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Special Session on Biosignal-based Spoken Communication

Matthias Janke (Cognitive Systems Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), matthias.janke∂kit.edu
Michael Wand (The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, USI & SUPSI, Lugano), michael∂idsia.ch
Tanja Schultz (Cognitive Systems Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology),tanja.schultz∂kit.edu

Scope of the Special Session
Interspeech 2015 features the theme  “Speech beyond Speech: Towards a Better Understanding of the Most Important Biosignal”. In accordance with this theme, we will organize a special session on the topic of Biosignal-based Spoken Communication.
Speech  is a complex process emitting a wide range of biosignals,  including, but not limited to, acoustics. These biosignals – stemming from the articulators, the articulator muscle activities, the neural pathways, or the brain itself – can be used to circumvent limitations of conventional speech processing, and to gain insights into the process of speech production.
Sensors  and systems  for capturing  and processing  a variety of speech-generated biosignals have been under development for several decades. Based on the increased interest and major progress in biosignal-based speech processing during the last years, we call to participate in a special session on the subject of Biosignal-based Spoken Communication. 
We aim at bringing together researchers and interested users  from multiple disciplines (e.g. linguistics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, medicine) and  fields (e.g. speech production, articulation, recognition and synthesis, data acquisition, signal processing, human-machine-interfaces) to discuss the current state and future research of this prosperous and active research field.

Papers and Presentation Form
We  ask contributors to send in their 4-page papers on the subject of Biosignal-based Spoken Communication. This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:  
-  Acquisition of non-acoustic speech data based on  modalities  such as Electromyography, Electroencephalography, Electrocorticography, Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Electromagnetic Articulography, Ultrasound, Optical Imaging, 
-  Speech Recognition based on biosignals,
-  Speech Synthesis from biosignals,
-  Silent Speech Interfaces,
-  Non-Audible-Murmur,
-  Whispered Speech,
-  Lip Reading,
-  Neural Representations of Speech and Language.
When the applicants submit a paper in the electronic submission system of Interspeech 2015, please tick the box stating that the paper should be included in the special session  Biosignal-based Spoken Communication. All submissions will take part in the normal paper review process.  
If time permits, we plan for a brief Show & Tell, i.e. presentations of demonstrators and systems as part of the special session. Thus, we encourage teams to indicate their interest in performing a demonstration via email to the session chairs. 

Important Deadlines
4-page Full Paper Submission: March 20, 2015 
Notification of Paper Acceptance: June 1, 2015 
Indicate your interest to demonstrate a system (via email to the special session chairs): June 8, 2015