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  A newsletter for
  The International Phonetic Association
  and for the Phonetic Sciences

  December 2009


Linda Shockey, University of Reading, UK
Gerry Docherty, Newcastle University, UK
Paul Foulkes, University of York and JP French Associates, UK
Lisa Lim, University of Hong Kong

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11-13 December 2009.  ACCENTS 2009. University of Lodz, Poland. http://www.filolog.uni.lodz.pl/accents2009/ (10/09)

16-18 December 2009. Workshop on Formal Approaches to the Phonology-Morphology- Syntax Interfaces. Barcelona, Spain. http://seneca.uab.cat/clt/ConsoleXVIII/workshop.html (04/09)

8-9 January 2010. Borders and Identities Conference. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. http://www.york.ac.uk/res/aiseb/bic2010/ (07/09)

11-12 January 2010. British Association of Clinical Linguistics Symposium. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. (09/09)

14-16 January 2010, The Word in Phonology. CUNY Grad Center, New York City, USA. http://www.cunyphonologyforum.net/word.php  (10/09)

## 28-30 January 2010. 7th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP7). Nice, France. http://www.unice.fr/dsl/ocp7/ (12/09)

30 January 2010. Templates and Phonological Theory, Nice, France. http://www.unice.fr/dsl/ocp7/ (11/09)

4-6 February 2010. 2nd Language Phonology 2010. Gainesville, FL, USA. http://caspslp2010.edublogs.org/ (11/09)

12-14 February 2010. Georgetown Linguistics Society 2010 - Sound, Structure, Meaning: Explorations at the Interface. Washington, D.C., USA. http://sites.google.com/site/gls2010site/Home  (09/09)

13-14 February 2010. Computational Modelling of Sound Pattern Acquisition. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. http://www.ualberta.ca/~kirchner/CMSPA.html (09/09)

19-20 February 2010. 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Los Angeles, USA. http://www.wccfl2010.org (11/09)

24-26 February 2010. Prosodic Typology: State of the Art & Future Prospects. Berlin, Germany. http://www2.hu-berlin.de/dgfs/  (09/09)

## 26-28 February 2010. Creation of Multilingual Speech Resources. Mysore, India. http://www.ldcil.org/up/cmsr.html (12/09) [Further details below]

## 8-10 March 2010. Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions. Bristol, UK. http://language.psy.bris.ac.uk/workshop/index.html (12/09)

19-21 March 2010. Ultrafest V, Haskins Labs, New Haven, CT, USA. http://www.haskins.yale.edu/conferences/ultrafestV.html (09/09)

22-23 March 2010. International Programme in Maltese Linguistics. Valletta, Malta. http://www.fis.com.mt/programmes.html  (11/09)

23 March 2010. Fifth Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. Newcastle, UK. www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/postgrad/conference.htm (11/09)

24-25 March 2010.  BIMEP 2010, Belgrade International Meeting of English Phoneticians. Belgrade, Serbia.  bimep.2010 at gmail.com  (10/09)

## 29-31 March 2010. British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium 2010. University of Westminster, London, UK. at http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ baap2010/index.php (12/09)

13 April 2010. GLOW Workshop on Phonology and Phonetics. Wroclaw, Poland. http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/~glow33 (11/09)

14-17 April 2010. 8th International conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang8). Utrecht University, NL. http://evolang2010.nl/ (05/09)

## 19-24 April 2010. AMAZONICAS III: Phonology and Syntax. Bogota, Colombia. http://www.humanas.unal.edu.co/amazonicas3 (12/09)

1-3 May 2010. New Sounds 2010: Sixth International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech. Poznan, Poland. http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/newsounds/  (03/08, 06/09)

11-14 May 2010. Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody. Doubletree Magnificent Mile, Chicago, USA. http://speechprosody2010.illinois.edu (05/09)

20-22 May 2010. 18th Manchester Phonology Meeting. Manchester, UK. http://www.englang.ed.ac.uk/mfm/18mfm.html (11/09)

23-26 June, 2010. 13th Meeting of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. Oslo, Norway. www.hf.uio.no/icpla2010 (09/09)

