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ISCApad #154

Friday, April 22, 2011 by Chris Wellekens

2 ISCA News
2-1Call for Board Member Nominations

Dear ISCA Member,

As you may know, the ISCA Board currently has fourteen members from
eleven countries (see full list below). Members are elected to the
Board for a period of four years and no member may serve on the Board
for more than two consecutive terms.

The following five Board members have now served for one term of four

Alan Black, USA (Grants and Awards)

Helen Meng, Hong Kong (Student Affairs Coordinator)

Bernd Möbius, Germany (Treasurer)

Yoshinori Sagisaka, Japan (Distinguished Lecturers, Language SIG's,

External Liaison)

Tanja Schultz, Germany (Future Conferences)

Yoshinori Sagisaka has decided not to stand for reelection. Alan

Helen Meng, Bernd Möbius, and Tanja Schultz, have all indicated
their willingness to serve on the Board for another four years if

According to the ISCA by-laws, elections to the Board may take place
in April or May every two years. Nominations of candidates for the
Board member elections can be made by the Board and by each ISCA

The Board would therefore like to invite nominations from the ISCA
membership. As of this year, the ISCA statutes permit a maximum of
three Board members from any single country. As there are currently
no more than two Board members from any single country, there is no
restriction on nominations pertaining to country.

Nominations to the Board are to be made with the support of three
members of ISCA and with agreement from the candidate in either
written or electronic form.

Members who are elected to the Board will be expected to take up one
of the areas of responsibility, to commit time to furthering the work
of ISCA in their area, to attend the two-day Board meeting that takes
place in conjunction with the annual INTERSPEECH conference and to
participate in additional virtual meetings during the year
(teleconferences). Note that members often change responsibility
areas over the course of their board involvement; listed assignments
just represent the status as of February 2011. All candidates should
be aware of these obligations and commit themselves to fulfilling
them before agreeing to be nominated.

The Board will accept nominations either from proposers or
self-nominations, as long as indication of support is provided.
Please send your nomination(s) to the ISCA Secretariat BY MARCH 20TH (Sunday) with the following

Full Name and Title:

Position and Institution:

Research area:

Indication of willingness to serve if elected:


URL (where CV may be found):

Short biography (one paragraph):

Short statement (one paragraph, describing the work they would intend
to do on the Board):

Names and emails of three proposers (ISCA members):

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further
information about the nomination process or about duties of ISCA
Board members.

Best regards,

Isabel Trancoso (ISCA President)

David House (ISCA Secretary)


Current ISCA Board membership

Isabel Trancoso, Portugal (President)

Jean-François Bonastre, France (Vice President)

David House, Sweden (Secretary)

Bernd Möbius, Germany (Treasurer)

Alan Black, USA (Grants and Awards)

Nick Campbell, Ireland (Workshops)

Keikichi Hirose, Japan (Fellows)

Haizhou Li, Singapore, (Web and Archive)

Helen Meng, Hong Kong (Student Affairs Coordinator)

Douglas O'Shaughnessy, Canada (Current Conferences)

Michael Picheny, USA (Topic SIG?s, Industrial Liaison, Journals)

Yoshinori Sagisaka, Japan (Distinguished Lecturers, Language SIG?s,

External Liaison)

Tanja Schultz, Germany (Future Conferences)

Yannis Stylianou, Greece (Training, Education, Video Archive)

In addition to the Board members listed above, the Board continues to
receive the great help of two ex-officio members: Wolfgang Hess
(Archive) and Christian Wellekens (ISCApad).


