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GENERAL ASSEMBLY. INTERSPEECH 2008 Brisbane, Australia. Agenda 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

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    1. GENERAL ASSEMBLY INTERSPEECH 2008 Brisbane, Australia

    2. Agenda • 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

    3. Minutes of the 2007 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium, 29 August 2007, 6:15 pm • Opening Remarks and approval of the Minutes of the 2006 General Assembly (Pittsburgh) • President's Report • Treasurer's Report • Approval of Reports • Announcements of Changes to the ISCA Board • ISCA: Goals for 2007-8 • Announcement of Next ISCA General Assembly • Any Other Business • Handover to the New President

    4. President’s Report • The ISCA Board • Recent Board Meetings • Secretariat and Membership • Membership Services and Web • The ISCA Online Archive • Workshops • International Affairs • Industry Liaison • Liaison with other Organizations • Conferences • Grants and Awards • Student Liaison • Publications • SIGs • Others Isabel Trancoso President

    5. ISCA Board Ex officio Ex-President:: Julia Hirschberg Vice-Pres. / ITWRs: Jean-François Bonastre President:: Isabel Trancoso Secretary: David House Treasurer: Bernd Möbius Archive Wolfgang Hess International Affairs: Lin-shan Lee Grants & Awards: Alan Black Membership Services: Eva Hajicova Education / Website: Helen Meng ISCApad:: Chris Wellekens Conferences: Tanja Schultz SIGs: Michael Picheny Liaison w/ other orgs: Yoshinori Sagisaka

    6. Recent Board Meetings • Mar. 2006: Virtual • Jun. 2006: Virtual • Sept.2006: Pittsburgh (2) • Dec. 2006: Virtual • Jan. 2007: Virtual • April 2007: Virtual • Aug. 2007: Antwerp (2) • Dec. 2007: Virtual • June 2008: Virtual

    7. 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 David House ISCA Secretary Please give us input and suggestions either this week at the ISCA Booth or later: secretariat@isca-speech.org Manu Foxonet Administrative Assistant

    8. Membership Development

    9. Membership by Category

    10. Membership

    11. Membership Services and Web • Support for applications, updates, renewals and password requests Eva Hajicova Helen Meng

    12. Membership Services and Web • Member survey online Eva Hajicova

    13. Web: Maintenance and Updates • Ongoing revamp including • Membership services support • Online forms • Facilities for webpage updates • Undertaken by Matt Bridger (Mdb Web & Data Solutions) • Information updates • Emmanuelle Foxonet, ISCA administrator Helen Meng

    14. Wolfgang Hess • The ISCA Online Archive • Contains all former INTERSPEECH (EUROSPEECH and ICSLP) conferences and all ITRWs and ETRWs from 1987 to 2008 in machine-readable form • 100 events (currently more than 10 per year) • Available on website since August 2003http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/index.html • Abstracts accessible for everybody • Full papers accessible for members only • Use your individual ISCA password to access • Since 2007 linked to Google Scholar, thanks to David Gelbart and the Student Committee

    15. Main Page Abstract/Paper Event Page Archive Structure

    16. 2008 5 ITRWs 11 other wrk/conf. co-sponsored Contact ISCA for new event proposalsworkshops@isca-speech.org New service package (soon to be available) Secretariat support Online banking service Online registration Small monetary advance Web/Mail announcement (Archive) -> Charge per participant per workshop day ISCA Tutorial & Research Workshops (ITRWs) Jean-François Bonastre

    17. ISCA organized events Jean-François Bonastre 2008 • Odyssey, January 2008, South Africa – SPLC • Workshop on Speech Analysis and Processing for Knowledge Discovery, June 2008, Denmark • Workshop on Experimental Linguistics, August 2008, Greece • SAPA (ITRW on Statistical And Perceptual Audition) , September 2008, Australia • AVSP (Auditory-Visual Speech Processing), September 2008, Australia 2009 • SLATE (Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education ), September 2009, UK

