General assembly interspeech 2009


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  • INTERSPEECH 2009

  • Brighton, UK


Agenda

  • Agenda

    • 1. Opening remarks and approval of the Minutes of the 2008 General Assembly (Brisbane)
    • 2. President’s report
    • 3. Treasurer’s report
    • 4. Approval of the reports
    • 5. Announcements of changes to the ISCA Board
    • 6. ISCA goals for 2009-2010
    • 7. Information on proposal to change ISCA Statute A4.1 which restricts Board membership to two members per country
    • 8. Comments, Suggestions and Questions from ISCA Members
    • 9. Announcement of next ISCA General Assembly
    • 10. Any other business


Minutes of the 2008 General Assembly in Brisbane, Australia, 24 September 2008, 6.00 pm

    • Opening Remarks and approval of the Minutes of the 2007 General Assembly (Antwerp)
    • President's Report
    • Treasurer's Report
    • Approval of Reports
    • ISCA: Goals for 2008-2009
    • Comments, Suggestions and Questions from ISCA Members
    • Announcement of Next ISCA General Assembly
    • Any Other Business


President’s Report

  • President’s Report

  • The ISCA Board

  • Recent Board Meetings

  • Secretariat and Membership

  • ISCA Web

  • The ISCA Online Archive

  • Workshops

  • SIGs

  • International Affairs

  • Industry Liaison

  • Liaison with other Organizations

  • Conferences

  • Grants and Awards

  • Student Liaison

  • Publications

  • Others



ISCA Board (2008-2009) Ex officio

  • ISCA Board (2008-2009) Ex officio



Recent Board Meetings

  • Recent Board Meetings

  • Sept.2006: Pittsburgh (2)

  • Dec. 2006: Virtual

  • Jan. 2007: Virtual

  • April 2007: Virtual

  • Aug. 2007: Antwerp (2)

  • Dec. 2007: Virtual

  • June 2008: Virtual

  • Sept. 2008: Brisbane (2)

  • Dec. 2008: Virtual

  • April 2009: Taipei (at ICASSP)



Secretariat and Membership

  • Secretariat and Membership

  • Direct contact with members

  • Membership database

  • Financial transactions and administration

    • Support for ITRWs
    • Membership dues
  • Web content coordination

  • Documentation of ISCA board meetings

  • Elections to the Board and Advisory Council

  • ISCA Statutes and Bylaws



Membership Development



Membership by Category





ISCA website

  • ISCA website

    • Need for significant improvement
    • Migrate provider from Mdb Web & Data Solutions to InCampus Pte. Ltd. (with help from Dr. Haizhou Li)
    • Resumé posting service at:
      • http://www.isca- students.org/isca_resumes_search_facility
      • With help from Dr. Michael Picheny
      • Maintenance by ISCA SAC members
    • Web information updates
      • Emmanuelle Foxonet, ISCA administrator






ISCA Workshops (ITRWs and supported events)

  • 2009

  • 15 wrk/conf. Sponsored

  • (2 ITRW)

  • Contact ISCA

  • for new event proposals workshops@isca-speech.org



  • WOCCI, October 2008 (CRETE/GREECE)

  • Wrk in memory of C. Benoît, October 2008 (France)

  • VJTH , November 2008 (Spain) - SIGIL

  • SLT, December 2008 (India) – ILSP

  • DiaHolmia, June, 2009 (Sweden)

  • NOLISP, June 2009 (Spain), ITRW

  • KRPDS, July 2009 (USA)

  • SLATE, September 2009 (UK), Slate, ITRW

  • ACORNS, September 2009 (UK)

  • AVSP, September 2009 (UK) - AVISA



Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs)



Representative SIG Activities:

  • Representative SIG Activities:

  • Annual meetings - regularly by several SIGs

  • International Conferences and Workshops - e.g. ISCLSP 2008 co-organized by SIG-CSLP (Dec. 2008), SIGDIAL (in conjunction with Interspeech 2009), SLATE (Sept 2009), VJTH (SIGIL, Nov., 2008), Odyssey (SPLC, 2010), Blizzard (SYNSIG, Sept. 2009).

  • Young researcher roundtable (SIGDIAL, Sept 2009)

  • Upcoming Special issue of Speech Communication – SLATE (October, 2009)

  • Topic vs Language-specific SIGs

  • Some SIGs are clearly geographically based (SIG-IL, SIGRU, etc), others such as SIGDIAL, SYNSIG and SPLC are clearly topic-based and broad-based geographically.

