0:00:18Friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen
0:00:21I wish you a very good morning.
0:00:26This Haizhou Li a General Chair. I'd like to say few words to kick start
0:00:30of the
0:00:32First of all I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you.
0:00:37This is not because Singapore is warm.
0:00:40This is also because of
0:00:42the Interspeech fever.
0:00:45This year is very special for me. Every year I travelled to
0:00:49Interspeech and this year I just sit here and wait to come.
0:00:54I remember that in 2008 one day Tanya dropped down Singapore and she persuaded me
0:01:03to meet to place a bid for this conference. It has been six years.
0:01:08Actually, she told me that running Interspeech is a lot of fun
0:01:12which is true.
0:01:13And Isabel Trancoso also told me the same thing
0:01:17and I trust them because they ran Interspeech before.
0:01:21And I can confirm that I enjoy very much the process.
0:01:25But there's one thing that they
0:01:27forgot to tell me
0:01:30that is running Interspeech is also a bit of work.
0:01:36I tell you that I enjoy the process.
0:01:40Although I don't want to do it the second time.
0:01:44Frédéric Bimbot was more helpful last year in Lyon he was
0:01:50the General Chair and at closing ceremony he gave me a gift
0:01:54which is this megaphone.
0:01:56?? he never knew we will have to talk to people many times
0:02:00and this is a utility for effective speech communication.
0:02:05I did use it in the last year I talked to many people
0:02:09this was the team, my team, the local team
0:02:12and here you can see and hear that my message is clear and loud.
0:02:16With the megaphone.
0:02:18So the idea of the team that you will see them in next few days
0:02:22they are helping with
0:02:23organization and the local logistics you will see them
0:02:28many times at different locations.
0:02:31This is the map of the Interspeech, the warm map of Interspeech
0:02:36and this event is very special for Singapore becaue the statistics show that Interspeech favours
0:02:43a location that is 35 to 45
0:02:47degrees of latitude.
0:02:50And this time it came to the south.
0:02:53And it is the first time it is in Southeast Asia so we
0:02:57are very proud that Interspeech came to my home country.
0:03:02Singapore is the city of multilingual society and we speak many languages.
0:03:09We speak...
0:03:10The Constitution recognises four official languages these are: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
0:03:19For English
0:03:20English reminds us our colonial history and of course English today actually this is
0:03:27the most popular language in business and in politics
0:03:31in Singapore.
0:03:34Seventy five percent of the local population are actually ethnic Chinese this is why we
0:03:40speak Chinese
0:03:41Mandarin and Chinese Mandarin is a language that is
0:03:44also very commonly used
0:03:50and for those who don't know that the most popular is TV China that is
0:03:54in Chinese Mandarin here in Singapore.
0:03:56Of course we have a minority group. We have Malay who are the indigenous community
0:04:02and we have
0:04:04the Indian community, so we have Malay and Tamil as the official languages as well.
0:04:11In Singapore everyday more then twenty languages are being used in the public.
0:04:18And they make the best place to celebrate
0:04:21the diversity of spoken language which is the theme of
0:04:25this Interspeech.
0:04:28This year we have this theme that is also to call for greater attention to
0:04:34languages they are not
0:04:36well studied.
0:04:40The map of the world language documented about seven thousand spoken languages available or that
0:04:47are still in use. But actually our research community have focused very much on a
0:04:52small fraction of them.
0:04:54I count it's about one percent of them.
0:04:56So we have this theme: celebrating the diversity of spoken languages and to call for
0:05:02attention to those languages to bring our scientific
0:05:05achievement to benefit people in different parts of The World.
0:05:10This year the organising committee consists of a key members from Hong Kong and Singapore.
0:05:16By myself and Bin Ma from a Singapore and we
0:05:20have Pak-Chung Ching and Helen Meng, they are from Hong Kong.
0:05:25You know the Singapore and Hong Kong are two competing economies in Asia. We have
0:05:32competitors than collaborators.
0:05:35But this time we set a example we put together the team we prove to
0:05:38the world that
0:05:39actually we can be wonderful collaborators.
0:05:42In the next few days you will see the technical program which was prepared by
0:05:49Helen under
0:05:50the leadership of Helen and also supported by Bin Ma, the Co-Chair.
