[Elsnet-list] Interspeech 2006 - ICSLP - Call for Participation

organizers at interspeech2006.org organizers at interspeech2006.org
Wed Jun 28 01:23:05 CEST 2006

                   Interspeech 2006 - ICSLP                     
                     September 17-21 2006
                    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Colleagues and Friends -

As most of you already know, 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 purpose of this note is to remind you of the impending early registration deadline, to request that you register for the hotel promptly, and to inform you about some of the activities that are being planned.


Please note that the early deadline for registration, which is heavily discounted, is this Friday, June 30, 2006. 


Registration for Interspeech 2006 can be completed via the Internet, or by FAX or mail, by clicking


You are required to be an ISCA member as of September 16, 2006, to attend the meeting, and you can join ISCA or renew your membership through the URL above.


We urge you to make your hotel reservations at the official host hotel for the conference, the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.  We have negotiated the very low price of $139 per night for one to four guests per room.  Please note that the hotel has also agreed to provide free high-speed internet access in the guest rooms (even though the Westin reservation page states that internet is available in the rooms for a fee).  While the cutoff date for room reservations within the block is August 25.  If your plans change you can cancel or modify your room reservation without penalty up to the day before arrival.  We cannot guarantee either the availability or the room rate outside the conference room block, so please do make your reservations as soon as possible.

Registration for the Westin may be made online by following the links at


The Westin hotel chain has recently made all their rooms nationwide smoke-free.  If you require a smoking room, please send mail to organizers at interspeech2006.org so that we can arrange offsite smoking accommodations for you at the conference rate.


The main technical program will take place September 18-21, and will include over 650 papers in oral and poster presentations, about 65% percent of the papers that were submitted.  The program includes special sessions on the following topics:

* The speech separation challenge 
* Speech summarization 
* Articulatory modeling 
* Visual intonation 
* Spoken dialog technology R&D
* Prosody of turn-taking and dialog acts 
* Speech and language in education 
* From ideas to companies

Further information on special session may be found at



Six special tutorial sessions have been arranged for Sunday, September 17:

* Microphone Array Processing and Source Separation for Speech Enhancement and Recognition, presented by Bhiksha Raj, Paris Smaragdis, and Michael L. Seltzer 
* A survey of robust speech recognition techniques presented by Jasha Droppo 
* Speech Under Stress, presented by John Hansen
* Nonspectral Features for Speech Processing, presented by B. Yegnanarayana 
* Speech and Language Processing Over the WWW, presented by Mazin Gilbert
* Music Information Retrieval, presented by Thomas Kemp and Jana Eggink 

Further information on tutorials may be found at  



We are also planning a wide range of social activities for attendees and the people who accompany them.  The Opening Reception on Monday September 18 will be in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall, the beautiful home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  The Conference Banquet on September 20 will be in the John Heinz History Center which contains many exhibits that reveal the surprisingly interesting history of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region.  Both Heinz Hall and the Heinz History Center are close to the conference hotel. There will also be a reception at the conference hotel on Sunday evening, September 16 that will feature presentations by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and local Pittsburgh companies.

We will be arranging tours to local and regional sites of interest including Frank Lloyd Wright's unforgettable Fallingwater.  Please send email to tours at interspeech2006 if you may be interested in participating in organized tours of Pittsburgh and its surroundings.


We are exploring the possibility of providing day care for children during the technical sessions; please send email to childcare at interspeech2006.org if you may be interested in such a service.


The Westin is situated one block from the beautiful Allegheny River.  Miles of running and cycling trails, the world-famous Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team) and Heinz Field (home of the Champion Pittsburgh Steelers football team) are all within easy walking distance.  The Pittsburgh Pirates will be playing in PNC Park September 15-17, and good seats can be purchased by Interspeech 2006 attendees.


Other information about Interspeech 2006 may be found at the meeting's Website,


Please send email to organizers at interspeech2006.org if you have any additional questions about the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in September in Pittsburgh!

With best regards,

Richard M. Stern	                       Amro El-Jaroudi 
General Chair                            Technical Program Chair

INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP                 http://www.interspeech2006.org 
Pittsburgh, September 17-21 2006         organizers at interspeech2006.org


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