CFP: Interspeech 2016 Special Session: Sub-Saharan African languages: from speech fundamentals to applications

This special session aims at gathering researchers in speech technology and researchers in linguistics (working in language documentation and fundamentals of speech science). Such a partnership is particularly important for Sub-Saharan African languages which tend to remain under-resourced, under-documented and often also un-written.

Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers in the following areas:
ASR and TTS for Sub-Saharan African languages and dialects
Cross-lingual and multi-lingual acoustic and lexical modeling
Applications of spoken language technologies for the African continent
Phonetic and linguistic studies in Sub-Saharan African languages
Zero resource speech technologies: unsupervised discovery of linguistic units
Language documentation for endangered languages of Africa
Machine-assisted annotation of speech and laboratory phonology
Resource / Corpora production in African languages

Submission deadline
Same as regular Interspeech 2016 papers: 23rd March, 2016

Special session web site
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Organizing Committee
Martine Adda-Decker (madda [at] limsi [dot] fr) – CNRS – LPP and LIMSI, France.
Laurent Besacier (laurent [dot] besacier [at] imag [dot] fr) - Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, France - LIG laboratory.
Marelie Davel (marelie [dot] davel [at] nwu [dot] ac [dot] za) – North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
Larry Hyman (hyman [at] berkeley [dot] edu) - Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
Martin Jansche (mjansche [at] google [dot] com) – Google, London, UK.
Francois Pellegrino (francois [dot] pellegrino [at] univ-lyon2 [dot] fr) – CNRS – DDL Lyon, France.
Olivier Rosec (olivier [dot] rosec [at] voxygen [dot] fr) – Voxygen SAS,- Pleumeur-Bodou, France.
Sebastian Stüker (sebastian [dot] stueker [at] kit [dot] edu) - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Martha Tachbelie Yifiru (martha [dot] yifiru [at] aau [dot] edu [dot] et) – School of Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.