On behalf of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Interspeech 2015 in Dresden! This event marks the 16th Annual International Conference of ISCA known as Interspeech. Preceding events have been held in great locations around the globe, including Beijing (2000), Aalborg (2001), Denver (2002), Geneva (2003), Jeju (2004), Lisbon (2005), Pittsburgh (2006), Antwerp (2007), Brisbane (2008), Brighton (2009), Makuhari (2010), Florence (2011), Portland (2012), Lyon (2013), and Singapore (2014).
As you may imagine, I am personally delighted that Interspeech takes place in Germany for the first time. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has a long history as the royal residence for the Electors and Kings and was known as the “Jewel Box” for its baroque and rococo city center. This wonderful place situated in a valley of the River Elbe gives Interspeech delegates ample opportunities to enjoy a great deal of history and culture. During the conference, the community will honor Professor Mary E. Beckman for the 2015 ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement and Professor Hiroya Fujisaki for the 2015 ISCA Special Service Medal. Please accept my warmest congratulation! ISCA has decided to announce our medalists prior to the opening session as the new policy of ISCA from now on. This gives the medalists
the chance to share the great news with their colleagues and friends early, while the members of the community can plan their attendance in the light of exciting keynote talks being delivered by the ISCA medalist at the Opening Session of Interspeech.
Furthermore, the community will honor five ISCA members who were recently elected as ISCA Fellows for their technical merits and service to our association, Pascale Fung, Reinhold Häb-Umbach, Lori Lamel, David Nahamoo, and Marc Swerts. Congratulations! Organizing an Interspeech event takes enormous courage, endurance and dedication, thus my special thanks go to Sebastian Möller, the general chair of Interspeech 2015 and to Hermann Ney, the general co-chair. They assembled a very powerful organization team and all of them worked relentlessly to host our community here in Dresden, Germany. Interspeech 2015 features the topic of “Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal”, emphasizing that the complex process of speech emits a wide range of signals beyond acoustics, stemming from the articulators, the neural pathways or the brain itself. All of these biosignals can be used to circumvent limitations of conventional acoustic speech processing. Several tutorials, oral and poster sessions, as well as special sessions at Interspeech will be dedicated to exploring this subject.
Interspeech 2015 continues the success of recent events, receiving a record number of 1525 paper submissions. The technical program committee led by the TPC chairs Bernd Möbius and Elmar Nöth included 45 chairs for areas, special sessions, and show & tell. With the support of more than 1000 reviewers, the TPC continued ISCA’s pursuit for a high quality of publications leading to an overall acceptance rate of 51 %. Thank you so much for your hard and dedicated work!