ISCApad number 94

April 10th, 2006

Dear Members,
This month was very hectic for most of you since the Interspeech 2006 submission deadline was on April 12th (extended). We hope we will have excellent papers and we cheer our voluntary reviewers.
A very important piece of information is the venue of Interspeech 2009 in Brighton UK September 6-10, 2009.The conference will have as a theme "Speech and Intelligence" and will be chaired by Professor Roger K.Moore.
We can also report that ISCA board meets now on a quarterly basis thanks to long phone meetings increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
Our student branch is very active and you will find below (ISCA News) a call for collaboration from Murat, the ISCA student delegate.The board encourages all members to react positively and actively to his requests.
Lin Shan, board member in charge of the International Affairs for ISCA is organizing several subcommittees in areas less represented in ISCA, including Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southern Asia, and Latin America. If you reside in one of these areas, contact Lin Shan for details.
Other requests: first, SIG's leaders are urged to submit brief activity reports to ISCApad.
Second, if you are aware of new books devoted to speech science and/or technology, please draw my attention to them, so that I can advertise these books in ISCApad.
I will be pleased to meet most of you at ICASSP and the satellite workshops and of course in September at Interspeech 2006 in Pittsburgh.

Christian Wellekens


  1. ISCA News
  2. SIG's activities
  3. Courses, internships
  4. Books, databases, softwares
  5. Job openings
  6. Journals
  7. Future INTERSPEECH Conferences
  8. Future ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRW)
  9. Forthcoming Events supported (but not organized) by ISCA
  10. Future Speech Science and technology events


From ISCA Student activity committee (SAC)
ISCA Speech Labs Listing?
ISCA-SAC is in the process of updating ISCA databases. An important part of this process is to have an extensive list of speech labs and groups from all over the world. Right now, there are 102 labs from 24 countries. Please, check the listing, and enter your group's information at if your group is not listed.
Do you want to become a board member in ISCA Student Advisory Committee?
ISCA-SAC is looking for new motivated members (PhD students early in their degrees are preferred). There are available positions on ISCA-SAC board. If you want to volunteer for ISCA and contribute to ISCA-SAC efforts (to get an idea please visit our website), get into contact with us by sending email to . There are exciting projects that current board members and volunteering students are working on. Join us!
Murat Akbacak
ISCA-SAC Student Coordinator
PhD Student, University of Colorado at Boulder
Research Intern, University of Texas at Dallas

are available for students and young scientists attending meetings.
For more information:


SIG's activities

A list of Speech Interest Groups can be found on our web.





PHONETICA Journal-Editor: K. Kohler, Karger (Kiel)
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Phonetic Science is a field increasingly accessible to experimental verification. Reflecting this development, ‘Phonetica’ is an international and interdisciplinary forum which features expert original work covering all aspects of the subject: descriptive linguistic phonetics and phonology (comprising segmental as well as prosodic phenomena) are focussed side by side with the experimental measuring domains of speech physiology, articulation, acoustics, and perception. ‘Phonetica’ thus provides an overall representation of speech communication. Papers published in this journal report both theoretical issues and empirical data.
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Projects on *Speaker Classification* for a Springer LNCS/LNAI Book
edited by Christian Müller (DFKI, Germany) and Susanne Schötz (University of Lund, Sweden).
General Information
Christian Müller from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Susanne Schötz from the University of Lund (Sweden) are editing a collection on speaker classification which is published by Springer in the LNCS/LNAI series (section 'State-of-the-Art Surveys' respectively 'Hot-Topics'). In parallel to the printed book, it is published in full-text electronic form via the Springer internet platform
More about the book
. We invite contributions from a variety of areas related to speaker classification, including artificial intelligence (machine learning, pattern classification), natural language technology as well as phonetics.
The list of topics includes (but is not restricted to):
* identifying the speakers identity
* accent identification
* dialect identification
* sociolect identification
* language identification
* age and gender recognition
* emotion recognition
* recognition of cognitive state (e.g. working memory load)
* acquiring any other kind of information about the speaker on the basis of her/his speech or speaking behavior
Please note that we *explicitely allow* contributions that have already been published in conference proceedings or journals. Novel papers are welcome as well, of course.
Submission Procedure
If you are interested in contributing to the book, please send an abstract to The abstract has not to be formatted. Feel free to send .doc, .pdf, .txt or .tex files.
Important Dates
ABSTRACT submissions due April 30, 2006 (earlier submission are welcome)
notification of acceptance June 1, 2006
full paper manuscripts due open, scheduled for August 2006
camera read versions due open, scheduled for September 2006
publication of the book open, scheduled for October 2006
Dr. Christian Müller
German Reseach Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Fon +49-681-302-3393
Fax +49-681-302-4136



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Doctoral (PhD) Positions in the field of Content-based Multimedia Information Retrieval and Management Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Sciences - University of Geneva - Switzerland

The Viper group , part of the Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory , has a long research experience in Content-based Multimedia Information Retrieval (image, video, text, ...). Its activities have led amongst other results to the development of interactive demo systems for content-based video ( Vicode ) and image ( GIFT) retrieval and multimedia management. We wish to continue these activities.
Description of posts:
Several doctoral positions are open in relation with international and national project funds awarded on the basis of our research activities in the broad field of content-based multimedia information search, retrieval and management. The research performed will form direct contributions in our current and upcoming projects, including ViCode and the Collection Guide (see our main website for details).
The successful applicants should show knowledge and interest in one or many of the following domains:
* Data mining, statistical data analysis
* Statistical learning
* Signal, image, audio processing
* Knowledge engineering
* Indexing, Databases
* Operation research
Starting date: No later than September 2006.
Salary: 48'000CHF per annum (1st year)
Supervision: Dr. S. Marchand-Maillet and Dr. E. Bruno
Application: Applications by email are welcome to:
Dr. Eric Bruno
Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory
Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva
24, rue du General Dufour, CH-1211 Geneva 4
e-mail. This announce (with more info):

Two research positions in the Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics at Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona Spain)

under a scheme funded by the Regional Government of Catalonia.
web site of the host institute
ELIGIBLE TOPICS (in decreasing order of priority)
Language and automata theory and its applications
Biomolecular computing and nanotechnology
Language and speech technologies
Formal theories of language acquisition and evolutionary linguistics
Computational neuroscience
Other related fields might still be eligible provided there are strong enough candidates for them

Position A
- It is intended for a very experienced scientist with a clear leadership willing to develop an academic career in the framework of the host institut for an unlimited time starting in 2006-2007
- It will be filled in under the form of a permanent work contract subject to periodical scientific assessment
- Doctoral teaching and supervising are expected as well as a strong involvement in the institute activities
- Only candidates with an outstanding publication record will be considered
- The PhD degree must have been awarded earlier than May 2002
Position B
- It is intended for a young scientist with a high potential and leaders hip willing to develop an academic career in the framework of the host institute for 5 years starting in 2006-2007
- It will be filled in under the form of a work contract
- After the first 5 years=2C it is possible that the position will become permanent after appropriate scientific assessment
- Doctoral teaching and supervising are expected=2C as well as a strong involvement in the institute=92s activities
- Only candidates with a high publication record will be considered
- Candidates must be not older than 35
- The PhD degree must have been awarded earlier than May 2004
Position A
- Annual salary amounting 40.000-43.000 euros approximately in the first year after taxes
- If scientific evaluations give a positive result=2C an increase in the= salary is expected periodically
- Full Social Security rights=2C including health assistance for the res= earcher and her/his family
Position B
- Annual salary amounting 32000-35000 euros approximately in the first year after taxes
- Full Social Security rights=2C including health assistance for the researcher and her/his family
It will consist of 2 steps
- a pre-selection based on CV and carried out by the host institute
- an electronic application by the shortlisted candidates essentially involving CV and letters of reference to be assessed by the funding agency
Expressions of interest are welcome until April 17th 2006. They should simply contain the candidate CV and mention "2006-3-A or B"in the subject line. The outcome of the pre-selection will be reported immediately after. Pre-selected candidates will be supported in the application process by the host institute. The deadline for completing the whole process is :
- April 28 for position A
- May 5 for position B
The final results will be publicized not earlier than July 2006.
Carlos Martin-Vide

Contrat de recherche à CNRS-Sorbonne-nouvelle

SHS 16 Bases phonétiques des traits distinctifs
Description du poste :
Selon la théorie des traits distinctifs, les sons de la parole (consonnes, voyelles, tons) sont constitués d'unités primitives appelées traits distinctifs, définies selon certains grands axes phonétiques. L'inventaire de phonèmes d'une langue est défini par son choix de traits et de combinaisons de traits. Non seulement les traits définissent la structure et l'économie particulière (points d'équilibre, points d'instabilité) de chaque système sonore, mais ils jouent aussi un rôle central au niveau cognitif, structurant la perception et la production des sons du langage. Malgré des recherches importantes menées depuis plusieurs anné&es, les bases phonétiques des traits restent insuffisamment connues ; les traits sont définis soit dans le domaine articulatoire et aérodynamique, soit dans le domaine acoustique ou auditif, sans qu'il existe un accord entre chercheurs sur ce point. Depuis quelques années, une nouvelle démarche s'est dégagée dans le cadre de ce qu'on appelle la Théorie quantique des traits, développée dans un premier temps par K.N. Stevens et ses collaborateurs au MIT (Stevens 1989, 1998, 2005, etc.). L'originalité principale de cette théorie est le statut égal qu'elle accorde aux dimensions acoustique, articulatoire et perceptive de la langue parlée. Il s'agit de l'un des modèles récents qui réussit le mieux intégrer la phonétique et la phonologie. Notre projet se propose d'examiner en détail les prédictions et les conséquences empiriques de ce modèle. Sont posées, entre autres, les questions suivantes :
- Quels sont les traits, et comment sont-ils définis ?
- Pourquoi les traits exploitent-ils certaines dimensions acoustiques et articulatoires et non pas d'autres ?
- Tous les traits ont-ils une définition quantique ?
- Dans quelle mesure les attributs des traits sont-ils robustes sous des conditions diverses (choix de locuteur, vitesse du débit, type de son, contexte phonologique ou prosodique) ?
- Dans quelle mesure ces attributs varient-ils selon la langue ?
- Quel est le rôle des traits dans l'acquisition du langage, la reconnaissance lexicale, ou la perception de la langue maternelle ou d'une langue étrangère ? - Quel est leur statut cognitif ? L'étude de ces questions, qui se situent au croisement de divers domaines (phonétique, phonologique, psycholinguistique, neurolinguistique, développementale), est d'une importance primordiale pour une meilleure intégration de la phonologie et la phonétique, de la langue et la parole. Notre projet a reçu un financement dans le cadre du programme ACI-PROSODIE du Ministère Délégué de la Recherche pour une durée de 3 ans (2004-2007) (voir le site Actuellement il réunit plusieurs activités : séminaires, communications invitées, réunions d'un groupe de recherche composé de post-doctorants et doctorants, organisation de colloques et d' échanges internationaux.
Profil du poste
Le Laboratoire de phonétique et phonologie (UMR 7018, CNRS/Sorbonne-nouvelle, Paris), cherche un candidat qui mènera des recherches au sein d'un projet ACI-PROSODIE portant sur l'étude des bases phonétiques des traits distinctifs dans le cadre général de la Théorique quantique ; voir le descriptif ci-dessus et le site pour plus de précisions. Le candidat aura récemment soutenu une thèse portant sur un domaine pertinent pour ce projet et aura une formation en modélisation articulatoire, en analyse acoustique et/ou en perception de la parole ainsi qu'une bonne connaissance des rapports entre ces trois domaines. Un fort engagement dans le sens de l'intégration des approches phonologique, phonétique et cognitive à l'étude du langage est souhaitable. Le candidat travaillera dans une équipe interactive et sera invité à participer aux activités du laboratoire. Pour d'autres précisions s'adresser à Nick Clements
. Le dossier de candidature, disponible sur ce site, est à envoyer à M. Clements de préférence par courrier électronique, accompagné d'une lettre de motivation, d'un CV et des noms et des coordonnées de trois références.
Durée : 1 an(s)
Laboratoire d'accueil
Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie
Annie Rialland
+33 (0)1 45 32 05 76

