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Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Chris Wellekens

3-1 ISCA Events
3-1-1(2020-10-25) Cf Tutorials Interspeech 2020, Shanghai, China (UPDATE)
Call for Tutorials

Important Dates
? Submission deadline: April 3, 2020
? Acceptance/rejection notification: May 3, 2020

INTERSPEECH conferences are attended by researchers with a long-term track-record in speech sciences and technologies as well as by early-stage researchers or researchers interested in a new domain within the INTERSPEECH areas. An important part of the conference is the tutorials held on the first day of the conference, October 25, 2020. Presented by speakers with extensive expertise in speech technologies, the tutorials will provide their audience with a rich learning experience and an exposure to longstanding research problems, contemporary research topics, and emerging areas.
We encourage proposals for addressing introductory or advanced topics in an introductory style as well as for targeting experienced researchers who want to dig deeper into a new topic.
A tutorial may introduce an emerging area in speech-related research or present an overview of an established area; but it should not focus on the presenter's individual research. Each tutorial should last for three hours.

Proposals should include (in this order)
? Tutorial Title
? Presenter(s): Name, affiliation, contact information (email and telephone)
? 3-4 sentence abstract summarizing the proposed tutorial that could be used for advertisement
? Description of the proposal: 1-2 pages description plus references and any webpages/material useful for reviewing the proposal
? Explanation of relevance of the proposed tutorial (0.5 - 1 page)
? Tutorial logistics, including
     o Duration (3 hours = 1 session)
     o Description of presentation format (e.g. one or more presenters etc.)
     o Special equipment required for the tutorial
     o Choose one option for the distribution of the accompanying material: (1) with a USB stick or (2) with a password-protected download link.
? Presenter information
     o Biography of presenter(s)
     o Key publications of presenter(s) on the tutorial topic
     o List of previous tutorial experience
? Audience information
     o Target audience (e.g., new researchers to the field, research students, specialists of adjacent fields, etc.)
     o Other considerations or comments

Submission procedure
Proposals for INTERSPEECH 2020 tutorials may be no more than 4 pages and must conform to the format stated above; please use clear headings to indicate each point.
Proposals should be submitted by email to by April 3, 2020 and notification of accepted proposals will be given by May 3, 2020.
By submitting a proposal, the presenter(s) understand the ISCA policy of strongly encouraging video-recording of the tutorial for education purposes if the proposal is accepted. Access to recording materials will be given via ISCA Video Archives.
Questions? Please contact

The tutorial chairs
? Zhijian Ou (
? Man-Wai Mak (


3-1-2(2020-10-26) Cf Show and Tell, Interspeech 2020, Shanghai, China (UPDATED)
Show & Tell
Important Dates
? Submission deadline: Saturday, June 6, 2020
? Acceptance/rejection notification: TBA
? Final paper and final video due: TBA

INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing.
Show & Tell is a special event organized during the conference. Participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate their most recent progress of developments, and interact with the conference attendees in an informal way, such as a demo, mock-up or any adapted format of their own choice. The contributions must highlight the innovative side of the concept and may relate to a regular paper.

Submission and Preparation Guidelines
Each initial Show & Tell submission must contain both a paper of up to 2 pages detailing the demonstration and a video illustrating what is going to be shown. The paper (including references) has to follow the format defined in the paper preparation guidelines as detailed in the “INTERSPEECH 2020 Author’s Kit”. Please note that the focus of the paper shall be on describing what the visitors will see and experience. The video can simply be recorded with a mobile phone or alike. Submissions will be evaluated by the organizing committee for relevance, originality, clarity, and significance of the proposed demonstration. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for and attend the conference, and demonstrate the system during the Show & Tell sessions.
Each accepted Show & Tell paper will be allocated two pages in the conference proceedings. Furthermore, a final video, which is to be submitted by the final paper deadline, will be made publicly available. Show & Tell demonstrations will be presented in their dedicated time slot in the conference program. Each presentation space includes
?  one poster board
?  one table
?  wireless internet connection, and
?  a power outlet
Please submit your proposal to the Show & Tell Chairs via no later than June 6, 2020.

3-1-3(2020-10-26) CfSS and challenges Interspeech 2020, Shanghai, China

Call for proposals of
Special  Sessions & Challenges
deadline is approaching!

For more information, please visit the Special Sessions & Challenges webpage.



  • Proposals of special sessions / challenges due: Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Notification of pre-selection: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Final list of special sessions: Monday, June 15, 2020


Submission of the proposals are encouraged for INTERSPEECH 2020, covering interdisciplinary topics and/or important new emerging areas of interest related to main conference topics. Submissions related to special focus of the conference, Cognitive Intelligence for Speech Processing, are particularly welcome. Apart from supporting a particular theme, special sessions may also have a format that is different from a regular session.

