Auditory/Speech Workshop (Dan Ellis )

Subject: Auditory/Speech Workshop
From:    Dan Ellis  <dpwe(at)MEDIA.MIT.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 13 Sep 1995 16:39:46 -0400

Dear List - Steve Greenberg <steveng(at)> sent me the following announcement for your information. DAn. ****************************************************************** European Speech Communication Association Tutorial and Research Workshop on "The Auditory Basis of Speech Perception" Keele University, United Kingdom July 15 - July 19, 1996 The objective of this ESCA advanced research workshop is to foster intensive, inter-disciplinary discussion of key issues pertaining to the auditory mechanisms underlying the perception of speech and to create an intellectually vibrant international meeting to encourage new directions in speech perception and recognition research. Although speech is the primary behavioral medium by which humans communicate with each other, its auditory basis is poorly understood. This scientific lacuna has had profound implications for efforts focused on ameliorating the behavioral consequences of hearing impairment and developing robust algorithms for computer speech recognition. Traditionally, speech research has focused on articulatory and cognitive components, with comparatively little attention paid to the auditory basis of perception. As answers to age-old, central issues have eluded speech scientists working under the traditional paradigms there has been increasing interest in the auditory basis of speech. Most sessions will consist of structured discussion and debate pertaining to a specific set of issues and focused on a keynote address by a distinguished scientist. In each discussion session a panel of discussants will be challenged by a group of "inquisitors" on specific issues of central significance to speech perception research. These panels will include scientists with diverse backgrounds (physiology, anatomy, psychoacoustics, clinical research, electrical engineering, computer science, psychology, phonetics). In addition, there will be poster sessions and a computer demonstration laboratory in order to provide a forum for visualization and discussion of recent research and computer simulations Workshop Themes * Overview of the Workshop's Key Themes - Anatomy, Physiology, Speech Perception, Clinical Aspects, Speech Technology, Neuroethology * Auditory Representations of Speech * Perceptual Cues for Speech * Auditory Scene Analysis for Speech Processing * Speech Processing under Adverse Acoustic Conditions * Speech Perception by the Hearing Impaired * Auditory Processing for Speech Recognition Proceedings The contributions to the workshop will be published in a conference proceedings, which will be available to all participants at the time of the workshop. Handbook In addition, a volume in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research series, entitled "Speech Processing in the Auditory System," is being prepared. A preliminary draft will be available at the workshop and participants will be invited to comment on this material. Workshop Site The workshop will be held at the University of Keele (Staffordshire, UK) located near the M6 motorway and the Stoke-on- Trent and Crewe railway stations. The nearest airport is at Manchester. Who May Attend In order to foster meaningful discussion the number of participants at this workshop will be limited. Preference will be given to those who will contribute to the workshop as presenters or discussants. Registration Fees The fee for the workshop, including proceedings and full accommodation (including meals) for five nights is 400 British Pounds. The fee for students, providing proof of their full-time status, is 300 British pounds. ESCA members receive a 20-pound reduction in the registration fee. These rates apply before April 1, 1996. Registration after this date will cost an additional 50 pounds. Up-to-date Information Further information about the workshop will be available (as of October 15, 1995) from: Important Dates 1995 November 15: Preliminary registration and deadline for submission of title and abstract 1996 February 15: Notification of acceptance, instructions for authors, accommodation information May 1: Deadline for submission of 4-page camera-ready paper June 1: Preliminary program and travel information sent out July 15-July 19: Workshop European Speech Communication Association (ESCA) ESCA is a non-profit organization for promoting Speech Communication Science and Technology in a European context. Further information: esca(at) International Scientific Committee W. A. Ainsworth (UK), H. Bourlard (Belgium), R. Carre (France), S. Greenberg (USA), S. Shamma (USA) Organizing Committee Professor Bill Ainsworth (Keele University) Professor Ted Evans (Keele University) Dr. Steven Greenberg (ICSI, UC-Berkeley) Dr. Carole Hackney (Keele University) Dr. Georg Meyer (Keele University) Workshop Secretariat For all correspondence concerning the workshop please use the following address: ESCA Workshop Department of Communication and Neuroscience Keele University Keele Staffordshire ST5 5BG United Kingdom Phone: 44 1 782 583055 Fax: 44 1 782 583055 Email: cob03(at) --------------- Preliminary Registration Submission of title and abstract Name ____________________________________ Title: _______________ Affiliation: ____________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Fax: _________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________ I would like to participate in the research workshop as a [ ] regular participant [ ] student [ ] I am a member of ESCA. Membership # ________________________ [ ] I would like to present a poster on the following topic: ____________________________________________________________ An abstract of 400 words (maximum) is included (please provide three copies), plus a list of recent publications and a brief summary of current research. Signature: ________________________________ Date: ______________ Please complete this form and mail, fax or email to: ESCA Workshop, Dept. of Communication and Neuroscience Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, United Kingdom Fax: 44 1 782 583055, Email: cob03(at) Deadline for receipt of applications is November 15, 1995. [Please accept our apologies if you have received multiple copies of this announcement] ******************************************************************

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