RESEARCHER at Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH))

Language Technology Lab
I area of speech signal processing, for a research position (Post-Doc, possibly junior) in the DFG project PAVOQUE ("Parametrisation of prosody and voice quality for concatenative speech synthesis in view of emotion expression").
The aim of PAVOQUE is to overcome the lack of expressivity of current unit selection synthesizers by combining the naturalness of corpus-based synthesis with the parametrisability of earlier technologies such as diphone and formant synthesis. PAVOQUE will carry out basic research on methods for the required parametrisation of the key parameters for vocal expression of emotion: prosody and voice quality. Two strategies will be pursued: parameter-based selection of units from the corpus, and post-processing of the synthetic speech signal with signal manipulation methods. This aims to provide a high degree of expressivity while maintaining good quality of the speech signal.
The responsibilities for the research position include, among others, the following:
• Proposal, implementation and assessment of signal analysis algorithms for labelling a speech synthesis corpus, particularly with prosodic and voice quality features;
• Proposal, implementation and assessment of signal modification algorithms for postprocessing prosody and voice quality of selected units during synthesis;
• Contribution to the realisation of novel unit selection algorithms using the annotated features in selection and combining them with signal post-processing.
An ideal candidate will have a strong background in speech signal processing, some experience with speech synthesis, and clearly demonstrable experience with practical development of analysis and modification algorithms for speech prosody and voice quality. The candidate should be an experienced Java and/or C/C++ programmer. A broader interest in issues related to speech synthesis and expressive/emotional speech would be highly welcome. Highly valued personal qualities include team spirit, creativity, self-motivation, and the ability to communicate ideas clearly, combined with a determination to meet project goals. Ideally the applicant would have a completed PhD degree. The earliest starting date of the position is May 2006. The initial duration of the contract will be two years, with a possibility for prolongation.
DFKI GmbH is located on the campus of Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The university's research groups and curricula in the fields of Computational Linguistics and Computer Science are internationally renowned. The LT-Lab offers excellent working conditions in a well-established research group. The position provides opportunities to collaborate in a variety of international projects. The competitive salary is calculated according to qualifications based on DFKI GmbH scales. For more information on the PAVOQUE project, see the website.
Please send your electronic application (preferably in PDF format) to, referring to job opening No. 200602, not later than March 31, 2006. A meaningful application should include a cover letter, a CV, a brief summary of research interests, a statement of interest in the position offered, and contact information for three references. For questions concerning this job opening, please contact Dr. Marc Schröder
Home page.

#1465 - Senior Research Scientist - Speech

Nuance, formerly Scansoft, a worldwide leader in imaging, speech and language solutions, has an opening for a research scientist in speech recognition. The candidate will work on improving recognition performance of speech recognition engine and its main application in Nuance's award-winning dictation products. Dragon NaturallySpeaking® is our market-leading desktop dictation product. The recently released version 8 showed substantial accuracy improvements over previous versions. DragonMT is our new medical transcription server, which brings the benefit of ScanSoft’s dictation technology to the problem of machine assisted medical transcription. We are looking for an individual who wants to solve difficult speech recognition problems, and help get those solutions into our products, so that our customers can work more effectively.
Main responsibilities of the candidate will include:
provide experimental and theoretical analysis of speech recognition problems
formulate new algorithms, create research tools, design and carry out experiments to verify new algorithms
work with other members in the team to improve the performance of our products and add new product features to meet business requirements
work with other team members to deliver acoustic models for products
work with development engineers to insure a high quality implementation of algorithms and models in company products
follow developments in speech recognition to keep our research work state-of-the-art
patent new algorithms and write scientific papers when appropriate
Ph.D. or Master degree in computer science or electrical engineering
good analytical and diagnostic skills
experience with C/C++, scripting using Perl, Python and csh in UNIX environment
ability to work with a large existing code base
desire and ability to be a team player
strong desire and demonstrated ability to work on and solve engineering problems.
Preference will give to candidates who have strong speech recognition background. Previous envolvement in DARPA EARS project is a plus. New graduates with good GPA from top universities are encouraged to apply.
The position will be located in our new headquarters in Burlington, MA, which is approximated 15 miles west of Boston.
Information about Scansoft and its products can be found in our website.

#1322 Research Engineer - Natural Language Understanding (Burlington MA)

Job Descriptions
Nuance is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Our technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses, experience Nuance by calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. Making each of those experiences productive and compelling is what Nuance is all about. We comprise the world's largest portfolio of speech and imaging products backed by the expertise of our professional services organization and a partner network that can create solutions for businesses and organizations around the globe. So whether it's switching to speech to improve customer service or business productivity, or simplifying the way people work with documents, Nuance has the solution.
The candidate will work in the Network NL group, which develops technology, tools and runtime software to enable our customers to build speech applications using natural language. Some of the current problems include Generating language models for new applications with little application-specific training data. Statistical semantics, e.g. training classifiers for call routing. Robust parsing and other techniques to extract richer semantics than a routing destination. The candidate will work on the full product cycle: speak with professional service engineers or customers to identify NL needs and help with solutions, develop new algorithms, conduct experiments, and write product quality software to deliver these new algorithms in the product release cycle.
Strong software skills. C++ required. Perl/python desirable. Needed both for research code and for product quality, unit-tested code that we ship.
Advanced degree in computer science or related field.
Experience in natural language processing, especially call routing, language modeling and related areas.
Ability to take initiative, but also follow a plan and work well in a group environment. A strong desire to make things “really work” in practice.
Please apply on-line

#1365 Software Engineer (Burilngton MA)

Nuance Communications, Inc, a worldwide leader in speech and imaging solutions, has an opening for a senior software engineer to maintain and improve acoustic model training and testing toolkits in the Dragon R&D department.
The candidate will join a group of talented speech scientists and research engineers to advance acoustic modeling techniques for Dragon dictation solutions and other Nuance speech recognition products. We are looking for a self-motivated, goal-driven individual who has strong programming and software architecture skills.
• Maintain and improve acoustic modeling toolkit
o Improve efficiency, flexibility and, when appropriate, architecture of training algorithms
o Improve resource utilization of the toolkit in a large grid computing environment
o Implement new training algorithms in cooperation with speech scientists
o Handle toolkit bug reports and feature requests
o Clean up legacy codes, improve code quality and maintainability
o Perform regression tests and release toolkits
o Improve toolkit documentation
• Improve the software implementation of our research testing framework
• Update acoustic modeling and testing toolkits to work with new versions of speech recognizer
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering
• Strong programming skill using C/C++ and scripting languages Perl/Python in UNIX environment
• Significant experience in creating and maintaining a software toolkit. This includes version control, bug reporting, testing, and releasing code to a user community.
• Ability to work with a large existing code base
• Good software design and architecture skill
• Attention to detail: ability and interest in getting lots of details right on a work task
• Desire and ability to be a team player
? Experience with building acoustic models for speech recognition
? Experience with CVS
? Experience coming up to speed on a large existing code base in a short period of time
? Knowledge of speech recognition algorithms, including model training algorithms
Preference will give to candidates who have experience in maintaining a speech recognition toolkit. Previous experience in computer administration and grid software management is a plus.

Postdoctoral Position at the Swiss Centre for Research in Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva

Swiss Centre for Research in the Affective Sciences
Geneva Emotion Research Group
"Analysis of emotional expressions"
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva to work with Klaus Scherer, Susanne Kaiser, Tanja Banziger and other members of the Geneva Emotion Research Group on several projects involving the quantitative analysis of expressive behavior in several modalities. In addition to a series of new experiments to be defined in collaboration with the chosen candidate, the research program involves working with a new, extensive corpus of actor portrayals. The focus of the activity is the study of the vocal expression of emotion in relation to concomitant facial and gestural behavior.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in psychology, phonetics, computer sciences, or another pertinent discipline. The candidate should have basic knowledge of acoustic signal processing and a strong interest in the microanalysis of expressive behavior. Excellent knowledge of data analytic techniques and strong computer skills are also required.
Review of applications will begin in February 2006 and continue until the position is filled.
Salary and duration
Salary and duration of the position will be commensurate with the chosen applicants level of experience.
Candidates must send their applications (letter of interest, CV, and if possible 2 letters of recommendation) by regular mail or e-mail to Dr. Tanja Banziger
University of Geneva
Dept. of Psychology
40. Bd. du Pont d'Arve
CH-1205 Geneva
Tel +41/22/379-9207
Fax +41/22/379-9219

Post-Doctoral Position in Audio signals segmentation and Indexing - ENST (Paris)

The LTCI lab (Laboratoire Traitement et Communication de l'Information) which is a joined research lab between CNRS and GET/Télécom Paris is proposing a postdoctoral position in Audio signals segmentation and indexing, to start in September/October 2006.
Project Description
The focus of this project is on audio indexing and on content-based information retrieval especially for radiophonic audio streams. For such streams, the audio signal gathers on a single track (or file) numerous events or combination of events (speech, music, applause, environmental noise, jingles, etc…) that are important to automatically detect. In fact, it is known that efficient speech/music segmentation leads to improved performances for speech recognition or speaker tracking. However, beyond the speech/music segmentation, it is also important to consider more complex situations (speech detection on musical background, solo detection in a music performance, singing voice segments localisation, genre or orchestration estimation etc….). Hence, one of the main objectives of this project is to obtain an automatic segmentation of the different types of segments (speech, music,….) including mixed segments in developing new statistical approaches for novelty detection and content structuring, in developing new methods for speech enhancement (or singing voice enhancement) with musical background (and vice versa for musical sources identification) and in developing new methods for audio information extraction (automatic extraction of main melody, harmony, rhythm and genre) from musical signals.
This research work will fit in the framework of several national and international collaborative projects and in the first place in the European network of excellence IST-Kspace that aims at building an open and expandable framework for collaborative research in semantic inference for semi-automatic annotation and retrieval of multimedia content.
Candidate Profile
As minimum requirements, the candidate will have:
• A PhD in audio signal processing, speech processing, statistics, machine learning, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related discipline.
• Familiarity with audio signal processing
• Programming skills
The ideal candidate would also have:
• Experience with corpus-based methods.
• Solid experience of research work materialised by publications in conferences or/and journals
• Experience with machine learning and excitement about interdisciplinary work.
• Autonomy and excitement to work in a team
• Some musical experience
Other Information
Preferred starting date: September or October 2006
Location: LTCI / Télécom Paris, 37 rue Dareau, 75014 Paris, FRANCE
Duration : 12 months
Competitive salary
The LTCI lab is located in the heart of Paris (France) one of the culturally most exciting, diverse, and inclusive cities in the world ,
Signal and Image Processing department
GET/Télécom Paris
More information
Prof. Gaël RICHARD , phone +33 1 45 81 73 65)
Prof. Yves GRENIER
Prof. Henri MAITRE


