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Final Call for Workshop Position Papers

STRIKING A C[H]ORD: VOCAL INTERACTION IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, GAMES, AND
MORE
       At CHI 2007 "Reach Beyond"
       Sunday, 29 April 2007
       San Jose, California, USA

Workshop website: http://www.vocal-input.org
CHI 2007 website: http://www.chi2007.org

Position Paper Deadline: January 12th, 2007, 5:00PM PDT
Notification: February 1st, 2007
(see below for more dates)


CALL FOR PAPERS AND INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS

The research on vocal interaction has primarily been focused on the
use of systems for speech recognition and synthesis. While speech
recognition and synthesis can be successfully used in various
domains, they can be unsuitable for certain scenarios such as in
applications requiring immediate and continuous control and those
involving users with speech impairments.

This workshop aims to discuss the state-of-the-art in vocal
interaction methods that go beyond word recognition by exploiting
the information within non-verbal vocalizations. Among others, we
will discuss different ways in which non-verbal vocal parameters
(e.g. pitch, volume, timbre, etc.) may be used as either primary or
additional source of input into interactive systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Demonstration of systems or interaction techniques incorporating
non-verbal vocal interaction
* Augmentation or emulation of conventional input devices
* Applications in assistive technologies, education, entertainment, and art
* Speech and language therapy and disability compensation
* Psychological aspects of non-verbal interaction
* Physiological limitations, such as resolution of vocal parameters
or fatigue that may occur when producing the sounds
* Social and cross-cultural issues

Short, 4-page position papers addressing topics of the workshop will
be reviewed by an international program committee and selected based
on their quality, innovation, and the potential for fostering
discussion.

Contributors to this workshop will be invited to submit an
extended paper for a special issue of the journal UNIVERSAL ACCESS
IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY.

The workshop will be a full-day event and will consist of
presentations of position papers, demonstration of systems, as well
as group discussions. At least one author of an accepted paper needs
to register for the workshop and for at least one day of the
conference (either day from Monday to Thursday).

Please visit our website http://www.vocal-input.org for the list of
the program committee members.


IMPORTANT DATES

Papers due: 12 January 2007 (5pm Pacific Time)
Acceptance / rejection notices: 1 February 2007
Camera-ready papers: 15 February 2007
Registration deadline: 9 April 2007
Workshop held: 29 April 2007
Main program of CHI 2007: 30 April -- 3 May 2007

Journal paper manuscripts due: 31 May 2007
Journal publication: Late 2007

Note: If you wish to submit but would need more time beyond the submission
deadline, please contact the organizers at [log in to unmask]


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please set your papers in the 2-column ACM format. LaTeX and MS Word
templates are available here:

http://www.chi2007.org/submit/chi2007pubsformat.doc
 http://www.chi2007.org/submit/chi2007pubsformat.cls

Your paper should not exceed the length of four pages.
Please send your papers in PDF format to
[log in to unmask] . Your submissions need not be
anonymized.

Additionally, you are encouraged to submit video(s) of your system
that demonstrates its functionality and interaction methods. Please
do not send this file as attachment to your message. Instead, please
put the file on a non-public WWW page and send us its URL. Your video
should not exceed 50 MB of file size and 5 minutes of length.

Don't hesitate to contact us regarding any questions or concerns.

***************************
*** CONTACT INFORMATION ***
***************************

Workshop organizers:

common e-mail address:
 [log in to unmask]

Adam J Sporka (Czech Technical University in Prague)
[log in to unmask], telephone (+420) 603-287-605 (CET zone)

Susumu Harada (University of Washington)
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Sri H Kurniawan (University of Manchester)
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Workshop website:
http://www.vocal-input.org

CHI 2007 website for workshop participants:
http://www.chi2007.org/submit/workshops-participants.php


We apologize for possible multiple postings.

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