Dear fellow scientists:
On behalf of the organizing committee, I warmly welcome you to INTERSPEECH 2010 in Chiba, Japan.
The study of spoken language processing is inherently interdisciplinary, and is comprised of diverse academic areas ranging from psychology, linguistics, physiology, and physics, to medicine, education, and engineering. Spoken language is unique because it changes its shape and form depending on the language, although the mechanism of speech production is largely identical in all human beings.
International interaction among a myriad of scientific disciplines is essential to better understand spoken language processing and advance its technologies. This need prompted Prof. Hiroya Fujisaki and his colleagues to inaugurate ICSLP (International Conference on Spoken Language Processing) in 1990. The term INTERSPEECH became ICSLP's sub-title in 2000 (Beijing, China), and, when ICSLP and EUROSPEECH merged, became their main title. Therefore, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the birth of ICSLP in Japan, and the 10th anniversary of the birth of INTERSPEECH.
During the past two decades, Japan has hosted 2 ICSLPs (1990 in Kobe and 1994 in Yokohama) but not INTERSPEECH. Your hosts are pleased to provide you with an opportunity to exchange views on our common interests.
Spoken language is a core part of civilization. Spoken language processing technologies have advanced tremendously in recent years. Yet many people are denied access to such advances due to physical problems, economical situations, under-resourced languages, and other limitations. It is incumbent on us spoken language scientists to meet this challenge. This is why INTERSPEECH 2010's theme is "Spoken language processing for all – Regardless of age, health conditions, native languages, and environments. " Keynote speeches, special sessions, and tutorials reflect our ideal.
My special thanks are due to 3 keynote speakers. On 27 September immediately following the opening ceremony, Prof. Steve Young, this year’s ISCA medalist, discusses the state-of-the-art and future of statistically based spoken language technologies in his talk titled "Still talking to machines (cognitively speaking)". On 28 September, Prof. Tohru Ifukube will enlighten us on how speech technology enriches the physically challenged population in his keynote titled "Sound-based assistive technology supporting seeing, hearing, and speaking for the disabled and the elderly" . On September 29, Dr. Chiu-yu Tseng will shed light on the role of prosody in human processing of spoken discourse in her keynote titled " Beyond sentence prosody" .
Spoken language translation is a key to overcome language barriers. Japan has been playing a leading role in this area since 1980s. A session titled "Speech translation technology" is scheduled in the morning of 30 September. My special thanks go to our session speakers for accepting our requests.
I would like to express our thanks to everyone who proposed tutorials and special sessions. 9 tutorials in 3 tracks are offered on September 26. I encourage INTERSPEECH 2010 participants, especially junior scientists, to attend these information-packed opportunities. Special sessions that reflect this year's conference theme have been arranged either independently by our program committee or jointly by proposers and our program committee.
I am deeply grateful for everyone who submitted papers, without which INTERSPEECH cannot survive.
Various public institutions and private corporations have generously agreed to provide financial and material support. More than 20 exhibition booths enrich the conference. Their support and participation are gratefully acknowledged.
The Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center supported us from the very beginning of our planning. The Nippon Travel Agency helped us with conference registration. I offer many thanks to both.
It was towards the end of 2004 that we proposed to host INTERSPEECH 2010. Many colleagues have been involved in the past 6 years. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of them, particularly to our program chair Dr. Satoshi Nakamura and members of the local organizing committee, who dedicated their precious time and efforts for the preparation of the conference. I am also indebted to our advisory members, whose timely advice enabled this conference to become reality.
I wish you all a pleasant stay in Makuhari.
General Chair, INTERSPEECH 2010
Welcome to INTERSPEECH 2010. INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on issues surrounding the science and technology of spoken language processing both in humans and in machines. The theme of this year’s conference is "Spoken language processing for all - Regardless of age, health conditions, native languages, and environments".
We solicited solid research works on a broad range of the following areas which offered innovative contributions from the viewpoint of either a methodological or practical application: