Monday, August 25, 2003
Welcome to the sixth IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech Technical Committee (STC) newsletter. This edition contains an announcement of a Franklin Institute Medal of Engineering being awarded to Bishnu Atal, one of the speech and signal processing community's most distinguished contributers. As always we would like to invite contributions of events, publications, workshops, and career information to the newsletter. Topics for issue number six ...
Major Award Presented to Speech/Signal Processing Luminary (Rick Rose, Rich Cox, and Larry Rabiner)
New IEEE Transactions and On-Line Journal Services
IEEE Trans. on SAP Special Issue on Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation (G. Riccardi)
IEEE Trans on SP Supplement on Secure Media
EURASIP Journal on ASP Special Issue on Anthropomorphic Processing of Audio and Speech
EURASIP Journal on ASP Special Issue on Neuromorphic Signal Processing and Implementations
DAFX-03 International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (Mark Sandler)
EUSIPCO-2004 European Signal Processing Conference
ITU Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunications for Motor Vehicles
LINKS TO WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES:
Links to conferences and workshops organized by date (Rick Rose)
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SPONSORED BY: The Franklin Institute, the Center for Advanced Communications, College of Engineering, Villanova University, and the IEEE Philadelphia Section
LOCATION: The Cinema Theater, Connelly Center, Villanova University
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
MODERATOR: Roy Privett, Hitech Associates (Award Sponsor)
Moeness Amin, Center director
John R. Johannes, VP for Academic Affairs
Barry C. Johnson, Dean of Engineering
Dennis Wint, President, The Franklin Institute
Dr. John Makhoul, BBN Technologies, "The
Field of Speech Processing"
Dr. Rich Cox, AT&T, "Research and World Standards in Voice Coders"
Mr. Gene Frantz, TI, "Breakthroughs in DSP Cores and Algorithms"
Dr. Bishnu Atal, (the medalist), "History of his Speech Coding work"
|Bishnu Atal from Bell
Labs staff photo
|Bishnu Atal from (a more
recent) Bell Labs staff photo
|Bishnu Atal at Franklin
Institute Award Ceremony
The next time you make a call on your cell phone, think of Bishnu Atal,
who is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on Linear Predictive
Coding (LPC) methods that analyze and synthesize speech signals, which provided
not only higher quality digital speech, but also dramatically expanded
the benefits of cellular phone technology to millions of users.
His invention reduced the bandwidth required to send high-quality speech signals on narrow-band channels. By reducing the size of the bandwidth, Atal dramatically expanded the carrying capacity of the limited area of the electromagnetic spectrum used by the cellular users.
Atal holds 16 U.S. and numerous international patents in speech processing. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Signal Processing Society Award and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the R&D Council of New Jersey.
Born in India, Atal earned his B. S. in physics from the University of Lucknow, India, in 1952; a diploma in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1955; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York in 1968.
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FIVE NEW JOURNALS FOR 2004
The IEEE has approved five new technical periodicals in a range of technologies for publication in 2004. Included are: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; IEEE Distributed Systems Online; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters; IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. All will be available through IEEE Xplore and various IEEE online collections. More information on these journals, including how to subscribe, will be available soon. For more information on IEEE publications, please go to: www.ieee.org/products/periodicals.html
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Guest users of the IEEE Xplore® online delivery platform can now access free abstracts to all articles, and current subscribers can utilize new linking features to make research faster and more efficient than ever before. Version 1.5 of IEEE Xplore, which powers IEEE online collections for institutions, was released this month with the following enhancements:
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Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation (SSMT) is a multidisciplinary research area that addresses one of the most complex problems in speech and language processing. The challenges posed by SSMT have been the subject of several collaborative research projects across universities and laboratories around the world. Over the last decade SSMT has benefited from advances in speech and language processing as well as from the availability of large multilingual databases. These advances have spurred research on statistical machine translation and on exploiting machine translation for cross-lingual information retrieval. There have also been substantial efforts towards automating and evaluating a variety of metrics that are relevant to SSMT systems.
The purpose of this special issue is to present recent advances in Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation. Original, previously unpublished research is sought in all areas relevant to the field. In particular, submissions on theory and methods for the following areas are encouraged:
Dr. Giuseppe Riccardi AT&T Research Labs, Florham Park, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Yuqing Gao IBM TJ Watson Research, Yorktown Heights, USA email@example.com
Prof. Helen Meng Chinese University of Honk Kong, Hong Kong, China firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Satoshi Nakamura ATR Research Labs, Kyoto, Japan email@example.com
Prof. Alex Waibel Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospective authors should follow the regular guidelines of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing for electronic submission via Manuscript Central (http://sps-ieee.manuscriptcentral.com). Authors must enter the title of the special issue into the field labeled “Please enter any additional keywords related to this submitted manuscript in order for the paper to be properly assigned to a Guest Editor.” In addition, the title of the special issue should be referenced again in the field marked “Comments to Editor-in-Chief” along with any other pertinent information. You are required to provide a properly executed copyright form to be faxed to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Publications Office (via +1 732-562-8905) at the time of submission. An 8-page limit will be enforced on papers published in the special issue and all papers are subject to the published policy for overlength page charges and color charges.
Submission deadline: 1 June 2004
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2004
Final manuscript due: 31 January 2005
Tentative publication date: June 2005
Anthropomorphic systems process signals "at the image of man." They are designed to solve a problem in signal processing by imitation of the processes that accomplish the same task in humans. In the area of audio and speech processing, remarkable successes have been obtained by anthropomorphic systems: perceptual audio coding even caused an MP3 hype.
