Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop

CHI 2014, Toronto, Canada

Call for Papers

This workshop aims to bring together interaction designers, usability researchers, general HCI practitioners, as well as researchers with a speech recognition, synthesis, or general language processing background, but with an interest in the HCI aspects of speech-based interaction. Our goal is to create, through an interdisciplinary dialogue, momentum for increased research and collaboration in:

  • Formally framing the challenges to the widespread adoption of speech and natural language interaction,

  • Taking concrete steps toward developing a framework of user-centric design guidelines for speech- and language-based interactive systems, grounded in good usability practices, and

  • Establishing directions to take and identifying further research opportunities in designing more natural interactions that make use of speech and natural language

We invite the submission of position papers demonstrating research, design, practice, or interest in, but not limited to, areas such as:

  • Human factors and usability issues of imperfect speech- and language-based systems

  • Meaningful evaluations of speech-based systems such as speech summarization, machine translation, synthetic speech, etc.

  • Designing natural language-based mobile interfaces, such as embodied conversational agents or applications for facilitating access to large multimedia repositories (e.g. meetings, video archives).

  • Improved accessibility through speech and language processing

  • Multimodal interfaces that combine speech with other input modalities for increased usability and robustness

  • Speech applications that go beyond lexical recognition in novel ways (e.g. signal analysis for health diagnostics, learning analytics)

  • Speech as an interface tool for building usable applications for low-literacy populations

  • Pervasive, augmented reality, or mixed-reality immersive systems enhanced with audio interactions

Position papers should be no more than 4 pages long, in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract format, and include a brief statement from the author(s) justifying the interest in the workshop's topic. Summaries of research already presented are welcome if they contribute to the multidisciplinary goals of the workshop (e.g. a speech processing research in clear need of HCI expertise). Submissions will be reviewed according to:

  • Fit with the workshop topic

  • Potential to contribute to the workshop goals

  • A demonstrated track of research in the workshop area (HCI or speech processing, with an interest in both areas).