ISCA Awards

ISCA Special Service Medal

After celebrating its 10th anniversary, ESCA decided to acknowledge those scientists that were instrumental in the promotion of the Association, creating an ESCA Special Service Medal, which was later renamed ISCA Special Service Medal since 2004. This medal has been awarded three times:

  • Hiroya FUJISAKI (Interspeech 2015, Dresden)
  • Wolfgang J. HESS (Interspeech 2007, Antwerp)
  • Joseph MARIANI (Eurospeech 1999, Budapest)

Christian Benoit Award

ISCA is financially supporting the Christian Benoit Award:

  • 2017: Marcin Włodarczak: Linguistic dpt,. Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2015: Mathilde Fort: Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
  • 2013: Samer Al Moubayed: Centre for Speech Technology, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Project Furhat
  • 2011: Thomas Hueber: CNRS - GIPSA-lab, Speech & Cognition Department, Grenoble, France. Project UltraSpeech II
  • 2009: Sascha Fagel: Department for Language and Communication of the Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany
  • 2007: Suzanne Fuchs, Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany
  • 2004: Olov Engwall, Speech, Music and Hearing dpt., KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. Project ARTUR
  • 2002: Johanna Barry, Bionic Ear Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2000: Tony Ezzat, Centre for Biological and Computational Learning, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Best Papers in INTERSPEECH & ISCA Journals

Each year ISCA awards 3 best student papers at INTERSPEECH based on anonymous reviewing and presentation at the conference. Each paper is awarded 250 euros to be split between the student authors. Best Papers of Speech Communication, Computer Speech and Language are also announced by ISCA during INTERSPEECH.

  • Interspeech 2017, Stockholm:
    • Interspeech Best Show and Tell Paper 2017:
      • "Vocal-Tract Model with Static Articulators: Lips, Teeth, Tongue, and More", Arai, T.
    • Interspeech ComParE Challenge Awards: 
      • Cold Challenge Award: "DNN-based Feature Extraction and Classifier Combination for Child-Directed Speech, Cold and Snoring Identification", Gosztolya, G., Busa-Fekete, R., Grósz, T., Tóth, L.
      • Snoring Challenge Award: "Introducing Weighted Kernel Classifiers for Handling Imbalanced Paralinguistic Corpora: Snowring, Addressee and Cold", Kaya, H., Karpov, A.A.
    • ISCA Award for Best Student Paper (students in bold):
      • "Hidden Markof Model Variational Autoencoder for Acoustic Unit Discovery", Ebbers, J., Heymann, J., Drude, L., Glarner, Th., Haeb-Umbach, R., Raj, Bh.
      • "Residual Memory Networks in Language Modeling: Improving the Reputation of Feed-Forward Networks", Beneš, K., Baskar, M., Burget, L.
      • "VoxCeleb: A large-scale speaker identification dataset", Nagrani, A., Son Chung, J. and Zisserman, A.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2012-2015):
      • "Speech enhancement using a minimum mean-square error short-time spectral modulation magnitude estimator", Paliwal, K., Schwerin, B., Wójcicki, K., Speech Communication Vol 54(2), pp.282-305, Februrary 2012.
      • "Characterization of a typical vocal source excitation, temporal dynamics and prosody for objective measurement of dysarthric word intelligibility", Falk, T.H., Chan, W.-Y., Shein, F., Speech Communication Vol 54(5), pp.622-631, June 2012.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Computer Speech and Languae (2012-2016):
      • "Ranked WordNet graph for Sentiment Polarity Classification in Twitter", Montejo-Ráez, A., Martínez-Cámara, E., Martín-Valdivia, M.T., Urena-López, L.A., Computer Speech & Language, 28(1), pp.93-107, January 2014.
  • Interspeech 2016, San Francisco:
    • INTERSPEECH Singing Synthesis Challenge Award 2016 (have a listen here) "Expressive Singing Synthesis Based on Unit Selection for the Singing Synthesis Challenge 2016",  Bonada, J., Umbert, M. Blaauw, M.
