Call for paper submission for INTERSPEECH 2015 Special Session on Advanced Crowdsourcing for Speech and Beyond
INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing. INTERSPEECH conferences emphasize interdisciplinary approaches addressing all aspects of science and technology ranging from theory, data generation and labeling, modeling aspects, to applications. In particular, crowdsourcing has become an important and fast-growing area of interest to the INTERSPEECH community. In order to actively support research and knowledge exchange on topics utilizing or improving crowdsourcing paradigms, the organizers of this special session encourage contributions that analyze, model or evaluate crowdsourcing paradigm with respect to speech and beyond.
We invite you to submit original papers in any area related, including but not limited to:
- Crowdsourcing for speech processing, e.g. for data collection, evaluation, or labeling for speech recognition, speaker ID, or paralinguistic research
- Crowdsourcing for linguistic processing, e.g. social-signals, text-mining, speech gestures
- Works targeting on how to improve crowdsourcing applications for speech, e.g. by motivation steering, modeling for quality control, etc.
- Novel application paradigms, e.g. mobile crowdsourcing exploiting mobility and/or realistic speech capture in the field, multi-party crowdsourcing collaboration, expert knowledge inclusion
- White papers, position papers on crowdsourcing future perspectives and requirements with speech
- Ethical-, privacy or security-related issues with crowdsourcing in speech-related research
To support active research and knowledge exchange on these topics, the organizers have secured funds from three crowdsourcing providers, namely Microworkers (Dallas, USA), CrowdFlower (San Francisco, USA), and Crowdee (Berlin, Germany), the latter being a scientific spin-off from Technische Universität Berlin. Each of the platforms, with Microworkers focusing on web-based crowdsourcing, CrowdFlower connecting to a huge outreach of international crowds, and Crowdee focusing on mobile crowdsourcing, provide a budget of minimum $100 and up to $1000, to a maximal number of 10 applicants, depending on originality as judged by the co-chairs, in order to execute novel and outstanding research connected to a paper contribution to this special session.
To get funded, please provide a proposal including an abstracts describing your innovative ideas using the form at http://goo.gl/forms/6Je8GDzo8r by January 31. Best ideas will be provided with funding deposited at the platforms, with absolute amount of funding depending on the number of accepted proposals. You will be free to execute your crowdsourcing study within the next 7-8 weeks, and submit your paper contribution by the INTERSPEECH paper deadline on March 20. Works not funded as well as co-funded works are likewise warmly welcome.
Paper contributions must comply to the INTERSPEECH paper submission guidelines, cf. http://interspeech2015.org/papers.
Important dates applying to all special sessions and challenges
31 Jan 2015 submission deadline of abstracts for funding applications
20 Mar 2015 paper submission deadline
01 Jun 2015 paper notification of acceptance/rejection
10 Jun 2015 paper camera-ready
20 Jun 2015 early registration deadline
6-10 Sep 2015 conference
There will be no extension to the full paper submission deadline.
For further inquiry regarding the special session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to receive your contribution!
About the Organizers
Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, (email@example.com) has used crowdsourcing for transcription of large amounts of speech data. She is Principal Systems Scientist in the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon and Director of the Dialog Research Center.
Helen Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, (firstname.lastname@example.org) has used crowdsourcing in spoken dialog systems evaluation. She is Professor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Director of the CUHK-MoE-Microsoft Key Laboratory on Human-centric Computing and Interface Technologies.
David Suendermann-Oeft, ETS, USA, (email@example.com) has performed research into transcription and semantic annotation of tens of millions of utterances in commercial spoken dialog systems using crowdsourcing techniques. He is Director of Research at ETS in San Francisco.
Gina Levow, University of Washington, USA, (firstname.lastname@example.org) has developed crowdsourcing techniques for spoken dialog systems evaluation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington.
Tobias Hossfeld, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany, (email@example.com), has worked for many years on crowdsourcing topics including QoE, subjective quality methods, and crowdsourcing impact on society and labor markets. He is now heading the Chair of Modeling of Adaptive Systems.
Gabriel Parent, Amazon.com, U.S.A., received his M. Sc. at Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His research focused on human-computer interaction through spoken dialog systems. He is currently working with the Search & Discovery organization, solving large-scale data mining problems using a combination of information extraction algorithms and crowdsourcing techniques.
Tim Polzehl, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, (firstname.lastname@example.org) has worked in various industrial and academic projects focusing on speech technology and crowdsourcing solutions. Tim is a PostDoc, leading several projects including the development of a scientific crowdsourcing platform for mobile services.
We are grateful to our sponsors: