Klaus Zechner: List of Publications (1992 - 2015)

(A) Automated Speech Scoring

Zhou Yu, Vikram Ramanarayanan, David Suendermann-Oeft, Xinhao Wang, Klaus Zechner, Lei Chen, Jidong Tao and Yao Qian, 2015. Using bidirectional LSTM recurrent neural networks to learn high-level abstractions of sequential features for automated scoring of spontaneous non-native speech. Proceedings of ASRU-2015, Scottsdale, AZ, December.

Mark D. Shermis, Jill Burstein, Christopher Brew, Derrick Higgins, and Klaus Zechner, 2015. Recent Innovations in Machine Scoring of Student and Test Taker Written and Spoken Responses. In: Handbook of Test Development (second edition). Suzanne Lane, Mark R. Raymond, Thomas M. Haladyna (eds.) : Routledge.

Derrick Higgins, Chaitanya Ramineni, and Klaus Zechner, 2015. The Use of Learner Corpora for Automated Scoring of Written and Spoken Responses. In: The cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research. Sylviane Granger, Gaetanelle Gilquin,and Fanny Meunier (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Min Ma, Keelan Evanini, Anastassia Loukina, Xinhao Wang, and Klaus Zechner, 2015. Contours to Assess Nativeness in a Sentence Repeat Task. Proceedings of InterSpeech-2015, Dresden, Germany, september.

Anastassia Loukina, Melissa Lopez, Keelan Evanini, David Suendermann-Oeft, and Klaus Zechner, 2015. Expert and crowdsourced annotation of pronunciation errors for automatic scoring systems. Proceedings of InterSpeech-2015, Dresden, Germany, September.

Anastassia Loukina, Melissa Lopez, Keelan Evanini, David Suendermann-Oeft, Alexei V. Ivanov, and Klaus Zechner, 2015. Pronunciation accuracy and intelligibility of non-native speech. Proceedings of InterSpeech-2015, Dresden, germany, September.

Klaus Zechner, Lei Chen, Larry Davis, Keelan Evanini, Chong Min Lee, Chee Wee Leong, Xinhao Wang, and Su-Youn Yoon, 2015. Automated Scoring of Speaking Tasks in the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT). ETS research report 15-31, Wiley, August.

Anastassia Loukina, Klaus Zechner, Lei Chen, and Michael Heilman, 2015. Feature selection for automated speech scoring. Proceedings of the BEA-10 Workshop, NAACL-HLT-2015, Denver, CO, June.

Anastassia Loukina, Klaus Zechner, and Lei Chen, 2014. Automatic evaluation of spoken summaries: the case of language assessment. Proceedings of the ACL-2014 BEA-9 Workshop, Baltimore, MD, June.

Klaus Zechner, Keelan Evanini, Su-Youn Yoon, Larry Davis, Xinhao Wang, Lei Chen, Chong Min Lee, and Chee Wee Leong, 2014. Automated scoring of speaking items in an assessment for teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Proceedings of the ACL-2014 BEA-9 Workshop, Baltimore, MD, June.

Chaitanya Ramineni, Su-Youn Yoon,Klaus Zechner, Lei Chen, and Xiaoming Xi, 2014. Automated scoring of short spoken responses: Impact of response length. Paper presented at the 2014 Language testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June.

Derrick Higgins, Su-Youn Yoon, Lei Chen, and Klaus Zechner 2014. Use of Automated Scoring in the Next Generation of Assessments: Policy and Psychometric Implementation Considerations,. Paper presented at the CCSSO 2014, New Orleans, LA, June.

Su-Youn Yoon, Lei Chen, and Klaus Zechner, 2014. Combination of Scores with the Automated Score Monitoring System. Paper presented at the NCME 2014, Philadelphia, PA, April.

Christopher M. Mitchell, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2014. A Trialogue-Based Spoken Dialogue System for Assessment of English Language Learners Proceedings of the International Workshop on Spoken dialog Systems, Napa, CA, January,.

Larry Davis, Klaus Zechner, Keelan Evanini, Su-Youn Yoon, Xinhao Wang, Lei Chen, Chong Min Lee, and Chee Wee Leong, 2013. A new use of automated scoring in an operational speaking test: The TEFT(TM) Assessment (Test of English-for-Teaching). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT), Washington, DC, October.

Catherine Lai, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2013. Applying Rhythm Metrics to Non-Native Spontaneous Speech. Proceedings of the ISCA SLaTE Workshop, Grenoble, France, September.

Wenting Xiong, Keelan Evanini, Klaus Zechner, and Lei Chen 2013. Automated Content Scoring of Spoken Responses Containing Multiple Parts with Factual Information. Proceedings of the ISCA SLaTE Workshop, Grenoble, France, September.

