Spoken Language Systems Lab


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L²F - INESC ID Lisboa

INESC ID's Spoken Language Systems Laboratory (L²F - Laboratório de sistemas de Língua Falada) was created in January 2001, bringing together several research groups which could potentially add relevant contributions to the area of computational processing of spoken language for Portuguese. The lab is integrated in the research unit of "Interactive Intelligent Systems".

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Past events:

September 28th,2012 (Friday, 14:00, Room 020)
Bhiksha Raj presented Privacy-Preserving Speech and Audio Processing

July 19th,2012 (Thursday, 17:00, Amphitheater of the Complexo Interdisciplinar, IST)
Eric Nyberg presented Deeper QA: CMU, Watson, and the Open Advancement of Question Answering

July 11th,2012 (Wednesday, 16:00, Room 336)
Samuel Zeng presented Ensemble pruning via Weighted Accuracy and Diversity

June 22nd,2012
Wang Ling presented Entropy-based Pruning for Phrase-based Machine Translation

Participation in Conferences:

Oct 29-Nov 2, 2012
Paula Cristina Vaz attended CIKM 2012, the 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, in Maui, USA.

Oct 8-12, 2012
Carlos Rosão, Ricardo Ribeiro, and David Martins de Matos attended ISMIR 2012, the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, in Porto, Portugal.

May 21-27, 2012
Ana Cristina Mendes, Ângela Costa, Gracinda Carvalho, João Graça and Luís Marujo attended LREC 2012, the international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, in Istanbul, Turkey.

April 17-20, 2012
Alberto Abad, David Martins de Matos, Gracinda Carvalho, Isabel Trancoso, José David Lopes, Nuno Mamede and Ricardo Ribeiro attended PROPOR 2012, the 10th International Conference on Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language, in Coimbra, Portugal.

March 25-30, 2012
José Portêlo and Ramon Fernandez Astudillo attended ICASSP 2012, the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, in Kyoto, Japan.

March 15-16, 2012
Anabela Barreiro attended The Multilingual Web – The Way Ahead, in Luxembourg.

February 29 - March 2, 2012
Thomas Pellegrini attended Speech and Corpora 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to present the extension of the LECTRA corpus (University lecture transcriptions).

Carnegie Mellon Portugal PhD fellowships for Fall 2013 admissions The application deadline for the LT Ph.D. program in the scope of the CMU-Portugal partnership is December 15. More details in Ph.D. Program CMU-PORTUGAL in the area of Language and Information Technologies.

New Master Theses Themes at L2F http://www.l2f.inesc-id.pt/~imt/msc_prop2012.html

New courses of Portuguese as Second Language - starting 2nd October 2012 - by Ciberescola with the activities in colaboration with INESC-ID. Visit: http://www.cibercursoslp.com/inscricoes.html

Fernando Batista and Ricardo Ribeiro took part in a experimental evaluation campaign on sentiment analysis based on short text opinions extracted from social media messages in the context of TASS - Workshop on Sentiment Analysis at SEPLN (satellite event of the SEPLN 2012 conference). The obtained results ranked them in
- 1st. place in "Trending topic coverage";
- 2nd. place in "Sentiment Analysis".

Scientific Award - Ricardo Ribeiro was one the winners of the 2012 edition of the ISCTE-IUL scientific awards with the work "Revisiting Centrality-as-Relevance: Support Sets and Similarity as Geometric Proximity" published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.

PhD Thesis Defense - On October 14th, at 16:00, Ricardo Ribeiro defended his PhD thesis entitled Summarizing Spoken Documents - Avoiding Distracting Content (Room PA-1, Mathematics Pavilion, Instituto Superior Técnico)

Outstanding Paper Award - Nuno Homem and João Paulo Carvalho received the outstanding paper award at the 30th Annual Conference of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS 2011) with the paper Authorship Identification and Author Fingerprints.

Gender Sub-Challenge Prize - The INESC-ID gender detection system won the international evaluation that was promoted in the scope of Interspeech 2010.

IEEE Fellow - Prof. Isabel Trancoso The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, appointed Prof. Isabel Trancoso as a Fellow of this prestigious institution.

Research Opportunities - The Spoken Language Systems Lab is looking for students interested in pursuing a PhD in Language Technologies. Post-Doc positions are also open. The typical PhD program in our lab is held in cooperation with international Universities.

Voice Interaction

VoiceInteraction S.A. is a technology based company born in April 2008 as a spin-off from INESC-ID Lisboa. Its primary goal is to develop speech processing technologies. VoiceInteraction team is composed by researchers coming from INESC-ID Lisboa Spoken Language Systems Lab (L2F/INESC-ID) that have worked in the TECNOVOZ project (ADI/PRIME/03/165 - 2006/2008).