Officer election for the term 2021-2022

On 3 Jan 2021, a call-for-nomination of candidates for SIG CSLP officer was sent out to SIG CSLP members. The nomination completed on 11 Jan 2021. The following candidates were nominated for election:  Chairperson: Jianhua Tao; Vice Chairperson: Tan Lee, Zhijian Ou, Nancy Chen; Secretary: Minghui Dong. Online voting of the officers was conducted from 14 Jan 2021 to 21 Jan 2021. Finally, the following officers were elected: Chairperson: Jianhua Tao; Vice Chairperson: Tan Lee; Secretary: Minghui Dong. The officers of term 2019-2020 were re-elected for another term. The election result was announced at SIG CSLP general assembly on 26 Jan 2021 at ISCSLP 2021 conference. 



The 12th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2021) will be held on January 24-26, 2021 in a virtual form as an online video conference. The authors of the accepted papers are expected to provide a pre-recorded video presentation and join the real-time interactive session.

Conference website:

Elected officers for the term 2019-2020

Chair: Jianhua Tao (nominated by Prof Haizhou Li and Prof Helen Meng)

Jianhua Tao received the M.S. degree from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2001. He is currently the Professor and Deputy Director in National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR), Chinese Director of Sino-European Laboratory of Informatics, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA), and the Assistant President of Institute of Automation (CASIA) of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include speech recognition and synthesis, human computer interaction, emotional information processing. He has published more than 300 papers in major journals and proceedings, such as IEEE TASLP, IEEE TIP, Speech Communication, Interspeech, ICASSP, ICCV, ICIP, ICME, ICPR, ACII, etc. He received several awards from conferences including Eurospeech2001, CHCI(2013, 2014, 2016, 2017), NCMMSC2014. He was ever served as Vice-Chairperson of the ISCA Special Interest Group of Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP), and Executive Committee member of the AAAI association. Currently, he also serves as Subject Editor of the Journal of Speech Communication, Steering Committee Member of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Editorial Board Member of Journal on Multimodal User Interface and International Journal on Synthetic Emotions. He has served as the program co-chair of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2005, ACII2007 and ACII2009), the 9th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP2014), 2012 International Conference on Speech Prosody, the 21th IEEE Workshop on Machine learning of Signal Processing (IEEE MLSP 2011). He is the general co-chair of The 6th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2015), the financial Chair of International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2018), the publicity chair of International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI2011). He has successfully organized some special sessions in Interspeech and will be the TC Co-chair of Interspeech2020. 

Vice Chair: Tan Lee (nominated by Prof P. C. Ching and Prof Helen Meng)

Tan Lee received the degrees of BSc, MPhil and PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in 1988, 1990 and 1996 respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at CUHK, and the Director of the DSP and Speech Technology Laboratory. During 2011-2014, he was the Associate Dean (student affairs) CUHK Faculty of Engineering. Tan Lee has been working on speech and language related research since early 90s. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, in 1997-1998. In 2001, he was a visiting researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, USA. Tan Lee’s research covers a wide spectrum of topics in speech and language research. He has been collaborating closely with linguists, clinicians, psychologists, and educators, to develop innovative inter-disciplinary applications of speech technology. He was the co-inventor of ACEHearing, an award-winning hearing assistive technology that has been turned into commercial product. Tan Lee is a member of IEEE and a member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, and an editorial board member of the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He served as an Area Chair for INTERSPEECH 2014, 2016 and 2018. Tan Lee is an active member of the SIG-CSLP community. He co-organized ISCSLP 2004 and 2012. He was the General Co-Chair of Oriental COCOSDA 2012 and the Technical Programme Co-Chair of ISCSLP 2016. He is the General Co-Chair of ISCSLP 2018.

Secretary: Minghui Dong (Nominated by Prof Jianwu Dang and Prof Haizhou Li)

Dr. Minghui Dong is currently a senior scientist and the head of Voice Analysis and Synthesis Team in Human Language Technology Department, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. He also serves as the vice-president of Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS), a member-at-large of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP), and the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Asian Language Processing (IJALP). He received BS degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), MS degree from Peking University (PKU), and PhD degree from National University of Singapore (NUS). From Jul 1995 to Jul 1998, he worked as a research engineer in Peking University. From Jul 2001 to Nov 2004, he worked as a researcher in Infotalk Technology (Singapore). He joined I2R in Dec 2004. His research interests include speech synthesis, music and singing processing, speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning methods for language processing. Recently, he is leading the research of natural language understanding for voice synthesis, deep learning technologies for speech and language processing, personalized and expressive speech synthesis, chatbot and dialogue systems, etc. He has co-authored more than 90 research papers in leading conferences and journals, edited 12 books/proceedings. He has been actively contributing to Chinese spoken language processing communities by serving as different roles. He served as program co-chair in ISCSLP 2014, publicity co-chair in ISCSLP 2018. He served in SIG-CSLP workgroup leader for various tasks. He has been maintaining the SIG-CSLP website and the membership list.