    • INTERSPEECH Best Show and Tell Paper 2016, "An Engine for Online Video Search in Large Archives of the Holocaust Testimonies",  Stanislav, P., Švec, J., Ircing, P.
    • ISCA Award for Best Student Paper at Interspeech 2016 (students in bold)
      • Characterizing Vocal Tract Dynamics Across Speakers Using Real-Time MRI", Sorensen, T., Toutios, A., Goldstein, L., Narayanan, S.
      • The Rhythmic Constraint on Prosodic Boundaries in Mandarin Chinese Based on Corpora of Silent Reading and Speech Perception", Wei, L, Yuan, J. Li, Y, Xu, X, Liberman, M.
      • GlottDNN - A Full-Band Glottal Vocoder for Statistical Parametric Speech Synthesis", Airaksinen, M., Bollepalli, B., Juvela, L., Wu, Zh, King, S., Alku, P.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2013-2015) "Multitaper MFCC and PLP features for speaker verification using i-vectors.", Alam M.J., Kinnunen T., Kenny P., Ouellet P., O'Shaughnessy D.,  Speech Communication, vol 55, issue 2, pages 237-251, 2013
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Computer Speech and Language (2011-2015) "Turn-taking cues in task-oriented dialogue.",  Gravano, A., & Hirschberg, J., Computer Speech & Language, 25(3), 601-634, 2011.
  • Interspeech 2015, Dresden:
    • INTERSPEECH Best Show and Tell Papers 2015:
      • "A System for Automatic Broadcast News Summarization, Geolocation and Translation",  Bell, P., Lai, C., Llewellyn, C., Birch, A. and Sinclair, M.
      • "Remeetings - Get More Out of Meetings",  Faria, A. and Riedhammer, K.
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper at Interspeech 2015 (students in bold)
      • "Adapting Machine Translation Models towards Misrecognized Speech with Test-to-Speech Pronunciation Rules and Acoustic Confusability", Ruis, N., Gao, Q, Lewis, W., and Federico, M.
      • "A Time Delay Neural Network Architecture for Efficient Modeling of Lang Temporal Context", Peddinti, V., Povey, D., and Khudanpur, S.
      • "Objective Intelligibility Assessment of Text-to-Speech Systems Systems through Utterance Verfication", Ullmann, R., Rasipuram, R., Magimai-Dos, M., and Bourlard, H.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2012-2014) "Silent Speech Interfaces", Denby, B., Schultz, T., Honda, K., Hueber, T., Gilbert J.M., and Brumberg, J.S.,  Speech Communication, vol 52, issue 4, pages 270-287, 2010.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Computer Speech and Language (2010-2014) "Bayesian update of dialogue state: A POMDP framework for spoken dialogue systems.", Thomson, B., Young, S.J., Computer Speech & Language, 24(4), 562-588, 2010.
  • INTERSPEECH 2014, Singapore:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2014
      • Sandrine Brognaux, Benjamin Picart and Thomas Drugman, “Speech synthesis in various communicative situations: Impact of pronunciation variations”
      • Stephen Voinea, Chiyuan Zhang, Georgios Evangelopoulos, Lorenzo Rosasco and Tomaso Poggio, “Word-level Invariant Representations From Acoustic Waveforms”
      • Zoltán Tüske, Pavel Golik, Ralf Schlüter and Hermann Ney, “Acoustic Modeling with Deep Neural Networks Using Raw Time Signal for LVCSR”
    • INTERSPEECH Best Show and Tell Paper 2014: "I2R Speech2Singing Perfects Everyone's Singing",  Minghui Dong, Yvonne Lee Siu Wa, Haizhou Li, Paul Chan, Xuejian Peng, Jochen Walter Ehnes, and Dongyan Huang,
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2011-2013): "Benefits and challenges of real-time uncertainty detection and adaptation in a spoken dialogue computer tutor", Forbes-Riley, K. and Litman, D.,  Speech Communication, vol 53, issue 9, pages 1115-1136, 2011
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Computer Speech and Language (2009 - 2013) "The subspace Gaussian mixture model—A structured model for speech recognition", Povey, D., Burget, L., Agarwal, M., Akyazi, P., Kai, F., Ghoshal, A., Glembek, O., Goel, N, Karafiat, M, Rastrow, A, Rose, R., Schwartz, P., Thomas, S., Computer Speech & Language, 25(2), 404-439, 2011.