A position for a postdoctoral associate is available within the Sound Technology Group , Digital Media Division at the Department of Science and Technology (ITN) Linköping University at Campus Norrköping, Sweden.
Our research is focused on physical and perceptual models of sound sources, sound source separation and adapted signal representations.
Candidates must have a strong background in research and a completed Ph.D.
Programming skills (e.g. Matlab, C/C++ or Java) are very desirable, as well as expertise in conducting acoustic/auditory experiments.
We are especially interested in candidates with research background in the following areas:
. Auditory Scene Analysis
. Sound Processing
. Spatial Audio and Hearing
. Time-Frequency and Wavelet Representations
. Acoustics
but those with related research interests are also welcome to apply.
Inquiries and CVs must be addressed to Prof. G. Evangelista (please consult the sound technology web page in order to obtain the e-mail address)
Professor of Sound Technology
Digital Media Division
Department of Science and Technology (ITN)
Linköping Institute of Technology (LiTH) at Campus Norrköping
SE-60174 Norrköping, Sweden

EDINBURGH SPEECH SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY (EdSST) project - PhD positions in speech science and technology

Five PhD positions funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training (EST) scheme are available on the Edinburgh Speech Science and Technology (EdSST) project. EdSST is an interdisciplinary research training programme that aims close the gap between speech science and technology, focussing on a number of overlapping research areas, each of which includes components from speech science and speech technology:
* Articulatory instrumentation and modelling
* Speech synthesis
* Speech recognition
* Human-computer dialogue systems
* Inclusive design
* Augmentative and alternative communication
for further details see:Research Website
You should have a first or upper second class honours degree or its equivalent, and/or a Masters degree, in Informatics or Linguistics. Informatics includes areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Information Engineering, and Computational Linguistics. Linguistics includes areas such as Phonetics, Speech Science, Speech and Language Therapy, and Human Communication Sciences. Applicants with degrees in these disciplines will also be considered: Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics.
You must also fulfil European Union Marie Curie EST selection criteria.
EdSST Fellows will be expected to register for a PhD with either the University of Edinburgh or QMUC, depending on PhD topic.
Application details and further information: Information Website


Call for papers for a Special Issue of Speech Communication:
"Bridging the Gap Between Human and Automatic Speech Processing"

This special issue of Speech Communication is entirely devoted to studies that seek to bridge the gap between human and automatic speech recognition. It follows the special session at INTERSPEECH 2005 on the same topic.
announcement sent out in January AND February 2006
submission date: April 30 2006
papers out for review: May 7 2006
first round of reviews in: June 30 2006
notification of acceptance/revisions/rejections: July 7 2006
revisions due: August 15
notification of acceptance: August 30 2006
final manuscript due: September 30 2006
tentative publication date: December 2006
Papers are invited that cover one or several of the following issues:
- quantitative comparisons of human and automatic speech processing capabilities, especially under varying environmental conditions
- computational approaches to modelling human speech perception
- use of automatic speech processing as an experimental tool in human speech perception research
- speech perception/production-inspired modelling approaches for speech recognition, speaker/language recognition, speaker tracking, sound source separation
- use of perceptually motivated models for providing rich transcriptions of speech signals (i.e. annotations going beyond the word, such as emotion, attitude, speaker characteristics, etc.)
- fine phonetic details: how should we envisage the design and evaluation of computational models of the relation between fine phonetic details in the signal on the one hand, and key effects in (human) speech processing on the other hand.
- how can advanced detectors for articulatory-phonetic features be integrated in the computational models for human speech processing
- the influence of speaker recognition on speech processing
Papers must be submitted by April 30, 2006 at Elsevier website. During the submission mention that you are submitting to the Special Issue on "Bridging the Gap..." in the paper section/category or author comments and request Julia Hirschberg as managing editor for the paper.
Guest editors:
Katrin Kirchhoff
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington
Box 352500
Seattle, WA, 98195
(206) 616-5494

Louis ten Bosch
Dept. of Language and Speech
Radboud University Nijmegen
Post Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
+31 24 3616069

Papers accepted for FUTURE PUBLICATION in Speech Communication

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Fatih Ögüt, Mehmet Akif Kiliç, Erkan Zeki Engin and Rasit Midilli, Voice onset times for Turkish stop consonants, Speech Communication, In Press, Uncorrected Proof, , Available online 3 April 2006, . Website
Keywords: Articulation; Consonant; Acoustics; Speech; Stop consonants; Voice onset time

Frédéric Bimbot, Marcos Faundez-Zanuy and Renato de Mori, Editorial, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 10 March 2006, . Website

Jan Stadermann and Gerhard Rigoll, Hybrid NN/HMM acoustic modeling techniques for distributed speech recognition, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 3 March 2006, . Website
Keywords: Distributed speech recognition; Tied-posteriors; Hybrid speech recognition

Gerasimos Xydas and Georgios Kouroupetroglou, Tone-Group F0 selection for modeling focus prominence in small-footprint speech synthesis, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 2 March 2006, . Website
Keywords: Text-to-speech synthesis; Tone-Group unit-selection; Intonation and emphasis in speech synthesis

Antonio Cardenal-López, Carmen García-Mateo and Laura Docío-Fernández, Weighted Viterbi decoding strategies for distributed speech recognition over IP networks, , Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 28 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: Distributed speech recognition; Weighted Viterbi decoding; Missing data

Felicia Roberts, Alexander L. Francis and Melanie Morgan, The interaction of inter-turn silence with prosodic cues in listener perceptions of "trouble" in conversation, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 28 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: Silence; Prosody; Pausing; Human conversation; Word duration

Ismail Shahin, Enhancing speaker identification performance under the shouted talking condition using second-order circular hidden Markov models, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 14 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: First-order left-to-right hidden Markov models; Neutral talking condition; Second-order circular hidden Markov models; Shouted talking condition

A. Borowicz, M. Parfieniuk and A.A. Petrovsky, An application of the warped discrete Fourier transform in the perceptual speech enhancement, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 10 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: Speech enhancement; Warped discrete Fourier transform; Perceptual processing

Pushkar Patwardhan and Preeti Rao, Effect of voice quality on frequency-warped modeling of vowel spectra, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 3 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: Voice quality; Spectral envelope modeling; Frequency warping; All-pole modeling; Partial loudness

Veronique Stouten, Hugo Van hamme and Patrick Wambacq, Model-based feature enhancement with uncertainty decoding for noise robust ASR, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 3 February 2006, . Website
Keywords: Noise robust speech recognition; Model-based feature enhancement; Additive noise; Convolutional noise; Uncertainty decoding

Jinfu Ni and Keikichi Hirose, Quantitative and structural modeling of voice fundamental frequency contours of speech in Mandarin, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 26 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Prosody modeling; F0 contours; Tone; Intonation; Tone modulation; Resonance principle; Analysis-by-synthesis; Tonal languages

Francisco Campillo Díaz and Eduardo Rodríguez Banga, A method for combining intonation modelling and speech unit selection in corpus-based speech synthesis systems, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 24 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Speech synthesis; Unit selection; Corpus-based; Intonation

Jean-Baptiste Maj, Liesbeth Royackers, Jan Wouters and Marc Moonen, Comparison of adaptive noise reduction algorithms in dual microphone hearing aids, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 24 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Adaptive beamformer; Adaptive directional microphone; Calibration; Noise reduction algorithms; Hearing aids

Roberto Togneri and Li Deng, A state-space model with neural-network prediction for recovering vocal tract resonances in fluent speech from Mel-cepstral coefficients, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 24 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Vocal tract resonance; Tracking; Cepstra; Neural network; Multi-layer perceptron; EM algorithm; Hidden dynamics; State-space model

T. Nagarajan and H.A. Murthy, Language identification using acoustic log-likelihoods of syllable-like units, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Language identification; Syllable; Incremental training

Yasser Ghanbari and Mohammad Reza Karami-Mollaei, A new approach for speech enhancement based on the adaptive thresholding of the wavelet packets, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Speech processing; Speech enhancement; Wavelet thresholding; Noisy speech recognition

Mohammad Ali Salmani-Nodoushan, A comparative sociopragmatic study of ostensible invitations in English and Farsi, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 11 January 2006, . Website
Keywords: Ostensible invitations; Politeness; Speech act theory; Pragmatics; Face threatening acts

Laurent Benaroya, Frédéric Bimbot, Guillaume Gravier and Rémi Gribonval, Experiments in audio source separation with one sensor for robust speech recognition, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 December 2005, . Website
Keywords: Noise suppression; Source separation; Speech enhancement; Speech recognition

Naveen Srinivasamurthy, Antonio Ortega and Shrikanth Narayanan, Efficient scalable encoding for distributed speech recognition, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 December 2005, . Website
Keywords: Distributed speech recognition; Scalable encoding; Multi-pass recognition; Joint coding-classification

Leigh D. Alsteris and Kuldip K. Paliwal, Further intelligibility results from human listening tests using the short-time phase spectrum, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 5 December 2005, . Website
Keywords: Short-time Fourier transform; Phase spectrum; Magnitude spectrum; Speech perception; Overlap-add procedure; Automatic speech recognition; Feature extraction; Group delay function; Instantaneous frequency distribution

Luis Fernando D'Haro, Ricardo de Córdoba, Javier Ferreiros, Stefan W. Hamerich, Volker Schless, Basilis Kladis, Volker Schubert, Otilia Kocsis, Stefan Igel and José M. Pardo, An advanced platform to speed up the design of multilingual dialog applications for multiple modalities, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 5 December 2005, . Website
Keywords: Automatic dialog systems generation; Dialog management tools; Multiple modalities; Multilinguality; XML; VoiceXML

Ben Milner and Xu Shao, Clean speech reconstruction from MFCC vectors and fundamental frequency using an integrated front-end, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 21 November 2005, . Website
Keywords: Distributed speech recognition; Speech reconstruction; Sinusoidal model; Source-filter model; Fundamental frequency estimation; Auditory model

Min Chu, Yong Zhao and Eric Chang, Modeling stylized invariance and local variability of prosody in text-to-speech synthesis, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 18 November 2005, . Website
Keywords: Prosody; Stylized invariance; Local variability; Soft prediction; Unit selection; Text-to-speech

Stephen So and Kuldip K. Paliwal, Scalable distributed speech recognition using Gaussian mixture model-based block quantisation, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 18 November 2005, . Website
Keywords: Distributed speech recognition; Gaussian mixture models; Block quantisation; Aurora-2

Junho Park and Hanseok Ko, Achieving a reliable compact acoustic model for embedded speech recognition system with high confusion frequency model handling, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 11 November 2005, . Website
Keywords: Tied-mixture HMM; Compact acoustic modeling; Embedded speech recognition system

Amalia Arvaniti, D. Robert Ladd and Ineke Mennen, Phonetic effects of focus and "tonal crowding" in intonation: Evidence from Greek polar questions, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 26 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Intonation; Focus; Tonal alignment; Phrase accent; Tonal crowding