Keelan Evanini, Shasha Xie, and Klaus Zechner, 2013. Prompt-based Content Scoring for Automated Spoken Language Assessment. Proceedings of the 2013 NAACL-HLT BEA Workshop, Atlanta, GA, June.

Klaus Zechner and Xinhao Wang, 2013. Automated Content Scoring of Spoken Responses in an Assessment for Teachers of English.Proceedings of the 2013 NAACL-HLT BEA Workshop, Atlanta, GA, June.

Xinhao Wang, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2013. Coherence Modeling for the Automated Assessment of Spontaneous Spoken Responses. Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT-2013, Atlanta. GA, June.

Klaus Zechner, 2012. Speech and Language Processing for Educational Applications. IEEE SLTC Newsletter, November.

Klaus Zechner, Keelan Evanini, and Cara Laitusis, 2012. Using Automatic Speech Recognition to Assess the Reading Proficiency of a Diverse Sample of Middle School Students. Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI), InterSpeech-2012, Portland, OR, September.

Abeer Alwan, Maxine Eskenazi, Diane Litman, Martin Russell, and Klaus Zechner, 2012. Speech and Language Technologies for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. IEEE SLTC Newsletter, August.

Xiaoming Xi, Derrick Higgins, Klaus Zechner, and David M. Williamson, 2012. A comparison of two scoring methods for an automated scoring system. Language Testing, 29 )3), July.

Miao Chen and Klaus Zechner, 2012. Using an Ontology for Improved Automated Content Scoring of Spontaneous Non-Native Speech. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, NAACL-HLT 2012, Montreal, Canada, June.

Su-Youn Yoon, Suma Bhat, and Klaus Zechner, 2012. Vocabulary Profile as a Measure of Vocabulary Sophistication. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, NAACL-HLT 2012, Montreal, Canada, June.

Shasha Xie, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2012. Exploring Content Features for Automated Speech Scoring. Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2012, Montreal, Canada, June.

Klaus Zechner, Xiaoming Xi, and Lei Chen, 2011. Evaluating Prosodic Features for Automated Scoring of Non-Native Read Speech. Proceedings of ASRU-2011, Hawaii, December.

Lei Chen and Klaus Zechner, 2011. Applying Rhythm Features to Automatically Assess Non-Native Speech.. Proceedings of Interspeech-2011, Florence, Italy, August.

Keelan Evanini and Klaus Zechner, 2011. Using crowdsourcing to provide prosodic annotations for non-native speech.. Proceedings of Interspeech-2011, Florence, Italy, August.

Su-Youn Yoon, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2011. Non-Scorable Response Detection for Automated Speaking Proficiency Assessment. Proceedings of the ACL-HLT-2011 Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, Portland, OR, June.

Miao Chen and Klaus Zechner, 2011. Computing and Evaluating Syntactic Complexity Features for Automated Scoring of Spontaneous Non-Native Speech. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the Human Language Technologies Conference (ACL-HLT-2011), Portland, OR, June.

Keelan Evanini, Catherine Lai, and Klaus Zechner, 2011. The importance of optimal parameter setting for pitch extraction. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), vol. 11, June.

Derrick Higgins, Lei Chen, Klaus Zechner, Su-Youn Yoon, and Keelan Evanini, 2011. The impact of ASR accuracy on the performance of an automated scoring engine for spoken responses. National Council on Measurement in Education meeting, New Orleans, LA, April.

Derrick Higgins, Xiaoming Xi, Klaus Zechner, and David Williamson, 2011. A three-stage approach to the automated scoring of spontaneous spoken responses. Computer Speech and Language, 25(2), pp.282-306, April.

Catherine Lai, Keelan Evanini, and Klaus Zechner, 2011. Comparative Analysis of Prosodic Features of Native and Non-Native Spontaneous Speech. Workshop on New Tools and Methods for Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, January.

Su-Youn Yoon, Lei Chen, and Klaus Zechner, 2010. Predicting word accuracy for the automatic speech recognition of non-native speech. Proceedings of InterSpeech-2010, Tokyo-Makahari, Japan, September.

Keelan Evanini, Derrick Higgins, and Klaus Zechner, 2010. Using Amazon Mechanical Turk for transcription of non-native speech. Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT 2010 AMT workshop, Los Angeles, CA, June.

Mark D. Shermis, Jill Burstein, Derrick Higgins, and Klaus Zechner, 2010. Automated essay scoring: Writing assessment and instruction. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, and B. McGaw (Eds.), International encyclopedia of education (3rd ed.). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Klaus Zechner, Derrick Higgins, Xiaoming Xi and David M. Williamson, 2009. Automatic scoring of non-mative spontaneous speech in tests of spoken English. Speech Communication, 51 (10), October.

