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Election of members for the Board of ISCA (2013-2017)

[1-May-2013] Thank you for casting your votes! The ballot was closed at 23:59 hours (Europe/Paris Time) on 30 April 2013.

[14-Mar-2013] ISCA secretariat now call for you to vote in the 2013 ISCA Board Election. We are pleased to announce 28 qualified nominations for vacant seats on the ISCA board. According to the ISCA by-laws, you are invited to vote for any number of candidates from 0 to 28 in the 2013 ISCA Board Election. Each vote has equal weight.

Please visit http://www.isca-speech.org/iscavote to cast your vote using your ISCA userID and password.

After voting, you can still revise your vote at any time before 30-Apr-2013. Thank you for your participation!

- ISCA Board

[11-Dec-2012] The ISCA Board currently has 14 members from 11 countries (see full list below). Members are elected to the Board for a period of four years and no member may serve on the Board for more than two consecutive terms. The following Board members will have served for two consecutive terms in August: Isabel Trancoso, Jean-Francois Bonastre, David House, and Michael Picheny, and thus these four will be retiring.

According to the ISCA by-laws, elections to the Board will take place in April-May 2013. We invite nominations from the ISCA membership. Each nomination requires the support of three members of the Association and agreement from the candidate (e.g., by email). The ISCA statutes specify a maximum of three Board members from any one country. Each ISCA member will be asked to cast a anonymous ballot in the election, via a survey website.

Members elected to the Board will be expected to have one of the areas of responsibility listed below, to commit time to furthering the work of ISCA in their area, to attend the two-day Board meetings that take place at each annual INTERSPEECH conference and to participate in additional virtual meetings during the year (teleconferences). All candidates should be aware of these obligations and commit themselves to fulfilling them before agreeing to be nominated.

The Board will accept nominations either from proposers or self-nominations, as long as indication of support is provided. Please send your nomination(s) to the ISCA Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BEFORE March 1st, 2013 (Friday) with the following information:

Full Name and Title:
Position and Institution:
Research area:
Indication of willingness to serve if elected:
E-mail:
URL:
Short biography (one paragraph)
Short statement (one paragraph, describing the work they would intend to do on the Board)
Names and emails of three proposers (ISCA members).

Please provide a photo, for posting on the ballot.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information about the nomination process or about duties of ISCA Board members.

Best regards,
Jean-Francois Bonastre (ISCA President) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Douglas O'Shaughnessy (ISCA Secretary) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Areas:

FINANCE, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, MEMBERSHIP SERVICES AND ISCA WEBSITE, PUBLICATIONS AND ARCHIVE, DISTINGUISHED LECTURERS AND GEOGRAPHICAL OUTREACH, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, TRAINING & EDUCATION, GRANTS, FELLOWS & AWARDS, INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS, SECRETARIAT

Current Board:

Jean-Francois BONASTRE (ISCA President)
Douglas O'SHAUGHNESSY (ISCA Secretary and V-P)
Bernd MÖBIUS, Treasurer
Alan BLACK
Nick CAMPBELL
Keikichi HIROSE
David HOUSE
Haizhou LI
Helen MENG
Satoshi NAKAMURA
Michael PICHENY
Tanja SCHULTZ
Yannis STYLIANOU
Isabel TRANCOSO


ISCA Distinguished Lecturers for 2012-2013

[21-May-2012] ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Committee, chaired by Professor Julia Hirschberg, and the ISCA Board, are pleased to announce the selection of the new distinguished lecturers for 2012-2013:

Prof. Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Congratulations!

To host a Distinguished Lecture in your region, please contact the chair of ISCA Geographical Outreach Committee, Prof. Satoshi Nakamura at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Satellite Workshops during INTERSPEECH 2013

[18-May-2011] The Organizing Committee of InterSpeech 2013 invites proposals for satellite workshops at InterSpeech 2013, which will be held in Lyon, FRANCE on 25-29 August 2013. The theme of InterSpeech 2013 is “Speech in life science and human societies".