24-25 June 2010. Child Language Seminar. City University, London, UK. http://www.city.ac.uk/lcs/childlanguageseminar.html. (07/09)

8-10 July 2010, 12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. http://www.unm.edu/~labfon12/  (06/09)

## 25-27 August 2010. ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics. Athens, Greece. http://conferences.phil.uoa.gr/exling/ (12/09) [Further details below]

8-10 September 2010. Phonlex 2010 International Conference. Toulouse, France. http://blogs.univ-tlse2.fr/phonlex2010 (11/09)

9-11 September 2010. 4th Conference on Tone and Intonation in Europe (TIE4). Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.nordiska.su.se/tie4 (11/09)

## 23-25 September 2010. Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology. Provo, Utah, USA. http://hispling.byu.edu/larp/ (12/09) [Further details below]

## 26-30 September 2010. Interspeech 2010. Spoken Language Processing for All. Makuhari, Japan. http://www.interspeech2010.org/ (12/09) [Further details below]

## 21-22 October 2010. Workshop on Sound Change. Barcelona, Spain. http://www.traces.uab.cat/soundchange/ (09/09, 12/09) [Further details below]

6-19 November 2010. Tutorial and Special Session on Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics. Cancún, Mexico. http://cancun2010.forensic-voice-comparison.net/

## 16-19 November 2010. Sound of Indo-European 2 (SIE2). Opava, Czech Republic. (12/09) [Further details below]


Call for proposals for the organization of the
18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences

A call for proposals for the organization of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (18th ICPhS) is now open. The 18th ICPhS will take place in 2015, four years after the 17th ICPhS to be held in Hong Kong in August 2011. Bids for the 18th ICPhS organization need to be prepared before the 17th ICPhS Congress and defended at the 17th ICPhS venue before the Permanent Council of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

Scholars interested in defending a proposal for the organization of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences are asked to contact the President of the Permanent Council of the ICPhS, Daniel Recasens, daniel.recasens <at> uab.es, for information about how to prepare the proposal.

The International Congress of Phonetic Sciences is officially sponsored by the International Phonetic Association and provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and basic and applied research in the phonetic sciences. The main areas covered by the Congress are speech production, speech acoustics, speech perception, speech prosody, sound change, phonology, sociophonetics, language typology, first and second language acquisition, forensic phonetics, speaking styles, voice quality, clinical phonetics and speech technology. The last ICPhS Congresses have been held at San Francisco (14th, 1999), Barcelona (15th, 2003) and Saarbrücken (16th, 2007), and have gathered about 800 - 1000 participants.

Daniel Recasens
President of the Permanent Council of the
International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
daniel.recasens <at> uab.es


Creation of Multilingual Speech Resources
Mysore, India, 26-28 February 2010

Abstract deadline: 6 December 2009

Call for Papers

Event Topics:
- Issues in the design, construction and use of language resources in speech and other associated media.
- Guidelines, standards, specifications, models and best practices for language resources.
- Methodologies and tools for language resources construction, annotation, extraction & acquisition of knowledge, ontologies and knowledge representation.
- Integration between multilingual language resources ontologies and speech technologies.
- Metadata descriptions, validation, quality assurance and evaluation of language resources.
- Utilization of language resources in different types of systems and applications like: information extraction, information retrieval, speech dictation, mobile communication, summarization, semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc In different types of interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and multimodal interactions, voice activated services, cognitive systems, etc communication with neighboring fields of applications, eg e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, etc
- Industrial language resources requirements.
- Organizational, economical, legal and general issues regarding language resources & evaluation.
- User needs usability and user satisfaction evaluation.
- Benchmarking of systems and products.
- Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for language resources.

We invite research papers related to the above mentioned event topics.

Important Dates:
Last date for submitting the Abstract: 06th December 2009
Abstract acceptance notification: 15th December 2009
Last date for submitting full length Papers: 31st January 2010

Important specifications about paper submission:
Paper including an abstract of about 100-200 words, not exceeding 10 pages should be submitted to ldc-anjali/ciil <at> ciil.stpmy.soft.net on or before 31st Dec. 2009. Authors are requested to follow ‘IEEE Format’ to format their papers and submit in *.pdf or *.rtf format. Please note papers outside the specified length are subject to rejection without review.

