Martin Russell

Also published as: M. Russell


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A Shared Task for Spoken CALL?
Claudia Baur | Johanna Gerlach | Manny Rayner | Martin Russell | Helmer Strik
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

We argue that the field of spoken CALL needs a shared task in order to facilitate comparisons between different groups and methodologies, and describe a concrete example of such a task, based on data collected from a speech-enabled online tool which has been used to help young Swiss German teens practise skills in English conversation. Items are prompt-response pairs, where the prompt is a piece of German text and the response is a recorded English audio file. The task is to label pairs as “accept” or “reject”, accepting responses which are grammatically and linguistically correct to match a set of hidden gold standard answers as closely as possible. Initial resources are provided so that a scratch system can be constructed with a minimal investment of effort, and in particular without necessarily using a speech recogniser. Training data for the task will be released in June 2016, and test data in January 2017.


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“You Stupid Tin Box” - Children Interacting with the AIBO Robot: A Cross-linguistic Emotional Speech Corpus
A. Batliner | C. Hacker | S. Steidl | E. Nöth | S. D’Arcy | M. Russell | M. Wong
Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’04)

This paper deals with databases that combine different aspects: children's speech, emotional speech, human-robot communication, cross-linguistics, and read vs. spontaneous speech: in a Wizard-of-Oz scenario, German and English children had to instruct Sony's AIBO robot to fulfil specific tasks. In one experimental condition, strictly parallel for German and English, the AIBO behaved `disobedient' by following it's own script irrespective of the child's commands. By that, reactions of different children to the same sequence of AIBO's actions could be obtained. In addition, both the German and the English children were recorded reading texts. The data are transliterated orthographically; emotional user states and some other phenomena will be annotated. We report preliminary word recognition rates and classification results.


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Recent Results from the ARM Continuous Speech Recognition Project
Martin Russell | Keith Ponting
Speech and Natural Language: Proceedings of a Workshop Held at Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania, June 24-27,1990