Readability Assessment for Text Simplification – We describe a readability assessment approach to support the process of text simplification for poor literacy readers. Given an input text, the goal is to predict its readability level, which corresponds to the literacy level that is expected from the target reader: rudimentary, basic or advanced.
Deep Learning for Prominence Detection in Children’s Read Speech – A previous well-tuned random forest ensemble predictor is replaced by an RNN sequence classifier to exploit potential context dependency across the longer utterance. Further, deep learning is applied to obtain word-level features from low-level acoustic contours of fundamental frequency, intensity and spectral shape in an end-to-end fashion. Performance comparisons are presented across the different feature types and across different feature learning architectures for prominent word prediction to draw insights wherever possible.