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Djuronaset, Stockholm, Sweden
August 25-26, 2017

Welcome to the Seventh ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2017).

NEWS: Nominations for Best paper award

The following three papers have been nominated for the Best paper award at SLaTE 2017:
  • An attention based model for off-topic spontaneous spoken response detection. Andrey Malinin, Kate Knill, Anton Ragni, Yu Wang and Mark Gales
  • Was it something I said? Facial Expressions in Language Learning. John Sloan and Julie Carson-Berndsen
  • WINNER: Modeling Discourse Coherence for the Automated Scoring of Spontaneous Spoken Responses. Xinhao Wang, Keelan Evanini, Klaus Zechner and Matthew Mulholland

    THEME: Computers, robots & humans in SLaTE interaction

    Speech and Language technology are becoming more and more prevalent both in classrooms and in online learning. Learners interact with peers and/or automated tutors, in more and more realistic virtual, computer-animated, settings, or in situated interaction with social robots. What new, pedagogical, phycological and technological, challenges do the new interaction settings create; and how can we address them?

    Keynote presentation
    Tony Belpaeme, Professor of Cognitive Systems and Robotics at Plymouth University will give a keynote on the use of robots in education in general and in the Second language tutoring using social robots (L2Tor) project in particular.

    Special session 1: Educational robots
    The keynote will be followed by a special session on social robots in education.

    Special session 2: Spoken CALL challenge
    This second special session will be focused on the Spoken CALL challenge, jointly initiated by Université de Genève, University of Birmingham and Radboud University.

    The task consists of labelling L2 English utterances by Swiss German teens as “accepted” or “rejected” in relation to a grammatically and linguistically correct gold standard.

    The challenge has been launched to allow quantitative comparisons between methodologies used by different researchers on the same task. Instructions, data and further information


    SLaTE will be held at Djuronaset in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago directly after INTERSPEECH 2017.


    SLaTE 2017 is organized for the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technologies in Education (SLaTE) by

    the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden,
    and it is supported by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

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    OJAD Workshop on L2 Japanese Education with Technology, 18 August 2017

    This half-day workshop will be suitable for those who want to advance their knowledge and teaching skill in L2 Japanese education with focus on speech. The first session is also suitable to those who are interested in second language speech education in general.
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