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ISCApad #206

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Wellekens

2 ISCA News
2-1A message from our President Tanja Schultz and our Vice-President Haizhou Li

 Dear ISCA Members,

Welcome to the August edition of ISCApad!  First of all, let me wish many of you a wonderful summer!

In the past months, ISCA members have contributed to the preparation of INTERSPEECH 2015, as authors, reviewers, organizers, volunteers and cheerleaders. Your contributions have made a difference to the conference!

As INTERSPEECH is less than month away, I trust that you are gearing up for the event. We would like to give you a heads up.

All tutorials are on Sunday (6 Sept). The Main Conference runs from Monday (7 Sept) to Thursday (10 Sept). Please be reminded that ISCA General Assembly is on Tuesday (8 Sept) and Conference Banquet is on Wednesday (9 Sept). The Board will announce ISCA Medalist 2015 and ISCA Fellow Class 2015 during the Opening Ceremony.

INTERSPEECH 2015 will be held at Maritim International Congress Center (ICD) in Dresden, Germany. The venue can be reached via Dresden Hauptbahnhof and Dresden Neustadt train stations. From Dresden airport, you may take the Tram S2 until stop 'Bahnhof Mitte'. More information on travel and how to get there can be found at the conference website. Embracing the theme 'Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal', the conference will feature many innovations such as virtual presentation.

You can only experience the excitement by joining the event. Plan your trip early!

ISCA Board looks forward to welcoming you in Dresden!

Haizhou Li, Vice President
Tanja Schultz, President

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2-2A message from Sebastian Moeller, chairman of Interspeech 2015
 Dear participant,
Interspeech 2015 is approaching, and we would like to update you with the latest information regarding your travel and preparation of the conference.
***** TRAVEL DETAILS *****
Details for your travel to Dresden can be found on the conference web site at
Please remember that visa requirements may vary between countries; if you did not yet have a look and are not sure, please consult the web site of the Federal Foreign Office (linked on the page above), or a German embassy or consulate in your country.
You will also find information on how to travel to Dresden from major German airports under the link given above.
Note that some of the listed hotels have already closed the Interspeech offers, so rooms may run short in some locations; consider booking soon if you have not already done so.
Dresden has recently introduced a lodging tax. In case you would like to be exempted from this tax, please check the information under
The detailed conference program is available on the web site. Very soon, we will also make it available as a mobile app for Apple or Android which can then be freely downloaded through Apple’s AppStore or Google’s Playstore. Please monitor the following web site to check the availability:
There are a number of special and social events during the conference, such as the ISCA SAC Doctoral Workshop on Sunday, the Welcome Reception and the Special Event on “Speaker Comparison for Forensic and Investigative Applications” on Monday, the Special Event on “Privacy Issues in Speech Data Collection and Usage”, the ISCA General Assembly, the Reviewers Event as well as the Student Event on Tuesday, the “Standardization Brown Bag” and the Stand-up Banquet on Wednesday, as well as our Closing Ceremony with all the awards on Thursday.
Places are still left for some of the tutorials taking place on Sunday, September 6, see Also remember to coordinate with any satellite workshops you might want to attend, see the list under After the conference, there will be a post-tour on offer, see
When preparing your presentation, please remember that oral presenters will have only 15 minutes to present, followed by 4 minutes of question and answer, and 1 minute for speaker change. Only Special Sessions can deviate from this timing, according to announcements from the Special Session chairs. The timing will be strict, and session chairs will be requested to stop speakers exceeding the 15 minutes presentation slot. In any case, you cannot connect your own laptop in the presentation room. Instead, you are required to upload your presentation well before the scheduled time in the Speaker Ready room, and check whether it runs correctly on the computers provided.
For a poster presentation, please note that poster boards are in portrait format, i.e. 100 cm wide x 200 cm high (39 inches x 79 inches). Posters should be mounted during the coffee break preceding the poster slot, and should be dismounted directly after the session.
Dresden has a lot of touristic highlights on offer, and also its surroundings provide lots of attractions. Some useful links, as well as a map of local restaurants, bars, etc. can be found under the following link:
All information will regularly be updated on our web site You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
The entire Interspeech team is very happy to welcome you in Dresden.
On behalf of the team,
Sebastian Möller
Interspeech 2015 General Chair
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2-38th Christian BenoƮt Award Winner

The international scientific Committee of the '8th Christian Benoît Award' has completed the evaluation of the applications and has taken a decision.
The Winner is

Mathilde Fort

Center for Brain and Cognition, Speech Acquisition and Perception Group
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

for the research project entitled ' InfEyMo : Infant learning from the Eyes and the Mouth of a talking face'.
In this project, Mathilde will explore the impact of early bilingualism on the way infants explore and react to talking faces. She will conduct several eye-tracking studies on audiovisual perception of speech and non-speech facial movements with infants growing up in monolingual vs. bilingual environments.

On behalf of the Association Christian Benoît and of the scientific committee; we would like to congratulate Mathilde and to thank all the applicants for their works. Many of the applications are of very high quality. We hope that their authors will find other financial supports to achieve their research projects.

The Award will be officially delivered at the Interspeech 2015 Conference in Dresden (Germany) (

Pascal Perrier & Jean-Luc Schwartz

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2-4Videos of Interspeech conferences
Video archives are available in 
where keynote speeches from IS 2007, 2010 and 2011 can be seen. Very soon we will have 
the material for IS 2012 as well.
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