Call for Student Participation from ISCA-SAC

Student Participation Opportunity

Are you a graduate student interested in speech and language technologies? Would you like to interact with the worldwide community of speech and language researchers? If so, ISCA-SAC is a great opportunity for you!

ISCA-SAC is the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). ISCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting activities related to speech and language technologies, such as organizing conferences, sponsoring workshops, and publishing scientific works, among other activities. The SAC was organized to expand ISCA's services to its student members.

With ISCA's Interspeech 2008 conference scheduled to occur in Brisbane, Australia, this is an excellent opportunity for students in the Pacific region to learn more about ISCA-SAC and possibly become involved. The SAC organizes student-oriented talks and other activities at the Interspeech conference, develops a web site of resources, took the lead in archiving ISCA's publication archives with Google Scholar, is planning some exciting future activities, and is a great way to interact with students and senior researchers from around the world. For more information on ISCA-SAC, please see:

We are always looking for new volunteers to contribute their ideas and efforts. Interested students can take on responsibilities that fit their schedules, volunteering for a task or two as they are able, or taking the initiative and becoming more involved; motivated students who have shown commitment and enthusiasm may be invited to become Board members.


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Nominees of SIG-CSLP Officers (2008)

Dear SIG-CSLP members, 

We are writing on behalf of the Special Interest Group on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP), ISCA to announce the close of officer nomination, and to call for vote by ballot. 

The term of incumbent officers expires by the end of the calendar year. Three offices: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary, were open for nomination from 14 May 2008 to 31 July 2008. All candidates must be nominated by at least two other members and must agree to be candidates. 

The nominations received are as follows (the nominated name is followed by the number of nominations): 

        Chiu-yu Tseng (Academia Sinica, Taipei)                                 10
        Qiang Huo (Microsoft, Beijing)                                                 1

 Vice Chairperson:
        Jianhua Tao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)                   6
        Thomas Zheng (Tsinghua University, Beijing)                             1

        Bin Ma (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)                  7
        Junfeng Li (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) 1

 Officer (nominations without specific positions):
        Chiu-yu Tseng (Academia Sinica, Taipei)                               1
        Mei-Yuh Hwang (Microsoft, US)                                           1

Following candidates of SIG-CSLP officers who have received at least two nominations and number of nominations:

Chairperson: Chiu-yu Tseng      10
Vice Chairperson: Jianhua Tao   6
Secretary: Bin Ma                   7 

On-line ballot collection will start from 20 September 2008 and close on 31 October 2008. The election outcome will be announced by 30 November 2008. 

Details of ballot will be availabe soon on the official SIG-CSLP website. 

In the meantime, please check out the SIG website for the flagship event ISCSLP2008. We look forward very much to your participation.  


From Taipei, Beijing and Singapore,
Chiu-yu Tseng, Jianhua Tao, Bin Ma
SIG-CSLP Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary              

Outcome of SIG-CSLP Officer election

Dear registered SIG-CSLP members,

We are writing on behalf of the Special Interest Group on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (SIG-CSLP), ISCA to announce the outcome of SIG-CSLP officer election.

In the previous SIG-CSLP officer nominations, three nominees, who are the incumbent officers, qualify as candidates by SIG-CSLP constitution.

Voting has been carried out electronically during the period from 20 September 2008 till 31 October 2008. Totally 54 SIG-CSLP members have voted and the votes are as the follows:

Chiu-yu Tseng (Chairperson): 53
Jianhua Tao (Vice Chairperson): 52
Bin Ma (Secretary): 54

From Taipei, Beijing and Singapore,
Chiu-yu Tseng, Jianhua Tao, Bin Ma, Minghui Dong
SIG-CSLP Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Webmaster

FLaReNet (Fostering Language Resources Network)

FLaReNet is an eContentPlus project funded by the European Commission, officially started on 1st September 2008. It is intended to promote the consolidation of a European strategy in the field of Language Resources and Language Technologies and to be a European forum to facilitate interaction among LR stakeholders.

To know more about FLaReNet, please visit often its web site at The site is still under construction and is going to be frequently updated with more content.

Join FLaReNet: FLaReNet is open to new subscribers who are invited to join the Network (more details on the website).


  • FLaReNet Launching Event, Wien, 12-13 February 2009
    An open workshop will be organised in Wien on 12-13 February 2009. For information on the event see the FLaReNet web site:
  • Language Technology Days, Luxembourg, 14-15 January 2009. The new EC Unit E1-Language Technologies and Machine Translation organises the event in Luxembourg on14-15 January 2009. Outline agenda and registration at:

The Biographies and Statements of the Candidates

Haizhou Li

Biography: Dr Haizhou Li has been the Principal Scientist and Department Head of Human Language Technology at the Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore since 2003. His research interests include automatic speech recognition, statistical language modeling, and machine translation. Prior to this, he was a Research Manager in Apple-ISS Research Centre (1996-1998), a Research Director in Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific (1999-2001), and a Vice President in InfoTalk Corp. Ltd (2001-2003), responsible for Asian language products. In 2009, he was named one the two Nokia Professors by Nokia Foundation in recognition of his contribution to speaker and language recognition.

Dr Li now serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. He is an elected Board Member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA, 2009-2013), a Vice President of the Chinese and Oriental Language Information Processing Society (COLIPS, 2009-2011), an Executive Board Member of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2006-2010). Dr Li was one of the founding members of International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP) in 1997. He was the local arrangement chair of SIGIR 2008 and ACL-IJCNLP 2009. He was also appointed the General Chair of ACL 2012.

Statement: I agree to be nominated and declare my willingness to serve the ISCA SIG-CSLP. ISCSLP has become the premier forum for all scientific aspects of Chinese Spoken Language Processing under the previous leadership of SIG-CSLP committees. I would like to commit my time to strengthening its position. To achieve the goal, I would make effort to raise the profile of ISCSLP internationally and to increase the membership of SIG-CSLP through active outreaching. I would also suggest fostering cooperation and coordination with other scientific communities such as other special interest groups in ISCA, Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, and Association for Computational Linguistics.

Aijun Li

Biography: Prof Aijun Li is the director of the Phonetics Lab at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the leader of the CASS key project ‘Phonetics and Spontaneous Speech Processing’. Currently, she serves as the vice president of Phonetic Association of China, the associate editor of Chinese Journal of Phonetics, the board member of Language, Hearing and Musical Acoustics Association of Acoustics Society of China, the board member of Phonetic Information Processing Association of Chinese Information Processing of China and the Representative of O-COCOSDA from China.

Statement: I declare that I would like to be nominated and served as the vice president of SIG-CSLP. With the great effort of SIG-CSLP predecessors, the research on CSLP around the world has been strengthened and promoted. If I was elected, I would like to make every effort to assist president and cooperate with the secretary to keep the reputation of SIG-CSLP.

Hsin-Min Wang

Biography: Dr Hsin-Min Wang received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1989 and 1995, respectively. He is a research fellow with the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei. He currently serves as a standing board member of the Association for Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing (ACLCLP) and as an editorial board member of International Journal of Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing. His major research interests include speech processing, natural language processing, multimedia information retrieval, and pattern recognition.

Statement: If elected to serve as Secretary of ISCA SIG-CSLP, I'll take effective minutes for every meeting, circulate them to participants and keep a log of them. I will also do my best to assist Chairperson and Vice Chairperson in promoting our community.