June 30 – July 25, 2003
University of Colorado
Center for Spoken Language Research
Sponsored by the Center for Spoken Language Research and grants from the National Science Foundation and Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Objectives: Workshop attendees will obtain an understanding of the tools and technologies being developed at the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR) to facilitate the design of Interactive Books designed to teach reading and learning from text. Participants will work with CSLR staff to port these tools to their own language and to build Interactive Book prototypes during the workshop period. Attendees will also be asked to give talks describing their own research projects and interests. Post-workshop collaborations on advancing language technologies across new languages are anticipated. Attendees of the workshop will be provided CSLR tools and technologies in the form of binary executable programs to sustain future research collaboration and other non-commercial use purposes.
Location: The CSLR International Workshop will take place at the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR). A shared office space with computer access will be provided to attendees. Meetings will take place in room C181 (large classroom) at CSLR. CSLR is located at 3215 Marine Street in the RL6 building of east campus at the University of Colorado.
Time: We will meet from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day of the workshop. Lunch breaks are one hour daily (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM). There are several nearby restaurants that are walking distance from CSLR. The workshop organizers will not reimburse lunch expenses. Attendees are welcome to explore the nearby community or bring a lunch to eat in the CSLR common area.
Excursions: Two excursions and a July 4th (U.S. Independence Day) cookout have been planned during this workshop. We hope that you will enjoy the summer beauty of Colorado and use this as an opportunity to get to know each other. Two excursions have been planned: one to Colorado Springs and one to Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado Springs is located about 1.5 hours south of Boulder and is home to the Garden of the Gods (a natural rock formation) and the United States Air Force Academy.
Monday, June 30th
Learning Goals: Participants will learn about each other, receive an overview of CSLR and the Colorado Literacy Tutor, and gain hands-on experience with reading tutors and interactive books.
Tuesday, July 1st
Learning Goals: Participants will become intimately familiar with all aspects and features of Interactive Books, and will author a significant (2-3 page) book on their own.
Wednesday, July 2nd
Learning Goals: Participants will become familiar with CSLR technologies, including speech recognition, speech synthesis, language recognition/generation, dialogue management, real-time web retrieval, Interactive Books, face tracking, and animation.
Thursday, July 3rd
Learning Goals: Participants will be come familiar with CU Animate, facial animation, face tracking, and the integration of face tracking and animation.
Friday, July 4th
PARTY PARTY PARTY!
BBQ at Ron’s 1:00 – (Transportation will be provided)
Monday, July 7th
Learning Goals: Participants will become familiar with the pedagogy and theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the Colorado Literacy Tutor and its components.
Tuesday, July 8th
Learning Goals: Participants will become familiar with the managed learning environment (MLE) and the current status of the Colorado Literacy Tutor project. In addition, participants will become familiar with speech recognition issues in general, and the basics of Sonic in particular.
Wednesday, July 9th
EXCURSION #1: Colorado Springs
Thursday, July 10th
Learning Goals: Participants will use Sonic hands-on and become intimately familiar with the system, digit recognition and finite-state grammars.
Friday, July 11th
Learning Goals: Participants will learn the ins and outs of porting Sonic to a new language and will begin working in teams.
Monday, July 14th
Learning Goals: Participants will learn about task-specific vs. task-independent parsing, and will become familiar with Phoenix and how to write Phoenix grammars.
Tuesday, July 15th
Learning Goals: Participants will learn how to write a new application that interfaces with Sonic.
Wednesday, July 16th
EXCURSION #2: Rocky Mountain National Park
Thursday, July 17th
Learning Goals: Participants will continue to learn about porting Sonic to a new language and begin working independently toward retraining Sonic in their language.
Friday, July 18th
Learning Goals: Participants will become familiar with Latent Semantic Analysis and Summary Street.
Monday, July 21st
Tuesday, July 22nd
Wednesday, July 23rd
Thursday, July 24th
Friday, July 25th