0:05:56They had the seamless collaboration to prepare to
0:06:01the technical program.
0:06:02You also see the smiling faces on the staircase which is picture that was taken
0:06:09up to all
0:06:11the people the decision was made the TVC meeting was made in Singapore.
0:06:17The conference is attended by
0:06:19till yesterday it was attended by people from forty seven countries.
0:06:26people show me, the colleagues show me this chart
0:06:29I though was GDP ranking of The World's economies.
0:06:32With the exception of Singapore
0:06:35and I want to highlight that in Singapore we
0:06:37have large community as compared to our population size.
0:06:41I tell people that we have the highest number of speech researchers in The World
0:06:45per capita.
0:06:49Every speech has to be unique and different so
0:06:52this time we are putting effort to introduce new programs.
0:06:57Some of the programs are new and some are just new. I would like to
0:07:01thank a group of a people, our
0:07:04team for working together to publicise, to archive Interspeech 2014 proceedings
0:07:11online, actually this made us available today so if you can access our ISCA website
0:07:16you should be able to see.
0:07:18We have streamlined the process to .. in the past this process took usually six
0:07:23months to one year
0:07:25before you'd see the proceedings online and we have streamlined this process and we hope
0:07:29that the future
0:07:30Interspeech will follow this processing that benefits the members.
0:07:38This year we also prepared souvenirs for all the participants we have ??, ??
0:07:46or top value payment card you can use for transportation, making payments and
0:07:53doing many things and this is limited edition we issued this together with Singapore Metro
0:07:59We also jointly issued stamps with Singapore Post to commemorate this important event.
0:08:06Everyone of you must have receiver a souvenir a paper bag that is with the
0:08:12stamp inside.
0:08:16One another thing. The group of ?? Ling under leadership of the Sebastian started this
0:08:25app last year and we continue this. This year we grow the group by Nicholas
0:08:30and Tilo
0:08:31to help them make a lot of effort to adapt their app into Interspeech 2014.
0:08:38actually you can now .. I believe you have received the
0:08:41instructions and they're available in Google Play in app store.
0:08:49I realise that
0:08:52our app Interspeech 2014 was released on
0:08:559th September that was to day the iPhone 6 was announced.
0:09:00So you can see the significance of our app.
0:09:04The Singapore team added feature into the mobile app, now you can use natural language
0:09:10to query,
0:09:11to ask information about papers, talks and even general
0:09:18information, tourist information in Singapore.
0:09:20I thank the Singapore team who put together the app and to
0:09:26encourage the ?? we put up three prizes. One each day with a cash prize
0:09:30and we will announce
0:09:31the winners at the end of that day. If you are the
0:09:34user and you find this logo, this ?? appears
0:09:39on your mobile phone, please identify yourself to the registration desk.
0:09:48To bring up the winners and to promote the conference theme we prepared some games
0:09:53as well.
0:09:54We have Multilingual Telegraph Express tomorrow and the day after
0:10:00That helps you to translate your message into Chinese, from English to Chinese and
0:10:07postcard to your friends and we also have #Tag your badge with language tags game
0:10:15allow you to label your language that you speak so you can greet your friends
0:10:19and talk to your friends in your common languages.
0:10:24We also have the game with Shakespear's poems.
0:10:29That allowes you, that encourage you to translate Shakespear's beautiful poems
0:10:34into your own language to share with the other fellow participants.
0:10:43The conference is made possible by
0:10:46helps from all directions. I would like to especially mention three organizations: the ISCA
0:10:52who has give us a local team of great support and guidance
0:10:55to continue the traditions of Interspeech and I would like to thank COLIPS The Chinese
0:11:01Oriental Language Information Processing Society of Singapore.
0:11:05Almost every member of colleagues has contributed to the organisation in the past years.
0:11:11I would like to thank The Institute for Infocomm Research
0:11:14where I work and many of my colleagues are part of the committee.
0:11:19Of course
0:11:21I would like to thank The Meeting Matters that is here our PCO.
0:11:28This year we received high number of sponsorships and a lot of industry players who
0:11:37in our areas or some of them are
0:11:41sponsors and some of them are first-time sponsors.