Klaus Zechner, Derrrick Higgins, Rene Lawless, Yoko Futagi, Sarah Ohls and George Ivanov, 2009. Adapting the Acoustic Model of a Speech Recognizer for Varied Proficiency Non-Native Spontaneous Speech Using Read Speech with Language-Specific Pronunciation Difficulty. Proceedings of Interspeech-2009, Brighton, UK, September.

Klaus Zechner, 2009. What did they actually say? Agreement and Disagreement among Transcribers of Non-Native Spontaneous Speech Responses in an English Proficiency Test. Proceedings of the ISCA SLaTE-2009 Workshop, Wroxall, UK, September.

Klaus Zechner, John Sabatini and Lei Chen, 2009. Automatic Scoring of Children’s Read-Aloud Text Passages and Word Lists.Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications. Boulder, CO, June.

Lei Chen, Klaus Zechner and Xiaoming Xi, 2009. Improved Pronunciation Features for Construct-Driven Assessment of Non-Native Spontaneous Speech. Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT-2009 Conference, Boulder, CO, June.

Xiaoming Xi, Derrick Higgins, Klaus Zechner and David M. Williamson, 2008. Automated Scoring of Spontaneous Speech Using SpeechRater(SM) v1.0. Educational Testing Service, Research Report RR-08-62, Princeton, NJ, November.

Klaus Zechner and Xiaoming Xi, 2008. Towards Automatic Scoring of a Test of Spoken Language with Heterogeneous Task Types. Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, Columbus, OH, June.

Klaus Zechner, Derrick Higgins, and Xiaoming Xi, 2007. SpeechRater(SM): A Construct-Driven Approach to Score Spontaneous Non-Native Speech. Proceedings of the 2007 Workshop of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE), Farmington, PA, October.

Klaus Zechner, Isaac Bejar, and Ramin Hemat, 2007. Towards an Understanding of the Role of Speech Recognition in Non-Native Speech Assessment. Research Report RR-07-02, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, February.

Klaus Zechner and Isaac I. Bejar, 2006. Towards Automatic Scoring of Non-Native Spontaneous Speech. Proceedings of the HLT-NAACL-2006 Conference, New York, NY, June.

Xiaoming Xi, Klaus Zechner, and Isaac Bejar, 2006. Extracting meaningful speech features to support diagnostic feedback: an ECD approach to automated scoring. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), San Francisco, CA, April.

(B) Speech Summarization, Shallow Parsing and Other NLP Areas

Klaus Zechner, 2003. Spoken Language Condensation in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the Eurospeech-2003 Special Session on Robust Methods for the Analysis of Spoken Language Dialogues, Geneva, Switzerland, September.

Bing Zhao, Klaus Zechner, Stephan Vogel, and Alex Waibel, 2003. Efficient Optimization for Bilingual Sentence Alignment Using Linear Regression. Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT-03 Workshop on Building and Using Parallel Texts, Edmonton, Canada, May.

Klaus Zechner, 2002. Automatic Summarization of Open-Domain Multiparty Dialogues in Diverse Genres. Computational Linguistics 28(4), pp.447-485, December, Special Issue on Summarization.

Klaus Zechner, 2002. Summarization of Spoken Language - Challenges, Methods, and Prospects. Speech Technology Expert eZine, Issue 6, January 2002.

Klaus Zechner, 2001. Automatic Summarization of Spoken Dialogues in Unrestricted Domains. Ph.D. thesis, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Language Technologies Institute, November 2001. Also printed as: Technical Report CMU-LTI-01-168.

Klaus Zechner, 2001. Automatic Generation of Concise Summaries of Spoken Dialogues in Unrestricted Domains. Proceedings of the 24th ACM-SIGIR International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, New Orleans, LA, September 2001.

Klaus Zechner and Alon Lavie, 2001. Increasing the Coherence of Spoken Dialogue Summaries by Cross-Speaker Information Linking. Proceedings of the NAACL-01 Workshop on Automatic Summarization, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2001.

Alex Waibel, Michael Bett, Florian Metze, Klaus Ries, Thomas Schaaf, Tanja Schultz, Hagen Soltau, Hua Yu, and Klaus Zechner, 2001. Advances in Automatic Meeting Record Creation and Access. Proceedings of ICASSP-2001, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2001.

Tanja Schultz, Alex Waibel, Michael Bett, Florian Metze, Yue Pan, Klaus Ries, Thomas Schaaf, Hagen Soltau, Martin Westphal, Hua Yu, and Klaus Zechner, 2001. The ISL Meeting Room System. Proceedings of the Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication (HSC-2001), April 2001.