At first sight, it could seem obvious that the performance of audio processing systems should benefit from taking into account the perceptual properties of human audition. For example, front-ends that extract perceptually meaningful features currently show the best results in speech recognizers. However, their features are typically used for a stochastic optimization that is itself not anthropomorphic at all. Thus, it is not obvious why they should perform best, and perhaps the truly optimal features have not yet been found because, after all, "airplanes do not flap their wings."
In general, we believe that there are several situations when an anthropomorphic approach may not be the best solution. First, its combination with nonanthropomorphic systems could result in a suboptimal overall performance (the quantization noise that was cleverly concealed by a perceptual audio coder could become unmasked by subsequent linear or nonlinear processing). Second, other than anthropomorphic approaches might be better adapted to the technology that is chosen for the implementation (airplanes do not flap their wings because it is technically much more efficient to use jet engines for propulsion). Nevertheless, a lot can be learned from imitating natural systems. As such anthropomorphic and, by extension, biomorphic systems can be considered to play an important role in the process of developing new technologies.
The aim of this special issue is to bring together papers from different areas of audio and speech processing that deal with aspects of anthropomorphic processing or in which an anthropomorphic or perceptual approach was taken. Papers with a research nature, review papers, and tutorial papers will be considered, provided that they are unpublished.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Authors should follow the EURASIP JASP manuscript format described at the journal site http://asp.hindawi.com/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the EURASIP JASP's manuscript tracking system at http://mts.hindawi.com/asp/, according to the following timetable.
Werner Verhelst, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
JÃ¼rgen Herre, Fraunhofer IIS-A, Germany
Gernot Kubin, Technical University Graz, Austria
Hynek Hermansky, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Editorial Board Representative:
Soeren Hold Jensen, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, A3, DK-9220 Aalborg Oest, Denmark
| 6th International Conference
on Digital Audio Effects
8-11 September, 2003
Queen Mary, University of London
The 6th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, DAFx-03, will be held at Queen Mary, University of London, organised by the Digital Music Laboratory of the Department of Electronic Engineering.
DAFx grew from a very successful COST action in Europe and has established a reputation for the excellence of the papers and its open, friendly atmosphere. It's an event where everyone is involved in some aspect of music and information technology, from new ways to play electronic instruments to music information retrieval.
DAFx appeals to researchers and practitioners in digital audio and digital
music processing with poster and spoken presentation sessions
over 3 days. Topics include:
|Compositional uses and issues||Performance and gesture control|
|Filtering and Modulation||Delays and Spatialisation|
|Time-frequency & Spectral Processing||Audio Coding & Sound Modeling|
|Perceptual Issues and Psychoacoustics||Software and Hardware Implementations|
|Music Information Retrieval systems||Automatic Transcription and High-level features|
|Audio analysis and low-level features||Auditory Displays and installations|
|Source Separation||Audio Restoration|
|Internet Audio and Internet Acoustics||Audio for Multimedia|
Queen Mary is about 15 minutes east of Central London. It is a multi-faculty university on a campus site bordered by Regents Canal and close to Docklands.
Accommodation will be offered on-site at modest cost (from €50 per night including breakfast) though for those who prefer, hotel accommodation will be arranged in Central London.
The social programme is planned to include a concert, go-karting and a banquet. The Department will offer meeting rooms, by prior arrangement, for any projects (EU or otherwise) on the Monday and Friday either side of DAFx. There will also be Tutorials on the Monday.
For information about registration, travel, accommodation etc. see the
general information page http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/dafx03.
|25 July 2003||Final paper submission deadline;
Early registration closes
|8 August 2003||Accommodation booking deadline (St Giles Hotel)|
|28 August 2003||Accommodation booking deadline (On-Campus)|
|31 August 2003||Advance registration closes|
|8 September 2003||DAFx-03 begins|
Concert details available: Free to delegates (but booking required).
Registration and is now open, and Accommodation Forms are available.
Tutorials (8 Sept)
IEEE 2003 International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
Baltimore, Maryland, July 6-9, 2003
7th World Multi Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics
Orlando, Florida, July 27 - 30, 2003
15th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences
Barcelona, Spain, August 3 - 9, 2003
Voice and Speech Recognition Technology for Healthcare
Boston, MA, August 18-19, 2003
ISCA Workshop on Voice Quality: Functions, Analysis, and Synthesis
Geneva, Switzerland, August 27-29, 2003
ISCA Workshop on Error Handling in Spoken Dialog Systems
Chateau-d'Oex-Vaud, Switzerland, August 28-31, 2003
EUROSPEECH 2003 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and
Geneva, Switzerland, September 1-4, 2003
DAFx-03 International Conference on Digital Audio Effects
Queen Mary, University of London, September 8-11, 2003
An International Conference on Text, Speech, and Dialog
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, September 8-11, 2003
Voice for Finance
New York, NY, September 15-16, 2003
2003 IEEE International Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing
Toulouse, France, September17-19, 2003
New York, NY, September 29 - October 2, 2003
2003 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York, October 19-22, 2003
ASRU2003 Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, November, 2003
ITU Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunications for Motor Vehicles
Geneva, U.S. Switzerland, November 24-25, 2003
Workshop on Multimodal User Authentication
Santa Barbara, CA, December 11-12, 2003
International Conference on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for
Firenze, Italy, December 10-12, 2003
International Conference on Speech Prosody
Nara, Japan, March 23-26, 2004
mail to: http://email@example.com
ICA2004 18th International Congress on Acoustics
Kyoto, Japan, April 4-9, 2004
Montreal, Canada, May 17-21, 2004
Vienna, Austria, Sept. 7-10, 2004
ICSLP2004 - INTERSPEECH 8th Biennial International Conference on Spoken
Jeju Island, Korea, October 4-8, 2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May, 2005
EUROSPEECH 2005 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and
Lisbon, Portugal, September 4-8, 2003