    18. SLTU'08, May 2008 (Vietnam) - SALTMIL HSCMA 2008, May 2008 (Italy) Speech Prosody 2008 – May 2008, (Brazil) - SPROSIG LREC 2008 - May, 2008, (Morocco) - SALTMIL JEP-TALN-RECITAL'08, June 2008 (France) - AFCP YRRSDS 2008, June, 2008 (SAC) PROPOR 2008 , September 2008 (Portugal) - SIGIL WOCCI2008, October 2008 (CRETE/GREECE) Workshop/Summer school dedicated to the memory of Christian Benoît, October 2008 (France) VJTH’2008 , November 2008 (Spain) - SIGIL SLT 2008, December 2008 (India) – ILSP NOLISP 09 - June 2009 , Spain ISCA supported events Jean-François Bonastre

    19. ISCA International Affairs Committee Lin-shan Lee • ISCA decided to become an international organization in 1999 in Budapest • Events and participants in them should not be confined to limited number of countries • ISCA International Affairs Committee tries to fulfill that mandate • Targets regions currently under-represented in ISCA programs • Subcommittees for these regions initiate region-specific efforts • Sub-committee on Eastern Europe • Sub-committee on West Asia and North Africa • Sub-committee on South Asia • Sub-committee on Sub-Saharan Africa

    20. ISCA International Affairs Committee Lin-shan Lee • Sample Action Items for the International Affairs Committee • Arranging Distinguished Lecturers Tours to give lectures in far away regions • Disseminating information about regional research activities to the global research community through ISCA channels • Distributing ISCA event and service information to researchers in their region • Initiating ISCA-organized or co-sponsored events in their region • Recommending that students and young researchers in their region apply for ISCA grants to attend events sponsored by ISCA • Establishing Regional Branches or Special Interest Groups • Developing ISCA relationships with relevant sister associations in their regions

    21. Sadaoki Furui 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 in Dec 2008 • Call for Nominations for new DLs by 15 Nov 2008 Lin-shan Lee

    22. Industry Liaison • Maintains a List of Speech R&D Companies and Speech Technology Vendors • multinational, national and regional companies • provides job advertising service • ISCA-Industry Roundtable with Senior R&D Managers of Multinational Speech R&D Companies • September 2006 at INTERSPEECH in Pittsburgh • September 2008 at INTERSPEECH in Brisbane • Development of the ISCA-Industry Dialog • job market facilitation through ISCA publications, website, and conference session sponsorships • emerging issues of evaluation, quality and standard • Dissemination of educational materials and open software Michael Picheny

    23. Liaison with other Organizations • Liaison with organizations in speech and language • ACL, ACLCLP, AFCP, AISV and ASJ • Encouragement of joint activities • Representation in NAACL&HLT • Agreements for discounts on membership fees • New partnership • ASSTA (Australasian Speech Scienceand Technology Association) Yoshinori Sagisaka

    24. International Conferences Upcoming INTERSPEECH Conferences 2009, Brighton, UK 2010, Makuhari, Japan 2011, Florence, Italy Call for Proposals and guidelines available http://www.isca-speech.org/conferences.html (deadline: November 15th 2008) Call for volunteers reviewers Tanja Schultz

    25. INTERSPEECH 2009 Brighton, UK 6-10 Sept. “Speech and Intelligence”

    26. “Towards spoken language processing for all – regardless of age, health conditions, languages, environment, etc.”

    27. Grants September 2007-08 Alan W Black Total expenditure by ISCA: ~16242 E IS08: ~12000 E Total: ~26242 E Grants:549 events (on 6 continents) 37 for IS08 17 other ISCA events Countries: 21 By Country: (by institution of awardees) USA 13, India 6, UK 6, China 4, Canada 3 NL 3, Aus 3, Finland 2, Germany 2, France 2 Iran, Malaya, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Dijbouti, Portugal By Continent: NA: 16, Europe 17, Africa 1, SA 2, Asia 14, ANZ 2

    28. Applications 106, awarded 54, award rate 51% Awardees are: Students First time presentation ISCA support event One grant per Institution (Exceptions sometimes made) Please apply early through Online Application Website

