The Research Centre for Ambient Intelligence and Accessibility CAIAC at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is pleased to announce the 4th International Symposium on Live Subtitling: Live subtitling with respeaking and other respeaking applications, to be held on March 12th 2013. This symposium will be the fourth in a series of symposiums on live subtitling and respeaking technology. Its predecessors were held at Forli, Barcelona and Antwerp respectively (see: www.respeaking.net). The symposium will bring together specialists from academia, software development, broadcasting and the service industry as well as consumers and others interested in cutting-edge developments in media accessibility.
Now consolidated as the preferred means of providing live subtitles on TV, respeaking is currently facing a number of challenges as European broadcasters struggle with new legislation and subtitling quotas as well as critical cuts in their budgets. These challenges will shape the future of this relatively young translation mode and test its aim to make audiovisual media accessible for viewers with hearing loss. In countries where respeaking has been used for over a decade and where the quantity of live subtitling is no longer a problem, the issue of quality has become increasingly important, as has the application of respeaking to other contexts such as public events and classrooms. In those countries where respeaking is not yet being used or not used consistently, the further development of speech recognition technology plays a fundamental role. Generally speaking, technological progress is bound to have a significant impact on the nature of respeaking in all contexts, not least with the potential introduction of speaker-independent speech recognition and automatic subtitling. Research in this area is more pertinent than ever. We therefore welcome contributions on the following topics as well as related issues:
- Accuracy and delay in respeaking
- Respeaking in contexts outside TV broadcasting
- Respeaker training
- Software development and training
- Speaker-independent speech recognition and automatic subtitling
- Reception research
- Other areas related to respeaking
Venue: Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
Event theme(s): Exploring new avenues and new contexts: live subtitling and other respeaking applications for (media) accessibility
Final call for papers for the Third international symposium on live subtitling with speech recognition.
Description: In the footsteps of the symposia held at Forli on 17 November 2006 and Barcelona on 19 June 2009, the Department of Translators and Interpreters of Artesis University is organising the third international symposium on the use of speech technology software for live subtitling and (media) accessibility.
Whereas the first two symposia focused on respeaking for live or real-time intralingual subtitling only, the present one is broadening its scope to the use of speech technology and respeaking in other contexts, such as cultural events, courtrooms, classrooms, distance learning and audiodescription, in addition to live-subtitling for television, the core focus of the symposium series.
The purpose of this expanded scope is to introduce new, related, state-of-the-art initiatives in research and practice to each other with a view to investigating interdisciplinary overlaps and joint research interests.
We therefore invite contributions dealing with speech-to-text and text-to-speech software development, respeaking techniques in different contexts, the analysis and improvement of the respeaking process and its different stages, the analysis and improvement of the respeaking product, the exploration of new applications, the management of delay in broadcasting, the management of the cognitive respeaking/interpreting load, ... in the context of:
• (applied) research into live subtitling with respeaking technology for broadcasting,
• (applied) research into the use of respeaking technology for media accessibility and translation in different live contexts,
• (applied) research into the interdisciplinary features of respeaking (e.g. its relation to simultaneous interpreting) in all such contexts.
A selection of the papers presented at the symposium will be published.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 2011-05-30
Contact details: Abstracts:
Abstracts of 500 words (including bibliography)
Deadline abstracts: 30 May 2011
Event website: http://www.respeaking-symposium-antwerp.be