0:11:46And the overwhelming support from the industry also signifies significant gain of momentum
0:11:54in our speech technology in the industry. That's very good for community.
0:11:59Lastly I have some housekeeping announcement.
0:12:03You have the wireless, there is wi-fi available around this convention center
0:12:11all the same passwords and
0:12:14and SSID system, across the convention centre.
0:12:22And an app I just talked about. Smoking are for those
0:12:25who need to smoke. In Singapore we have various restrictions of
0:12:29where you can smoke and please find the
0:12:33smoking area that's near the poster area downstairs.
0:12:37And today is welcome reception that starts at seven
0:12:40o'clock in the ground floor of this building, so please join the event.
0:12:46And finally I wish you enjoyable stay in Singapore and productive conference.
0:12:54If I missed out anything please also you can get
0:12:57information from our social media sites of the conference.
0:13:02Okay next I would like to invite TPC Chair
0:13:07Helen to give a briefing on the technical program. Let's welcome her.
0:13:27Good morning.
0:13:29I'm Helen Meng and I'm the Chair of the
0:13:32Technical Program Committee of Interspeech 2014
0:13:36and a I'm joint with my wonderful
0:13:40Co-Chair doctor Bin Ma, who actually did most of the work, but today he has
0:13:46a request for me.
0:13:48He asked me to present on behalf of both of us and also to keep
0:13:52this presentation short, so we'll stay within the time limit.
0:13:59So Interspeech 2014 celebrates the diversity of spoken languages
0:14:04and when we look at the languages that are mentioned in the abstract of our
0:14:09papers we see that
0:14:11there are over thirty languages
0:14:13and with the top two being English and Mandarin Chinese.
0:14:17So these come from the accepted papers
0:14:21we have six hundred and fourteen accepted papers from over eleven hundred submissions, so I
0:14:28acceptance rate is fifty two percent.
0:14:31Our review process was managed by thirty six Area Chairs across twelve areas and they
0:14:39worked very hard to ensure that every paper gets at least three reviews.
0:14:45And the accept and reject decisions were finalised in two day face-to-face meeting in
0:14:51Singapore. Which involved twenty three TPC members.
0:14:56So altogether our technical program features forty two oral sessions, thirty poster sessions,
0:15:03six special sessions, five keynotes, eight tutorials, six sattelite workshops and
0:15:07two Show & Tell sessions.
0:15:11These are the twelve technical areas of Interspeech 2014 together with the submission statistics.
0:15:18So you can see that the popular areas are: Area 1 Speech
0:15:22Perception and Production and Area 7 Speech Recognition.
0:15:28Whereas for Area 12 Spoken Language Evaluation,
0:15:31Standardization and Resources we have fewer number of submissions.
0:15:37So huge thanks go to all our Area Chairs. We have thirty six Area Chairs,
0:15:42three per area, among whom we
0:15:45have invited one being the Coordinating Area Chair and
0:15:49they are acknowledged by having a star next to their names.
0:15:52So they have really helped us immensely and responded to our requests immediately even on
0:16:02Our special sessions were coordinated by Dr. Tomi Kinnunen and he helped us with
0:16:08coordinating the assessments of all the special session proposals leading to twelve shortlisted proposals.
0:16:16These brought in a hundred and five papers that were peer reviewed and the review
0:16:21of the special session papers were consistent with the regular papers.
0:16:25So eventually we had six special sessions that were retained primarily based on having a
0:16:31number of accepted papers and we have fifty papers total.
0:16:37Many thanks also go to our nine hundred and fourteen reviewers and crash reviewers and
0:16:42again their
0:16:43reviews were submitted on time. Our crash reviewers actually came in to fill in all
0:16:51the missing
0:16:52reviews and we thank all of them for making
0:16:55important contributions to our review process.
0:17:00So you will see that our technical program has a marvellous lineup of keynote speakers.
0:17:07shown here. Starting with today where our keynote will be
0:17:12delivered by our ISCA medalist of 2014.
0:17:16And the identity of the speaker will be revealed shortly by our ISCA President.
0:17:22And we thank a professor Brian Mak our Plenary Session Chair for coordinating plenary sessions.
0:17:28Our tutorials are coordinated by professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah.
0:17:33And thanks to him we have eight tutorial wiht three hundred attendees covering a diversity
0:17:39of topics.
0:17:42Our workshops were coordinated by Dr. Chai Wutiwiwatchai and we have six workshops as sattelite
0:17:48events with three hundred and ninety attendees.
0:17:52A thanks also go to professors Eng Siong Chang and Lei Xie.
0:17:56Also Show & Tell sessions intel sessions Chair Dr. Alvina Goh
0:18:00and our TPC has been very fortunate because we have leaders from previous Interspeech conferences
0:18:06who are with us all the way and ?? times they will give us very
0:18:11kind reminders of
0:18:12very important issues that we might have forgotten.
0:18:15So special thanks go to professor Isabel Troncoso and especially to
0:18:20our Interspeech 2013 Technical Chairs Dr. Lori Lamel and Prof. Pascal Perrier.
0:18:26So they were with us all the way and gave us many good advice and
0:18:30answered are numerous
0:18:31questions with very prompt answers, so thank you very much.
0:18:36And we'd also like to thank all the authors for submitting high quality papers to
0:18:40our conference.
0:18:42So we did a bit of analytics on paper submissions. So what we did was
0:18:50to automatically
0:18:51discover the topics based on the paper titles and the abstracts of all our papers
0:18:58that were submitted.
0:19:00And we ran LDA - latent Direchlet allocation for up to twenty topics
0:19:04and for each topic we've got we generated a work cloud, four of which are
0:19:09shown here, so that the size of
0:19:12the keyword and work cloud is proportional to the probability of the word in that
0:19:18topic, so you can see here
0:19:20in that word clouds which are representative of the automatically discovered topics, they sort of
0:19:26have some correspondences with our technical areas.
0:19:30So as a reminder these are our technical areas and in fact the area titles
0:19:36can be enriched by the
0:19:38titles of the sub areas. So for example in the Area 1 Speech Perception and
0:19:43Production we have nineteen
0:19:45sub areas, so what we did was to try to match the keywords in our
0:19:49work cloud, we have
0:19:50up to two hundred words per topic that was automatically discovered and we try to
0:19:56using a maximize F1-measure and
0:20:00you may guess, so for example
0:20:03if we try to match the topics to the areas
0:20:07for example topic one was matched to area three Speech and Audio Analysis and some
0:20:12of the
0:20:13keywords with prominence include VAS and whisper which is interesting. Topic two is obviously Area
0:20:21Synthesis and Spoken Language Generation.
0:20:25Some more examples here topic five
0:20:30matched to Area 1 Speech Perception and Production and it seems that keyword articulatory
0:20:36and production have prominence there. So it may indicate that speech production is regaining popularity
0:20:43and topic six matched to Area 7 Speech Recognition
0:20:49and apparently DNN is very popular there.
0:20:58So topic nine for example matched to Area 3 and we see for example reverberant,
0:21:05So reverberant speech has some prominence there.
0:21:12Topic fourteen matched with Area 11
0:21:16Spoken Language Processing, Translation Information
0:21:19Retrieval and keyword term, detection, STD has some prominence there.
0:21:24Finally the last batch
0:21:29for example topic sixteen matched with Area 2 Prosody, Phonetics and Phonology and the extra
0:21:35linguistic information like age,
0:21:38child and gender have some prominence there. So what we did was to plot the
0:21:43matches between the
0:21:44twenty topics with the areas that we are matched with them and this bar graph
0:21:49shows the run that I've
0:21:51just presented to you with twenty topics for one run and we see that none
0:21:56of the topics
0:21:57were matched to Areas 9 or 12, so
0:22:01just to remind you nine is one of the three Speech Recognition topics and twelve
0:22:06is the last
0:22:07one Spoken Language Evaluation and Resources.
0:22:10So what we did to cross-check is to run LDA for over eighty runs and
0:22:15plot the same plot again and here
0:22:18we vary the number of topics that we try to discover automatically, but by ??
0:22:23lash the trend line shows
0:22:24that the profiles are the same. So again still topics nine and twelve seem to
0:22:29be weaker.