The Organizing Committee would be pleased to host various workshops and conferences organized as satellite events of InterSpeech 2013 in order to stimulate research fields and disciplines related to speech and language. If you are interested in organizing a satellite workshop, or would like a planned event to be listed as an official satellite event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Satellite Workshop coordinator can also help you to connect with local contacts in different places in France located less than 3 hours from Lyon by train or car (Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Montpellier, Paris, etc.).

Proposals should include:

  • date and suited location of the workshop
  • estimated number of participants
  • a short description of the motivation for the workshop
  • an outline of the program
  • a list of the technical/scientific committee members.

* Proposals for satellite workshops must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before September 1st 2012.

* Notification of acceptance and ISCA approval / sponsorship is scheduled for October 30, 2012.

 

If you have any questions about whether a potential event would be a good candidate for an InterSpeech 2013 satellite workshop feel free to contact the Satellite Workshops Chair.

 

Sincerely,

Laurent Besacier

Satellite Workshops Chair

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Interspeech 2015 will take place in Dresden, Germany

[10-January-2012] ISCA has completed the review of bids to host Interspeech 2015. We are glad to announce that Interspeech 2015 will be held in Dresden. Congratulations to the German team!

Conference Chair: Sebastian Möller, Technische Universität Berlin


[31-December-2011] ISCA wishes all members a Happy New Year!

ISCA Announces its New Membership Portal

[25-December-2011] ISCA is pleased to announce its new membership portal today. The new portal provides an one-stop online service for membership application, renewal, updating of member profile, retrieval of password, and search of membership database with enhanced privacy and resume posting features. Please login to the new portal today to update your profile or renew your membership. Wish all ISCA members a happy holiday season!

ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement 2012 Announced

[07-November-2011] ISCA today announces that ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement 2012 is awarded to Professor Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology, for pioneering and seminal contributions to automatic speech and speaker recognition, including innovations in adaptive learning, discriminative training and utterance verification.

ISCA Calls for Nominations of 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturers

[07-November-2011] ISCA's Distinguished Lecturers (DL) travel to different parts of the world to give lectures to help promote research activities on speech science and technologies. For details, please visit the ISCA DL Section.

ISCA DL Program now calls for nominations of 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturers. A Distinguished Lecturers Committee selects the DLs. The chair of the Committee for 2010-2013 is Professor Julia Hirschberg. Nominations should be sent to dl_nominations [at] isca-speech.org. Nominations for 2012-2013 nomination should be received before January 15, 2012.

ISCA Calls for Nominations of 2012 Fellows

[04-November-2011] ISCA's Fellow Program recognizes and honors outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the field of speech communication science and technology. To qualify for this distinction, a candidate must have been an ISCA member for five years or more with a minimum of ten years experience in the field. Nominations may be made by any ISCA member. For details, please visit the Fellows Section.

Please note that the deadline for ISCA Fellow nominations for 2012 has been brought forward to February 10, 2012. Nominators are strongly advised to contact Email: fellow_nomination [at] isca-speech.org by January 10, 2012 to register the interests of nominating somone.

ISCA call for bids to organize INTERSPEECH 2015

[12-September-2011] INTERSPEECH is the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). This conference has a long history, as it brings together two previous series of biennial international conferences: EUROSPEECH, the European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, and ICSLP, the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing.

EUROSPEECH conferences were organized by ESCA (European Speech Communication Association). Previous EUROSPEECH conferences were held in 1989 in Paris (France); 1991 in Genoa (Italy); 1993 in Berlin (Germany); 1995 in Madrid (Spain); 1997 in Rhodes (Greece); and 1999 in Budapest (Hungary). ICSLP conferences were coordinated by the Permanent Council for the Organization of International Conferences on Spoken Language Processing (PC-ICSLP). They were held in 1990 in Kobe (Japan); in 1992 in Banff (Canada); 1994 in Yokohama (Japan); 1996 in Philadelphia (USA); and 1998 in Sydney (Australia).

