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CALL FOR PAPERS
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
Special Issue on End-to-End Speech and Language Processing
End-to-end (E2E) systems have achieved competitive results compared to conventional hybrid Hidden Markov-deep neural network
model-based automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems. Such E2E systems are attractive because they do not require initial
alignments between input acoustic features and output graphemes or words. Very deep convolutional networks and recurrent neural
networks have also been very successful in ASR systems due to their added expressive power and better generalization. ASR is often
not the end goal of real-world speech information processing systems. Instead, an important end goal is information retrieval, in
particular keyword search (KWS), which involves retrieving speech documents containing a user-specified query from a large database.
Conventional keyword search uses an ASR system as a front-end that converts the speech database into a finite-state transducer (FST)
index containing a large number of likely word or sub-word sequences for each speech segment, along with associated confidence scores
and time stamps. A user-specified text query is then composed with this FST index to find the putative locations of the keyword along
with confidence scores. More recently, inspired by E2E approaches, ASR-free keyword search systems have been proposed with limited
success. Machine learning methods have also been very successful in Question-Answering, parsing, language translation, analytics and
deriving representations of morphological units, words or sentences. Challenges such as the Zero Resource Speech Challenge aim to
construct systems that learn an end-to-end Spoken Dialog (SD) system, in an unknown language, from scratch, using only information
available to a language learning infant (zero linguistic resources). The principal objective of the recently concluded IARPA Babel
program was to develop a keyword search system that delivers high accuracy for any new language given very limited transcribed
speech, noisy acoustic and channel conditions, and limited system build time of one to four weeks. This special issue will showcase the
power of novel machine learning methods not only for ASR, but for keyword search and for the general processing of speech and
language.
Topics of interest in the special issue include (but are not limited to):
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* Adaptation strategies for end to end systems
* Noise robustness for low resource speech recognition
* Spoken language processing: speech retrieval, speech to
speech translation, extraction, and summarization
* Machine learning methods applied to morphological,
syntactic, and pragmatic analysis
* Computational semantics: document analysis, topic
segmentation, categorization, and modeling
* Named entity recognition, tagging, chunking, and parsing
* Sentiment analysis, opinion mining, and social media
analytics
* Deep learning in human computer interaction

Novel end-to-end speech and language processing
Deep learning based acoustic and word representations
Query-by-example search
Question answering systems
Multilingual dialogue systems
Multilingual representation learning
Low and zero resource speech processing
Deep learning based ASR-free keyword search
Deep learning based media retrieval
Kernel methods applied to speech and language processing
Acoustic unit discovery
Computational challenges for deep end-to-end systems

Prospective authors should follow the instructions given on the IEEE JSTSP webpages: https://signalprocessingsociety.org/publicationsresources/ieee-journal-selected-topics-signal-processing, and submit their manuscript with the web submission system at:
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jstsp-ieee.
Dates:
Manuscript submission: April 1, 2017
First review completed: June 1, 2017
Revised Manuscript Due: July 15, 2017
Second Review Completed: August 15, 2017
Final Manuscript Due: September 15, 2017
Publication: December. 2017
Guest Editors:
Nancy F. Chen, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Singapore
Mary Harper, Army Research Laboratory, USA
Brian Kingsbury, IBM Watson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Kate Knill, Cambridge University, UK
Bhuvana Ramabhadran, IBM Watson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

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