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Workshop program

Friday August 25th 2017

8:30–9:00 Registration & Welcome

9:00–9:10 Opening

9:10–10:00 Invited Speaker: Robot-assisted language learning in L2tor. Tony Belpaeme

10:00–10:20 Coffee break

10:20–11:40: Special Session: Educational robots
Chair: Iolanda Leite
10:20: Was it something I said? Facial Expressions in Language Learning. John Sloan and Julie Carson-Berndsen
10:40: A First Visit to the Robot Language Café. José Lopes, Olov Engwall and Gabriel Skantze
11:00: Measuring Effect of Repetitive Queries and Implicit Learning with Joining-in-type Robot Assisted Language Learning System. Albara Khalifa, Tsuneo Kato and Seiichi Yamamoto
11:20: Emotion and Memory Model for a Robotic Tutor as a Social Partner in a Learning Environment. Muneeb Ahmad, Omar Mubin, Suleman Shahid and Joanne Orlando

11:45–12:45: Poster Session 1

  • Evaluating the Efficiency of Synthetic Voice for Providing Corrective Feedback in a Pronunciation Training Tool Based on Minimal Pairs. Cristian Tejedor-García, David Escudero, César González-Ferreras, Enrique Cámara-Arenas and Valentín Cardeñoso-Payo
  • Investigation of teacher-selected sentences and machine-suggested sentences in terms of correlation between human ratings and GOP-based machine scores. Yutaka Yamauchi, Junwei Yue, Kayoko Ito and Nobuaki Minematsu
  • Towards a Tool for Automatic Spelling Error Analysis and Feedback Generation for Freely Written German Texts Produced by Primary School Children. Ronja Laarmann-Quante
  • Transfer Learning based Non-native Acoustic Modeling for Pronunciation Error Detection. Richeng Duan, Tatsuya Kawahara, Masatake Dantsuji and Hiroaki Nanjo
  • Effects of Educational Context on Learners’ Ratings of a Synthetic Voice. Neasa Ní Chiaráin and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide

    12:45–14:00: Conference lunch

    14:00-15:00 Oral Session 1: Pronunciation Assessment
    Chair: Nobuaki Minematsu
    14:00: Linguistic Factors Affecting Evaluation of L2 Korean Speech Proficiency. Seung Hee Yang and Minhwa Chung
    14:20: Automatic Characterisation of the Pronunciation of Non-native English Speakers using Phone Distance Features. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, Mark Gales and Kate Knill
    14:40: Mispronunciation Diagnosis of L2 English at Articulatory Level Using Articulatory Goodness-Of-Pronunciation Features. Hyuksu Ryu and Minhwa Chung

    15:15–17:30 Special session: CALL shared task challenge
    Chair: Helmer Strik
    15:15: Overview of the 2017 Spoken CALL Shared Task. Claudia Baur, Cathy Chua, Johanna Gerlach, Manny Rayner, Martin Russell, Helmer Strik and Xizi Wei
    15:30: Spoken CALL Shared Task system description. Andrew Caines
    15:42: The CSU-K Rule-Based Pipeline System for Spoken CALL Shared. Nico Axtmann, Carolina Mehret and Kay Berkling
    15:54: The University of Birmingham 2017 SLaTE CALL Shared Task Systems. Mengjie Qian, Xizi Wei, Peter Jančovič and Martin Russell

    16:06–16:25: Coffee break
    16:25: Using an Automated Content Scoring Engine for Spoken CALL Responses: The ETS submission for the Spoken CALL Challenge. Keelan Evanini, Matthew Mulholland, Eugene Tsuprun and Yao Qian
    16:37: Deep-Learning Based Automatic Spontaneous Speech Assessment in a Data-Driven Approach for the 2017 SLaTE CALL Shared Challenge. Yoo Rhee Oh, Hyung-Bae Jeon, Hwa Jeon Song, Byung Ok Kang, Yun-Kyung Lee, Jeon-Gue Park and Yun-Keun Lee
    16:49: Syntactic and semantic features for human like judgement in spoken CALL. Ahmed Magooda and Diane Litman
    17:01: Discussion (which may continue after 17:30, for those interested).

    17:30–20:00: Free time (sauna, swimming, meetings)

    20:00–22:00: Conference dinner

    Saturday August 26th 2017

    8:00–9:00 Breakfast

    09:00–10:00: Oral Session 2: Reading assessment
    Chair: Kay Berkling
    09:00: A System for Assessing Children Readings at School. Stefano Artuso, Luca Cristoforetti, Daniele Falavigna, Roberto Gretter, Nadia Mana and Gianluca Schiavo
    09:20: Automatic Assessment of Children's L2 Reading for Accuracy and Fluency. Kamini Sabu, Prakhar Swarup, Hitesh Tulsiani and Preeti Rao
    09:40: Improving fluency of young readers: introducing a Karaoke to learn how to breath during a Reading-while-Listening task. Erika Godde, Gérard Bailly, David Escudero, Marie-Line Bosse, Maryse Bianco and Coriandre Vilain

    10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

    10:30–11:30 Oral Session 3: Discourse and Spontaneous speech in language learning
    Chair: Jared Bernstein
    10:30: Modeling Discourse Coherence for the Automated Scoring of Spontaneous Spoken Responses. Xinhao Wang, Keelan Evanini, Klaus Zechner and Matthew Mulholland
    10:50: CARAMILLA - Speech Mediated Language Learning Modules for Refugee and High School Learners of English and Irish. Emer Gilmartin, Jaebok Kim, Alpha Diallo, Yong Zhao, Neasa Ni Chiarain, Ketong Su, Yuyun Huang, Benjamin Cowan and Nick Campbell
    11:10: An attention based model for off-topic spontaneous spoken response detection. Andrey Malinin, Kate Knill, Anton Ragni, Yu Wang and Mark Gales

    11:30–12:30 Poster Session 2

  • Empirical Evaluation of the Communicative Effectiveness of an Automatic Speech-to-Speech Translation System. Xinhao Wang and Keelan Evanini
  • Detecting listening difficulty for second language learners using Automatic Speech Recognition errors. Maryam Sadat Mirzaei, Kourosh Meshgi and Tatsuya Kawahara
  • Predicting Clinical Evaluations of Children’s Speech with Limited Data Using Exemplar Word Template References. Gary Yeung, Amber Afshan, Kaan Ege Ozgun, Kantapon Kaewtip, Steven M. Lulich and Abeer Alwan
  • Deep Context Model for Grammatical Error Correction. Chuan Wang, Ruobing Li and Hui Lin
  • Studies of a Self-Administered Oral Reading Assessment. Jared Bernstein, Jian Cheng, Jennifer Balogh-Ghosh and Elizabeth Rosenfeld

    12:30–14:00 Lunch

    14:00–14:40 Oral Session 4: Serious Games in Education
    Chair: Ailbhe Ni Chasaide
    14:00: Speech perception training as a serious game in the EFL classroom. Marlisa Hommel
    14:20: Menusigne: A Serious Game for Learning Sign Language Grammar. Manny Rayner, Irene Strasly, Nikolaos Tsourakis, Johanna Gerlach and Pierrette Bouillon

    14:50–16:00 Demo Session (incl. Coffee break)

  • Lärka: an online platform where language learning meets natural language processing. Ildiko Pilan, David Alfter and Elena Volodina
  • New Features and Effectiveness of Suzuki-kun, the First and Only Prosodic Reading Tutor of Tokyo Japanese. Nobuaki Minematsu and Daisuke Saito
  • Development and Maintenance of Practical and In-service Systems for Recording Shadowing Utterances and Their Assessment. Junwei Yue, Daisuke Saito, Nobuaki Minematsu, Yutaka Yamauchi and Kayoko Ito
  • A pipeline for automatic assessment of foreign language pronunciation. Aku Rouhe, Reima Karhila, Heini Kallio and Mikko Kurimo
  • Menusigne: A Serious Game for Learning Sign Language Grammar. Manny Rayner, Nikos Tsourakis, Irene Strasly
  • Towards a Tool for Automatic Spelling Error Analysis and Feedback Generation for Freely Written German Texts Produced by Primary School Children. Ronja Laarmann-Quante

    16:00–17:00 Round table, SLaTE assembly & Closing

    17:00 Departure

  • All photos from and by Djuronaset.