Each special session proposal must contain the following information:

  • Title of the proposed special session,
  • Names and affiliations of the organizers (including contact information and a brief biography for each organizer),
  • Up to five bullet points on what makes the session special,
  • A summary (up to one page) stating the importance of the session’s topic and objectives. Furthermore, the session format should be clearly defined (panel, oral, posters, etc.). The summary should also explain why the topic cannot be properly covered by regular conference sessions,
  • A tentative list of researchers who could contribute papers to the session. Note that with a nominal 50% acceptance rate for Interspeech papers, this means that special sessions should have a minimum of 12 anticipated submissions, unless their format allocates time to something other than paper presentations,
  • Additional or non-standard resources (e.g., data, equipment, poster stands, etc.) required for organizing the special session.

Proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee for relevance and significance. Papers for approved Special Sessions have to be submitted following the same schedule and procedure as regular papers; the papers will undergo the same review process by anonymous and independent reviewers. Special session organizers will be involved in the reviewer assignment and in the final decisions.

Special session proposers are invited to submit a proposal via email to the Special Session Chairs Zhiyong Wu (Tsinghua University), Tim Fingscheidt (Technical University of Braunschweig), Bhuvana Ramabhadran (Google), Yongguo Kang (Baidu), Pengyuan Zhang (IOA, CAS) at no later than Friday, November 29, 2019. Please do not hesitate to ask before submitting your proposal if further clarifications are needed. Notification of pre-selection is scheduled for Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Final acceptance will be announced shortly after paper decisions are completed.


3-1-4(2020-10-26) First Voice Privacy Challenge at Interspeech 2020 UPDATED

The deadlines for the First VoicePrivacy Challenge at Interspeech-2020 have been extended, and the schedule, including the submission deadline, has been adjusted according to the new Interspeech paper submission deadline of 8th May 2020.

Also, version 1.2 of the VoicePrivacy 2020 Challenge Evaluation Plan is available on the challenge website:

Changes include the same schedule update, the release of a second, simpler baseline system and results for both baselines.

Both baselines are available online:

Please check the latest updates:

The registration for the VoicePrivacy Challenge continues!

Registration should be performed once for each participating entity and by sending an email to: with ?VoicePrivacy 2020 registration? as the subject line. The mail body should include: (i) the name of the team; (ii) the name of the contact person; (iii) their country; (iv) their status (academic/nonacademic).


3-1-5(2020-10-26) Interspeech 2020 Shanghai, China (UPDATED)


Interspeech 2020
Shanghai, China, October 26-29, 2020
Chair : Helen Meng
21th INTERSPEECH event

The submission and review process has also been updated as follows:

May 8, 2020 Paper submission deadline
June 6, 2020 Show and tell submission due
July 24, 2020 Paper acceptance/rejection notification
Aug 10, 2020 Notification about ISCA Travel Grants
Aug 24, 2020 Early-bird registration deadline
Sep 23, 2020 Standard registration deadline


3-1-6(2021-08-30) Interspeech 2021, Brno, Czech Republic

Brno, Czech Republic, August 30 - September 3, 2021
Chairs : Hynek Hermansky and Honza Cernocky 
22nd INTERSPEECH event


3-1-7(2022) Interspeech 2022, Incheon, South Korea

Incheon in South Korea will welcome Interspeech 2022.


3-1-8(2023-08-20) Interspeech 2023, Dublin, Ireland

, ISCA has reached the decision to hold INTERSPEECH-2023 in Dublin, Ireland (Aug. 20-24, 2023)


3-1-9Message from the Student Advisory Committee:Covid 19 and Interspeech 2020 Shanghai

Dear ISCA community,

The Student Advisory Committee of ISCA (ISCA-SAC) is pleased to announce that we are planning three student events in the context of Interspeech 2020. This year, the events will take place online around the same time as Interspeech in Shanghai.

- 2nd Mentoring
The event gives PhD students the opportunity to engage in a discussion with early-career and senior researchers from academia and industry. ISCA-SAC aims at providing a warm environment for discussing questions concerning a variety of topics, such as research in academia and industry, equal opportunities, publishing, and professional development.
Application required. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

- 6th Doctoral Consortium
The event provides an opportunity for PhD students, especially those early in the process of identifying a thesis topic, to present their research and discuss it with a panel of experts. The discussion includes feedback on the evolution and progress of their research. It helps them to identify a road-map toward refining their thesis.
Application required. Submit extended two-page abstract until August 1, 2020.

- 7th Students Meet Experts
The event consists of a panel discussion with experts from industry and academia, in which the questions of the student audience are discussed. All Bachelor, Master, and Phd students are invited to join. After the event students have the opportunity to meet the experts in person and follow up with more in-depth questions.
Registration requested. We collect questions for the experts during the registration process.

For more information on how to sign up for the events, please visit

For more information about ISCA-SAC, please visit:

We are looking forward to your participation!

Iona Gessinger

ISCA-SAC General Coordinator


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