Board members whose first term is ending

Alan Black, USA, 2011 (First term)

Helen Meng, Hong Kong, 2011 (First term)

Bernd Möbius, Germany, 2011 (First term)

Yoshinori Sagisaka, Japan, 2011 (First term)

Tanja Schultz, Germany, 2011 (First term)

Board members whose first term continues

Nick Campbell, Ireland, 2013 (First term)

Keikichi Hirose, Japan, 2013 (First term)

Haizhou Li, Singapore, 2013 (First term)

Douglas O?Shaughnessy, Canada, 2013 (First term)

Yannis Stylianou, Greece, 2013 (First term)

Board members whose second term continues

Jean-Francois Bonastre, France, 2013 (Second term)

David House, Sweden, 2013 (Second term)

Michael Picheny, USA, 2013 (Second term)

Isabel Trancoso, Portugal, 2013 (Second term)

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2-26th Christian Benoit Award


Sixth Christian Benoît Award

June 6, 2011. The Award will be delivered at the Interspeech 2011 Conference in Florence (Italy.) (

The first award was delivered to http:/

Tony Ezzat from MIT in June 2000, for his research in Audiovisual Speech Synthesis, the second award to Johanna Barry from University of Melbourne in September 2002 for her work on the acquisition of lexical tones in profoundly hearing-impaired speakers using a cochlear implant, the third award to Olov Engwal from KTH in Stockholm in October 2004 for the elaboration of ARTUR, a multi-modal articulation tutor able to give automatic feedback to real users, the fourth award to Susanne Fuchs from ZAS in Berlin in August 2007 for her study of the influence of vocal tract geometry on speaker specific articulatory control strategies and acoustic properties and on the interspeaker variability in vowel production, the fifth award to Sascha Fagel from the Berlin Institute of Technology in August 2009 for the design of a a 3D talking head for the use in the area of elderly and health care. For details see:

For further information, please contact Pascal Perrier.


* 3,500 Euros will be given immediately; the remaining 4,000 Euros will be available at reception of the multi-media project by the Christian Benoit Association.

Travel and registration costs necessary to attend the Interspeech 2011 Conference will have to be paid on this grant.

** The Christian Benoît Association is a nonprofit organization, whose purpose is to facilitate the development of research projects in the field of speech communication. Established in honor of Christian Benoît, French CNRS researcher in the field of speech communication who died on the 26th of April, 1998, at the age of 41, the Award places special emphasis on multimedia representations of ongoing research.


Deadline April 25th, 2011

The Christian Benoît Award is delivered periodically by the Association Christian Benoit (**). It is given to promising young scientists in the domain of Speech Communication. The Award provides the elected scientist with financial support for the development of a short-term research project that (1) illustrates concretely the achievements of her/his research work, (2) could help promoting this work in the scientific community and to Grant Agencies, and (3) gives an overall view of the state of the art in the research domain. The proposed research project can have the form of a demonstrator, a technical product or of a pedagogical multi-media product (Movie, Web-site, interactive software…).

The Award is valued at 7,500 Euros(*).

From now, the Award will more specifically focus on SPEECH and FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION. It can concern basic or applied research projects. For the sixth award, the commitments of the elected scientist are:

-- to attend the Interspeech2011 Conference in Florence

-- to deliver the final product of the project within 2 years

-- to present her/his results in a workshop such as, among others, AVSP, ISSP, or SpeechProsody.

In the application, the candidate should provide

-- a statement of research interests,

-- a detailed curriculum vitae

-- a description of the proposed short-term research project. The description should include a presentation of the scientific and/or pedagogical objectives and of the methodological aspects, a link with the former research work of the applicant, as well as a detailed description of the provisional budget.

Applications should be sent to

Pascal Perrier:

before Monday April 25th, 2011

. Electronic submissions are mandatory.

The successful candidate will be notified by

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2-3ISCA Archive in Google
ISCA's paper archive is now back in Google Scholar search results, after
being removed in 2010 due to technical problems. The full text of ISCA
papers is now indexed in both Google search results and Google Scholar
search results.  (ISCA has also developed software tools to prevent the
reoccurrence of technical problems in the future.) 

The work was done (in alphabetical order) by: Anurag Acharya, David
Gelbart, Wolfgang Hess, Abhishek Jain, Tse Min Lua, and Samer Al

The Board would like to thank all of them for their great support!

Isabel Trancoso
ISCA President
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2-4INTERSPEECH Conferences on DBLP
INTERSPEECH conferences (and their predecessors EUROSPEECH and ICSLP)
are now indexed on DBLP:

The Board would like to thank Michael Ley for his very prompt action in
including our conferences in the Digital Bibliography & Library Project.

Isabel Trancoso
ISCA President

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