  • Should the International Affairs Committee coordinate such SIGs for better synergy?

  • Thanks to the SIGs for their help in recruiting reviewers!!







ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Program

  • ISCA Distinguished Lecturers Program

  • Sending Distinguished Lecturers to different parts of the world when invited by a Regional Subcommittee

  • Selection Committee chaired by Sadaoki Furui

  • Two Distinguished Lecturers selected Dec 2006 for 2007-08

    • Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technologies, USA
      • South Asia in Nov 2007 and Latin America in Oct 2008
    • Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
      • Brazil in June 2007 and Southern Africa in July 2008
  • One Distinguished Lecturer Selected Dec 2007 for 2008-2009

    • Richard M. Stern, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
      • India planned for Dec 2008 but canceled, now planned for Dec 2009
      • Latin America in Aug 2009
  • Two Distinguished Lecturers Selected Dec 2008 for 2009-2010

    • Abeer Alwan, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
    • James R. Glass, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
      • Lecture Trips under planning
  • Call for Nominations for new DLs by 15 Nov 2009



Industry Liaison

  • Industry Liaison

  • Established set of 20 Industry affiliates to ISCA

    • Listed on ISCA website (under development)
    • Yearly ISCA-Industry Roundtable with affiliates
      • September 2008 at INTERSPEECH in Brisbane
      • September 2009 at INTERSPEECH in Brighton
    • Monthly ISCApad affiliate research focus
  • One of first actions: leverage new student resume service (in conjunction with SAC and Education Coordinator) to help match students with jobs.

  • Future goals: promote educational materials, software, workshops with industrial application focus



Liaison with other Organizations

  • Liaison with other Organizations

  • Liaison with organizations in speech and language

    • ACL, ACLCLP, AFCP, AISV, ASJ and ASSTA
    • Encouragement of joint activities
    • Representation in NAACL&HLT


ISCA journals

  • ISCA journals

    • Speech Communication
    • Computer Speech and Language
    • Best paper awards


International Conferences

  • International Conferences

  • Upcoming INTERSPEECH Conferences

    • 2010, Makuhari, Japan
    • 2011, Florence, Italy
    • 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Call for Proposals and guidelines available http://www.isca-speech.org/conferences.html (deadline: November 15th 2009)
  • Call for volunteer reviewers

















Fellows nomination procedure 2009:

  • Fellows nomination procedure 2009:

  • 11 nominations

  • 6 awarded

  • • Anne Cutler

  • • Wolfgang Hess

  • • Joseph Mariani

  • Hermann Ney

  • • Roberto Pieraccini

  • • Elizabeth Shriberg









Publications

  • Publications

  • ISCA Pad on the website

    • Edited by Christian Wellekens
  • Authoring tool: ISCAPad Maker



Treasurer’s Report

  • Treasurer’s Report















Conclusions

  • ISCA is financially sound - assets growing.

  • Increased reserves enable ISCA to reduce financial risks to conference organizers potentially reducing registration fees.

  • ISCA will continue to provide loans for Interspeech conferences and ITRW workshops.

  • ISCA is still in a position to strengthen its support for grants, international actions and groups, and new initiatives.

  • New ideas are most welcome!



Approval of Reports



Changes to the ISCA Board

  • Changes to the ISCA Board

  • New members: Nick Campbell (Ireland), Keikichi Hirose (Japan), Haizhou Li (Singapore), Douglas O‘Shaughnessy (Canada), Yannis Stylianou (Greece)

  • Continuing members: Alan Black, Jean-François Bonastre, David House, Helen Meng, Bernd Möbius, Michael Picheny, Yoshinori Sagisaka, Tanja Schultz, Isabel Trancoso

  • Retiring members: Eva Hajicova, Lin-shan Lee



New ISCA Board

  • New ISCA Board



Goals for 2009-10



Board composition

  • Board composition

  • Alternatives considered:

  • Keep current restriction (max 2 per country)

  • Increase limit to max 3 per country

  • Include regional restrictions

    • max 3-6 per region
    • Regions: Europe +Africa, America, Asia+Oceania
  • Make restrictions proportional to membership representation

    • need a concrete proposal for this, but it will be logistically very difficult
  • Remove restriction

  • Problem:

  • None of the above options encourages diversity in field

  • The Board unanimously decided for option B:

  • In view of extension to 14 members

  • Goal: getting both regional and scientific variation

  • To be presented to the General Assembly in 2009, but voted in 2010, in time for the next Board elections



Comments, Suggestions and Questions from ISCA Members





Any Other Business?

  • Any Other Business?






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