  • INTERSPEECH 2013, Lyon, France:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2013 (students in bold)
      • "Speaker and Noise Independent Voice Activity Detection", François Germain, Dennis Sun and Gautham Mysore
      • "A two-step technique for MRI audio enhancement using dictionary learning and wavelet packet analysis", Colin Vaz, Vikram Ramanarayanan and Shrikanth Narayanan
      • "Using text and acoustic features to diagnose progressive aphasia and its subtypes", Kathleen Fraser, Frank Rudzicz and Elizabeth Rochon
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2008-2012, Joint ISCA/EURASIP Award): "Statistical mapping between articulatory movements and acoustic spectrum using a Gaussian mixture model", Tomoki Toda, Alan W. Black, Keiichi Tokuda, Speech Communication, Volume 50, Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 215-227 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2007.09.001
    • ISCA Award for the the best paper published in Computer Speech and Language (2008-2012): "The Hidden Information State model: A practical framework for POMDP-based spoken dialogue management", Young, S., Gasic, M., Keizer, S., Mairesse, F., Schatzmann, J., Thomson, B.; Yu, K., Computer Speech & Language , Volume 24(2), April 2010, Pages 150-174
  • INTERSPEECH 2012, Portland, US:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2012 (students in bold)
      • "Discriminatively learning factorized finite state pronunciation models from dynamic Bayesian networks", Preethi Jyothi, Eric Fosler-Lussier and Karen Livescu
      • "MAP Estimation of Whole-Word Acoustic Models with Dictionary Priors", Keith Kintzley, Aren Jansen and Hynek Hermansky
      • "Age Estimation from Telephone Speech using i-vectors", Mohamad Hasan Bahari, Mitchell McLaren, Hugo Van hamme and David Van Leeuwen
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2009-2011, Joint ISCA/EURASIP Award): "PEAKS – A system for the automatic evaluation of voice and speech disorders", Maier A., Haderlein T., Eysholdt U., Rosanowski F., Batliner A., Schuster M., Nöth E, Speech Communication, Volume 51, Issue 5, May 2009, Pages 425-437 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2009.01.004
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Computer Speech and Language (2007-2011): "Discriminative n-gram language modeling",Roark, B., Saraclar, M., Collins, M., Computer Speech & Language , Volume 21(2), 2007, Pages 373-392
  • INTERSPEECH 2011, Florence, Italy:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2011 (students in bold)
      • "Low-Frequency Bandwidth Extension of Telephone Speech Using Sinusoidal Synthesis and Gaussian Mixture Model", Sun-Ses2-P2 Speech Enhancement, Hannu Pulakka, Ulpu Remes, Santeri Yrttiaho, Kalle Palomäki, Mikko Kurimo, and Paavo Alku
      • "One-to-Many Voice Conversion Based on Tensor Representation of Speaker Space", Tue-Ses1-O3 Voice Conversion, Daisuke Saito, Keisuke Yamamoto, Nobuaki Minematsu, and Keikichi Hirose
      • "Modelling Novelty Preference in Word Learning", Tue-Ses2-O2 First Language Acquisition, Maarten Versteegh, Louis ten Bosch, and Lou Boves
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2006-2010, Joint ISCA/EURASIP Award): "Data Driven Emotion Conversion in Spoken English", Zeynep Inanoglu and Steve Young, Volume 51, 2009, pp. 268-283
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Computer Speech and Language (2006-2010): "Support Vector Machine for Speaker and Language Recognition", W. M. Campbell, J. P. Campbell, D. A. Reynolds, E. Singer, and P. A. Torres-Carrasquillo, Volume 20, Issue 2-3, 2006, pp. 210-229
  • INTERSPEECH 2010, Makuhari, Japan:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2010 (students in bold)
