This special session on Speech and Language Technology in Education is intended to help form a bridge between research and deployment of speech and language-based educational technology. The goals are to

  1. inform researchers of commercial efforts and real-world conditions of use with a view toward inspiring new research strategies, and
  2. to inform commercial efforts and educational representatives of research directions that might be deployed.

The specific format will be

The specific technologies envisioned should cover speech recognition, speech synthesis, natural language understanding and generation. We would like to cover work being done in various parts of the world. For the panel, we are seeking individuals to span the range from more research-oriented to more application oriented, and who represent a fairly broad coverage of speech and language technologies. Each panelist will review a subset of the presentations and use 10 minutes to comment on them and make general observations. We particularly want people representing commercial and nonprofit applications (including representatives of schools or education more generally) to comment on the commercial possibilities of the research described in the poster/demo session, and to ask questions about research they didn't see but would like to. Analogously, we want people representing research to comment on research ideas that commercial applications have inspired, or applications they didn't see but think are feasible given the research, or what research still needs to be done for envisioned applications.

Session co-chairs:

To propose to participate in the Demo/Poster session: Please respond to the call for papers:

Please let us know that you intend to submit a paper for consideration for this special session. You can contact either or both of us at the email addresses indicated. Please note that the deadline for submission of 4-page full papers is April 7, 2006. Paper submission will be exclusively through the conference website, using submission guidelines to be provided. Previously-published papers should not be submitted. The corresponding author will be notified by e-mail of the paper status by June 9, 2006. Minor updates will be allowed from June 10 to June 16, 2006.

Papers will go through the regular conference review process.