Dimitrios Dimitriadis and Petros Maragos, Continuous energy demodulation methods and application to speech analysis, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 25 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Nonstationary speech analysis; Energy operators; AM-FM modulations; Demodulation; Gabor filterbanks; Feature distributions; ASR; Robust features; Nonlinear speech analysis

Daniel Recasens and Aina Espinosa, Dispersion and variability of Catalan vowels, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 24 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Vowels; Catalan; Schwa; Vowel spaces; Contextual and non-contextual variability for vowels; Acoustic analysis; Electropalatography

Cynthia G. Clopper and David B. Pisoni, The Nationwide Speech Project: A new corpus of American English dialects, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 21 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Speech corpus; Dialect variation; American English

Diane J. Litman and Kate Forbes-Riley, Recognizing student emotions and attitudes on the basis of utterances in spoken tutoring dialogues with both human and computer tutors, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Emotional speech; Predicting user state via machine learning; Prosody; Empirical study relevant to adaptive spoken dialogue systems; Tutorial dialogue systems

Carsten Meyer and Hauke Schramm, Boosting HMM acoustic models in large vocabulary speech recognition, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Boosting; AdaBoost; Machine learning; Acoustic model training; Spontaneous speech; Automatic speech recognition

SungHee Kim, Robert D. Frisina, Frances M. Mapes, Elizabeth D. Hickman and D. Robert Frisina, Effect of age on binaural speech intelligibility in normal hearing adults, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 17 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Age; Presbycusis; HINT; Speech intelligibility in noise

Tong Zhang, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Stephen E. Levinson, Cognitive state classification in a spoken tutorial dialogue system, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 17 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Intelligent tutoring system; User affect recognition; Spoken language processing

Mark D. Skowronski and John G. Harris, Applied principles of clear and Lombard speech for automated intelligibility enhancement in noisy environments, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 17 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Clear speech; Speech enhancement; Energy redistribution

Marcos Faundez-Zanuy, Speech coding through adaptive combined nonlinear prediction, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 17 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Speech coding; Nonlinear prediction; Neural networks; Data fusion

Praveen Kakumanu, Anna Esposito, Oscar N. Garcia and Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, A comparison of acoustic coding models for speech-driven facial animation, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 17 October 2005, . Website
Keywords: Speech-driven facial animation; Audio-visual mapping; Linear discriminants analysis

Atsushi Fujii, Katunobu Itou and Tetsuya Ishikawa, LODEM: A system for on-demand video lectures, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 27 September 2005, . Website
Keywords: Cross-media retrieval; Speech recognition; Spoken document retrieval; Adaptation; Lecture video

Marián Képesi and Luis Weruaga, Adaptive chirp-based time-frequency analysis of speech signals, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 21 September 2005, . Website
Keywords: Time-frequency analysis; Harmonically related chirps; Fan-Chirp transform

Hauke Schramm, Xavier Aubert, Bart Bakker, Carsten Meyer and Hermann Ney, Modeling spontaneous speech variability in professional dictation, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 19 September 2005, . Website
Keywords: Automatic speech recognition; Spontaneous speech modeling; Pronunciation modeling; Rate of speech modeling; Filled pause modeling; Model combination

Giampiero Salvi, Dynamic behaviour of connectionist speech recognition with strong latency constraints, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 14 June 2005, . Website
Keywords: Speech recognition; Neural network; Low latency; Non-linear dynamics

Christopher Dromey, Shawn Nissen, Petrea Nohr and Samuel G. Fletcher, Measuring tongue movements during speech: Adaptation of a magnetic jaw-tracking system, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 14 June 2005, . Website
Keywords: Tongue; Movement; Measurement; Magnetic; Kinematic

Erhard Rank and Gernot Kubin, An oscillator-plus-noise model for speech synthesis, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 21 April 2005, . Website
Keywords: Non-linear time-series; Oscillator model; Speech production; Noise modulation

Kevin M. Indrebo, Richard J. Povinelli and Michael T. Johnson, Sub-banded reconstructed phase spaces for speech recognition, Speech Communication, In Press, Corrected Proof, , Available online 24 February 2005, . Website
Keywords: Speech recognition; Dynamical systems; Nonlinear signal processing; Sub-bands



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INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP, the Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of speech science and language technology, will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 17-21, 2006, under the sponsorship of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).
The INTERSPEECH meetings are considered to be the top international conference in speech and language technology, with more than 1000 attendees from universities, industry, and government agencies. They are unique in that they bring together faculty and students from universities with researchers and developers from government and industry to discuss the latest research advances, technological innovations, and products. The conference offers the prospect of meeting the future leaders of our field, exchanging ideas, and exploring opportunities for collaboration, employment, and sales through keynote talks, tutorials, technical sessions, exhibits, and poster sessions. In recent years the INTERSPEECH meetings have taken place in a number of exciting venues including most recently Lisbon, Jeju Island (Korea), Geneva, Denver, Aalborg (Denmark), and Beijing.
ISCA, together with the INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP organizing committee, would like to encourage submission of papers for the upcoming conference in the following
Linguistics, Phonetics, and Phonology
Discourse and Dialog
Speech Production
Speech Perception
Physiology and Pathology
Paralinguistic and Nonlinguistic Information (e.g. Emotional Speech)
Signal Analysis and Processing
Speech Coding and Transmission
Spoken Language Generation and Synthesis
Speech Recognition and Understanding
Spoken Dialog Systems
Single-channel and Multi-channel Speech Enhancement
Language Modeling
Language and Dialect Identification
Speaker Characterization and Recognition
Acoustic Signal Segmentation and Classification
Spoken Language Acquisition, Development and Learning
Multi-Modal Processing
Multi-Lingual Processing
Spoken Language Information Retrieval
Spoken Language Translation
Resources and Annotation
Assessment and Standards
Spoken Language Processing for the Challenged and Aged
Other Applications
Other Relevant Topics
In addition to the regular sessions, a series of special sessions has been planned for the meeting. Potential authors are invited to submit papers for special sessions as well as for regular sessions, and all papers in special sessions will undergo the same review process as papers in regular sessions. Confirmed special sessions and their organizers include:
* The Speech Separation Challenge, Martin Cooke (Sheffield) and Te-Won Lee (UCSD)
* Speech Summarization, Jean Carletta (Edinburgh) and Julia Hirschberg (Columbia)
* Articulatory Modeling, Eric Bateson (University of British Columbia)
* Visual Intonation, Marc Swerts (Tilburg)
* Spoken Dialog Technology R&D, Roberto Pieraccini (Tell-Eureka)
* The Prosody of Turn-Taking and Dialog Acts, Nigel Ward (UTEP) and Elizabeth Shriberg (SRI and ICSI)
* Speech and Language in Education, Patti Price ( and Abeer Alwan (UCLA)
* From Ideas to Companies, Janet Baker (formerly of Dragon Systems)
Notification of paper status: June 9, 2006
Early registration deadline: June 23, 2006
Tutorial Day: September 17, 2006
Main Conference: September 18-21, 2006
Further information via Website or send email
Professor Richard M. Stern (General Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Fax: +1 412 268-3890

August 27-31,2007,Antwerp, Belgium
Chair: Dirk van Compernolle, K.U.Leuven and Lou Boves, K.U.Nijmegen

September 22-26, 2008, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Chairman: Denis Burnham, MARCS, University of West Sydney.



ITRW on Speech Recognition and Intrinsic Variation (SRIV)- Toulouse, France

May 20th 2006, Toulouse, France
Satellite of ICASSP-2006
email address .
- Accented speech modeling and recognition,
- Children speech modeling and recognition,
- Non-stationarity and relevant analysis methods,
- Speech spectral and temporal variations,
- Spontaneous speech modeling and recognition,
- Speech variation due to emotions,
- Speech corpora covering sources of variation,
- Acoustic-phonetic correlates of variations,
- Impact and characterization of speech variations on ASR,
- Speaker adaptation and adapted training,
- Novel analysis and modeling structures,
- Man/machine confrontation: ASR and HSR (human speech recognition),
- Disagnosis of speech recognition models,
- Intrinsic variations in multimodal recognition,
- Review papers on these topics are also welcome,
- Application and services scenarios involving strong speech variations
Important dates
Submission deadline: Feb. 1, 2006
Notification acceptance: Mar. 1, 2006
Final manuscript due: Mar. 15, 2006
Progam available: Mar. 22, 2006
Registration deadline: Mar. 29, 2006
Workshop: May 20, 2006 (after ICASSP 2006)
This event is organized as a satellite of the ICASSP 2006 conference. The workshop will take place in Toulouse, on 20 May 2006, just after the conference, which ends May 19. The workshop will consist of oral and poster sessions, as well as talks by guest speakers.
Registration On-line registration is open on the workshop website
More information
email address .

ITRW on Experimental Linguistics

28-30 August 2006, Athens Greece
The general aims of the Workshop are to bring together researchers of linguistics and related disciplines in a unified context as well as to discuss the development of experimental methodologies in linguistic research with reference to linguistic theory, linguistic models and language applications.
1. Theory of language
2. Cognitive linguistics
3. Neurolinguistics
4. Speech production
5. Speech acoustics
6. Phonology
7. Morphology
8. Syntax
9. Prosody
10. Speech perception
11. Psycholinguistics
12. Pragmatics
13. Semantics
14. Discourse linguistics
15. Computational linguistics
16. Language technology
I. Lexicon
II. Sentence
III. Discourse
1 February 2006, deadline of abstract submission
1 March 2006, notification of acceptance
1 April 2006, registration
1 May 2006, camera ready paper submission
28-30 August 2006, Workshop
Antonis Botinis, University of Athens, Greece
Marios Fourakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Barbara Gawronska, University of Skövde, Sweden
Aikaterini Bakakou-Orphanou, University of Athens
Antonis Botinis, University of Athens
Christoforos Charalambakis, University of Athens
ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
University of Athens
GR-15784, Athens GREECE
Tel.: +302107277668
Fax: +302107277029
Workshop site address