0:22:30And we tried to compare with be papers that are submitted across the twelve areas,
0:22:34so these are areas
0:22:36declared by the authors and we see that basically again Area 12 tends to be
0:22:41weaker but if we compare the
0:22:43three paragraphs across Area 7, 8 or 9
0:22:46for Speech Recognition we see as we compare with between
0:22:50green bar graphs here there is redistribution on both sides across these three areas.
0:22:57We also did some analytics on the reviews where we have four aspects of the
0:23:02reviews: importance,
0:23:03novelty, correctness and clarity. And these are rated on a four
0:23:06point scale and you can see the distributions shown here.
0:23:11This is the distribution of the overall ratings coming
0:23:14from a reviewers. These are rated on a six point scale.
0:23:20And we also did LDA on the review paragraphs submitted by our reviewers and we
0:23:25ran it up to six
0:23:27topics, as shown here. You can see that the work clouds tend to be more
0:23:31diffused, but by ?? large if you look at
0:23:33for example topic zero it relates with the layout, the format and the organization of
0:23:38the paper.
0:23:39Topic one a bit on the methods and the proposed approaches. Topic two on the
0:23:45writing, whether the writing
0:23:46is interesting. Topic three on performance and results and then topics four and five are
0:23:52rather diffused.
0:23:52Possibly due to the diversity of the contents in the papers.
0:23:58So that's a quick sum up of the technical program of Interspeech 2014. Lastly but
0:24:04not least
0:24:05we'd like to offer our most sincere thanks to all the authors, to our reviewers
0:24:10and to all the
0:24:11delegates who are here with us. And now Dr. Ma Bin and myself will respectfully
0:24:19hand over the success of the technical program to your hands
0:24:23and we hope you will enjoy the conference. Thank you very much.
0:24:37Thank you Helen for the insightful briefing to the technical program.
0:24:42Next I'd like to invite the ISCA President Tanja Schultz to adress us. Tanja, please.
0:25:21Okay. Can you hear me well?
0:25:24So on behalf of ISCA I would like to all welcome you to our fifteenth
0:25:29annual conference the
0:25:31Interspeech, as you know this is the flagship conference
0:25:34of the International Speech Communication Association.
0:25:37And as was already hinted by Haizhou it takes a really brave and active team
0:25:43to host
0:25:43Interspeech, to host all of us in their home country and so my first
0:25:48and foremost thanks goes to the Interspeech 2014
0:25:52organisation team.
0:25:53I think they really did a great job. We just heard from Haizhou all the
0:25:57efforts we also heard from
0:25:59Helen Meng and Ma Bin who put together wonderful conference program.
0:26:06And of course the thanks also go to all the Area Coordinators, to the Special
0:26:10Coordinators, to the scientific community, but of course also to all of you for attending
0:26:16conference Interspeech
0:26:17here in this wonderful city of Singapore.
0:26:22Haizhou was very nice about saying that they have a few sponsors or a couple
0:26:26more. I would say it's
0:26:28really a record number of sponsorship we have here in this conference. We also have
0:26:33a record number of
0:26:34student grands which had been handed out in combination of ISCA and Interspeech organizers.
0:26:40We have a huge number of exhibitors which basically had
0:26:44been taken the exhibition places up to the limits.
0:26:50And as was also already mentioned, we have for the first time in our history,
0:26:55we have the
0:26:57publications already available online and archived at the day of the conference.
0:27:02I'm also very impressed by youe after program and I'm quite happy that you set
0:27:07the starting date
0:27:08of Formula 1 race to friday to not sidetrack all the attendees, so that's very
0:27:13nice of you.
0:27:15As we already learned from Helen, so the number of submissions was around eleven hundred
0:27:20three which is slightly less then what we had before, but I'm really thankful to
0:27:25the organisers that they
0:27:26didn't compromise our rejection rates, so we want to keep it
0:27:31at the level of about fifty percent. You can see from the chart here that
0:27:35we have
0:27:36about fifty percent acceptance rate to really keep the high quality of our conference.
0:27:42You can also see from the next slide that this doesn't really have a huge
0:27:48impact on our membership
0:27:49so we have a rather stable amount of members just about eighteen hundred members which
0:27:56have for the last four years.
0:28:00What you can see so is that we have a fewer number of students so
0:28:03that seems to be that the number
0:28:05of students shrink. We are about thirty percent of our members currently of students.
