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Mike Seltzer, MSR

Stephen Cox, Univ. of East Anglia
Brian Mak, HKUST

Staff Reporters:
Satanjeev Banerjee, CMU
Antonio Roque, USC
Svetlana Stenchikova, SUNY-Stonybrook

Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto Univ.
Roberto Pieraccini SpeechCycle

SLTC e-Newsletter

Winter, 2008

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to the Winter 2008 issue of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technical Committee (SLTC) e-Newsletter. The SLTC has survived the ICASSP review process with record of 618 submissions to Speech and Spoken Language Processing, and we are looking forward to a great conference in Las Vegas.

This issue brings you seven articles describing the latest news in the speech and language research communities. We've got four articles that describe SLTC-related news, including a welcome message from SLTC Chair Roberto Pieraccini, news of SLTC member elections, and updates from ASRU and ICASSP. You can also read about the History of Speech and Language Technology Project, an overview of Question Answering, and the controversial real-world use of Voice Stress Analysis software for deception detection in the UK. 

We would like to say a big thank you to our external contributors to this issue: Tatsuya Kawahara and Roberto Pieraccini.

 As always, we welcome your contributions of news, events, publications, workshops, and career information to the newsletter.  Please send all articles, ideas, and feedback to the SLTC e-Newsletter Editorial Board [speechnewseds <at> ieee <dot> org].

The SLTC e-Newsletter Editorial Board
Mike Seltzer, Stephen Cox, and Brian Mak
[speechnewseds <at> ieee <dot> org]

Welcome Message from the Chair
The Chair of the SLTC looks back on his first year as SLTC chair and the work accomplished by
the SLTC in 2007. 

SLTC Elects New Members
This past fall, the SLTC elected 7 new members to replace 7 members whose three year term on the committee ended at the conclusion of 2007. We thank our outgoing committee members, and meet the new members, whose terms begin on January 1, 2008.

SLTC Looks Forward to ICASSP 2008
Having completed the review process, the SLTC looks forward to ICASSP 2008. Here are all the details of the speech-related tutorials, special sessions, and keynotes.

Kyoto Hosts Successful ASRU
The tenth biannual IEEE ASRU workshop on was held in Kyoto, Japan in December, 2007. Researchers from academia and industry came together in an intimate setting to discuss automatic speech recognition and understanding

Saras Institue Records History of Speech & Language Technology
The History of Speech and Language Technology Project is recording interviews with seminal researchers in the field and making content from these interviews available on the web.  Two interview excerpts are presented in which Dr. Sadaoki Furui and Dr. Isabel Trancoso discuss their early years in the field. 

Voice Stress Analysis Stirs Controversy and Debate
British parliament recent announced that "voice-risk analysis software" would be trialed in north London for the purpose of detecting fraudulent housing benefit and council tax benefit claims. Such use of this technology has generated significant controversy and debate.

Question Answering at TREC and Beyond
Question answering (QA) has become a popular application in natural language processing field. We take a look at the current state of QA and ideas for pushing the state of the art forward.

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