[Oct 5, 2016] Candidates for officer election for the term 2017-2018

Chair: Helen Meng

Helen Meng is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and former Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering at CUHK. Her research interests include multilingual speech and language processing, multimodal human-computer interaction, multimedia search and retrieval, as well as Big Data decision analytics. She is the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-centric Computing and Interface Technologies in 2005 which was later recognized as a Ministry of Education Key Laboratory (2008- ); Tsinghua-CUHK Joint Research Centre on Media Sciences, Technologies and System (2006- ) and the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center (2013- ).  She was elected Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2009-2011), and subsequently into the IEEE Board of Governors (2012- ).  She is a former ISCA Board Member and has supported SIG-CSLP for many years.  She was Technical Chair of INTERSPEECH2014 and O-COCOSDA 2012, Vice-Chair and Secretary of ISCSLP 2004 and General Chair of ISCSLP 2012.  Helen serves in HKSAR Government appointments including former membership in the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, current memberships in the Research Grants Council, Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Group and Coordinator of the Working Group on Big Data Research and Applications, and Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). Helen received all her degrees from MIT. In previous years, she has received the CUHK Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Service Award and Young Researcher Award; Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award 2009, inaugural HKCS Outstanding ICT Women Professional Award 2015, ICME Best Paper Award 2016 and Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award 2016. She was elected Distinguished Lecturer of APSIPA in 2012 and ISCA in (2015-2016).  Helen is a Fellow of HKCS, HKIE, IEEE and ISCA.

Vice Chair: Bin Ma

Bin Ma received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Shandong University, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS), China, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, in 2000. He was a Research Assistant from 1993 to 1996 at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in IACAS. In 2000, he joined Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific as a Researcher working on speech recognition. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for InfoTalk Corp., Ltd, as a Senior Researcher and a Senior Technical Manager for speech recognition. He joined the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore in 2004 and is now working as a Senior Scientist and the Lab Head of Automatic Speech Recognition. He has served as a Subject Editor for Speech Communication in 2009-2012, the Technical Program Co-Chair for INTERSPEECH 2014, Area Chair for INTERSPEECH 2013 & 2015, and is now serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker & language recognition, spoken document retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning.

Secretary: Yao Qian 

Yao Qian is a Senior Research Scientist of Dialogic, Multimodal and Speech Group at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where the research of automatic scoring for spoken and multimodal test responses is conducted. She received her Ph.D in the Dept. of EE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. Right after that, she joined Microsoft research Asia (MSRA), worked there for 10 years. In MSRA, she had worked on various aspects of spoken language processing, including speech synthesis, voice transformation, speaker recognition, speech recognition and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Her most recent research work focuses on deep learning and its application in language proficiency assessment, speech synthesis and speaker identification. She is a senior IEEE member.

[Dec 30, 2015] ISCSLP 2016, Tianjin, October 17-20, 2016

The 10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2016) will be held on October 17-20, 2016 in Tianjin. Website:

 ISCSLP 2016

Call for Papers
The 11th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2018)
November 26-29, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP) is a biennial conference for scientists, researchers, and practitioners to report and discuss the latest progress in all theoretical and technological aspects of spoken language processing. Since 1998, it has been successfully held in Singapore (1998), Beijing (2000), Taipei (2002), Hong Kong, (2004), Singapore (2006), Kuming (2008), Tainan (2010), Hong Kong (2012), Singapore (2014), and Tianjin (2016). ISCSLP is the flagship conference of SIG-CSLP, ISCA.

The 11th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2018) will be held in Taipei on November 26-29, 2018. More information about ISCSLP 2018 can be found on the conference website at

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to the following:

o Speech Production and Perception
o Speech Analysis
o Speech Coding
o Speech Enhancement
o Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implant
o Phonetics and Phonology
o Corpus-based Linguistics
o Speech and Language Disorders
o Speech Recognition
o Spoken Language Translation
o Speaker, Language, and Emotion Recognition
o Speech Synthesis
o Language Modeling
o Speech Prosody
o Spoken Dialog Systems
o Machine Learning Techniques in Speech and Language Processing
o Voice Conversion
o Indexing, Retrieval and Authoring of Speech Signals
o Multi-Modal Interfaces
o Speech and Language Processing in Education
o Spoken Language Resources and Technology Evaluation
o Applications of Spoken Language Processing Technology
o Singing Voice Processing
o Other Spoken Language Processing Related Topics

While ISCSLP is focused primarily on Chinese languages, works on other languages that may be applied to Chinese speech and language are also encouraged. The working language of ISCSLP is English. Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, five-page papers for presentation in any of the areas listed above. The fifth page contains only references. Reviewing will be double blind. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

ISCSLP 2018 also invites exhibitions of demos of research prototypes within the areas relevant to the conference. Please refer to Call for Demos on the conference website for details of their submission procedure.
Important Dates

o 2018/06/11 : Regular and special session paper submission deadline
o 2018/08/08 : Notification of paper acceptance/rejection
o 2018/09/24 : Camera-ready paper upload deadline
o 2018/10/08 : Author's registration deadline
o 2018/11/26~29 : Conference dates