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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 Stoyanchev, SUNY-Stonybrook


Samer Al Moubayed, Royal Inst. Tech.
Andrew Kun, Univ. New Hampshire
Jiri Navratil, IBM
Jin Kyu Park, Univ. College London
Olga Pustovalova, Moldova State Univ.


SLTC e-Newsletter

Fall, 2008

Welcome to the Fall 2008 issue of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technical Committee (SLTC) e-Newsletter. We hope your Fall semester is going well. The ICASSP 2009 deadline has passed and the review process is getting underway.

We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of Dr. Ganesh Ramaswamy, a beloved member of the SLTC. We encourage you to read Jiri Navratil's tribute to Ganesh in this newsletter.

This issue contains six articles describing the latest news in the speech and language research communities. We would like to say a big thank you to our external contributors to this issue: Samer Al Moubayed, Andrew Kun, Jiri Navratil, Jin Kyu Park, and Olga Pustovalova.

We would also like to remind you that the late registration deadline for the IEEE/ACL Workshop on Spoken Language Technology (SLT 2008) is October 31st. After that, the registration fees will increase. 

Lastly, on a personal note, this is the final issue of the SLTC e-Newsletter under the current editorial staff.  It has been our pleasure to have been able to share the latest news in speech and language technologies with you over the last three years. We are sure that the SLTC e-Newsletter will see new growth and continued evolution in the future.

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]

In Remembrance: Ganesh Ramaswamy
With deep sadness, we regret to announce that our dear colleague and friend Dr. Ganesh N. Ramaswamy passed away on October 9th, 2008. Ganesh had significant  professional and personal impact on his colleagues and friends, and he will be sorely missed. 

SLTC Elects New Chair and New Members
The SLTC recently elected 22 new committee members and a new committee Chair. These new members, whose terms will begin in January 2009, will increase the size of the committee to 45 members.

Zaenen, Sorokin, Itakura and Weinstein Talk to Saras Institute
We continue the series of excerpts of interviews from the History of Speech and Language Technology Project. In these segments, Annie Zaenen, Victor Sorokin, Fumitada Itakura, and Clifford Weinstein discuss how they became involved with the field of speech and language technology.


Speech Enhanced at IWAENC 2008
In September, IWAENC 2008 was held in Seattle, Washington, USA.  IWAENC is a workshop held every other year that focuses on speech signal processing, with a particular emphasis on issues related to hands-free speech communication.

Designing and Evaluating In-car Speech User Interfaces
With more and more states adopting legislation barring the use of mobile devices in cars, speech user interfaces that allow drivers to control in-car devices are becoming increasingly common. Project54 at University of New Hampshire has developed, deployed and evaluated a speech user interface currently deployed in police cruisers of  170 law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire.

NLP & Speech in Educational Testing
Standardized tests play a prominent role in society that includes use for educational admissions, tracking educational progress in the classroom, and many employment opportunities. Researchers have been developing automated scoring systems capable of supporting or replacing the role of human graders.


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