Berlin, Germany, 4 - 6 September 2006
The quality of systems which address human perception is difficult to describe. Since quality is not an inherent property of a system, users have to decide on what is good or bad in a specific situation. An engineering approach to quality includes the consideration of how a system is perceived by its users, and how the needs and expectations of the users develop. Thus, quality assessment and prediction have to take the relevant human perception and judgement factors into account. Although significant progress has been made in several areas affecting quality within the last two decades, there is still no consensus on the definition of quality and its contributing components, as well as on assessment, evaluation and prediction methods.
Perceptual quality is attributed to all systems and services which involve human perception. Telecommunication services directly provoke such perceptions: Speech communication services (telephone, Voice over IP), speech technology (synthesis, spoken dialogue systems), as well as multimodal services and interfaces (teleconference, multimedia on demand, mobile phones, PDAs). However, the situation is similar for the perception of other products, like machines, domestic devices, or cars. An integrated view on system quality makes use of knowledge gained in different disciplines and may therefore help to find general underlying principles. This will assist the increase of usability and perceived quality of systems and services, and finally yield better acceptance.
The workshop is intended to provide an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between both academic and industrial researchers working on different aspects of perceptual quality of systems. Papers are invited which refer to methodological aspects of quality and usability assessment and evaluation, the underlying perception and judgment processes, as well as to particular technologies, systems or services. Perception-based as well as instrumental approaches will complement each other in giving a broader picture of perceptual quality. It is expected that this will help technology providers to develop successful, high-quality systems and services.
The following non-exhaustive list gives examples of topics which are relevant for the workshop, and for which papers are invited:
- Methodologies and Methods of Quality Assessment and Evaluation
- Metrology: Test Design and Scaling
- Quality of Speech and Music
- Quality of Multimodal Perception
- Perceptual Quality vs. Usability
- Semio-Acoustics and -Perception
- Quality and Usability of Speech Technology Devices
- Telecommunication Systems and Services
- Multi-Modal User Interfaces
- Virtual Reality
- Product-Sound Quality
April 15, 2006 (updated): Abstract submission (approx. 800 words)
May 15, 2006: Notification of acceptance
June 15, 2006: Submission of the camera-ready paper (max. 6 pages)
September 4-6, 2006: Workshop
The workshop will take place in the "Harnack-Haus", a villa-like conference center located in the quiet western part of Berlin, near the Free University. As long as space permits, all participants will be accommodated in this center. Accommodation and meals are included in the workshop fees. The center is run by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and can easily be reached from all three airports of Berlin (Tegel/TXL, Schönefeld/SXF and Tempelhof/THF). Details on the venue, accommodation and transportation will be announced soon.
CD workshop proceedings will be available upon registration at the conference venue and subsequently on the workshop web site.
The official language of the workshop will be English.
Ute Jekosch (IAS, Technical University of Dresden)
Sebastian Möller (Deutsche Telekom Labs, Technical University of Berlin)
Alexander Raake (Deutsche Telekom Labs, Technical University of Berlin)
Sebastian Möller, Deutsche Telekom Labs, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7,
D-10587 Berlin, Germany
phone +49 30 8353 58465, fax +49 30 8353 58409

ITRW on Statistical and Perceptual Audition ( 2006)

A satellite workshop of INTERSPEECH 2006 -ICSLP
September 16, 2006, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
This will be a one-day workshop with a limited number of oral presentations, chosen for breadth and provocation, and an informal atmosphere to promote discussion. We hope that the participants in the workshop will be exposed to a broader perspective, and that this will help foster new research and interesting variants on current approaches.
Generalized audio analysis
Speech analysis
Music analysis
Audio classification
Scene analysis
Signal separation
Speech recognition
Multi-channel analysis
In all cases, preference will be given to papers that clearly involve both perceptually-defined or perceptually-related problems, and statistical or machine-learning based solutions.
Important dates
Submission of a 4-6 pages long paper deadline (double column) April 21 2006
Notification of acceptance June 9, 2006

NOLISP'07: Non linear Speech Processing

May 22-25, 2007 , Paris, France

6th ISCA Speech Synthesis Research Workshop (SSW-6)

Bonn (Germany), August 22-24, 2007
A satellite of INTERSPEECH 2007 (Antwerp)in collaboration with SynSIG
Details will be posted by early 2007
Prof. Wolfgang Hess

ITRW on Robustness

November 2007, Santiago, Chile




La Rochelle (France) April 27-29th, 2006
Jointly organised by La Rochelle University and Paris 3 University( Phonetics & Phonology laboratory, UMR 7018 CNRS).
Satellite conference of PROSODY 2006 that will be held in Dresden (Germany) in May 02-05, 2006.
The aim of the TAL 2006 conference is to bring together researchers interested in all areas of tone languages.
The conference welcomes papers on the following topics:
- typology and phonology of tone languages
- tone languages acquisition
- speech physiology and pathology in tone languages
- tones production
- perception in tone languages
- tone languages prosody
- modelling of tones and intonation
- speech processing in tone languages
- cognitive aspects of tone languages
- others
The deadline for full paper submission (4 pages, 2 columns, simple-spaced, Time New Roman 10 points) is January 15, 2006.
Paper submission is possibly exclusively via the conference website, in accordance with the submission guidelines. No previously published papers should be submitted.
Each corresponding author will be notified by e-mail of the acceptance of the paper by January, 31, 2006.
Intention of participation: before October 30, 2005
Full paper submission deadline: January 15, 2006
Notification of paper acceptance/rejection: February 1st, 2006
Early registration deadline: February 28, 2005
final paper: March 31, 2005
If you want to be updated as more information becomes available, please send an email.


International Conference on Speech Prosody
May 2-5 2006
International Congress Center, Dresden, Germany
For further information, visit our website
We invite contributions in any of the following areas and also appreciate suggestions for Special Sessions:
* Prosody and the Brain
* Prosody and Speech Production
* Analysis, Formulation and Modeling of Prosody
* Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Prosody
* Cross-linguistic Studies of Prosody
* Prosodic Variability
* Prosody of Dialogues and Spontaneous Speech
* Prosody and Affect
* Prosody and Speech Perception
* Prosody in Speech Synthesis
* Prosody in Speech Recognition and Understanding
* Prosody in Language Learning
* Auditory-Visual Production and Perception of Prosody
* Pathology of Prosody and Aids for the Impaired
* Annotation and Speech Corpus Creation
* Others
Organizing Committee:
Ruediger Hoffmann - Chair
Hansjoerg Mixdorff - Program Chair
Oliver Jokisch - Technical Chair
Important Dates:
Proposals for special sessions: November 11, 2005
Full 4-page paper submission: December 31, 2005
Advanced registration deadline: February 28, 2006
Conference: May 2-5, 2006
Post-conference day: May 6, 2006

2nd Workshop on Multimodal User Authentication

A satellite conference of ICASSP 2006 in Toulouse France.
May 11-12,2006
Workshop website
Iris identification
Eye and face analysis
Speaker recognition/verification
Fingerprint recognition
Audio/Image indexing and retrieval
Joint audio/video processing
Gesture analysis
Signature recognition
Multimodal Fusion and Integration Techniques for Authentication
Intelligent interfaces for biometric systems and data bases and tools for system evaluation
Applications and implementations of multimodal user authentication systems
Privacy issues and standards

5th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Languages

Strategies for developing machine translation for minority languages
Tuesday May 23rd 2006 (morning)
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Centre, Genoa, Italy
Organised in conjunction with LREC 2006: Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Genoa, Italy, 24-26 May 2006
This workshop continues the series of LREC workshops organized by SALTMIL ( SALTMIL is the ISCA Special Interest Group for Speech And Language Technology for Minority Languages.
The workshop will begin with the following talks from invited speakers:
* Lori Levin (Carnegie Mellon University, USA): "Omnivorous MT: Using whatever resources are available."
* Anna Sågvall Hein (University of Uppsala, Sweden): "Approaching new languages in machine translation."
* Hermann Ney (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany): "Statistical Machine Translation with and without a bilingual training corpus"
* Delyth Prys (University of Wales, Bangor): "The BLARK matrix and its relation to the language resources situation for the Celtic languages."
* Daniel Yacob (Ge'ez Frontier Foundation) "Unicode Development for Under-Resourced Languages".
* Mikel Forcada (Universitat d’Alacant, Spain): "Open source machine translation: an opportunity for minor languages"
These talks will be followed by a poster session with contributed papers.
Papers are invited that describe research and development in the following areas:
* The BLARK (Basic Language Resource Kit) matrix at ELDA, and how it relates to minority languages.
* The advantages and disadvantages of different corpus-based strategies for developing MT, with reference to a) speed of development, and b) level of researcher expertise required.
* What open-source or free language resources are available for developing MT?
* Existing resources for minority languages, with particular emphasis on software tools that have been found useful.
All contributed papers will be presented in poster format. All contributions will be included in the workshop proceedings (CD). They will also be published on the SALTMIL website.
Important dates
* Final version of paper: April 10, 2006
* Workshop: May 23, 2006 (morning)
Programme committee
* Briony Williams (University of Wales, Bangor, UK): Programme Chair
* Kepa Sarasola (University of the Basque Country)
* Bojan Petek (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
* Julie Berndsen (University College Dublin, Ireland)
* Atelach Alemu Argaw (University of Stockholm, Sweden)

HLT-NAACL 2006 Call for Demos

2006 Human Language Technology Conference and North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics annual meeting.
New York City, New York
Conference date: June 4-9, 2006
Submission deadline: March 3, 2006
Proposals are invited for the HLT-NAACL 2006 Demonstrations Program. This program is aimed at offering first-hand experience with new systems, providing opportunities to exchange ideas gained from creating systems, and collecting feedback from expert users. It is primarily intended to encourage the early exhibition of research prototypes, but interesting mature systems are also eligible. Submission of a demonstration proposal on a particular topic does not preclude or require a separate submission of a paper on that topic; it is possible that some but not all of the demonstrations will illustrate concepts that are described in companion papers.
Demo Co-Chairs
John Dowding, University of California/Santa Cruz
Natasa Milic-Frayling, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Alexander Rudnicky, Carnegie Mellon University.
Areas of Interest
We encourage the submission of proposals for demonstrations of software and hardware related to all areas of human language technology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, natural language, speech, and text systems for:
- Speech recognition and generation;
- Speech retrieval and summarization;
- Rich transcription of speech;
- Interactive dialogue;
- Information retrieval, filtering, and extraction;
- Document classification, clustering, and summarization;
- Language modeling, text mining, and question answering;
- Machine translation;
- Multilingual and cross-lingual processing;
- Multimodal user interface;
- Mobile language-enabled devices;
- Tools for Ontology, Lexicon, or other NLP resource development;
- Applications in growing domains (web-search, bioinformatics, ...).
Please be referred to the HLT-NAACL 2006 CFP for a more detailed but not necessarily an exhaustive list of relevant topics.
Important Dates
Submission of final demo related literature: April 17, 2006
Conference: June 4-9, 2006
A demo proposal should consist of the following parts:
- An extended abstract of up to four pages, including the title, authors, full contact information, and technical content to be demonstrated. It should give an overview of what the demonstration is aimed to achieve, how the demonstration illustrates novel ideas or late-breaking results, and how it relates to other systems or projects described in the context of other research (i.e., references to related literature).
- A detailed requirement description of hardware, software, and network access expected to be provided by the local organizer. Demonstrators are encouraged to be flexible in their requirements (possibly preparing different demos for different logistical situations). Please state what you can bring yourself and what you absolutely must be provided with. We will do our best to provide equipment and resources but at this point we cannot guarantee anything beyond the space and power supply.
- A concise outline of the demo script, including the accompanying narrative, and either a web address to access the demo or visual aids (e.g., screen-shots, snapshots, or sketches). The demo script should be no more than 6 pages.
The demo abstract must be submitted electronically in the Portable Document Format (PDF). It should follow the format guidelines for the main conference papers. Authors are encouraged to use the style files provided on the HLT-NAACL 2006 website. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their proposals use no unusual format features and can be printed on a standard Postscript printer.
Demo proposals should be submitted electronically to the demo co-chairs.
Demo proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to the conference, innovation, scientific contribution, presentation, and usability, as well as potential logistical constraints.
The accepted demo abstracts will be published in the Companion Volume to the Proceedings of the HLT-NAACL 2006 Conference.
Further Details
Further details on the date, time, and format of the demonstration session(s) will be determined and provided at a later date. Please send any inquiries to the demo co-chairs.


