Dec. 13, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

One of our research areas is the natural language and computation. Natural language processing is a really evolving field with an increasing number of applications based on evolving technologies. One of our partners (the TALN Group at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona), is investigating how to apply the automatic speech recognition to a virtual agent able to assist patients with linguistic barriers in a health care environment.

This week, our research will be presented in Osaka (Japan) at one of the most important international conference on Computational linguistics, COLING 2016.

The COLING conference has a history that dates back to the 1960s. The conference is held every two years and regularly attracts more than 700 delegates. The 1st conference was held in New York, 1965. Since then, the conference has developed into one of the premier Natural Language Processing conferences worldwide. The last five conferences were held in Sydney (COLING-ACL 2006), Manchester (COLING 2008), Beijing (COLING 2010), Mumbai (COLING 2012), and Dublin (COLING 2014).

Speech Prosody and Automatic Annotation of speech can be considered as key aspects in communication technologies and, this year, two main papers are going to be presented by Mónika Dominguez, Doctoral Student at the UPF (Spain):

Mónica Domínguez, Mireia Farrús, Leo Wanner, 2016. “An Automatic Prosody Tagger for Spontaneous Speech”. COLING'16, Osaka, Japan, Dec. 2016.

M. Domínguez, I. Latorre, M. Farrús, J. Codina-Filbà, L. Wanner. Praat on the Web: An upgrade of Praat for semi-automatic speech annotation. Osaka, Japan, December 2016

At COLING 2016, researchers, universities, institutions and organizations will present original papers on all aspects of computational linguistics and they will contribute, through their analysis, to the communication technology development.

multilingual intelligent embodied agent social competence adaptive dialogue expressive speech recognition and synthesis discourse generation vocal facial and gestural social and emotional cues