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New! Workshop ERRARE 2015, Sinaia Romania

Monday 26 January 2015

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Errors by Humans and Machines in multimedia, multimodal and multilingual data processing

General presentation

IMMI in collaboration with LIMSI-CNRS and the Romanian Academy (ICIA-The Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence “Mihai Draganescu”) organizes the second edition of the “Errare” workshop, in September 11-13, 2015 in Sinaia (Romania).

The workshop is a satellite event of Interspeech 2015 (

The workshop will be organized around the topic of errors produced and processed by humans and machines in multimedia, multimodal and multilingual data processing with a particular focus on speech. “Errare 2015” will welcome about 80 participants, both invited and submitted papers.

Workshop introduction and call for papers

A large panel of research areas shares a common object of study: human language, and more specifically human spoken language.

These areas encompass historically well-established research communities:  classical humanities and social sciences (phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics etc.), and more recent domains of the sciences (brain and computer science). They all share the extensive use of corpora consisting of various types of recorded speech from controlled (laboratory) speech to large scale data. This implies understanding, analyzing and theorizing the human processing of speech variation.

 For linguists and psycholinguists variation in speech can be viewed as a matching process between variable surface forms and a stable unique underlying form: in such a framework errors may naturally arise as mismatches occurring at the interface of surface and underlying representations. Yet by which mechanisms errors may arise and how to interpret the patterning of errors within theoretical models of speech production has been a matter of controversy. Speech error research in recent years has particularly highlighted the fuzzy boundary between the notions of ’variability’ and ’error’. Also for computer scientists the relationship between models of canonical production and perception, variability and error is a crucial concept, since variation may result in automatic processing errors and requires improved methods and models of automatic processing. 
 For the duration of this interdisciplinary workshop, we propose to gather these different communities around the problem of variation and error analysis in speech.

The purpose of this workshop is to share interdisciplinary expertise on a heterogeneous phenomenon referred to for some domains as “variation “ and for others as "errors" in relation with the intrinsic variability of spoken communication. Researchers are invited to share their thoughts and observations through case studies run in the context of various initiatives.

Sharing our experience with errors is expected to produce beneficial insights for the different communities:

 for humanities, accurate automated systems can be used as exploration instruments in corpus linguistics, and more importantly, automated systems can be viewed as tentative models of human speech perception. Errors, revealing weaknesses of the implemented models, question these as models of perception. Furthermore, the accuracy of the instruments is essential to discover undescribed phenomena via the investigation of error regions.
 for automatic speech and language processing, residual errors indicate regions which escape current modeling capacities. In-depth analyses in collaboration with linguists, psycholinguists and speech scientists may contribute to a better understanding of these phenomena and to the proposal of innovative strategies. for brain sciences, the study of errors can reveal the hidden organization of the brain.

Topics related to errors produced by humans and machines include but are not limited to the following areas:

speech production and perception
corpus linguistics
voice pathologies / clinical phonetics

L2 acquisition, accents
slips of the tongue
automatic speech processing

speech and multimodality

Important dates (to be precised)

2nd week of April 2015: submission deadline
2nd week of June 2015 : notifications of acceptance
4th week of June 2015: final papers
Workshop dates : 11-14 September 2015

Organization committee

Ioana Vasilescu (LIMSI-CNRS)
Gilles Adda (IMMI-LIMSI)
Joseph Mariani (IMMI-LIMSI)
Verginica Mititelu (ICIA, Romanian Academy)
Dan Tufis (ICIA, Romanian Academy)
Maria Candea (Un iversity Paris 3)
Ioana Chitoran (University Paris 7)
Sophie Rosset (LIMSI-CNRS)
Guillaume Wisniewski (LIMSI-CNRS)
Laurence Devillers (University Paris 4/LIMSI)

Program committee

Gilles Adda (IMMI-LIMSI)
Martine Adda-Decker (University Paris 3/LIMSI)
Maria Candea (University Paris 3)
Ioana Chitoran (University Paris 7)
Laurence Devillers (University Paris 4/LIMSI)
Mirjam Ernestus (Radboud University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, Etats Unis)
Lori Lamel (LIMSI-CNRS)
Mark Liberman (Upenn & LDC)
Joseph Mariani (IMMI-LIMSI)
Verginica Mititelu (ICIA, Romanian Academy)
Bernd T. Meyer (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
Marianne Pouplier (Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung Munchen)
Sophie Rosset (LIMSI-CNRS)
Dan Tufis (ICIA, Romanian Academy)
Ioana Vasilescu (LIMSI-CNRS)
Guillaume Wisniewski (LIMSI-CNRS)

Scientific committee



Ioana Vasilescu
Gilles Adda
Joseph Mariani
Verginica Mititelu

See online : Visit the ERRARE 2015 Website

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