Minimal financial support for travel shall be provided to the authors of a few selected papers.

More details about the event can be found at: www.ldcil.org/up/cmsr.html


British Association of Academic Phoneticians Colloquium 2010
University of Westminster, 29-31 March 2010
http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ baap2010/index.php

Abstract deadline: 11 December 2009

Call for Papers

The BAAP Colloquium 2010 will take place from 29 March to 31 March, and is organised by a consortium of three London universities: City University London, UCL (University College London), and The University of Westminster.

You are invited to submit an abstract in any area of phonetics, for either oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be no more than one page in length. It is not necessary to give full references; citing author surnames and the date is sufficient.

Abstracts should be formatted as follows: All text in 12 point Arial font, with all margins set to at least 2.5 cm. The title should be centred and in bold, whilst the body of the text should be justified. For phonetic fonts, Unicode is preferred. Please do not include any information which could identify the authors. Authorship information will be collected during the submission process.

Abstracts will be accepted in .doc (not .docx) or .pdf format and should be uploaded at http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/baap2010, by 17.00 GMT on 11 December 2009. They will be reviewed by at least two members of the organising committee, and authors will be notified of acceptance before the New Year.

Further information about the Colloquium can be found at http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ baap2010/index.php, and any queries should be sent to baap2010 <at> langsci.ucl.ac.uk.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts, and to seeing you in London in March.
Michael Ashby (UCL) Patricia Ashby (University of Westminster) Rachael-Anne Knight (City University London)


XXVIIIèmes Journées d'Étude sur la Parole (JEP2010)
Mons, Belgium, 25-28 May 2010

Abstract deadline: 11 January 2010

Les Journées d'Études de la Parole (JEP) sont consacrées à l'étude de la communication parlée ainsi qu'à ses applications. Ces journées ont pour but de rassembler l'ensemble des communautés scientifiques francophones travaillant dans le domaine. La conférence se veut aussi un lieu d'échange convivial entre doctorants et chercheurs confirmés. La langue de la conférence est le français.

Les JEP sont organisées sous l'égide de l'AFCP (Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée) avec le soutien de l'ISCA (International Speech Communication Association).

En 2010, les JEP sont organisées par le Laboratoire des Sciences de la Parole de l'Académie Universitaire Wallonie-Bruxelles (UMons-ULB: Laboratoire de Phonétique, Laboratoire de Phonologie Expérimentale, Service de Théorie des circuits et traitement du signal), sur le site de l'Université de Mons en Belgique.>

Call for Papers

Date limite de soumission: 11 janvier 2010
Notification aux auteurs: 15 mars 2010
Conférence: 25-28 mai 2010

Les communications porteront sur la communication parlée et le traitement de la parole dans leurs différents aspects. Les thèmes de la conférence incluent, de façon non limitative:

Acoustique de la parole
Acquisition de la parole et du langage
Analyse, codage et compression de la parole
Applications à composantes orales (dialogue, indexation...)
Apprentissage d'une langue seconde
Evaluation, corpus et ressources
Modèles de langage
Parole audio-visuelle
Pathologies de la parole
Perception de la parole
Phonétique et phonologie
Phonétique clinique
Production de la parole
Reconnaissance et compréhension de la parole
Reconnaissance de la langue
Reconnaissance du locuteur
Synthèse de la parole

Critères de sélection:
Les auteurs sont invités à soumettre des travaux de recherche originaux,
n'ayant pas fait l'objet de publications antérieures. Les contributions proposées seront examinées par au moins deux spécialistes du domaine. Seront considérées en particulier:
- l'importance et l'originalité de la contribution,
- l'exactitude du contenu scientifique et technique,
- la discussion critique des résultats, en particulier par rapport aux autres travaux du domaine,
- la situation des travaux présentés dans le contexte de la recherche internationale,
- l'organisation et la clarté de la présentation,
- l'adéquation aux thèmes de la conférence.

Les articles sélectionnés seront publiés dans les actes de la conférence.

