Distinguished Lecturers

Announcement and Call for Nominations


ISCA began a new Distinguished Lecturers Program in 2006 to send Distinguished Lecturers to travel to different parts of the world to give lectures to help promote research activities on speech science and technologies. We are pleased to announce the distinguished lecturers for 2014-2015: Prof. Cathi Best, University of Western Sydney, Australia, and Prof. Roger Moore, University of Shefield, UK. The lecturers are available for lecture tours upon request from host institutions.

Nominations and Selection

The DLs are selected by a Distinguished Lecturers Committee, chaired by Isabel Trancoso (2014-2016). Nominations of candidates for 2015-2016 terms are now open. Each nomination should include the following information: a short biography of the candidate, selected publications, a website, or a resume that provides this information, plus topics/titles of up to 3 possible lectures that the candidate could give. Nominations should be sent to dl_nominations [at] isca-speech.org. Nominations for this year should be received before January 15, 2015.

Commitments of the Lecturers

The candidates selected by the Committee will be contacted by the Committee and asked if they can commit to at least two Lecture Tours in a two-year term, including possible travel to regions specially identified as under-represented in ISCA programs (e.g., China, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South and West Asia, Africa). They may also be asked to participate in other events, such as short courses in summer or winter schools. All such activities will of course be arranged to be mutually interesting and convenient for hosts and lecturers.

Distinguished Lecturers Tours

Distinguished Lecturers Tours are arranged by ISCA upon invitation only. Local hosts will be responsible for making and funding local arrangements including accommodation and meals. ISCA will pay travel costs. A Distinguished Lecturer Tour typically consists of three lectures preferably in at least two different locations in the host region.

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Distinguished Lecturers for 2014-2015

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2014-2015:

(1) Dr. Catherine Best, Professor and Chair in Psycholinguistic Research, the University of Western Sydney (DL Reports: Taiwan, West Indies 1, 2)
(2) Dr. Roger Moore, Professor, University of Sheffield, UK


Distinguished Lecturers for 2013

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2013-2014:

(1) Prof. Hynek Hermansky, Johns Hopkins University, USA (DL Reports: India, Lecture Notes 1, 2, 3, 4)
(2) Dr. Michael Riley, Google, USA (DL Reports: Thailand, Lecture NotesBrazil, Lecture Notes 1, 2)


Distinguished Lecturers for 2012

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2012-2013:

(1) Prof. Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (DL Reports: India (Jan 2013), India (Dec 2013), Thailand and South Africa)
(2) Prof. Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen, Germany (DL Reports: Slovenia and Hong Kong, Lecture Notes at Hong Kong, Report 2012)


Distinguished Lecturers for 2011

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2011-2012:

(1) Prof. Jeff Bilmes, University of Washington, Seattle WA (DL Reports: India)
(2) Prof. John Hansen, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas TX (DL Reports: India and Argentina)


Distinguished Lecturers for 2010

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2010-2011:

(1) Dr. Li Deng, Microsoft Research, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052, USA (DL Reports: Taiwan 2011, Xi'An 2011)
(2) Professor Thierry DUTOIT, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium


Distinguished Lecturers for 2009

2 Distinguished Lecturers have been selected for 2009-2010:

(1) Professor Abeer Alwan, University of California at Los Angeles, USA.
(2) Professor James R. Glass, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Together with 1 Distinguished Lecturer selected a year ago for 2008-2009:
(1) Professor Richard M. Stern, Carnegie Mellon University, USA,

a total of 3 Distinguished Lecturers are available in 2009.

Reports for for Distinguished Lecturers Tours

(1) Professor Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA,

(2) Professor Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, the Netherlands,

(3) Professor Abeer Alwan, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Program Details

(A) Commitment of the Lecturers

An ISCA Distinguished Lecturer must commit to traveling to regions defined by the ISCA Board to give lectures. This commitment should include a minimum of two lecture tours in a 2 year period, assuming that ISCA can arrange these tours. Being an ISCA Distinguished Lecturer thus represents a commitment to service in addition to the recognition of academic achievement.

(B) Selection Procedures for Distinguished Lecturers

The Chair of the Distinguished Lecturers Committee is appointed by the ISCA Board. The Committee includes 5 to 7 members, at least 2 of whom are not ISCA Board members. Members of the Committee are appointed by the ISCA President in consultation with the chair and confirmed by the ISCA Board. The term of each Committee member is 3 years.

All ISCA members may nominate candidates to be considered by the DL Committee. The Committee votes on these nominees and those receiving the most votes (exceeding a 2/3 majority of the Committee), within a maximum number of Distinguished Lecturers set by the ISCA Board, are selected as DLs for a two-year term. Calls for nominations are published in the ISCA pad and posted on the ISCA website. Each nomination should include a short biography, a list of selected publications, a c.v., a pointer to the nominee's website if possible, as well as the topic areas on which the nominee might be invited to lecture; this nominating document should not exceed two pages plus a c.v. The nominating document may also include explicit agreement from the nominee that his (or her) lectures can be recorded to be used in ISCA's education program, if elected. Nomination deadlines and voting process details are decided by the DL Committee. The names of the Lecturers selected by the Committee shall be submitted to the ISCA Board for approval. Once this approval has been obtained, the Committee Chair shall contact the Lecturers to ask them if they can commit to the conditions specified in (A). Those who agree shall be announced as ISCA Distinguished Lecturers, with a term of 2 years.

(C) Organization of Distinguished Lecturers Tours

  • 1. The Distinguished Lecturers Tours are organized by the Geographical Outreach Committee with support from the ISCA administrator. The local hosts should be responsible for making and funding all local arrangements, including accommodation and meals (at least at minimum level). ISCA will pay travel costs at the economy level. When necessary, ISCA will supplement the reimbursement from the local hosts up to normal and customary costs to ensure the comfort of the Lecturer while traveling.
  • 2. The local hosts should make every effort to publicize the lectures. They may ask for support from ISCA to cover the costs for such promotional activities when needed (e.g. renting a bus to bring students to the lectures). Whenever possible the local hosts should try to audio/video record the lectures (with the agreement of the lecturer). Such material will be used together with the lecturer's ppt files for ISCA's education program. Hosts may also ask for support from ISCA to cover the costs for recording when needed.
  • 3. A Distinguished Lecturer Tour shall be organized when at least three lectures, preferably in at least 2 different cities in the regions defined by the Board, can be arranged. Any additional travel arrangements shall be the responsibility of the Distinguished Lecturer. DLs may also be invited to participate in short training schools where their expertise is appropriate.
  • 4. The list of Distinguished Lecturers is made public and advertised to the regions defined by the Board, together with brief introductory information and possible topics/titles of lectures.
  • 5. The Board can always ask any ISCA member to give lectures furthering ISCA interests outside of the Distinguished Lecturers Program.

(D) Board Responsibilities

  • 1. The chair of the Geographical Outreach Committee is the Board Member responsible for this program.
  • 2. The chair of the Distinguished Lecturers Committee, the chair of the Geographical Outreach Committee and the ISCA Treasurer form a task force overseeing this program, including all operating details such as budget requirements, travel cost estimation, upper bound of number of Distinguished Lecturers selected each year, and the operating schedule for the program each year. This task force is coordinated by the chair of Geographical Outreach Committee.