in speech recognition in humans and machines

The event will have a double identity: both a workshop and a doctoral school. The workshop is planned to be a succession of debates and tutorials held by invited speakers in which phoneticians and phonologists, psycholinguists and speech engineers compare their opinions on these themes.

Workshop themes:

  • Fine Phonetic Detail
  • ASR based on “long” segments
  • Alternative ASR acoustic models
  • Non segmental features for ASR
  • Multi-modal speech representation and analysis
  • Choosing the best analysis unit for speech processing
  • Time, duration and tempo: common clocks between the listener and the speaker
  • Constraints, interactions and relations between phonetics and “higher” linguistic levels in spoken language
  • Spoken language grammar
  • Language Modelling for ASR

Invited speakers (confirmed):

  • G. Coro, Milano, IT
  • P. Cosi, Padova, IT
  • U. Frauenfelder, Geneva, CH
  • S. Hawkins, Cambridge, UK
  • J. Local, York, UK
  • R. Moore, Sheffield, UK
  • L. ten Bosch, Nijmegen, NL
  • M. Voghera, Salerno, IT
  • J. Volin, Prague, CZ
  • L. White, Bristol, UK

The workshop is mainly directed to S2S members but a limited number (about 20) of contributions (posters) will be accepted from any other interested researcher.
S2S members (with a preference for fellows) can also contribute to the poster session.

Those who intend to contribute to the workshop with a poster on one of the above cited themes should send an abstract (minimum two A4 pages) to:
not later than 29th February 2008, acceptation will be notified within 10th March 2008.

The same e-mail address can be used for any further questions.

Further details about travel and accommodation etc can be found at

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