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Interspeech is the world‘s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing. The conference features world-class speakers, tutorials, oral and poster sessions, challenges, exhibitions and satellite events, and will gather around 2000 participants from all over the world.

The theme of the conference comprises three key elements important in speech research today: language diversitydiversity of applications, and diversity of representation.

Why Graz?

  • Graz lies at the unique crossroads in the heart of Europe where the large Romance, Slavonic, and Germanic language families meet. In a globalized world, the regional varieties of pluricentric languages are becoming ever more important to shape our linguistic identities.
  • Speech and Language are active research topics of all four universities in Graz. Through special sessions, we will explore crossroads of Speech and Language with science and technology, with the humanities and language teaching, with medical diagnosis and therapy, and with singing and artistic performance.
  • Speech and Language by themselves span a wide range of representation layers in the ‘stacks’ of human-human, or human-machine communication, extending from the bits of the acoustic waveform to pragmatics at discourse level. We will put special emphasis on the deep interaction among and across these representation layers by soliciting invited talks around these issues.

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The Organizing Committee will work to facilitate the organization of such satellite workshops, to stimulate discussion in research areas related to speech and language, at locations in Europe, and around the same time as INTERSPEECH 2019. They are particularly looking forward to proposals from neighbouring countries.

As possible sites for your satellite events may we propose the following cities within easy reach from the conference location (either by train, bus, or rental car):

  • Graz, Austria, the INTERSPEECH 2019 host city, with several supporting institutions;
  • Maribor, Slovenia, just 50 km away, where we provide local support via the University of Maribor;
  • Vienna, Austria, just 200 km away, where we provide local support via the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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Important Dates

  • Submission to ISCA workshop portal: As soon as possible since every satellite workshop needs ISCA endorsement!
  • Once ISCA endorsement has been granted, requests for co-registration with INTERSPEECH2019 have to be submitted by February 28, 2019.
  • Confirmation as an INTERSPEECH2019 satellite event by March 15, 2019.