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Call for Proposals - ASRU 2015

SPS-SLTC Workshop Sub-Committee: Nick Campbell, George Saon, Geoffrey Zweig

SLTC Newsletter, February 2014

 

Following on the tremendous success of ASRU 2013, the SPS-SLTC invites proposals to host the Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop in 2015. Past ASRU workshops have fostered a collegiate atmosphere through a thoughtful selection of venues, thus offering a unique opportunity for researchers to interact.

The proposal should include the information outlined below.

  • Workshop location and practicalities
    • Geographical location
    • Workshop venue (facilities, meeting rooms, network access during the workshop, audio/visual equipment)
    • Accommodation -- hotel availability and pricing
    • Meals
    • Transportation options -- major airports, logistics, visas
    • Climate
  • Approximate workshop dates
    • Previous workshops have been held in the month of December.
    • Please be aware of any other related conferences in the same time frame.
  • Rough budget and expected sponsorship.
    • Approximately how much will participants need to pay to attend, including accommodation and meals as well as registration?
    • Estimated budget for e.g. 100/150 participants and expected sponsorships. This should include venue costs, administration, banquet, coffee breaks, publication costs, etc. (Note, unlike larger conferences such as ICASSP, Interspeech, smaller workshops do not have sufficient registration fees to cover the total workshop costs. The IEEE Signal Processing Society is particularly motivated to see that both workshop and conference costs are held to levels which allow the diverse membership equal opportunities to participate without registration costs being a major barrier).
  • Organizing / Technical committee
    • Typically 15-20 people with a mix of academic and industrial researchers
    • Program committees are encouraged to reach a good balance of SLTC and non-SLTC members, for example approximately a 50/50 split
  • Local arrangements
    • Who will be in charge of organizing the workshop, and how will finances be handled (e.g., will participants be able to pay by credit card)?
  • Tentative schedule
    • Paper submission, notification of acceptance, proposals for demonstrations, early registration
    • Reception, talks, posters, demo session, banquet, etc.
  • If you would like to be the organizer(s) of ASRU 2015, please send the Workshop Sub-Committee a draft proposal before April 25, 2014. (Point of contact: Nick Campbell or George Saon). Proposals will be evaluated by the SPS SLTC, with a decision expected in June.

    The organizers of the ASRU workshop do not have to be SLTC members, and we encourage submissions from all potential organizers.  So we encourage you to distribute this call for proposals far and wide to invite members of the speech and language community at large to submit a proposal to organize the next ASRU workshop.

    For more information on the most recent workshops, please see the following: