A Workshop for Young Female Researchers in Speech Science & Technology 
Call for Participation 

*** UPDATE for Accepted Participants:
Attendance at Interspeech, tutorials and/or satellite workshops is optional, but associated expenses will be covered up to a maximum of $1500 for domestic travel and $1700 for international travel. Allowable expenses include economy class air fare and/or other modes of transportation, registration, and hotel/food (max $250 per night hotel, $74 per day food) for days associated with registered conference or workshop participation. Please keep relevant receipts.

A workshop for women undergraduate and masters students who are currently working in speech science and technology will be held at Interspeech 2016 on September 8, and will feature panel discussions with senior researchers in the field, student poster presentations and a mentoring session.  The workshop will be held at Google, 1 Market Street, Suite 400, Spear Tower, San Francisco, CA, 94105, at room: 1MST-4-Charles Crocker, and is is partially funded by the NSF, Microsoft, and Google. This workshop is designed to foster interest in research in our field in women at the undergraduate or masters level who have not yet committed to getting a PhD in speech science or technology areas but who have had some research experience in their college and universities on individual or group projects. 

Please direct any questions to: yfrs.workshop@gmail.com


The workshop will include the following events:

9:30-10:00 light breakfast

10:00-11:00 welcome, introductions & icebreaker

11:00-12:00 doctoral student panel

12:00-12:15 break 

12:15-1:30 lunch + mentoring

1:30-2:00 lightning poster overviews

2:00-3:00 poster session (Abstracts)

3:00-3:30 break + networking/mentoring

3:30-4:30 postdoctoral speech researcher panel 

4:30-5:00  closing discussion 

Poster Presentations:
 Author        Title
 Amber Afshan Subject independent acoustic-to-articulatory inversion, its benefit to speech  recognition with a focus on adaptation to kids' speech
 Taruna Agrawal  Retrieving Social Images using Relevance Filtering and Diverse Selection
 Emily Ahn  Two Types of Foreign Accent Classification
 Rachel Alexander  Articulatory Speech Synthesis from Vocal-Tract MRI Data
 Lydia Castro  The Acoustics of Deceit
 Aleksandra Ćwiek  Acoustics and discourse function of two types of breathing signals
 Ranjini Das  Measuring Error Rates in Automatic Speech Recognition Systems
 Rebecca Kim  Implementing Task-Oriented Dialogues on Turtlebot 2
 Jiska Koemans Emotion Perception in Adverse Listening Conditions
 Yocheved Levitan Individual Differences in Deception Detection
 Yash-yee Yogan Vowel-to-Singing Synthesis Using Score-Based Matching
 Georgia Maniati Deep Neural Network based Voice Activity Detection for spoken dialogue  systems
 Usha Amruta Nookala ChatterBaby: an Assistive Mobile Application to Classify Infant Cries
 Pilar Oplustil Statistical Parametric Speech Synthesis using Artificial Neural Networks for  Chilean Spanish with Speaking Style Control
 Luise Valentin Rygaard  Using synthesized speech to improve speech recognition for low-resource  languages
 Jennifer Smith  Spoken Interaction Modeling for Automatic Assessment of Collaborative  Learning
 Rutuja Himanshu Ubale  Drunk-text Detection
 Maria van de Groep  Looking at the knife when hearing map: How important is the Dutch lexicon when  processing English words in noise?
 Cindy Wang  Text-to-Speech for Low-Resource Languages
 Yijia Xu  Lip Detection and Audio-Visual Speech Recognition
 Li Zhao  Qualia: Towards Automating Screenplay Evaluation

Poster Format: 30 by 40 inches

Organizing Committee

Abeer Alwan (UCLA), Co-Chair
Julia Hirshberg (Columbia U), Co-Chair

Francoise Beaufays (Google)
Asli Celikyilmaz (Microsoft)
Mary Beckman (OSU)
Carol Espy-Wilson (UMD)
Dilek Hakkani-Tur (Microsoft)
Pascale Fung (HKUST)
Esther Judd (ReadSpeaker)
Lori Lamel (LIMSI)
Karen Livescu (TTI-Chicago)
Yang Liu (UT Dallas)
Helen Meng (CU Hong Kong)
Mari Ostendorf (U Washington)
Carolina Parada (Google)
Bhuvana Ramabhadran (IBM)
Liz Shriberg (SRI)
Isabel Trancoso (INESC, Portugal)
Petra Wagner (U Bielefeld)


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Columbia University, Department of Computer Science

University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering