Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments
(SMIAE 2013)

The 2nd International Workshop on Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE 2013), to be held on June, 13th at the 2013 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2013), on June 9th - 14th, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

SMIAE is sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT)

In recent years considerable progress has been made in speech processing and interaction as well as in multimodality. However, the application field of Assistive Environments has only recently become a focus for the speech and multimodality research community.

The SMIAE 2013 workshop will focus on all issues, applications, and development of various tools in the field of Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments. It will be concerned with all topics which fit within the purview of speech and multimodal communication in environments suitable for the elderly and people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Assistive environments are an application area of the research field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). This research field promotes intelligent assistant systems for a better, healthier, and safer life in the preferred living environments through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Human-computer and human-robot interaction are key technological tools in the area of Assistive Environments, and as such the workshop will particularly aim to draw together speech and multimodal work in these areas. Moreover, both theoretical and applied computational work regarding multimodal interaction in assistive environments will be welcome at this workshop.

Topics of Interest

  • Speech-enabled systems in assisted living environments
  • Speech in interaction with gesture in assistive environments
  • Multimodality in assistive environments
  • Multimodality for navigation of healthcare robots
  • Visualization, user interface design and human-robot interaction for assistive environments
  • Talking agents in assistive environments
  • Speech in assistive robotics
  • Speech for control and navigation
  • Speech for localization in assistive environments
  • Speech/Text-to Speech software in Web applications designed for the elderly
  • Assistive technologies for the elderly and people with disabilities (customizable, self-learning, easy-to-use, reliable, etc.)
  • Studies and empirical data in assistive environments
  • Data management (e-Government, e-Health) in assistive environments
  • Data structures and information management in assistive environments
  • Telecommunications and mobile devices in assistive environments
  • Machine learning and data mining in assistive environments
  • Brain-computer interface (BCI) in assistive environments
  • Context-sensitive assistive technologies
  • Personalisation in assistive technologies