0:28:11And this might be a reflection of a more maturing community with more maturing technology
0:28:16industrial players, so I believe in order to keep it at healthy percentage of having
0:28:22attracting many young
0:28:24forces and youth students.
0:28:26We probably in the future will rely more on industrial help and also we are
0:28:32working hard in ISCA
0:28:33to have a lot of grants to make sure that students are able to come
0:28:38to our conference.
0:28:40As you may know out of these submissions and accepted papers we are selecting
0:28:46about ten to twelve best student paper finalists
0:28:51and I'm happy to show you here the first set of six finalists together, so
0:28:56the first authors of our
0:28:58students and you see the slot when they will present.
0:29:01And as you may know
0:29:04the competition of the finalists also includes the talk that people were given and it
0:29:11will be assessed by a senior members of the community. So please
0:29:15join in and make sure that you do see the talks of these students.
0:29:21The three finalists will be announced at the closing ceremony together although with
0:29:27the two best journal paper award which we will give out at a closing ceremony.
0:29:34I also have to share very sad news with you, so we have a Dr.
0:29:39Yoshi Tokura who passed away
0:29:41at the end of last year, so lately he was the Vice
0:29:45Director of the National Institute of Informatics.
0:29:48And I wanted to make sure that you're all aware of this one.
0:29:55So now I would like to talk a little bit about the highlights of the
0:30:00activities of the board in the
0:30:02past year. Before I do this I wanted to state as a President that I'm
0:30:07extremely happy and lucky to have
0:30:09such an active board. So what you see here are all the board members so
0:30:13we have the
0:30:14blue ones in the blue boxes these are the active board members and the current
0:30:19board members,
0:30:20the green ones are ex official
0:30:23board members and the light blue are Administrative Secretary. And I wanted to take the
0:30:29to thank all the board members for being so active for
0:30:33doing so many good things in ISCA.
0:30:37So thanks to the
0:30:40let's say careful spending of our predecessors in the
0:30:44past and thanks to a long stream of very successful conferences,
0:30:49I believe it is safe to say that ISCA is now in a rather stable
0:30:55financial situation. You can see
0:30:57here from the graph so the light gray one are the current assets, so it's
0:31:01a development of the
0:31:03assets over the last fourteen years.
0:31:06So this stable situation really gives us now the opportunity to roll out way more
0:31:13in order to benefit the community from these assets we have.
0:31:17So we
0:31:19tremendously expanded the activities to serve the community and among those are that we
0:31:26significantly increased the student grant support so we went up from twenty to sixty grants
0:31:31last year.
0:31:32We are also in the position now to increase the loan and reduce the risk
0:31:37for future organizers,
0:31:38in order to make sure that they can sleep better, actually.
0:31:45We are also continuously spending fundings for ITRs, for ?? seeks we have additional grands.
0:31:52And we also spend a significant money on our distinguished lecture tours.
0:31:57For the first time this year we launched summer school, so we had two ISCA
0:32:02supported training
0:32:03schools in 2014 and we are planning on more training schools on the next year.
0:32:10We also started a fully funding the students' ?? route table and we are investing
0:32:16money in tailoring
0:32:17the start software to make it more closely to our needs.
0:32:23So let me also go about some of the highlights for example this is something
0:32:28which is
0:32:29hopefully visible to the members of ISCA. We improved significantly, actually Haizhou's team improved
0:32:35significantly the ISCA membership portal.
0:32:38We also as was just mentioned together with Martine ?? they're now in the position
0:32:44timely publish the proceedings on the ISCA archive and we also
0:32:51improved tremendously the ISCA portal
0:32:54which I would also like to thank Chris Wellekens for doing the ISCApad each month.
0:33:01So as you may know we have also a large number of ?? seeks, so
0:33:05we have twelve Topics Special Interest
0:33:07Groups and seven Language Special Interest Groups and there is a lot of activity going
0:33:12on with respect
0:33:12to organising workshops and challenges, sharing resources, discussions and this they had also tremendously
0:33:19reorganised the ISCA web pages.
0:33:21In order to improve the service to the community.
0:33:25They also came up with the online application and guideline
0:33:28for workshops and as you can see here from the list we had a
0:33:32large number of
0:33:33ISCA supported sattelite workshops and also six Training and Language Schools.
