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Submissions of Special Sessions & Challenges proposals are encouraged for INTERSPEECH 2015, covering interdisciplinary topics and/or important new emerging areas of interest related to the main conference topics. Submissions related to the special focus of the conference, Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal, are particularly welcome. Apart from a particular theme, special sessions can have a format different from a regular session. Each special session or challenge proposal should contain the following information:
- Title of the proposed session
- Names and affiliations of organizers (including brief bio and contact information)
- Up to five bullet points on what makes the session special (can include, but is not limited to, technical aspects, format of the session, expected outcomes, people involved)
- An introduction (maximum 1 page) stating the importance of the topic and the objectives of the proposed session
- Tentative/confirmed list of papers or at least target contributors
- Additional or non-standard resources (e.g. data, equipment, poster stands, etc.) required for organizing the special session
Proposals should clearly describe the topic and explain why it cannot be covered appropriately in regular sessions. Additionally, the intended format for the session should be clearly indicated (panel, posters, etc.).
Proposals are evaluated by the Organizing Committee based on relevance and significance of the topic. Papers for approved Special Sessions have to be submitted following the same schedule and procedure as regular papers; the papers will undergo the same review process by anonymous and independent reviewers. Special session organizers will be involved in the reviewer assignment and in the final decisions.
Challenges are “special” special sessions. The requirements are the same across special sessions and challenges as stated above; however, for challenges, additional edge conditions might exist such as a baseline to compare own results with, established by the challenge organizers. The ComParE challenge that has been organized at Interspeech since 2009 might be taken as blueprint; of course, other structures and topics are welcome as well.
Prospective organizers are invited to submit a proposal via email to the Special Session Chairs, Anton Batliner and Björn Schuller before November 30, 2014. Please do not hesitate to ask before submitting your proposal if something is not fully clear to you. Notification of pre-selection is scheduled for December 15, 2014; final acceptance can be expected shortly after paper acceptance/rejection, depending on the number of accepted papers submitted for a special session or a challenge.
|Proposal submission deadline:||November 30, 2014|
|Notification of pre-selection by:||December 15, 2014|
|Final list of special sessions:||June, 2015|
|Emails to submit proposals:||batliner[at]cs.fau.de schuller[at]IEEE.org|
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