GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTERSPEECH 2007
Antwerp, Belgium
Agenda
1. Opening Remarks and approval of the Minutes of the
2006 General Assembly (Pittsburgh)
2. President's Report
3. Treasurer's Report
4. Approval of Reports
5. Announcements of Changes to the ISCA Board
6. ISCA: Goals for 2007-8
7. Announcement of Next ISCA General Assembly
8. Any Other Business
9. Handover to the New President
Minutes of the 2006 General Assembly in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, USA, 19 September 2006, 6:30 pm
1. Opening Remarks and approval of the Minutes
of the 2005 General Assembly (Lisbon)
2. President's Report
3. Treasurer's Report
4. Approval of Reports
5. ISCA: Goals for 2006-7
6. Announcement of Next ISCA General Assembly
7. Any Other Business
President’s Report
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Julia Hirschberg
Recent Board Meetings
Secretariat and Membership
Membership Services
The ISCA Online Archive
Workshops
International Affairs
Scientific Diversity
Industry Liaison
Conferences
Grants and Awards
Student Liaison
Publications
SIGs
Others
Recent Board Meetings
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Jun. 2006:
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April 2007:
Aug. 2007:
Lisbon (2)
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Pittsburgh (2)
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Antwerp
Secretariat and Membership
• Direct contact with members
• Membership database
• Financial transactions and administration
– Support for ITRWs
– Membership dues
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David House
ISCA Secretary
Web content coordination
Documentation of ISCA board meetings
Elections to the Board and Advisory Council
ISCA Statutes and Bylaws
Please give us input and suggestions either this
week at the ISCA Booth or later:
[email protected]
Manu Foxonet
Administrative
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ISCA Membership from 89 to 07
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A s ia
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Ind ia; 9
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Cuba; 1
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M orocco; 1 Jap an; 14 9
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South Africa; 13
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Membership Services
• Individual member username and password now can be
used to access the Archive
• Improved the re-application process for current members to
on-line membership application system with integration into
the back-end banking system.
• Online ISCA Election
• Improved web-based membership search and reporting
facilities for membership administration
• In Progress:
– Enabling access to ISCA Archive by Google Scholar
– Website re-design [on-going - completed basic design /
navigation structure will put on-line shortly for consideration
by Board].
Michael Picheny
The ISCA Online Archive
Wolfgang Hess
• Contains all former INTERSPEECH (EUROSPEECH and
ICSLP) conferences and all ITRWs and ETRWs from 1987
to 2006 in machine-readable form
• Available on website since August 2003
http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/index.html
– Abstracts accessible for everybody
– Full papers accessible for members only
– Use your individual ISCA password to access
• Since 2007 linked to Google Scholar, thanks to David
Gelbart and the Student Committee
Archive
Structure
Main Page
Abstract/Paper
Event Page
Some Numbers
• 19 INTERSPEECH (EUROSPEECH, ICSLP) Conferences
with 11651 papers
• 65 ITRW‘s and ETRW‘s with 2664 papers
• Nine ISCA-supported events with 768 papers
• In total: 93 events, 15083 papers, 4.51 GByte of disk space
• New INTERSPEECH conferences, ITRW‘s, and supported
events will add around 1000 papers per year
• Planned: ISCA Archive on DVD. Likely to be ready in
2008.
ISCA Tutorial & Research Workshops
(ITRWs)
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11 ITRWs organized 2006-2007
Publications
– Proceedings
– CD-ROMs
– Special Issues
Speech Communication
– Archive
22 ISCA-supported (non-ITRW)
Workshops
8
Number of ISCA/ESCA workshops
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Sadaoki Furui
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ISCA
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Contact ISCA for
new event proposals
[email protected]
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NOLISP07 – Non-Linear Speech Processing
SSW-6 – 6th Speech Synthesis Research Workshop
Young Researchers’ Roundtable on Spoken Dialog Systems
8th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
SLaTE Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education
Sadaoki Furui
Odyssey 2008 (The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop)
Workshop on Evidence-based Voice and Speech Rehabilitation in Head &
Neck Oncology
• Workshop on Speech Analysis and Processing for Knowledge Discovery
• Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2008
• AVSP 2008 (Auditory-Visual Speech Processing)
ISCA International Affairs Committee
Lin-shan Lee
• ISCA decided to become an international organization in
1999 in Budapest
– Events and participants in them should not be confined to Europe
– ISCA International Affairs Committee tries to fulfill that mandate
• Targets regions currently under-represented in ISCA programs
• Establishing Subcommittees for these regions to initiate
region-specific efforts
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Sub-committee on Eastern Europe
Sub-committee on West Asia and North Africa
Sub-committee on South Asia
Sub-committee on Sub-Saharan Africa
ISCA International Affairs Committee
Lin-shan Lee
• Sample Action Items for the International Affairs Committee
– Disseminating information about regional research activities to the global
research community through ISCA channels
– Distributing ISCA event and service information to researchers in their
region
– Initiating ISCA-organized or co-sponsored events in their region
– Recommending that students and young researchers in their region
apply for ISCA grants to attend events sponsored by ISCA
– Establishing Regional Branches or Special Interest Groups
– Arranging Distinguished Lecturers Tours to give lectures in their region
– Developing ISCA relationships with relevant sister associations in their
regions
Sadaoki Furui
ISCA Distinguished Lecturers
Program
• Sending Distinguished Lecturers to different parts of the world
when invited by a Regional Subcommittee
• Selection Committee chaired by Sadaoki Furui
• Two Distinguished Lecturers selected by the end of 2006 for
2007-08
– Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technologies, USA
 first lecture tour going to South Asia in Nov 2007
– Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
 first lecture tour to Brazil in June 2007
• Call for Nominations for new DLs by 15 Nov 2007
Lin-shan Lee
Scientific Diversity
– In charge of strengthening and broadening
ISCA’s involvement in all areas of scientific
and technological disciplines
that are related to speech communication,
both between humans and
between humans and machines
1. Survey on long-term trends of papers presented
at INTERSPEECH conferences
2. Re-examine topics to be announced in the call
for papers, etc.
