The second International Workshop on Spoken Languages Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages (SLTU'10) will be held at University Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia, May 3 to May 5, 2010.

SLTU'10 is the second workshop that will be held on 3-5 May 2010, and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang was given the honour to organize the event. The 2010 International Workshop on Spoken Languages Technologies for Under-resourced languages (SLTU) will be held at Dewan Persidangan University, Penang, Malaysia, May 3 - May 5, 2010.

The SLTU meeting is a technical conference focused on spoken language processing for under-resourced languages. This second workshop will focus on Asian languages, and the idea is to mainly (but not exclusively) target languages of the area (Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Chinese dialects, etc.). However, all contributions on other under-resourced languages of the world are warmly welcomed.

The workshop aims at gathering researchers working on:

  • ASR, synthesis and speech translation for under-resourced languages
  • portability issues
  • fast resources acquisition (speech, text, lexicons, parallel corpora)
  • spoken language processing for languages with rich morphology
  • spoken language processing for languages without separators
  • spoken language processing for languages without writing system


1. To bring together NLP and CL researchers, representing different perspectives, to share and exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences in the field of natural language processing on spoken languages with limited scientific resources. As such, the workshop organizers would like to emphasize on the current research development in this field with the aim of attracting more students to be involved in it. Besides that,

2. To introduce the SLTU group of researchers and their research work to all the NLP community, with the hope of enhancing international research excellence and cooperation.

3. To invite potential researchers to publish their papers related to their new NLP research findings, knowledge or approaches in the SLTU workshop.

4. To attract the interest of whomever who is involved in spoken language processing for under-resourced languages, in the computational and theoretical point of view.

5. To preserve and encourage the research in language studies with limited resources in Malaysia such as the Malay and Chinese dialects, aborigines languages, native languages in Sabah (example: Kadazan) and Sarawak (example: Iban) in a more scientific way.

Conference Topics

All areas related to the processing - computational and theoretical point of view of under-resourced languages:

  1. Language resources development, acquisition, and representation: dictionary, language model, text and speech corpora, parallel corpora, grammars
  2. Automatic speech recognition of low-resourced languages, as well as indigenous languages, dialects, etc.
  3. Multilingual spoken language processing (recognition, synthesis
  4. Machine translation

Important dates

  • Paper submission: December 15, 2009 January 6, 2010
  • Notification of Paper Acceptance: February 15, 2010
  • Author Registration Deadline: March 1, 2010

Download the conference brochure here.