Klaus Zechner and Alex Waibel, 2000. DiaSumm: Flexible Summarization of Spontaneous Dialogues in Unrestricted Domains. Proceedings of COLING-2000, Saarbruecken, Germany, July/August, pp.968-974

Klaus Zechner and Alex Waibel, 2000. Minimizing Word Error Rate in Textual Summaries of Spoken Language. Proceedings of NAACL-ANLP-2000, Seattle, WA, May, pp.186-193

Klaus Zechner, 2000. A Word-Based Annotation and Evaluation Scheme for Summarization of Spontaneous Speech. Working note, LTI/CMU, January.

Lori Levin, Ann Thyme-Gobbel, Alon Lavie, Klaus Ries, and Klaus Zechner, 1998. A Discourse Coding Scheme for Conversational Spanish. Proceedings of ICSLP-98, Sydney, Australia. pp.2335-2338

Klaus Zechner, 1998. Automatic Construction of Frame Representations for Spontaneous Speech in Unrestricted Domains. Proceedings of COLING/ACL 98, Montreal, Canada, pp. 1448-1452

Klaus Zechner and Alex Waibel, 1998. Using Chunk Based Partial Parsing of Spontaneous Speech in Unrestricted Domains for Reducing Word Error Rate in Speech Recognition. Proceedings of COLING/ACL 98, Montreal, Canada, pp. 1453-1459

Michael Finke, Maria Lapata, Alon Lavie, Lori Levin, Laura Mayfield Tomokiyo, Thomas Polzin, Klaus Ries, Alex Waibel, and Klaus Zechner, 1998. CLARITY: Inferring Discourse Structure from Speech. Proceedings of the AAAI 98 Spring Symposium: Applying Machine Learning to Discourse Processing, Stanford, CA, pp. 25-32

Klaus Zechner, 1997. Building Chunk Level Representations for Spontaneous Speech in Unrestricted Domains: The CHUNKY System and its Application to Reranking Nbest Lists of a Speech Recognizer. M.S. Project Report, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Philosophy.

Klaus Zechner, 1997. A Literature Survey on Information Extraction and Text Summarization. Term paper, Carnegie Mellon University.

Marsal Gavalda, Klaus Zechner, and Gregory Aist, 1997. High Performance Segmentation of Spontaneous Speech Using Part of Speech and Trigger Word Information. Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Applied Natural Language Processing (ANLP-97), Washington, DC, pp. 12-15

Klaus Zechner, 1996. Fast Generation of Abstracts from General Domain Text Corpora by Extracting Relevant Sentences. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-96), Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 986-989

Frank Keller and Klaus Zechner, 1995. A Connectionist Model of Lexical and Contextual Influences on Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution in Human Sentence Processing. Proceedings of the First Natural Language Pacific Rim Symposium (NLPRS-95), Seoul, Korea, pp. 592-597

Klaus Zechner, 1995. Automatic Text Abstracting by Selecting Relevant Passages. M.Sc. dissertation, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Klaus Zechner, 1995. Building Interfaces from DATR to PATR. Project report, University of Edinburgh, UK.

(C) Computer-Assisted Aphasia Therapy

Dragan Mistric, Darko Novosel, Volkbert M. Roth, and Klaus Zechner, 1996. MODAKT. In: Darko Novosel & Volkbert M. Roth (eds.): Valmod and Modakt zur computerunterstuetzten systemischen Therapie von Sprech- / Sprachstoerungen. Verlag querblick, Konstanz, pp. 33-83

Ulrike Bele, Klaus Zechner, Barbara Andree, Hanspeter Gadler, and Birgit Wrentschur, 1994. Das Sprachtrainingsprogramm AUSWEGE fuer computerunterstuetzte Sprachtherapie. In: Uwe Kosa (ed.): Sprechende Computer in der paedagogischen Praxis, Deutscher Studienverlag, Weinheim, pp. 63-72

Klaus Zechner, 1993. Computerunterstuetzte Sprachtherapie mit dem Sprachtrainingsprogramm AUSWEGE. M.A. thesis, University of Graz, Austria.

Hanspeter Gadler and Klaus Zechner, 1992. AUSWEGE - WEGE in Oesterreich. In: Volkbert M. Roth (ed.): Computer in der Sprachtherapie. Narr Verlag, Tuebingen, pp. 147-159

(D) Miscellaneous

Klaus Zechner, 1995. Vaclav Havels existenzphilosophische Betrachtungen in seinen "Briefen an Olga". In: Kontroversen in der Philosophie (8), December 1995, pp. 65-85


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