In 1999, as a result of the joint effort between ESCA and PC-ICSLP, ISCA was created and the two series of conferences merged under the joint label INTERSPEECH. The first INTERSPEECH event was ICSLP 2000, which took place in Beijing (China), already co-sponsored by ISCA. It was succeeded by EUROSPEECH 2001 in Aalborg (Denmark); ICSLP 2002 in Denver (USA); EUROSPEECH 2003 in Geneva (Switzerland); ICSLP 2004 in Jeju (Korea), EUROSPEECH 2005 in Lisbon (Portugal) and ICSLP 2006 in Pittsburgh (USA). Since 2007 the former conference labels, preserved for historic reasons during these first years, are no longer in use. The INTERSPEECH conference 2007 was held in Antwerp (Belgium), 2008 in Brisbane (Australia), 2009 in Brighton (UK), 2011 in Makuhari (Japan), and 2011 in Florence (Italy). The next INTERSPEECH conferences will be held in 2012 in Portland (USA), 2013 in Lyon (France) and 2014 in Singapore.

The selection of the conference venue will follow the original pattern of being held in Europe in odd years and outside Europe in even years. Although there is no formal requirement for this alternation, ISCA attempts to not have the conference in the same continent in two consecutive years.

INTERSPEECH conferences include papers on all scientific and technological aspects of speech and language. More than 1.000 participants from all over the world attend the conference and more than 700 papers are presented in oral and poster sessions. Several satellite workshops and a Scientific and Industrial Exhibition complement the conferences' content. The technical program typically includes special sessions, which are often targeted at interdisciplinary topics, or intend to present the results of joint evaluation campaigns over common corpora, and are frequently enriched with discussions and panels. Special sessions are often organized by SIGs, the ISCA Special Interest Groups.

INTERSPEECH papers are indexed in ISI, Engineering Index, Scopus, and Google Scholar. It is rated as Rank A conference by the Computing and Research Education Association of Australasia (CORE).

ISCA calls for bids to organize an INTERSPEECH conference four years before the event. The bids presented by well established and world recognized teams are presented to the ISCA Board, which makes the selection based on the feedback from the ISCA Advisory Council, a body of approximately twenty-five senior speech communication researchers.

The call for bids to organize INTERSPEECH 2015 is now open. The deadline for the bid is November 1 2011. You will find guidelines and information on the ISCA website (http://www.isca-speech.org -> Conferences)

If you are interested in organizing an INTERSPEECH conference, please contact the ISCA Future Conference Coordinator Tanja Schultz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

ISCA Announces Survey 2010 Summary

[1-September-2011] ISCA conducted a membership survey in 2010 to seek feedbacks about Interspeech conferences and announced the survey summary during Interspeech 2011 at Florence, Italy. Please click here to download the information.

INVITATION: ISCA General Assembly on 29 August 2011

Dear ISCA members,

On behalf of the ISCA Board, I would like to encourage you to attend the ISCA General Assembly which will take place in Florence, Italy in conjunction with INTERSPEECH 2011. The Assembly will begin at 18.00 (6.00 pm) on Monday, August 29 and will be held in the Auditorium – Palazzo dei Congressi. The General Assembly is open to all members of ISCA and provides an excellent opportunity for you to actively participate in the meeting and propose suggestions to help make our association even better.

On behalf of the ISCA Board, I am looking forward to seeing you in Florence and to your participation in the ISCA General Assembly.

Best regards,

David House
ISCA Secretary

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ISCA General Assembly 2011

Agenda of the 2011 ISCA General Assembly to be held on Monday, 29
August 2011, at 18.00 (6.00 pm), Auditorium – Palazzo dei
Congressi, Florence, Italy.

