CFP: 2nd CHiME Challenge and Workshop - deadline extension to 29th Jan (jon )

Subject: CFP: 2nd CHiME Challenge and Workshop - deadline extension to 29th Jan
From:    jon  <j.barker@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:58:46 +0000

---------------------------------------------- 2nd CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge Supported by the IEEE AASP, MLSP and SLTC Technical Committees 2nd International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME 2013) Extended Deadline: January 29, 2013 Workshop: June 1, 2013, Vancouver, Canada ---------------------------------------------- NEWS The final deadline for the Challenge and the Workshop will be January 29, 2013. CHALLENGE OVERVIEW The challenge consists of recognising distant-microphone speech mixed in two-channel nonstationary noise recorded over a period of several weeks in a real family house. Entrants may address either one or both of the following tracks: * medium vocabulary track: WSJ 5k sentences uttered by a static speaker * small vocabulary track: simpler commands but small head movements You will find everything you need to get started (and even more) on the challenge website: - a full description of the challenge, - clean, reverberated and multi-condition training, development and test data, - baseline training, decoding and scoring software tools based on HTK. Any approach is welcome, whether emerging or established. Submission consists of a 2- to 8-page paper describing your system and reporting its performance on the development and test datasets. If you are interested in participating, please email us so we can monitor interest and send you further updates about the challenge. The best challenge papers will distinguished by an award from the Industrial Board. WORKSHOP OVERVIEW Following the success of the 1st CHiME Workshop in 2011, we are organizing a second edition that will be held in conjunction with ICASSP 2013. CHiME 2013 will consider the challenge of developing machine listening applications for operation in multisource environments, i.e. real-world conditions with acoustic clutter, where the number and nature of the sound sources is unknown and changing over time. CHiME will bring together researchers from a broad range of disciplines (computational hearing, blind source separation, speech recognition, machine learning) to discuss novel and established approaches to this problem. The cross-fertilisation of ideas will foster fresh approaches that efficiently combine the complementary strengths of each research field. The workshop will feature two keynote speakers: * Daniel P.W. Ellis, Columbia University * Steven J. Rennie, IBM CALL FOR PAPERS We invite original submissions in the form of either extended abstracts or full papers. Relevant research topics include (but are not limited to): * automatic speech recognition in multisource environments, * acoustic event detection in multisource environments, * sound source detection and tracking in multisource environments, * music information retrieval in multisource environments, * sound source separation or enhancement in multisource environments, * robust feature extraction and classification in multisource environments, * scene analysis and understanding for multisource environments. IMPORTANT DATES July 2012 Launch October 2012 Test set release January 29, 2013 Challenge & workshop submission deadline February 18, 2013 Paper notification & release of the challenge results June 1, 2013 Post-ICASSP workshop INDUSTRIAL BOARD Masami Akamine, Toshiba Carlos Avendano, Audience Li Deng, Microsoft Erik McDermott, Google Gautham Mysore, Adobe Atsushi Nakamura, NTT Peder A. Olsen, IBM Trausti Thormundsson, Conexant Daniel Willett, Nuance WORKSHOP SPONSORS Conexant Systems Inc. Audience Inc. Adobe Systems Inc. Google Inc. Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories ORGANISERS Emmanuel Vincent, INRIA Jon Barker, University of Sheffield Shinji Watanabe & Jonathan Le Roux, MERL Francesco Nesta & Marco Matassoni, FBK-IRST

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