3. Identify key areas where ISCA’s involvement
and leadership is desired
Hiroya Fujisaki
Scientific Diversity
Hiroya Fujisaki
– ISCA Board’s Recommendation on the list of topics
for INTERSPEECH conferences since 2004
– ISCA Board’s Recommendation on strategies for
encouraging active exchanges with less well
represented fields:
a. Composition of the organizing team
b. Enlarging the range of contact beyond
past attendees and current members
c. Organizing special sessions, invited talks, etc.
especially aimed at interdisciplinary
exchanges
d. Advisory Committee on Scientific Diversity
Industry Liaison
• Maintains a List of Speech R&D Companies and Speech
Technology Vendors
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multinational, national and regional companies
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provides job advertising service
• ISCA-Industry Roundtable with Senior R&D Managers of
Multinational Speech R&D Companies
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September 2005 at INTERSPEECH in Lisbon
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September 2006 at INTERSPEECH in Pittsburgh
• Development of the ISCA-Industry Dialog
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information on ISCA‘s role in speech R&D internationally
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job market facilitation through ISCA publications and website
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emerging issues of evaluation, quality and standards
Michael Wagner
International Conferences
• Future INTERSPEECH Conferences
Isabel Trancoso
– 2008, Brisbane, Australia
– 2009, Brighton, UK
– 2010, Makuhari, Japan
– 2011 - Call for Proposals and guidelines available
http://www.isca-speech.org/conferences.html
(deadline: November 15th 2007)
• No Eurospeech/ICSLP distinction
• Call for volunteers reviewers
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partic
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Brisbane, Australia, 22-26 Sept.
INTERSPEECH 2009
Brighton, UK
“Speech and Intelligence”
6-9 Sept.
“Towards spoken language processing for all – regardless
of age, health conditions, languages, environment, etc.”
Grants September 2006 -07
Jean-François
Bonastre
Total expenditure by
ISCA: ~13500 E
Int.07: ~10600 E
Total: ~24100 E
Grants per country
France
Finland
Germany
Hungary
India
China
Grants:54
(7 events)
41 for IS-07
13 for other ISCA
events
Countries: 23
Iran
Chile
Italy
Canada
Japan
Netherland
Poland
Brazil
Australia
United States
Spain
Ukraine
Turkey Tunisia Sweden
United Kingdom
Switzerland
Grants in EU
United Kingdom
Finland
Sweden
France
Switzerland
Germany
Spain
Hungary
Poland
Netherland
Italy
Grants per region
Africa
South America
Others
EU+Switzerland
Asia+Turkey
North America
Awards
Jean-François
Bonastre
ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement 2007
Recipient: Victor Zue
ISCA Medal for Service 2007
Recipient: Wolfgang Hess
ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication
Journal 2004-2006 (Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Rob Schapire)
3 ISCA Awards for the Best Student Paper of INTERSPEECH 2007
Philippe Dreuw
Chao Qin
Patrick Lucey
Jury:
« Speech Recognition Techniques for a Sign Language Recognition System »
« An Empirical Investigation of the Nonuniqueness in the Acoustic-to-Articulatory Mapping »
« A Unified Approach to Multi-Pose Audio-Visual ASR »
A. W. Black
B. Granstrom
A. Cutler
J. Hansen
P. Dalsgaard L. Lamel
C. H. Lee
J. Mariani
R. K. Moore
E. Shriberg
R. Stern
B. Z. Yuan
Student liaison
ISCA Student Advisory Committee
Jean-François
Bonastre
• Currently 5 board members, 6 student volunteers, …
growing every month
• After serving 2 terms, Murat and Christophe are
leaving the board. Marco and Antonio became board
members after their experience as student
volunteers.
Student liaison
ISCA Student Advisory Committee
Jean-François
Bonastre
Last year’s progress:
• Website improved significantly with new components, over 200 users.