1. Opening remarks and approval of the Minutes of the 2010 General Assembly (Makuhari)
2. President’s report
3. Treasurer’s report
4. Approval of the reports
5. Announcement of changes to the ISCA Board
6. ISCA goals for 2011-2012
7. Comments, Suggestions and Questions from ISCA Members
8. Announcement of next ISCA General Assembly
9. Any other business
10. Handover to the New President

Call for Participation: The 12th INTERSPEECH, Florence, Italy, 28-31 August 2011

[1-August-2011] Dear ISCA Members, Welcome to the 12th Interspeech! Interspeech 2011 has received a record number of 1435 submissions. I only hope that the number of participants also breaks another record, so that we can gather in the wonderful city of Florence the largest spoken language community ever, to enjoy the excellent technical and social program that the organizing team has prepared for us. I'm looking forward to meeting you all in Florence!

-Isabel Trancoso

ISCA Announces Video Archive Service

[25-July-2011] ISCA announces that it starts a new service, Video Archive, that provides video streaming (video and slides) for lectures and presentations in related seminars and conferences, which can be found at the Archive section of ISCA Web. The content is hosted by University of Crete, Greece, and SuperLectures.com, as a temporary solution. For posting of Video Archive, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISCA Announces Board Election 2011 Results

[1-June-2011] The election for five ISCA Board Members is now complete. The results are as follows. 496 ballots were received during the voting period (30 April – 30 May 2011) with the following five candidates elected as ISCA Board members for a period of four years from 1 September 2011 (members are listed alphabetically):

ALAN W BLACK (USA)
HELEN MENG (HONG KONG)
BERND MÖBIUS (GERMANY)
SATOSHI NAKAMURA (JAPAN)
TANJA SCHULTZ (GERMANY)

On behalf of the ISCA Board, I would like to thank all of you who took part in the election. We are seeing an increased participation in the Board election which is very encouraging. Participation has increased from 169 ballots in 2007 to 338 in 2009 to 496 today.

David House
ISCA Secretary

ISCA Calls for Nomination of Board Election 2011

[1-March-2011] ISCA calls for nomination of Board Election 2011. According to the ISCA by-laws, elections to the Board may take place in April or May every two years. Nominations of candidates for the Board member elections can be made by the Board and by each ISCA member. The Board would therefore like to invite nominations from the ISCA membership. As of this year, the ISCA statutes permit a maximum of three Board members from any single country. As there are currently no more than two Board members from any single country, there is no restriction on nominations pertaining to country.

Nominations to the Board are to be made with the support of three members of ISCA and with agreement from the candidate in either written or electronic form. Members who are elected to the Board will be expected to take up one of the areas of responsibility, to commit time to furthering the work of ISCA in their area, to attend the two-day Board meeting that takes place in conjunction with the annual INTERSPEECH conference and to participate in additional virtual meetings during the year (teleconferences).

The Board will accept nominations either from proposers or self-nominations, as long as indication of support is provided.

Please send your nomination(s) to the ISCA Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BY 20 March 2011 (Sunday) with the following information:

Full Name and Title:
Position and Institution:
Research area:
Indication of willingness to serve if elected:
E-mail:
URL (where CV may be found):
Short biography (one paragraph):
Short statement (one paragraph, describing the work they would intend to do on the Board):
Names and emails of three proposers (ISCA members):

Submission Opening Announcement - INTERSPEECH 2011

[7-February-2011]The INTERSPEECH 2011 Technical Program Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the online paper submission system.

The deadline for submitting papers is 31 March 2011. This deadline will not be extended. Inquiries regarding paper submissions should be directed via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISCA Distinguished Lecturers for 2011-2012

[2-February-2011] The DL's committee, chaired by Professor Julia Hirschberg, and the ISCA Board, are pleased to announce the selection of the new distinguished lecturers for 2011-2012:

Prof. Jeff Bilmes, University of Washington, Seattle WA
Prof. John Hansen, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas TX

If you want to host a DL in your region, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISCA Calls for Nomination of 2011 Fellows

[17-January-2011] ISCA's Fellow Program recognizes and honors outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the field of speech communication science and technology. To qualify for this distinction, a candidate must have been an ISCA member for five years or more with a minimum of ten years experience in the field. Nominations may be made by any ISCA member. For details, please visit the Fellows Section. Nomination is due on 1 Apr 2011.