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Wed, 23 May 2007 14:01:39 +0100
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CFP: Special Issue on "Vocal Interaction: Beyond Traditional Automatic
Speech Recognition"

Universal Access in the Information Society journal

Speech-based interaction research has primarily been focused on the use
of automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems that attempt to recognize
the words uttered by the user which are then used to drive the system.
This special issue seeks to explore human voice-based interaction that
goes beyond word recognition by exploiting information contained within
the non-verbal aspect of vocalizations (e.g., tone, pitch, volume,
timbre). This special issue also seeks to investigate the range of
application domains that can benefit from voice-based interaction and
the challenges and issues that arise in integrating it into usable and
acceptable systems. Voice-based interaction appears as a promising
approach for facilitating access: 

- to diverse users, including the very young and the elderly, as well as
people with various types of disabilities (e.g., motor impairment,
speech impairment)
- in diverse contexts of use, especially those emerging due to the
diffusion of novel computer applications into everyday life, such as
"mobile computing", "ubiquitous computing", "disappearing computer",
"ambient intelligence", etc.

Original research contributions are solicited, which focus on the use of
voice-based interaction with a view to improving computer accessibility
for all users in all contexts of use.

The thematic scope of this special issue includes scientific issues
relating to the theories, models, implementation, evaluation, utility
and usability of novel voice-based systems, provided that they
contribute to improving universal access. 

Main topics
This special issue focuses on research work on the design, development,
evaluation, and use of voice-based interaction. Authors of submissions
should carefully explain how the work and results presented contribute
to facilitating and promoting universal access.

Contributions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following
* Design, implementation and evaluation of novel voice-based interaction
* Usability of voice-based interaction (e.g., ease of use, ease of
learning, fatigue, satisfaction, acceptability, adoption).
* Design theory/model/paradigm, software architectures, and support
tools for voice-based interaction 
* Methods, techniques and instruments to assess the utility,
accessibility and usability of novel voice-based interaction 
* User and task-modeling in the contexts of usage and learning of
voice-based interaction 
* Voice-based interaction and users with special needs

Important dates
Intention to submit (a tentative abstract of 100 words): June 29, 2007
Submission of papers: July 27, 2007 
Notification of acceptance: Aug 31, 2007.
Submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers: Sept 28, 2007.
Expected publication date of the special issue: early 2008.

Guest editors
Sri Kurniawan, The University of Manchester, UK
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Susumu Harada, The University of Washington, USA
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Adam J Sporka, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
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Manuscript preparation
Please refer to the "Instructions to authors" section on the Website of
the UAIS Journal. 
There is a page limit of 8000 words for long papers and 4000 words for
short papers (excluding the 100-words abstract and references).

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as PDF files to
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Copyright information
Submission of an article implies that:
- the work described has not been published before, except in form of an
abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis;
- it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
For further information, please, refer to the "Copyright information"
section on the Website of the UAIS Journal. 

Best regards,
Sri Kurniawan
Dr. Sri Kurniawan
School of Informatics, the University of Manchester
PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD
Ph: +44 161 306 8929
Fax: +44 161 306 3324 

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