Research and development in the field of spoken language depends critically on the existence of software tools. A large range of excellent tools have been developed and are widely used today. Most tools were developed by individuals who recognized the need for a given tool, had the necessary conceptual and programming skills, and were deeply rooted in the application field, namely spoken language.
Excellent tools are a prerequisite to research. However, tool developers rarely receive academic recognition for their efforts. Journals, conferences and funding agencies are interested in the results of the work on a research question while the tools developed to achieve these results are of less interest. This makes it difficult to publish articles on tools, and it is next to impossible to obtain funding for their development.
The Interspeech 2011 special event on speech processing tools aims to provide a forum for tool developers to improve their academic visibility and thus enhance their motivation to continue developing the software needed by the community. This year, the focus is on interoperability . how can different tools be integrated into the workflow, data be exchanged between tools, queries work across tools, and a consistent user interface be achieved.
Bibliographic reference. Draxler, Christoph / Altosaar, Toomas / Furui, Sadaoki / Liberman, Mark / Wittenburg, Peter (2011): "Speech processing tools - an introduction to interoperability", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 3229-3232.