Special Sessions


Special Session 1

1. Title: Speech recognition at adverse acoustic conditions

2. Names/affiliation of the organizers

Prof. Fei Chen
Affiliation: South University of Science and Technology of China
Email: fchen@sustc.edu.cn

Prof. Jeih-weih Hung
Affiliation: Electrical Engineering, National Chi Nan University (NCNU), Taiwan
Email: jwhung@ncnu.edu.tw

Dr. Ying-Hui Lai
Affiliation: Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI) at Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Email: jackylai@citi.sinica.edu.tw

Dr. Yu Tsao
Affiliation: Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI) at Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Email: yu.tsao@citi.sinica.edu.tw


3. Session abstract

Speech recognition is always influenced by acoustic and environmental interferences (e.g., noise, reverberation, spectral degradation, etc.), posing great challenge to human-to-human and human-to-machine speech communication. Many research efforts have been devoted to facilitate a high-quality speech recognition at adverse acoustic conditions, exemplified by recent deep neural network (DNN) solution. This special session will provide an opportunity for researchers from various areas including speech science, signal processing, linguistics, biomedical engineering etc. to stimulate further discussion and to promote new research. It will present the latest research to understanding speech recognition mechanism under adverse conditions (e.g., noise and reverberation) and advanced signal processing and coding approaches to enhance human and machine speech recognition and speaker identification.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Speech understanding for normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners in challenging listening environments
  2. Assistant techniques for improving speech intelligibility
  3. Robust speech recognition and speaker identification in in various real, difficult listening conditions
  4. Brain-inspired speech processing techniques


4. Important Dates
Special Session paper submission deadline
June 17, 2016
June 24, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
August 05, 2016
August 12, 2016
Camera-ready paper due
August 26, 2016
September 02, 2016

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Special Session 2

1. Title: Speech processing for biomedical applications

2. Names/affiliation of the organizers

Prof. Ming Li
Affiliation: Sun Yat-sen University
Email: liming46@mail.sysu.edu.cn

Prof. Qingyang Hong
Affiliation: XiaMen University
Email: qyhong@xmu.edu.cn

Dr. Shilei Zhang
Affiliation: IBM Research China
Email: slzhang@cn.ibm.com


3. Session abstract

A person’s behavioral signals can be modified by a variety of neurological, psychiatric and physical conditions. Therefore, research that automatically detect and monitor these conditions has become more and more popular. Speech is an attractive signal for use in automated detection of these conditions since associated cognitive and physiological alterations influence the process of speech production and affect the quality of speech. This special session aims to bring together researchers from various areas including speech science, speech pathology, linguistics, biomedical engineering, signal processing, etc. to explore state of the art, consider major challenges in this domain, and identify potential areas for collaboration. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the automatic detection of autism, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia, speech disorders, Lung sounds processing, and speech related physiological signal processing, etc.


4. Important Dates
Special Session paper submission deadline
June 17, 2016
June 24, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
August 05, 2016
August 12, 2016
Camera-ready paper due
August 26, 2016
September 02, 2016

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Special Session 3

1. Title: Prosody in Interaction: Studies of spoken dialogues and discourses

2. Names/affiliation of the organizers

Aijun LI and Yuan Jia
Affiliation: the institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Bo Xu
Affiliation: the institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences


3. Session abstract

The interaction among grammar, semantics and prosody in spoken dialogues and discourses is an emerging research area across the disciplines of linguistics, phonetics and intelligent speech technology. In this regard, the linguistics research focuses on explanative function of prosody, i.e., the influence of prosody on grammar and semantics, while the phonetics research focuses on the influence of grammar and semantics on prosody, and the intelligent speech technology focuses on computing semantics based on grammatical and prosodic analysis. This special session calls for papers on the study of prosody in dialogues and discourses from the multi-disciplinary perspectives of linguistics, phonetics, and intelligent speech technology.


4. Important Dates
Special Session paper submission deadline
June 17, 2016
June 24, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
August 05, 2016
August 12, 2016
Camera-ready paper due
August 26, 2016
September 02, 2016

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