Martine Garnier-Rizet


Protocol and lessons learnt from the production of parallel corpora for the evaluation of speech translation systems
Victoria Arranz | Olivier Hamon | Karim Boudahmane | Martine Garnier-Rizet
Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation: Evaluation Campaign

Machine translation evaluation campaigns require the production of reference corpora to automatically measure system output. This paper describes recent efforts to create such data with the objective of measuring the quality of the systems participating in the Quaero evaluations. In particular, we focus on the protocols behind such production as well as all the issues raised by the complexity of the transcription data handled.


CallSurf: Automatic Transcription, Indexing and Structuration of Call Center Conversational Speech for Knowledge Extraction and Query by Content
Martine Garnier-Rizet | Gilles Adda | Frederik Cailliau | Sylvie Guillemin-Lanne | Claire Waast-Richard | Lori Lamel | Stephan Vanni | Claire Waast-Richard
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Being the client’s first interface, call centres worldwide contain a huge amount of information of all kind under the form of conversational speech. If accessible, this information can be used to detect eg. major events and organizational flaws, improve customer relations and marketing strategies. An efficient way to exploit the unstructured data of telephone calls is data-mining, but current techniques apply on text only. The CallSurf project gathers a number of academic and industrial partners covering the complete platform, from automatic transcription to information retrieval and data mining. This paper concentrates on the speech recognition module as it discusses the collection, the manual transcription of the training corpus and the techniques used to build the language model. The NLP techniques used to pre-process the transcribed corpus for data mining are POS tagging, lemmatization, noun group and named entity recognition. Some of them have been especially adapted to the conversational speech characteristics. POS tagging and preliminary data mining results obtained on the manually transcribed corpus are briefly discussed.