Carnegie Mellon Hosts International Interspeech Conference

 Stern Serves as General Chair

September 13, 2006

Carnegie Mellon's ECE Department, Language Technologies Institute (LTI), and Institute for Software Research International (ISRI) are hosting Interspeech 2006, the Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICLSP). Richard Stern, Professor of ECE, CS, and BME, is the General Chair of the event, which will be held at the Westin Convention Center from September 17-21. More than 1,000 speech scientists are expected to attend.

Several ECE alumni, faculty, and students have contributed to the proceedings, which encompass a broad array of fields related to both human-to-human and human-machine speech communication. Stern and his students have publications in the program, students will demonstrate research by faculty members Rob Rutenbar and Tsuhan Chen, and alumni Alejandro Acero, Michael Phillips, Bhiksha Raj, and Michael Seltzer are all participating, all former advisees of Stern while students at Carnegie Mellon.

On Sunday morning, two ECE alumni will be part of a team delivering a tutorial, "Microphone Array Processing and Source Separation Speech Enhancement and Recognition." The presenters are ECE alumnus Bhiksha Raj (Ph.D. 2000), now at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), along with co-worker Paris Smaragdis, and alumnus Michael Seltzer (Ph.D. 2003; M.S. 2000) from Microsoft Research.

On Sunday evening, ECE graduate students will display Professors Rutenbar and Chen's "in silico vox" project on moving speech recognition from software to silicon, as part of a schedule of demonstrations that will include fourteen other language technologies under development at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as products offered by at least five local speech technology companies.

Alejandro Acero (Ph.D. 1990), from Microsoft Research, is Interspeech's Exhibits and Industrial Liaison. He will introduce Michael Phillips (B.S. 1982), who will deliver a plenary talk on Tuesday morning on creating speech interfaces for mass market applications. Phillips is the former Chief Technology Officer of SpeechWorks and ScanSoft (now Nuance), and is now working on his new startup, Mobeus Corporation.

One of the sponsors for the conference, Akustica, Inc., is a local company led by Professor Kaigham Gabriel that spun off microelectromechanical (MEMS) research conducted in the ECE Department. Akustica builds microphone chips for laptops, cell phones, and other digital media using MEMS technology.

Source: Carnegie Mellon 8 ½ X 11 News

Professor Richard Stern is the General Chair of Interspeech 2006, an international conference held this year in Pittsburgh. Several ECE alumni, faculty, and students have contributed to the event.

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