    29. Awards • ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement 2008 • Recipient: Hiroya Fujisaki • ISCA Award for the best paper published in the Speech Communication Journal 2005-2007 • To be announced at closing ceremony • 3 ISCA Awards for the Best Student Paper of INTERSPEECH 2008 • Short list of 9: Georg Heigold, Mitchell McLaren, Yen-Liang Shue, Peter Bell,Dongho Kim, Luciana Ferrer, Chi-Chun Lee, Michael James Carne, Elizabeth Beach • 3 winners will be announced at closing ceremony Alan W Black

    30. ISCA Fellows • Rolf Carlson • Paul Dalsgaard • Fred Jelinek • Hiroya Fujisaki • Sadaoki Furui • Björn Granström • Julia Hirschberg • Roger Moore • Mari Ostendorf • Louis Pols • Steve Young • Victor Zue Eva Hajikova Alan W Black

    31. Student liaison ISCA Student Advisory Committee Board members: Helen Meng

    32. Student Liaison: Interspeech 2008 • Round Table and Lunch Event • Organizers: ISCA SAC • Sponsors: ISCA, IS2008, IBM TJ Watson Research Center • Dates: Tue (Sep 23) and Thur (Sep 25) • Co-organization • YRRSDS 2008 • Student Room Share Service • Help students find room-mates for the IS2008 conference • http://www.isca-students.org/forums/forums/interspeech/interspeech_2008_room_share_service Helen Meng

    33. Helen Meng Web: Online Grant Application System (OGAS) • Thanks to the ISCA-SAC • Especially Ebru Arisoy and Marco Piccolino-Boniforti Online at ISCA website • Online at ISCA website • http://www.isca-students.org/grants • First trial run for INTERSPEECH 2008

    34. Publications • ISCA Pad on the website • Edited by Christian Wellekens • Authoring tool:ISCAPad Maker • By Laurence Liu and Helen Meng • Converts text to structured hyperlinks for easy access Chris Wellekens Helen Meng

    35. AVISA SIGdial SaLTMIL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Michael Picheny AISV SIG-IL ISCA SIG-ILSP AFCP SynSIG SIGRU Chinese SLP SLaTE

    36. Some special activities of SIGs • Annual meetings - regularly by several SIGs • Special issue of Speech Communication (2009) – AVISA • International Conferences and Workshops - e.g. ISCLSP 2008 co-organized by SIG-CSLP, JEP-TALN-RECITAL 2008 – AFCP, PROPOR 2008 (SIG-IL), XXXVII International Philological Conference (SIG-RU) • Summer Schools – WISSAP 2008 (SIG-ILSP) • Thanks to the SIGs for their help in recruiting reviewers!!

    37. Treasurer’s Report Bernd MÖBIUS • Positive result for 2008 (more income but more expenditure due to new initiatives) • Solid financial base for continued Interspeech and ITRW seed funding • Emphasis on Internationalization • Grant support increasing • Consistent saving thanks to student Group initiatives • More services on the website

    38. 36,090Antwerp 0 483 73,159 2092 111,824 Note: Loan payments/repayments are not included in the income and expenditure tables

    39. 111,824 73,330 38,494

    40. For several months each year, ISCA has loans to 1 or 2 Interspeech conferences and 1 or 2 workshops outstanding. Assets >€82k are required to maintain a positive cash balance.

    41. Conclusions • ISCA is financially sound - assets slightly growing. • ISCA will continue to provide loans for Interspeech conferences and ITRW workshops. • ISCA is in a position to gradually enhance its support for grants, international actions and groups, and new initiatives. • New ideas are most welcome!

    42. Approval of Reports • President‘s Report • Treasurer‘s Report

    43. Goals for 2008-9 • To stimulate international participation in ISCA • Distinguished Lecturers program • Remote access to lectures • Regional sub-committees • To stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration in new areas of research • To promote high standards in ISCA’s conferences and workshops • To understand members’ needs better and increase community involvement, namely by creating sub-committees • To support student-centered activities • To improve current ISCA web-based services and create new ones

    44. Comments, Suggestions and Questions from ISCA Members

    45. Next ISCA General Assembly INTERSPEECH 2009 Brighton, UK, September 6-10, 2009

    46. Any Other Business?