Modalités de soumission:
Les articles soumis ne devront pas dépasser 4 pages en Times 10, sur deux colonnes, format A4.
Différents modèles (Word, OpenOfficeWriter, Word2007, LaTeX, Postscript) sont disponibles sur le site de la conférence: http://w3.umh.ac.be/jep2010
Les articles devront être soumis sous forme électronique sur le site web de la conférence avant le 11 janvier 2010. Les documents devront être envoyés exclusivement au format PDF.

L'AFCP offre un certain nombre de bourses pour les doctorants et jeunes chercheurs désireux de prendre part à la conférence, voir : http://www.afcp-parole.org/spip.php?article11

L'ISCA apporte également un soutien financier aux jeunes chercheurs participant à des manifestations scientifiques sur la parole et le langage, voir : www.isca-speech.org/grants.html>


ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics
Athens, Greece, 25-27 August 2010

Abstract deadline: 1 March 2010

This ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2010 is the third biannual Workshop, which takes place in Athens, Greece. The Workshop aims to bring together professionals working with language in different settings and to promote discussion and exchange of ideas on approaches to the study of language. The Workshop will focus on experimental and interdisciplinary approaches with the ultimate objective of boosting international research and collaboration.

Call for Papers

The following subjects and disciplines are related to the Workshop:
1. Cognitive Linguistics
2. Neurolinguistics
3. Speech Production
4. Speech Acoustics
5. Phonology
6. Morphology
7. Syntax
8. Prosody
9. Speech perception
10. Psycholinguistics
11. Pragmatics
12. Semantics
13. Discourse Linguistics
14. Language Pathology
15. Sociolinguistics
16. Language Education
17. Computational Linguistics
18. Language Tecnology

The Workshop will contain a combination of oral and poster sessions along with interdisciplinary panel discussions and working groups.
Submission of abstracts are invited with reference to the aims of the Workshop.

1 February 2010 - Preliminary Registration
1 March 2010 - Deadline of Abstract Submission


Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
Provo, Utah, USA, 23-25 September 2010

Abstract deadline: 28 February 2010

The bi-annual conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology (LARP), formerly Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, draws researchers from several countries in North and South American, the Middle-East and Europe whose research focuses on the experimental investigation of articulation, acoustics, speech perception, language acquisition, and pathology. The fifth LARP, held in Provo, Utah, focuses on all Romance languages.

Plenary Speakers:
MariaPaola D'Imperio
Laboratoire Parole et Langage
University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

Timothy L. Face
University of Minnesota, USA

Joaquim Llisterri
Grup de Fonètica
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations on any area of Romance phonology from an experimental perspective. The phrase ''laboratory approaches'' is intended in its broadest possible sense and includes any experimental work that offers insight into the sound structure of Spanish. This may include, but is not limited to, data from phonetic, perception, language acquisition, psycholinguistic, and speech disorder studies.

Abstracts should not exceed one-page in length, should be in Times (New Roman)12pt font, with 1'' margins. A second page for references may be included. Two electronic copies (PDF format) must be provided, including one anonymous version. On a separate sheet, please include the following information:
- author's name
- affiliation
- mailing address
- e-mail address and
- fax number

Abstracts can be submitted electronically at:

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2010


Interspeech 2010: Spoken Language Processing for All
Makuhari, Japan, 26-30 September 2010

INTERSPEECH is the world's largest and most comprehensive conference on issues surrounding the science and technology of spoken language processing both in humans and in machines.?It is our great pleasure to host INTERSPEECH 2010 in Japan, the birthplace of ICSLP, which has held two ICSLPs, in Kobe and Yokohama, in the past.?The theme of INTERSPEECH 2010 is "Spoken Language Processing for All Ages, Health Conditions, Native Languages and Environments". INTERSPEECH 2010 emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach covering all aspects of speech science and technology spanning the basic theories to applications. Besides regular oral and poster sessions, plenary talks by internationally renowned experts, tutorials, exhibits, and special sessions are planned.?We invite you to submit original papers in any related area, including but not limited to:

•       Human speech production
•       Human speech and sound perception
•       Linguistics, phonology and phonetics
•       Intersection of spoken and written languages
•       Discourse and dialogue
•       Prosody (e.g. production, perception, prosodic structure, modeling)
•       Paralinguistic and nonlinguistic cues (e.g. emotion and expression)
•       Physiology and pathology of spoken language
•       Spoken language acquisition, development and learning
•       Speech and other modalities (e.g. facial expression, gesture)

•       Speech analysis and representation
•       Speech segmentation
•       Audio segmentation and classification
•       Speaker turn detection
•       Speech enhancement
•       Speech coding and transmission
•       Voice conversion
•       Speech synthesis and spoken language generation
•       Automatic speech recognition
•       Spoken language understanding
•       Language and dialect identification
•       Cross-lingual and multi-lingual speech processing
•       Multimodal/multimedia signal processing (including sign languages)
•       Speaker characterization and recognition
•       Signal processing for music and song
•       Spoken language technology for prosthesis, rehabilitation, wellness and welfare
•       Computational linguistics for SLP
•       Written Language Processing for SLP

•       Spoken dialogue systems
•       Systems for information extraction/retrieval
•       Systems for spoken language translation
•       Applications for aged and handicapped persons
•       Applications for learning and education
•       Other applications

•       Spoken language resources and annotation
•       Evaluation and standardization of spoken language systems

Papers for the INTERSPEECH 2010 proceedings should be up to four pages in length and conform to the format given in the paper preparation guidelines and author kits which will be available on the INTERSPEECH 2010 website along with the Final Call for Papers. Optionally, authors may submit additional files, such as multimedia files, to be included on the Proceedings CD-ROM. Authors shall also declare that their contributions are original and not being submitted for publication elsewhere (e.g. another conference, workshop, or journal). Papers must be submitted via the on-line paper submission system, which will open early in 2010. The deadline for submitting a paper is 30 April 2010. This date will not be extended. Inquiries regarding paper submissions should be directed via email to submission <at> interspeech2010.org.


Workshop on Sound Change (WSC)

Barcelona, Spain, 21-22 Oct 2010

Abstract deadline: 15 January 2010

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) will be hosting a workshop on 'Sound Change' in October 2010. The workshop will take place in the Casa de la Convalescencia, in downtown Barcelona.

This workshop is intended as a meeting point for exchanging ideas and sharing analytical techniques, as well as for stimulating discussion and collaborative efforts. The workshop will consist of plenary talks, invited talks, discussion sessions and a poster session.

The workshop is organised by Maria-Josep Solé and Daniel Recasens as part of the activities of the research group in Experimental Phonetics (SGR, Generalitat de Catalunya).

 Call for Papers

The goal of the workshop is to examine current approaches to sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, with an emphasis on the initiation of sound change. It is intended as a meeting point for exchanging ideas and sharing analytical techniques, as well as for stimulating discussion and collaborative efforts. Dialectal and social phonetic variation, the role of perceptual and articulatory factors, analysis techniques, models of phonologisation, articulatory modelling, as well as typological patterns of change will be considered.

The workshop will consist of plenary talks, invited talks, discussion sessions and poster sessions.

Plenary Speakers:
Joan L. Bybee, University of New Mexico
Gerry Docherty, Newcastle University
Louis M. Goldstein, University of Southern California and Haskins Laboratories
John J. Ohala, University of California at Berkeley
Joseph C. Salmons, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Invited Speakers (confirmed so far):
Michael Grosvald, University of California, Davis
Mark Hale, Concordia University
Jonathan Harrington, Institut fuer Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung
Marianne Pouplier, Institut fuer Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung
Daniel Recasens, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Institut d'Estudis Catalans
Joaquín Romero, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Maria-Josep Solé, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Abstract Submission:
Papers on research examining processes of sound change from an empirical perspective are invited for poster presentation.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2010
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2010

Submission Guidelines:
An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract.
- Abstracts are limited to one single-spaced page, including data and examples. All texts should fit within an A4 page, 12-point font with 2.5cm (approx. 1-inch) margin all around.
- Abstract submission is by e-mail attachment only. Save your anonymous one- page abstract as a PDF file and name it with your last name. Send the abstract as a PDF attachment to the two following addresses: mariajosep.sole <at> uab.cat, daniel.recasens <at> uab.cat
- In you e-mail, please make sure to include the following information:
Title of your paper
Name(s) of author(s)
Affiliation (department and university)
Preferred email address (where notification of acceptance should be sent).