Call for Tutorial Proposals
Proposals are invited for the Tutorial Program for HLT-NAACL 2006, to be held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from June 4 to 9, 2006. The tutorial day is June 4, 2006. The HLT-NAACL conferences combine the HLT (Human Language Technology) and NAACL (North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics) conference series, and bring together researchers in NLP, IR, and speech. For details, see our website .
We seek half-day tutorials covering topics in Speech Processing, Information Retrieval, and Natural Language Processing, including their theoretical foundations, intersections, and applications. Tutorials will normally move quickly, but they are expected to be accessible, understandable, and of interest to a broad community of researchers, preferably from multiple areas of Human Language Technology. Our target is to have four to six tutorials.
Proposals for tutorials should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain text, PDF, Microsoft Word, or HTML. They should be submitted, by the date shown below, by email. The subject line should be: "HLT-NAACL'06 TUTORIAL PROPOSAL".
Proposals should contain:
1. A title and brief (2-page max) description of the tutorial topic and content. Include a brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial's core content can be covered in a three hours (two 1.5 hour sessions). Tutorials should be accessible to the broadest practical audience. In keeping with the focus of the conference, please highlight any topics spanning disciplinary boundaries that you plan to address. (These are not strictly required, but they are a big plus.)
2. An estimate of the audience size. If approximately the same tutorial has been given elsewhere, please list previous venues and approximate audience sizes. (There's nothing wrong with repeat tutorials; we'd just like to know.)
3. The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the organizers, with one-paragraph statements of their research interests and areas of expertise.
4. A description of special requirements for technical needs (computer infrastructure, etc). Tutorials must be financially self-supporting. The conference organizers will establish registration rates that will cover the room, audio-visual equipment, internet access, snacks for breaks, and reproduction the tutorial notes. A description of any additional anticipated expenses must be included in the proposal.
Accepted tutorial speakers will be asked to provide descriptions of their tutorials suitable for inclusion in all of: email announcements, the conference registration material, the printed program, the website, and the proceedings. This will involve producing text and/or HTML and/or LaTeX/Word/PDF versions of appropriate lengths.
Tutorial notes will be printed and distributed by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). These materials, containing at least copies of the slides that will be presented and a bibliography for the material that will be covered, must be submitted by the date indicated below to allow adequate time for reproduction. Presenters retain copyright for their materials, but ACL requires that presenters execute a non-exclusive distribution license to permit distribution to participants and sales to others.
Tutorial presenters will be compensated in accordance with current ACL policies; see details .
Course material due: May 1, 2006
Tutorial date: Jun 4, 2006
Jim Glass, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christopher Manning, Stanford University
Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland

11-th International Conference SPEECH AND COMPUTER (SPECOM'2006)

25-29 June 2006
St. Petersburg, Russia
Conference website Organized by St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS)
Supported by SIMILAR NoE, INTAS association, ELSNET and ISCA.
- Signal processing and feature extraction;
- Multimodal analysis and synthesis;
- Speech recognition and understanding;
- Natural language processing;
- Speaker and language identification;
- Speech synthesis;
- Speech perception and speech disorders;
- Speech and language resources;
- Applied systems for Human-Computer Interaction;
- Early registration deadline: 15 April 2006
- Conference SPECOM: 25-29 June 2006
The conference venue and dates were selected so that the attendees can possibly be exposed to St. Petersburg unique and wonderful phenomenon known as the White Nights, for our city is the world's only metropolis where such a phenomenon occurs every summer.
SPECOM'2006, SPIIRAS, 39, 14th line, St-Petersburg, 199178, RUSSIA
Tel.: +7 812 3287081 Fax: +7 812 3284450

7th SIGdial workshop on discourse and dialogue

Sydney (co-located with COLING/ACL)
June 15-16,2006 (tentative dates)
Contact: Dr Jan Alexandersson

IEEE Odyssey 2006: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

28 - 30 June 2006
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Spa & Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The IEEE Odyssey 2006 Workshop on Speaker and Language Recognition will be held in scenic San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This Odyssey is sponsored by the IEEE, is an ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop of the ISCA Speaker and Language Characterization SIG, and is hosted by The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
Topics of interest include speaker recognition (verification, identification, segmentation, and clustering); text-dependent and -independent speaker recognition; multispeaker training and detection; speaker characterization and adaptation; features for speaker recognition; robustness in channels; robust classification and fusion; speaker recognition corpora and evaluation; use of extended training data; speaker recognition with speech recognition; forensics, multimodality, and multimedia speaker recognition; speaker and language confidence estimation; language, dialect, and accent recognition; speaker synthesis and transformation; biometrics; human recognition; and commercial applications.
Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers written in English via the Odyssey website. The style guide, templates, and submission form can be downloaded from the Odyssey website. Two members of the Scientific Committee will review each paper. At least one author of each paper is required to register. The workshop proceedings will be published on CD- ROM.
Preliminary program 21 April 2006
Workshop 28-30 June 2006
Registration and Information
Registration will be handled via the Odyssey website
. NIST SRE ‘06 Workshop
The NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation 2006 Workshop will be held immediately before Odyssey ‘06 at the same location on 25-27 June. Everyone is invited to evaluate their systems via the NIST SRE. The NIST Workshop is only for participants and by prearrangement. Please contact Dr. Alvin Martin to participate and see the NIST website for details.
Kay Berkling, Co-Chair Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Pedro A. Torres-Carrasquillo, Co-Chair MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

IV Jornadas en Tecnologia del Habla

Zaragoza, Spain
November 8-10, 2006

Call for papers-International Workshop on Spoken Language Translation (IWSLT 2006)

Evaluation campaign for language translation
Palulu Plaza Kyoto (right in front of Kyoto Station) (Japan)
November 30-December 1 2006
Spoken language translation technologies attempt to cross the language barriers between people having different native languages who each want to engage in conversation by using their mother-tongue. Spoken language translation has to deal with problems of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and machine translation (MT).
One of the prominent research activities in spoken language translation is the work being conducted by the Consortium for Speech Translation Advanced Research (C-STAR III), which is an international partnership of research laboratories engaged in automatic translation of spoken language. Current members include ATR (Japan), CAS (China), CLIPS (France), CMU (USA), ETRI (Korea), ITC-irst (Italy), and UKA (Germany).
A multilingual speech corpus comprised of tourism-related sentences (BTEC*) has been created by the C-STAR members and parts of this corpus were already used for previous IWSLT workshops focusing on the evaluation of MT results using text input () and the translation of ASR output (word lattice, NBEST list) using read speech as input (). The full BTEC* corpus consists of 160K of sentence-aligned text data and parts of the corpus will be provided to the participants for training purposes.
In this workshop, we focus on the translation of spontaneous speech which includes ill-formed utterances due to grammatical incorrectness, incomplete sentences, and redundant expressions. The impact of spontaneity aspects on the ASR and MT systems performance as well as the robustness of state-of- the-art MT engines towards speech recognition errors will be investigated in detail.
Two types of submissions are invited:
1) participants in the evaluation campaign of spoken language translation technologies,
2) technical papers on related issues.
Evaluation campaign (see details on our website)
Each participant in the evaluation campaign is requested to submit a paper describing the utilized ASR and MT systems and to report results using the provided test data.
Technical Paper Session
The workshop also invites technical papers related to spoken language translation. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
+ Spontaneous speech translation
+ Domain and language portability
+ MT using comparable and non-parallel corpora
+ Phrase alignment algorithms
+ MT decoding algorithms
+ MT evaluation measures
Important Dates
+ Evaluation Campaign
May 12, 2006 -- Training Corpus Release
August 1, 2006 -- Test Corpus Release [00:01 JST]
August 3, 2006 -- Result Submission Due [23:59 JST]
September 15, 2006 -- Result Feedback to Participants 2006
September 29, 2006 -- Paper Submission Due
October 14, 2006 -- Notification of Acceptance
October 27, 2006 -- Camera-ready Submission Due
- system registrations will be accepted until release of test corpus
- late result submissions will be treated as unofficial result submissions
+ Technical Papers
July 21, 2006 -- Paper Submission Due [23:59 JST]
September 29, 2006 -- Notification of Acceptance
October 27, 2006 -- Camera-ready Submission Due
Michael Paul
ATR Spoken Language Communication Research Laboratories
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Keihanna Science City, Kyoto 619-0288 Japan

Call for papers International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP'2006)

Singapore Dec. 13-16, 2006
Conference website
ISCSLP'06 will feature world-renowned plenary speakers, tutorials, exhibits, and a number of lecture and poster sessions on the following topics:
* Speech Production and Perception
* Phonetics and Phonology
* Speech Analysis
* Speech Coding
* Speech Enhancement
* Speech Recognition
* Speech Synthesis
* Language Modeling and Spoken Language Understanding
* Spoken Dialog Systems
* Spoken Language Translation
* Speaker and Language Recognition
* Indexing, Retrieval and Authoring of Speech Signals
* Multi-Modal Interface including Spoken Language Processing
* Spoken Language Resources and Technology Evaluation
* Applications of Spoken Language Processing Technology
* Others
The official language of ISCSLP is English. The regular papers will be published as a volume in the Springer LNAI series, and the poster papers will be published in a companion volume. Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work on all the aspects of Chinese spoken language processing.
The conference will also organize four special sessions:
* Special Session on Rich Information Annotation and Spoken Language Processing
* Special Session on Robust Techniques for Organizing and Retrieving Spoken Documents
* Special Session on Speaker Recognition
* Special Panel Session on Multilingual Corpus Development
* Full paper submission by Jun. 15, 2006
* Notification of acceptance by Jul. 25, 2006
* Camera ready papers by Aug. 15, 2006
* Early registration by Nov. 1, 2006
Please visit the conference website for more details.

ISCSLP 2006-Special session on speaker recognition

Singapore, Dec 13-16, 2006
Dr Thomas Fang Zheng, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing.
Speaker recognition (or voiceprint recognition, VPR) is one of the most important branches in speech processing. Its applications become wider and wider in various fields, such as public security, anti-terrorism, justice, telephony banking, personal services, and so on. However, there are still many fundamental and theoretical problems to solve, such as issues of background noises, cross-channel, multiple-speakers, and short speech segment for training and testing.
The purpose of this special session is to invite researchers in this field to present their state-of-art technical achievements. Papers are invited to cover, but not limited to, the following topics:
* Text-dependent and text-independent speaker identification
* Text-dependent and text-independent speaker verification
* Speaker detection
* Speaker segmentation
* Speaker tracking
* Speaker recognition systems and application
* Resource creation for speaker recognition
This special session also provides a platform for developers in this field to evaluate their speaker recognition systems using the same database provided by this special session. Evaluation of speaker recognition systems will cover the following tasks:
* Text-independent speaker identification
* Text-dependent and text-independent speaker verification
* Text-independent cross-channel speaker identification
* Text-dependent and text-independent cross-channel speaker verification
Final details on these tasks (including evaluation criteria) will be made available in due course. The development and testing data will be provided by the Chinese Corpus Consortium (CCC). The data sets will be extracted from two CCC databases, which are CCC-VPR3C2005 and CCC-VPR2C2005-1000. Participants are required to submit a full paper to the conference describing their algorithms, systems and results.
Schedule for this special session
* Feb. 01, 2006: On-line registration open, CLOSED on May 1st, 2006
* May. 01, 2006: Development data made available to participants
* May. 14, 2006: Test data made available to participants
* May. 31, 2006: Test results due at CCC
* Jun. 10, 2006: Results released to participants
* Jun. 15, 2006: Papers due (using ISCSLP standard format)
* Jul. 25, 2006: The full set of the two databases made available to the participants of this special session upon request
* Dec. 16, 2006: Conference presentation
This special session is organized by the CCC .
Please address your enquiries to Dr. Thomas Fang Zheng.
Download the Speaker Recognition Evaluation Registration Form



