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The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) [www.isca-speech.org) seeks application for a :

 Conference Coordinator (f/m/d)

For a limited-term contract with 18h/week, with the perspective of extension towards an unlimited-term contract.

The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) is a scientific non-profit organization according to the French law 1901. The purpose of the association is to promote, in an international world-wide context, activities and exchanges in all fields related to speech communication science and technology. The association is aimed at all persons and institutions interested in fundamental research and technological development that aims at describing, explaining and reproducing the various aspects of human communication by speech, e.g. phonetics, linguistics, computer speech recognition and synthesis, speech compression, speaker recognition, aids to medical diagnosis of voice pathologies.

One of the core activities of ISCA is to ensure the continuous organization of its flagship conference, Interspeech. The conference is organized each year in a different country by a different team; it typically attracts 1500 or more participants from all over the world. The role of this newly-created position of conference coordinator is to ensure a smooth organization of the conference over the years, according to well-established standards, and taking into account the aims ISCA has with the conference.

The role requires – amongst others – to take over the lead for the following activities:

  • Support in the organization and set-up of the Technical Program
  • Operation and maintenance of the central electronic review system
  • Maintenance of the reviewer database
  • Support in the organization of the Technical Program Committee meeting
  • Maintenance of paper templates and author/presenter instructions
  • Support for the production of proceedings
  • Communication with the organizing team and possible Professional Conference Organizers about all matters of the conference organization, such as planning of calls, committees, meeting space, technical equipment and tools, session planning, event planning, etc.
  • Communication with the ISCA board about all matters of the conference
  • Communication with the ISCA Administrative Manager about membership matters, meetings, etc.
  • Outbound communication via web, social media, etc.

 Required competences:

We are looking for a self-motivated person who is enthusiastic about the organization of international scientific events, and has excellent organizational and communication skills (mostly in English). The person does not need to have a scientific background in speech communication and technology, but should be able to understand the scientific background, as well as the aims ISCA has with the organization of Interspeech conferences. A proven expertise in the organization of large-scale events is a must, and of scientific events is a plus.

The job can be carried out remotely from any location. A flexible allocation of time over the year is required, depending on the status of preparations (the conference is typically organized in September, and there is an expected increase in activity from March to September). The willingness to physically attend preparatory meetings and the conference is required.

Deadline : 15 March 2022.


 

ISCA Medals and Fellows Nominations 2022

Nominations are open for the following ISCA Awards:

The ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement recognizes and honors an individual each year who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of speech communication science and technology. Any ISCA member can make a nomination. All nominations for ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement should be submitted to the ISCA Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 January 2022 using the nomination form.  The ISCA Board will select the winner by 1 February and announce the winner in the March 2020 ISCApad. Unsuccessful candidates of the previous year(s) must be re-nominated to qualify for candidacy.  

The ISCA Service Medal recognizes an ISCA member who has provided extraordinary service to ISCA and/or the Speech Communication community. Any ISCA Board or Advisory Council member can make a nomination. All nominations for ISCA Service Medal should be submitted to the ISCA Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 January 2022 using the nomination form. Unsuccessful candidates of the previous year(s) must be re-nominated to qualify for candidacy.  

The ISCA Fellows Program recognises and honours outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the science and technology of speech communication. To qualify for this distinction, a candidate must have been an ISCA member for five years or more with a minimum of ten years experience in the field. Nominations may be made by any ISCA member except for those on the Felows Selection Committee.. Fellows may be recognized by their outstanding scientific and/or technical contributions and/or continued significant service to ISCA. The supporting case for the candidate's nomination should include up to 3 major contributions which have had impact on the speech community and/or society in general. A nomination should be supported by 3 references from senior scientists/technologists in the Speech Communication community, for instance ISCA Fellows and ISCA Board members. Current ISCA Board members are not eligible for nomination. Members of the Fellows Seection Committee may not nominate candidates or provide references. All nominations for ISCA Fellow should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 February using the nomination form. Those who plan to nominate are strongly advised to send brief information on candidates (candidate's name and affiliation) to the above email address before January 10 with your name and contact email address. 

More information can be found on the ISCA Honors webpage.


   2021 ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement awarded to Prof. Dr Hermann Ney

Slides from Prof Ney's keynote address 

'Forty Years of Speech and Language Processing: From Bayes Decision Rule to Deep Learning

 

We have a new Board

[9 Sep 2021] Following the ISCA GA at Interspeech the new ISCA Board for 2021-23 is in place. Please take a look here to see who is who on the Board. Congratulations to Sebastian Möller, ISCA President and Odette Scharenborg, ISCA Vice-President.


 

Would you like to host INTERSPEECH 2025?

Bids are invited for 2025, the submission date has been set to December 15, 2021. A set of guidelines and a bidding and budget template are available. For enquiries email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.