      • "Did you say susi or shushi? Measuring the Emergence of Robust Fricative Contrasts in English- and Japanese-Acquiring Children", Jeffrey J. Holliday, Mary E. Beckman, and Chanelle Mays
      • "Using Non-Native Error Patterns to Improve Pronunciation Verification" Mon-Ses3-P3 Language Learning", Joost van Doremalen, Catia Cucchiarini, and Helmer Strik
      • "Reliable Tracking Based on Speech Sample Salience of Vocal Cycle Length Perturbations",Christophe Mertens, Francis Grenez, Lise Crevier-Buchman, and Jean Schoentgen
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2007-2009): "Joint-sequence models for grapheme-to-phoneme conversion", Maximilian Bisani, Hermann Ney. Volume 50, Issue 5, May 2008, pp. 434-451.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Computer Speech and Language (2005-2009) "Partially observable Markov decision processes for spoken dialog systems", J.D. Williams, Steve Young, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2007, pp. 393-422
  • INTERSPEECH 2009, Brighton, UK:
    • "Sequencing of Articulatory Gestures using Cost Optimization", Juraj Simko, F. Cummins.
    • "A Deterministic plus Stochastic Model of the Residual Signal for Improved Parametric Speech Synthesis" Thomas Drugman G. Wilfart, T.Dutoit
    • "On the Semi-Supervised Learning of Multi-Layered Perceptrons" Jonathan Malkin, Amarnag Subramanya, J. Bilmes.
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2009 (students in bold)
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal (2006-2008): "Automatic speech recognition and speech variability: A Review", R. De Mori, O. Deroo, S. Dupont, T. Erbes, D. Jouvet, L. Fissore, P. Laface, A. Mertins, C. Ris, R. Rose, V. Tyagi, and C. Wellekens, Volume 49, Issues 10-11, October-November 2007 Pages 763-786
  • INTERSPEECH 2008, Brisbane, Australia:
    • "On the equivalence of gaussian and Log-linear HMMS", Georg Heigold, Lehnen, P., Schlueter, R., and Ney, H.
    • "Combining Continuous Progressive Model Adaptation and Factor Analysis for Speaker Verification" Mitchell McLaren, Matrouf, D., Vogt R. and Bonastre, J.
    • "Effects of Intonational Phrase Boundaries on Pitch-Accented Syllables > in American English" Yen-Liang Shue, Shuttuck-Hufnagel, S., Iseli, M., Jun S., Veilleux N., and Alwan, A.
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2008 (students in bold)
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal (2005-2007):"Decoding speech in the presence of other sources", J.P. Barker, M.P. Cooke and D.P.W. Ellis, Volume 45, issue 1, January 2005, Pages 5-25
  • INTERSPEECH 2007, Antwerp, Belgium:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Interspeech 2007 (students in bold)
      • "Speech Recognition Techniques for a Sign Language Recognition System"Philippe Dreuw, David Rybach, Thomas Deselaers, Morteza Zahedi, and Hermann Ney
      • "An Empirical Investigation of the Nonuniqueness in the Acoustic-to-Articulatory Mapping, Chao Qin, Miguel A. Carreira-Perpinan
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal (2004-2006): "Combining active and semi-supervised learning for spoken language understanding", G. Tur, D. Hakkani-Tur, and R. Schapire, Volume 45, issue 2, February 2005 Pages 171-186
  • INTERSPEECH 2006, Pittsburgh, US:
    • Best Student Papers Award (students in bold)
      • "Detecting Question-Bearing Turns in Spoken Tutorial Dialogues", Jackson Liscombe, Jennifer J. Venditti, Julia Hirschberg
      • "Soft Margin Estimation of Hidden Markov Model Parameters", Jinyu Li, Ming Yuan and Chin-Hui Lee
      • "Acoustic cues for the classification of regular and irregular phonation", Kushan Surana and Janet Slifka
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal during 2003-2005: "Statistical language model adaptation: review and perspectives", Jerome Bellegarda, Volume 42, issue 1, January 2004, Pages 83-108.
  • INTERSPEECH 2005, Lisbon, Portugal:
    • Best Student Paper Award (student in bold): "On the Integration of Speech Recognition and Statistical Machine Translation", E. Matusov, S. Kanthak and H. Ney.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal (2002-2004): "Multi-class composite N-gram language model", Hirofumi Yamamoto, Shuntaro Isogai and Yoshinori Sagisaka, Speech Communication, Volume 41, Issues 2-3, October 2003, Pages 369-379.
  • INTERSPEECH 2004, Jeju, Korea:
    • Best Student Paper Award (student in bold): "Hot Discussion or Frosty Dialogue? Towards a Temperature Metric for Conversational Interactivity", Peter Reichl and Florian Hammer.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal (2002-2003): "The LIMSI Broadcast News Transcription System", J. L. Gauvin, L. Lamel and G. Adda, Volume 37, Issues 1-2, June 2002, Pages 89-108.
  • Eurospeech'03, Geneva, Switzerland:
    • Best Student Paper Award (student in bold): "CRA-BF: A Novel Combined Fixed/Adaptive Beamforming for Robust Speech Recognition in Real Car Environments", Xianxian Zhang and John H. L. Hansen.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication (2001-2002): "The auditory organization of speech and other sources in listeners and computational models", Martin Cooke and Daniel P. W. Ellis. Speech Communication, Vol. 35, pp. 141-177, 2001.
  • ICSLP'02, Denver, US:
    • Best Student Paper Award (student in bold): "Motor Specifications of a Baby Robot via the Analysis of Infants' Vocalizations", J. Serkhane et al.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communication (2000-2001): "Language-independent and language-adaptive acoustic modeling for speech recognition", Tanja Schultz and Alex Waibel:, vol.35 nos.1-2, 2001
  • Eurospeech'01, Aalborg, Denmark:
    • ISCA Award for the best student paper of Eurospeech 2001 addressing original speech communication topics (student in bold): "Split-band Perceptual Harmonic Cepstral Coefficients as Acoustic Features for Speech Recognition", Liang Gu and Kenneth Rose.
    • ISCA Award for the best paper published in Speech Communications (1998-2000): "Network Optimizations for Large-Vobabulary Speech Recognition", Mehryar Mohri and Michael Riley:, Speech Communication, Vol. 28, No 1, pp. 1-12 (1999).
  • Eurospeech'99, Budapest, Hungary:
    • Best Student Paper Award (student in bold) : "Unsupervised training of a speech recognizer: recent experiments", Thomas Kemp, Alex Waibel
    • ELSNET prize for the "best student paper addressing integration of language and speech" (student in bold): "Combining nonlocal, syntactic and n-gram dependencies in language modeling", Jun Wu and Sanjeev Khudanpur
    • ELRA prize for the "best student paper addressing issues related to speech and natural language ressources" (student in bold): "Multi-level decision trees for static and dynamic pronunciation models", Eric Fosler-Lussier
  • Eurospeech'97, Rhodes, Greece:
    • ELSNET prize for the "best student paper addressing integration of language and speech": "Subword unit representations for spoken document retrieval", Kenney Ng and Victor W. Zue,
    • ELRA prize for the "best student paper addressing issues related to speech and natural language ressources" (student in bold): "Statistical language modeling using the CMU-Cambridge toolkit", Philip Clarkson and Ronald Rosenfeld.