0:33:40Furthermore I'm happy to announce we have two distinguished lecture tours, so there's
0:33:46one which started in 2013, which is a professor Hynek Hermansky and Michael Riley, who
0:33:52travelled The World to give talks and so for this and next
0:33:57year it will be professor Roger Moore and Catherine Best.
0:34:00Who already started their tour.
0:34:03All of these activities would not be possible also without the substantial help from the
0:34:10and we have our Students' Advisory Committee, so this year we have new coordinators which
0:34:15you see on the
0:34:16left side on the slide and the two people who
0:34:19completed their tour you can see on the right side of the slide.
0:34:23And for all the students here in the room I would like to pass on
0:34:26behalf of ?? Zack sec that there really
0:34:28is clear need of volunteers and new members and if you
0:34:32are student and if you are interested to support, then please either see the
0:34:38student members at the ISCA Pool or go to the ISCA's students' web page in
0:34:43order to sign up for helping.
0:34:46The students are managing their own web sites, they are also having one Interspeech event
0:34:51which is
0:34:52called Students Meet Experts.
0:34:54They're very active in social networks, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
0:34:58And they're also promoting the students in the ISCApad.
0:35:02So again if you are student and you're willing to help please sign in.
0:35:10So now I'm
0:35:11happy to announce
0:35:13the upcoming conferences, so in 2015 we will have all of you in Dresden, Germany.
0:35:21And the conference is chaired by Sebastian Möller and you will hear way more about
0:35:26the future
0:35:26conferences in the closing ceremony.
0:35:29In 2016 we will be in Bay Area in San Francisco chaired by Nelson Morgan.
0:35:37And in 2017 and I believe this is the first time we announce this we
0:35:41will have
0:35:42Interspeech in Stockholm in Sweden and as I said you'll hear about these three future
0:35:49more in the closing ceremony. The chairs
0:35:52will be there and will explain a little bit about this.
0:35:56So now I would like to ask Kate Neil to come up on stage. She's
0:36:02our fellow board member and she will
0:36:04announce this year's ISCA fellows.
0:36:09Hello. The ISCA's Fellow Program
0:36:13recognizes and honours outstanding members of our
0:36:16community who made significant contributions to the theory of
0:36:20speech communication,
0:36:22science and technology. And I am very grateful to the ISCA members. Any of you
0:36:28can do this
0:36:29who have nominated fellows
0:36:32to this year.
0:36:32And also for all the referees and fellows from Selection Committee for their work.
0:36:38I'm delighted to announce we have six new fellows
0:36:42I'm sure you'll all agree made many outstanding contributions.
0:36:47First three fellows are Jim Glass,
0:36:51the contributions to speech processing and spoken language systems technologies.
0:36:56Unfortunatelly Jim is having his visa renewed. He can't be with us today.
0:37:11For contributions to advanced and state of the art
0:37:14in spoken language processing and especially for human-to-human
0:37:18and human-machine conversational understanding.
0:37:27And many of you are particularly interested in the work of the Chinese,
0:37:30contributions to advanced and state of the art in spoken language processing
0:37:41there are some people in this field who are on this slider too
0:37:44who aren't just known by one name and the first one is Isabel.
0:37:47Isabel Trancoso for research in speech coding and her significant contribution
0:37:52?? it's the same contribution just,
0:37:54speech science and technology for the Portuguese language.
0:38:02And Jacqueline Vessie for pioneering works in clinical phonetics and her immense role of the
0:38:08interface between phonetics, phonology and speech engineering.
0:38:19The other significant and outstanding contributions to research in education and the processing of speech.
0:38:30And now I'd love .. I'll see if there are present colleagues, do we have
0:38:35Excellent, if you can come up?
0:38:37And I can now started present the fellows. ??
0:40:51So last but certainly not least it's now my great pressure to announce the ISCA
0:40:57medal for
0:40:58scientific achievement in 2014
0:41:01and the medallist is
0:41:06Anne Cutler.
0:41:40Good Job.
0:41:42Thank you.
0:42:00Okay, so
0:42:02I think I will hand over now to Haizhou and I'll do the introduction of
0:42:07Anne and about or what
0:42:08we're gonna talk later right before her presentation.