3rd Joint Workshop on Multimodal Interaction and Related Machine Learning Algorithms

Washington DC, USA
1-3 May 2006
Workshop website
The third MLMI workshop is coming to Washington DC, USA and will feature talks (including a number of invited speakers), posters, and demonstrations. In common with MLMI'05, the workshop will be immediately followed by the NIST meeting recognition workshop, centering on the Rich Transcription 2006 Meeting Recognition (RT-06) evaluation. This workshop will take place at the same location during 3-4 May 2006.
The following areas of interest, related to multimodal interaction:
* human-human communication modeling
* speech processing
* visual processing
* multimodal processing, fusion and fission
* multimodal discourse and dialog modeling
* human-human interaction modeling
* multimodal indexing, structuring, summarization and presentation
* multimodal annotation
* applications and HCI issues
* machine learning applied to the above
Workshop proceedings will be published by Springer, in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.
Submissions may be:
* full papers for oral or poster presentation, and inclusion in the proceedings
* extended abstracts for poster presentation only
* demonstration proposals
Full papers and extended abstracts should be submitted as PDF, and follow the Springer LNCS format for 'Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes'
Full papers - 12 pages maximum
Extended abstracts - 2 pages maximum
Submissions should be made following the link on the workshop website.
Final versions of accepted full papers, which will appear in the proceedings will be due approximately 2 months after the workshop.
Demonstration proposals should be made using the form on the workshop website
1-3 May 2006: MLMI'06 workshop
30 June 2006: Submission of final versions of accepted full papers

MLMI is supported by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the AMI and CHIL Integrated Projects and the PASCAL Network of Excellence funded by the FP6 IST priority of the European Union, and through the Swiss National Science Foundation National Centre of Competence in Research IM2.

LREC 2006 - 5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center, GENOA - ITALY
MAIN CONFERENCE: 24-25-26 MAY 2006
WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 22-23 and 27-28 MAY 2006
Conference web site
The fifth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2006, is organised by ELRA in cooperation with a wide range of international associations and organisations.
Issues in the design, construction and use of Language Resources (LRs)
Issues in Human Language Technologies (HLT) evaluation
Special Highlights
LREC targets the integration of different types of LRs (spoken, written, and other modalities), and of the respective communities. To this end, LREC encourages submissions covering issues which are common to different types of LRs and language technologies, such as dialogue strategy, written and spoken translation, domain-specific data, multimodal communication or multimedia document processing, and will organise, in addition to the usual tracks, common sessions encompassing the different areas of LRs.
The 2006 Conference emphasises in particular the importance of promoting:
- synergies and integration between (multilingual) LRs and Semantic Web technologies,
- new paradigms for sharing and integrating LRs and LT coming from different sources,
- communication with neighbouring fields for applications in e-government and administration,
- common evaluation campaigns for the objective evaluation of the performances of different systems,
- systems and products (also industrial ones) based on large-size and high quality LRs.
LREC therefore encourages submissions of papers, panels, workshops, tutorials on the use of LRs in these areas.
Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster or demo presentations should consist of about 1000 words.
A limited number of panels, workshops and tutorials is foreseen: proposals will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.
For panels, please send a brief description, including an outline of the intended structure (topic, organiser, panel moderator, tentative list of panelists).
For workshops and tutorials, see the dedicated section below.
Only electronic submissions will be considered. Further details about submission will be circulated in the 2nd Call for Papers to be issued at the end of July and posted on the LREC web site (
* Conference: 24-26 May 2006
* Pre-conference workshops and tutorials: 22 and 23 May 2006
* Post-conference workshops and tutorials: 27 and 28 May 2006
Pre-conference workshops and tutorials will be organised on 22 and 23 May 2006, and post-conference workshops and tutorials on 27 and 28 May 2006. A workshop/tutorial can be either half day or full day. Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no longer than three pages, and include:
* A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that the workshop/tutorial will address.
* The reasons why the workshop/tutorial is of interest this time.
* The names, postal addresses, phone and fax numbers and email addresses of the workshop/tutorial organising committee, which should consist of at least three people knowledgeable in the field, coming from different institutions.
* The name of the member of the workshop/tutorial organising committee designated as the contact person.
* A time schedule of the workshop/tutorial and a preliminary programme.
* A summary of the intended workshop/tutorial call for participation.
* A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements.
Consortia or projects wishing to take this opportunity for organising meetings should contact the ELDA office .
Web Elra
Web Elda

TC-STAR Second Evaluation Campaign 2006

TC-STAR is an European integrated project focusing on Speech-to-Speech Translation (SST). To encourage significant advances in all SST technologies, annual competitive evaluations are organized. Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Spoken Language Translation (SLT) and Text-To-Speech (TTS) are evaluated independently and within an end-to-end system. The project targets a selection of unconstrained conversational speech domains-speeches and broadcast news-and three languages: European English, European Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. The first evaluation took place in March 2005 for ASR and SLT and September 2005 for TTS. TC-STAR welcomes outside participants in its 2nd evaluation of January-February 2006. This participation is free of charge. The TC-STAR 2006 evaluation campaign will consider:
· SLT in the following directions :
o Chinese-to-English (Broadcast News)
o Spanish-to-English (European Parliament plenary speeches)
o English-to-Spanish (European Parliament plenary speeches)
· ASR in the following languages :
o English (European Parliament plenary speeches)
o Spanish (European Parliament plenary speeches)
o Mandarin Chinese (Broadcast News)
· TTS in Chinese, English, and Spanish under the following conditions:
o Complete system: participants use their own training data
o Voice conversion intralingual and crosslingual, expressive speech: data provided by TC-STAR
o Component evaluation
For ASR and SLT, training data will be made available by the TC-STAR project for English and Spanish and can be purchased at LDC for Chinese. Development data will be provided by the TC-STAR project. Legal issues regarding the data will be detailed in the 2nd Call For Participation.
All participants will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their results in the TC-STAR evaluation workshop in Barcelona in June 2006.
Tentative schedule:
Release: April 2006
Submission of papers: May 2006
Workshop: June 2006
Contact: Djamel Mostefa (ELDA)
tel. +33 1 43 13 33 33


Workshop at HLT/NAACL 2006, in New York City
June 8, 2006
* Notification of accepted papers: Thursday, April 21
* Camera ready papers due: Wednesday, May 3
*LATE-BREAKING PAPER DEADLINE (will not appear in proceedings): Friday May 5
* Workshop: June 8, 2006
Charles Sutton, University of Massachusetts
Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts
Jeff Bilmes, University of Washington

XXVIèmes Journées d'Étude sur la Parole

12-16 juin 2006
Les principaux thèmes retenus pour la conférence sont:
1 Production de parole
2 Acoustique de la parole
3 Perception de parole
4 Phonétique et phonologie
5 Prosodie
6 Reconnaissance et compréhension de la parole
7 Reconnaissance de la langue et du locuteur
8 Modèles de langage
9 Synthèse de la parole
10 Analyse, codage et compression de la parole
11 Applications à composantes orales (dialogue, indexation...)
12 Évaluation, corpus et ressources
13 Psycholinguistique
14 Acquisition de la parole et du langage
15 Apprentissage d'une langue seconde
16 Pathologies de la parole
17 Autres ...
Soumission des articles finaux 1 mai 2006
Date du congrès 12-16 juin 2006
Pour les questions scientifiques, contactez Pascal Perrier, Président de l'AFCP.
Pour des renseignements pratiques,


Kloster Irsee in southern Germany from June 19 to June 21, 2006.
Submissions will be short/demo or full papers of 4-10 pages.
Important dates
April 18, 2006: Deadline for advance registration
June 7, 2006: Final programme available on the web
It is envisioned to publish the proceedings in the LNCS/LNAI Series by Springer.
PIT'06 Organising Committee:
Elisabeth André, Laila Dybkjaer, Wolfgang Minker, Heiko Neumann, Michael Weber, Marcus Hennecke, Gregory Baratoff

9th Western Pacific Acoustics Conference(WESPAC IX 2006)

June 26-28, 2006
Seoul, Korea
Program Highlights of WESPAC IX 2006
(by Session Topics)
* Human Related Topics- Aeroacoustics
* Product Oriented Topics
* Speech Communication
* Analysis: Through Software and Hardware
* Underwater Acoustics
* Physics: Fundamentals and Applications
* Other Hot Topics in Acoustics
WESPAC IX 2006 Secretariat
SungKyunKwan University, Acoustics Research Laboratory
300 Chunchun-dong, Jangan-ku, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-31-290-5957 Fax: +82-31-290-7055

Journée Nasalité

Mercredi 5 juillet 2006 de 9h00 à 18h30.
Auditoire Hotyat (1er étage), Université de Mons-Hainaut, 17, Place Warocqué, 7000 Mons.
Conférenciers invités
Pierre Badin (Institut de la Communication Parlée, Grenoble, France)
Abigail Cohn (Cornell University, New York, USA)
Didier Demolin (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique)
Date de notification de l'acceptation Mercredi 26 avril 2006
Date du colloque Mercredi 5 juillet 2006
*Un livre contenant les résumés des communications sera distribué à toutes les personnes inscrites au colloque.
*Les participants sont invités à soumettre une version écrite de leur communication pour une éventuelle publication dans le numéro spécial de la revue Parole qui sera consacré au colloque.
Date limite de soumission des papiers: mercredi 9 aout 2006.
Inscrivez-vous par simple mail à l'adresse:
Contact: Véronique Delvaux
Laboratoire de Phonétique
Université de Mons-Hainaut
18, place du Parc, 7000 Mons Belgium

AAAI Workshop on Statistical and Empirical Approaches for Spoken Dialogue Systems