• ISCA archive indexed under Google Scholar in collaboration with Google
and
David Gelbart from ICSI. Increased visibility of ISCA archive and
citation.
• Educational Series (seminars, panel discussions) @ every Interspeech
(last year: how to find your dream job?, this year: how to improve your
presentation skills?), new events coming at following Interspeech
conferences…
• Transcription of last year’s panel discussion uploaded on the web
Publications
 ISCApad
monthly E-newspaper
(last issue: #110):
ISCA life, job offers,
conferences, under
print papers,
new books…
 Elsevier contacts
Speech
Communication
ISCApad number 110
July 31st, 2007
Editorial
Dear Members,
Due to holidays, this August issue is delivered a little bit earlier in order that all
announcements are not too much delayed and are available before Interspeech. See
you there and be prepared to attend our general assembly in Antwerp with many
questions and constructive comments.
Christian Wellekens
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. ISCA News
2. SIG's activities
3. Courses, internships
4. Books, databases, softwares
5. Job openings
6. Journals
7. Future Interspeech Conferences
8. Future ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshops (ITRW)
9. Forthcoming Events supported (but not organized) by ISCA
10. Future Speech Science and technology events
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
EvaHajicova
AISV
SIG-IL
ISCA SIG-ILSP
AFCP
SIGdial
AVISA
SynSIG
SaLTMIL
Chinese SLP
SLaTE
Some special activities of SIGs
• Special session at Interspeech - proposed by
SALTMIL
• International Conferences and Workshops - e.g.
SP 2006 organized by SProSIG
• Special issue of Speech Communication – SIG-IL
• Summer Schools - AISV
• Annual meetings - regularly by several SIGs
• Thanks to the SIGs for their help in recruiting
reviewers!!
Treasurer’s Report
Chris Wellekens
• Positive result for 2006 (less income but less
expenditure)
• Regular financial base for continued Interspeech and
ITRW seed funding
• Considerable savings in Board meeting costs (4
teleconference meeting - 1 regular )
• Plans done for new initiatives in 2007-8:
distinguished lecturers, website, grants, student
activities
Income
2005
2006
INTERSPEECH
DONATIONS
42,280
36,505
Lisbon
Pittsburgh
ITRW SHARES
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900
658
762
52,576
40,130
210
242
95,724
78,539
SALE PROCEEDINGS
MEMBERSHIP
INTEREST
TOTAL (€)
Note: Loan payments/repayments are not included in the income and expenditure tables
Expenditure (1)
2005
2006
SALARIES
34,243
35,803
MEETINGS
13,224
4,504
4,771
3,590
14,189
13,925
7,060
0
-
5,851
73,487
63,673
SECRETARIAT
GRANTS
M’SHIP
SERVICES/ARCHIVE
WEBSITE
carried forward
Expenditure (2)
2005
2006
73,487
63,673
STUDENTS
1,000
2,000
W’SHOPS & GROUPS
5,033
1,000
LIAISON & SIG
1,005
0
OTHER
1,932
0
BANK COSTS
1,014
1,280
TOTAL (€)
83,471
67,953
brought forward
INCOME OVER
EXPENDITURE
2005
2006
Income
95,724
78,539
Expenditure
83,471
67,953
Income over
Expenditure
12,253
10,586
31.12.2005
31.12.2006
101,609
90,114
13,000
35,000
114,609
125,114
PAYABLES
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-
EQUITY (€)
114,609
125,114
Assets
BANK BALANCE
RECEIVABLES
TOTAL ASSETS (€)
Liabilities & Equity
For several months each year, ISCA has loans to 1 or 2 Interspeech conferences and 1
or 2 workshops outstanding. Assets >€82k are required to maintain a positive cash
balance.
Conclusions
Chris Wellekens
• ISCA is financially sound
• ISCA will continue to provide loans for Interspeech conferences and ITRW workshops
• ISCA is in a position to gradually enhance its
support for grants, Distinguished Lecturer
travel, and new initiatives
Approval of Reports
• President‘s Report
• Treasurer‘s Report
Goals for 2007-8
 To expand international participation in ISCA
Distinguished Lecturers program
Regional sub-committees
 To understand members’ needs better through
surveys and increase community involvement
 To support student-centered activities
 To improve current ISCA web-based services
and create new ones
Changes to the ISCA Board
President: Isabel Trancoso
New members: Alan Black (USA), Helen Meng (China),
Bernd Möbius (Germany), Yoshinori Sagisaka (Japan),
Tanja Schultz (Germany)
Continuing members: Jean-Francois Bonastre, Eva
Hajicova, David House, Lin-shan Lee, Michael Picheny,
Isabel Trancoso
Retiring members: Hiroya Fujisaki, Sadaoki Furui, Julia
Hirschberg, Michael Wagner, Chris Wellekens
Next ISCA General Assembly
INTERSPEECH 2008
Brisbane, Australia, September 22-26, 2008
Any Other Business?
Handover to the new
ISCA President
Isabel Trancoso
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