All abstracts must be written in English.
Visit the Workshop website for further information:

Contact Person: Maria-Josep Solé
Meeting Email: MariaJosep.Sole <at> uab.cat


Sound of Indo-European 2 (SIE2)
Opava, Czech Republic, 16-19 November 2010

Abstract deadline: 31 January 2010

Institute of Czech Language and Library Science, Silesian University in Opava and Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages, Masaryk University in Brno, are proud to announce that The Sound of Indo-European 2 will take place in Opava, Czech Republic, from 16th-19th November 2010. The conference follows in the line of the previous successful conference which has been held in Copenhagen.

Meeting Description:

Phonetic, phonemic, and morphophonemic questions relating to either the Indo-European protolanguage and its prestages or to a specific branch of the Indo-European family.

Invited Speakers:

Jay Jasanoff (Harvard University, USA)
Alexander Lubotsky (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Gerhard Meiser (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
Norbert Oettinger (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen- Nürnberg, Germany)
Birgit Anette Olsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Georges-Jean Pinault (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France)

Conference Fee:

100 Euro, the participants will pay the fee in cash at the registration desk.

We look forward to your participation.

Best wishes.

Organizing Committee:

Roman Sukac (Silesian University in Opava)
Vaclav Blazek (Masaryk University in Brno)
Ondrej Sefcik (Masaryk University in Brno)

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Abstracts must be at most two pages long. An optional third page is permitted for data and references. At the top of each page, please include the abstract title. Abstracts are anonymous, so the author's name must be absent from all pages.

Abstracts should be sent as pdf attachments to an e-mail:

soundofindoeuropean2 <at> gmail.com

In the body of your e-mail the following information should be included: name of the author(s), affiliation, email contact. Please name the .pdf file using a short title that resembles the full title as closely as possible. No other identifying information (such as author's name) should be included in the file name. Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by three members of the advisory board (formed by the invited speakers and Vaclav Blazek, Masaryk University in Brno).

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2010


Research Group Leader, Language and Speech Processing
Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University
Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI)

Deadline: 31 January 2010

Saarland University is seeking to establish several Junior Research Groups (W1/W2) within the Cluster of Excellence 'Multimodal Computing and Interaction' which was established by the German Research Foundation DFG within the German Excellence Initiative.

The term 'multimodal' describes the different types of digital information, e.g. text, speech, images, video, graphics, and high-dimensional data, and the way it is perceived and communicated, particularly through vision, hearing, and human expression. The challenge is to organize, understand, and search this information in a robust, efficient and intelligent way, and to create dependable systems that allow natural and intuitive multimodal interaction. We are looking for highly motivated young researchers with a background in the research areas of the cluster, including algorithmic foundations, secure and autonomous networked systems, open science web, information processing in the life sciences, visual computing, large-scale virtual environments, synthetic virtual characters, text and speech processing and multimodal dialogue systems. Group leaders will receive junior faculty status at Saarland University, including the right to supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD students. Positions are limited to five years.

Applicants for W1 positions (phase I of the program) must have completed an outstanding PhD. Upon successful evaluation after two years, W1 group leaders are eligible for promotion to W2. Direct applicants for W2 positions (phase II of the program) must have completed a postdoc stay and demonstrated outstanding research potential and the ability to successfully lead their own research group. Junior research groups are equipped with a budget of 80k to 100k Euros per year to cover research personnel and other costs.

Saarland University has leading departments in computer science and computational linguistics, with more than 200 PhD students working on topics related to the cluster (see http://www.informatik-saarland.de for additional information). The German Excellence Initiative recently awarded multi-million grants to the Cluster of Excellence 'Multimodal Computing and Interaction' as well as to the 'Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science'. An important factor to this success were the close ties to the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems which are co-located on the same campus.

Candidates should submit their application (curriculum vitae, photograph, list of publications, short research plan, copies of degree certificates, copies of the five most important publications, list of five references) to the coordinator of the cluster, Prof. Hans-Peter Seidel, at the address below. Please, also send your application as a single PDF file to applications <at> mmci.uni-saarland.de.

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2010, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by that date; however, applications will continue to be accepted until January 31, 2010. Final decisions will be made following a candidate symposium that will be held during March 8-12, 2010.

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with its policy of increasing the proportion of women in this type of employment, the University actively encourages applications from women. For candidates with equal qualification, preference will be given to people with physical disabilities.

Application address:

Prof. Hans-Peter  Seidel
MPI for Computer Science
Campus E1 4
Saarbruecken   Saarland  66123

applications <at> mmci.uni-saarland.de


Assistant/Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology
University of Utah, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Deadline: 1 Feb 2010

The University of Utah Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder invites applicants for an assistant/associate professor position in its Speech-Language Pathology program. Preference will be given to individuals with expertise in one or more of the following areas: autism, AAC, literacy, learning disabilities and/or school-age language disorders. Other areas will also be considered.

The position is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track appointment beginning August 15, 2010.

Requirements: Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Special Education, or related discipline. University teaching experience and ASHA clinical certification (CCC-SLP) are desired, but not required. Salary based upon qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application deadline for interviews is February 1, 2010. Send letter of application including a statement of research, clinical and teaching experience and interests, curriculum vitae and 3 letters of reference to the search committee chair at the address below. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to sharon.benavides <at> hsc.utah.edu .

For information, contact Dr. Kathy Chapman at Kathy.chapman <at> health.utah.edu or 801-587-9076.

University: The University of Utah is a Doctoral/Research Extensive University with 27,000 students from every state and over 100 foreign countries. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (www.health.utah.edu/csd/) is located in the College of Health and currently includes 14 full-time faculty, 100 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students. Both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs are CAA accredited. Our new modern departmental clinic and affiliated medical centers provide excellent opportunities for research.

Community: Salt Lake City is a beautiful city of 250,000 in a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Utah’s great outdoors are close by, offering activities from world class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the spectacular canyons surrounding the city. The city is cosmopolitan with easy access to theater, the arts, sports, entertainment and nightlife. Downtown Salt Lake City and the University are accessible by light rail to the suburbs.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Application address:

Kathy Chapman, Ph.D. , Search Committee Chair,
Communication Sciences and Disorders
390 South 1530 East
Suite 1201 BEHS
Salt Lake City   UT  84112
sharon.benavides <at> hsc.utah.edu


Senior Speech Scientist, Basic or Applied Speech Perception
City University of New York Graduate Center
Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

The Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites applications for a senior speech scientist specializing in any area of basic or applied speech perception or production research focusing on infants, children, or adults. An interest in collaborative mentoring of students in language or hearing science and in faculty research collaborations is desirable.

Responsibilities include establishing a state-of-the-art laboratory at The Graduate Center, teaching doctoral courses, and supervising doctoral research. A Ph.D. is required for this position along with a strong record of publications, a record of extramural funding, and experience teaching/mentoring doctoral students. The tenured appointment will be made at the rank of Associate or Full Professor and will begin Fall 2010. A particularly strong candidate may be nominated as a Distinguished
Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will be open until filled, with review of applications to begin on December 14, 2009.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, samples of recent publications, and the names and contact information for at least three references to the address or email address below.

Founded in 1961, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) is devoted primarily to doctoral study and awards most of CUNY's doctoral degrees. In this nationally unique consortium of over 1700 faculty members, a core faculty of 130 Graduate Center appointments is supplemented by over 1600 additional faculty members drawn from throughout CUNY's eleven senior colleges and New York City's leading cultural and scientific institutions. With four thousand doctoral students, they pursue a shared enterprise of expanding the boundaries of knowledge in over thirty doctoral programs and seven master's programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences includes seven central faculty, approximately 55 full-time students, a full-time technician, extensively equipped research laboratories, and teaching laboratories.

The City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer which complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and encourages inclusive excellence in its employment practices.

Application address:

Richard G. Schwartz Ph.D., Search Committee Chair
Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York   US  10016
RSchwartz <at> gc.cuny.edu

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