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ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on
Statistical And Perceptual Audition

16 September 2006, Pittsburgh PA
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2006-09-17: Thanks to all for a very successful and interesting workshop. We ended up with over 50 attendees; it was great to see this level of support. This website - including links to the online versions of the papers from the Technical Program page - will remain as a record and reference.
2006-09-15: The workshop location will be room Allegheny 3 in the Westin Convention Center. Note that the morning talks have all been shifted 30 mins earlier due to travel problems!
2006-08-27: The complete Technical Program has been posted. 2006-09-13: slight changes in timings posted.
2006-08-11: Registration is now open. Please visit the registration page to fill in and print out a registration form to fax to the organizers. Registration is a nominal $25 and includes refreshments.
2006-06-09: Due to the delayed submission deadline and subsequent reviewing period, notification of acceptance is now scheduled for Friday June 30th. We are very sorry for this delay.
2006-04-17: The SAPA submission deadline has been extended to Sunday April 30th.
2005-10-20: A Speech Separation Challenge has been announced by Martin Cooke, to be held as part of ICSLP 2006. Papers describing statistical-perceptual approaches to this challenge will be welcome at SAPA, and Martin Cooke will give a keynote talk at SAPA.

Papers are solicited for the 2006 Workshop on Statistical and Perceptual Audition (SAPA2006), to be held in Pittsburgh PA as a satellite to ICSLP 2006.

Following on from the successful SAPA2004 workshop (in Jeju, Korea), the objective of the SAPA2006 workshop is to bring together researchers considering perceptually-motivated problems in sound and speech analysis and understanding, employing statistical and machine learning tools.

There is a wide area of overlap between more heuristic models of human auditory function and purely pattern recognition approaches that are independent of human audition; SAPA aims to be the forum for presentation and discussion of this promising and expanding field.

This will be a one-day workshop with a limited number of oral presentations, chosen for breadth and provocation, and an informal atmosphere to promote discussion. We hope that the participants in the workshop will be exposed to a broader perspective, and that this will help foster new research and interesting variants on current approaches.

Papers describing relevant research and new concepts are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Generalized audio analysis
  • Speech analysis
  • Music analysis
  • Audio classificationy
  • Scene analysis
  • Signal separation
  • Speech recognition
  • Multi-channel analysis

In all cases, preference will be given to papers that clearly involve both perceptually-defined or perceptually-related problems, and statistical or machine-learning based solutions.

Manuscripts must be between 4 and 6 pages long, in standard ICSLP double-column format. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Papers must be recieved by 21 April 2006 (two weeks after the ICSLP deadline). The results of the paper review will be posted by 9 June 2006 (same as ICSLP).


Dr. Bhiksha Raj
Research Scientist
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs,
Cambridge, MA 02139
617 621 7593
Prof. Daniel Ellis
Associate Professor
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8928
Dr. Paris Smaragdis
Research Scientist
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs,
Cambridge, MA 02139
617 621 7561
Dr. Malcolm Slaney
Senior Research Scientist
Yahoo! Research
Santa Clara, CA 95054


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