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
16 or 17 July 2006
Workshop website
This workshop seeks to draw new work on statistical and empirical approaches for spoken dialogue systems. We welcome both theoretical and applied work, addressing issues such as:
* Representations and data structures suitable for automated learning of dialogue models
* Machine learning techniques for automatic generation and improvement of dialogue managers
* Machine learning techniques for ontology construction and integration
* Techniques to accurately simulate human-computer dialogue
* Creation, use, and evaluation of user models
* Methods for automatic evaluation of dialogue systems
* Integration of spoken dialogue systems into larger intelligent agents, such as robots
* Investigations into appropriate optimization criteria for spoken dialogue systems
* Applications and real-world examples of spoken dialogue systems incorporating statistical or empirical techniques
* Use of statistical or empirical techniques within multi-modal dialogue systems
* Application of statistical or empirical techniques to multi-lingual spoken dialogue systems
* Rapid development of spoken dialogue systems from database content and corpora
* Adaptation of dialogue systems to new domains and languages
* The use and application of techniques and methods from related areas, such as cognitive science, operations research, emergence models, etc.
* Any other aspect of the application of statistical or empirical techniques to Spoken Dialogue Systems.
This will be a one-day workshop immediately before the main AAAI conference and will consist mainly of presentations of new work by participants.
The day will also feature a keynote talk from Satinder Singh (University of Michigan), who will speak about using Reinforcement Learning in the spoken dialogue domain.
Interaction will be encouraged and sufficient time will be left for discussion of the work presented. To facilitate a collaborative environment, the workshop size will be limited to authors, presenters, and a small number of other participants.
Proceedings of the workshop will be published as an AAAI technical report.
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 6-page, camera-ready papers via email. Authors are requested to use the AAAI paper template and follow the AAAI formatting guidelines.
AAAI paper template
AAAI formatting guidelines.
Authors are asked to email papers to Jason Williams.
All papers will be reviewed electronically by three reviewers. Comments will be provided and time will be given for incorporation of comments into accepted papers.
For accepted papers, at least one author from each paper is expected to register and attend. If no authors of an accepted paper register for the workshop, the paper may be removed from the workshop proceedings. Finally, authors of accepted papers will be expected to sign a standard AAAI-06 "Permission to distribute" form.
* Monday 24 April 2006 : Acceptance notification
* Friday 5 May 2006 : AAAI-06 and workshop registration opens
* Friday 12 May 2006 : Final camera-ready papers and "AAAI Permission to distribute" forms due
* Friday 19 May 2006 : AAAI-06 Early registration deadline
* Friday 16 June 2006 : AAAI-06 Late registration deadline
* Sunday 16 or Monday 17 July 2006 : Workshop
* Tuesday-Thursday 18-20 July 2006 : Main AAAI-06 Conference
Pascal Poupart, University of Waterloo
Stephanie Seneff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jason D. Williams, University of Cambridge
Steve Young, University of Cambridge
For additional information please contact: Jason D. Williams
Phone: +44 7786 683 013
Fax: +44 1223 332662
Cambridge University
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street
United Kingdom

CFP - IEEE/ACL 2006 Workshop on Spoken Language Technology

Aruba Marriott
Palm Beach, Aruba
December 10 -- December 13, 2006
Workshop website
Workshop Topics
Spoken language understanding; Spoken document summarization, Machine translation for speech; Spoken dialog systems; Spoken language generation; Spoken document retrieval; Human/Computer Interactions (HCI); Speech data mining; Information extraction from speech; Question/Answering from speech; Multimodal processing; Spoken language systems, applications and standards.
Submissions for the Technical Program
The workshop program will consist of tutorials, oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions. Attendance will be limited with priority for those who will present technical papers; registration is required of at least one author for each paper. Submissions are encouraged on any of the topics listed above. The style guide, templates, and submission form will follow the IEEE ICASSP style. Three members of the Scientific Committee will review each paper. The workshop proceedings will be published on a CD-ROM.
Camera-ready paper submission deadline July 15, 2006
Hotel Reservation and Workshop registration opens July 30, 2006
Paper Acceptance / Rejection September 1, 2006
Hotel Reservation and Workshop Registration closes October 15, 2006
Workshop December 10-13, 2006
Registration and Information
Registration and paper submission, as well as other workshop information, can be found on the SLT website.

Organizing Committee
General Chair: Mazin Gilbert, AT&T, USA
Co-Chair: Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Finance Chair: Gokhan Tur, SRI, USA
Publication Chair: Brian Roark, OGI/OHSU, USA
Publicity Chair: Eric Fosler-Lussier, Ohio State U., USA
Industrial Chair: Roberto Pieraccini, Tell-Eureka, USA

16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences

Saarland University, Saarbrücken,
6-10 August 2007.
The first call for papers will be made in April 2006. The deadline for *full-paper submission* to ICPhS 2007 Germany will be February 2007. Further information is available under conference website

2006 IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing

(Formerly the IEEE Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing)
September 6 - 8, 2006, Maynooth, Ireland
MLSP'2006 webpage
The sixteenth in a series of IEEE workshops on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) will be held in Maynooth, Ireland, September 6-8, 2006. Maynooth is located 15 miles west of Dublin in Co. Kildare, Ireland?s equestrian and golfing heartland (and home to the 2006 Ryder Cup). It is a pleasant 18th century planned town, best known for its seminary, St. Patrick's College, where Catholic Priests have been trained since 1795. Co.Kildare.
The workshop, formally known as Neural Networks for Signal Processing (NNSP), is sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing society (SPS) and organized by the MLSP technical committee of the IEEE SPS. The name of the NNSP technical committee, and hence the workshop, was changed to Machine Learning for Signal Processing in September 2003 to better reflect the areas represented by the technical committee.
The workshop will feature keynote addresses, technical presentations, special sessions and tutorials, all of which will be included in the registration. Papers are solicited for, but not limited to, the following areas:
Learning Theory and Modeling; Bayesian Learning and Modeling; Sequential Learning; Sequential Decision Methods; Information-theoretic Learning; Neural Network Learning; Graphical and Kernel Models; Bounds on performance; Blind Signal Separation and Independent Component Analysis; Signal Detection; Pattern Recognition and Classification, Bioinformatics Applications; Biomedical Applications and Neural Engineering; Intelligent Multimedia and Web Processing; Communications Applications; Speech and Audio Processing Applications; Image and Video Processing Applications.
A data analysis and signal processing competition is being organized in conjunction with the workshop. This competition is envisioned to become an annual event where problems relevant to the mission and interests of the MLSP community will be presented with the goal of advancing the current state-of-the-art in both theoretical and practical aspects. The problems are selected to reflect the current trends to evaluate existing approaches on common benchmarks as well as areas where crucial developments are thought to be necessary. Details of the competition can be found on the workshop website.
Selected papers from MLSP 2006 will be considered for a special issue of Neurocomputing to appear in 2007. The winners of the data analysis and signal processing competition will also be invited to contribute to the special issue.
Paper Submission Procedure
Prospective authors are invited to submit a double column paper of up to six pages using the electronic submission procedure described at the workshop homepage. Accepted papers will be published in a bound volume by the IEEE after the workshop and a CDROM volume will be distributed at the workshop.
General Chair:Seán MCLOONE, NUI Maynooth,
Technical Chair:Tülay ADALI , University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Workshop on Multimedia Content Representation, Classification and Security (MRCS)

September 11 - 13, 2006
Istanbul, Turkey
Workshop website
In cooperation with
The International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR)
The European Association for Signal-Image Processing (EURASIP)
Bilge Gunsel,Istanbul Technical Univ.,Turkey
Anil K. Jain, Michigan State University, USA
Murat Tekalp,Koc University, Turkey
Kivanc Mihcak, Microsoft Research, USA
Prospective authors are invited to submit extended summaries of not more than six (6) pages including results, figures and references. Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Conference Proceedings will be available on site. Please check the website for further information.
Notification of Acceptance: June 10, 2006
Camera-ready Paper Submission Due: July 10, 2006
The areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Feature extraction, multimedia content representation and classification techniques
- Multimedia signal processing
- Authentication, content protection and digital rights management
- Audio/Video/Image Watermarking/Fingerprinting
- Information hiding, steganography, steganalysis
- Audio/Video/Image hashing and clustering techniques
- Evolutionary algorithms in content based multimedia data representation, indexing and retrieval
- Transform domain representations
- Multimedia mining
- Benchmarking and comparative studies
- Multimedia applications (broadcasting, medical, biometrics, content aware networks, CBIR.)

Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2006)

Brno, Czech Republic, 11-15 September 2006
The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.
TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries and their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.
Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):
text corpora and tagging
transcription problems in spoken corpora
sense disambiguation
links between text and speech oriented systems
parsing issues, especially parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual issues, especially multi-lingual dialogue systems
information retrieval and information extraction
text/topic summarization
machine translation semantic networks and ontologies
semantic web speech modeling
speech segmentation
speech recognition
search in speech for IR and IE
text-to-speech synthesis
dialogue systems
development of dialogue strategies
prosody in dialogues
emotions and personality modeling
user modeling
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue applied systems and software facial animation visual speech synthesis Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.
Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
Hynek Hermansky, USA (executive chair)
Eduard Hovy, USA
Louise Guthrie, GB
James Pustejovsky, USA
The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and a poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.
Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.
The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised. The conference will welcome three keynote speakers - Eduard Hovy, Louise Guthrie and James Pustejovsky, and it will offer two special panels devoted to Emotions and Search in Speech.
May 15 2006 .............. Notification of acceptance
May 31 2006 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration
July 23 2006 ............. Submission of demonstration abstracts
July 30 2006 ............. Notification of acceptance for demonstrations sent to the authors
September 11-15 2006 ..... Conference date
The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.
of the conference will be English.
All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to
Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2006
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 33 29
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
Brno is the the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is in the south-east part of the Czech Republic. It had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.
Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London and Munich and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).


IEEE Signal Processing Society 2006 International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP06),
October 3-6, 2006,
Fairmount Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC, Canada
- A Student Paper Contest with awards sponsored by Microsoft Research. To enter the contest a paper submission must have a student as the first author
- Overview sessions that consist of papers presenting the state-of-the-art in methods and applications for selected topics of interest in multimedia signal processing
- Wrap-up presentations that summarize the main contributions of the papers accepted at the workshop, hot topics and current trends in multimedia signal processing
- New content requirements for the submitted papers
- New review guidelines for the submitted papers
Papers are solicited for, but not limited to, the general areas:
- Multimedia Processing (modalities: audio, speech, visual, graphics, other; processing: pre- and post- processing of multimodal data, joint audio/visual and multimodal processing, joint source/channel coding, 2-D and 3-D graphics/geometry coding and animation, multimedia streaming)
- Multimedia Databases (content analysis, representation, indexing, recognition, and retrieval)
- Multimedia Security (data hiding, authentication, and access control)
- Multimedia Networking (priority-based QoS control and scheduling, traffic engineering, soft IP multicast support, home networking technologies, wireless technologies)
- Multimedia Systems Design, Implementation and Applications (design: distributed multimedia systems, real-time and non real-time systems; implementation: multimedia hardware and software; applications: entertainment and games, IP video/web conferencing, wireless web, wireless video phone, distance learning over the Internet, telemedicine over the Internet, distributed virtual reality)
- Human-Machine Interfaces and Interaction using multiple modalities
- Human Perception (including integration of art and technology)
- Standards
- Notification of acceptance by: June 8, 2006
- Camera-ready paper submission by: July 8, 2006 (Instructions for Authors)
Check the workshop website for updates.
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Call for papers 8th International Conference on Signal Processing

Nov. 16-20, 2006, Guilin, China
The 8th International Conference on Signal Processing will be held in Guilin, China on Nov. 16-20, 2006. It will include sessions on all aspects of theory, design and applications of signal processing. Prospective authors are invited to propose papers in any of the following areas, but not limited to:
A. Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
B. Spectrum Estimation & Modeling
C. TF Spectrum Analysis & Wavelet
D. Higher Order Spectral Analysis
E. Adaptive Filtering &SP
F. Array Signal Processing
G. Hardware Implementation for Signal Processing
H. Speech and Audio Coding
I. Speech Synthesis & Recognition
J. Image Processing & Understanding
K. PDE for Image Processing
L. Video compression &Streaming
M. Computer Vision & VR
N. Multimedia & Human-computer Interaction
O. Statistic Learning & Pattern Recognition
P. AI & Neural Networks
Q. Communication Signal processing
R. SP for Internet and Wireless Communications
S. Biometrics & Authentification
T. SP for Bio-medical & Cognitive Science
U. SP for Bio-informatics
V. Signal Processing for Security
W. Radar Signal Processing
X. Sonar Signal Processing and Localization
Y. SP for Sensor Networks
Z. Application & Others