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June 3rd, 2019


To be held at Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering

AFEKA SPEECH PROCESSING CONFERENCE 2019
10-year anniversary conference

For the past decade, the Afeka Center for Language Processing (ACLP) at Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering has held an annual speech processing conference.

This year, we are proud to celebrate our 10th consecutive conference!

​Epitomizing Afeka’s core value of active dialog between academia and industry, the Afeka Speech Processing Conference is the foremost gathering for Israel’s speech processing community, providing experts from industry and academia with a platform for discovering trends, raising issues, and forming collaborations. This year, our keynote speakers include leading international speech processing experts Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, University of Southern California, 
USA, Dr. Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA and Prof. Junichi Yamagishi, National Institute of Informatics, Japan.

AFEKA CENTER FOR LANGUAGE PROCESSING (ACLP)

ACLP serves as a unique center for R&D in speech and language processing, with activities that include joint projects with industry and government, grant-funded research projects, specialized courses for speech professionals, and project opportunities for students.

ACLP’s researchers have decades of experience in state-of-the-art speech technologies in industry and academia. At ACLP, they research and develop the most advanced machine learning technologies, applying them to such diverse tasks as speech recognition, keyword spotting, speaker recognition, topic classification, speaker diarization, language identification, and more. These technologies serve numerous applications - including civil and homeland security, healthcare and more.

ACLP promotes: professional excellence by conducting the highest level of R&D activity; educational commitment by training a new generation of speech processing engineers; and social responsibility
​by taking on projects of social impact.

ACLP: A brief history and a look forward
ACLP was founded in 2009 by Prof. Ami Moyal. In 2014, Dr. Irit Opher took the lead and headed the center until 2018. Due to recent growth in acitivity, Mr. Shai Feinsod was appointed Manager of the ACLP, with the research itself being headed by several leading academic experts. As Israel’s foremost center for speech processing, ACLP continues to grow in the spirit of its founding goals: industry collaboration, independent research, and the educating of a new generation of speech technology experts. Our future mission is to become one of the leading global centers for applied R&D in this field.

Conference Program

09:00  Networking & Registration
09:45  Welcome Remarks:
          Prof. Ami Moyal, President, Afeka College
          Dr. Itshak Lapidot, Program Chairman, ACLP, Afeka College
10:00   Keynote 1:
          Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, University of Southern California,
USA
          Understanding Human Vocal Expressions and Beyond
11:00   Coffee Break
11:15    Short Talks:
          • Eilon Reshef, Gong.io
          Speech to Conversation Intelligence - Using Conversation Data to Change Customer-Facing Professions
          • Dr. Ron Wein, Head of Voice AI Research, LogMeIn Transcription of Multi-party Spontaneous Speech Sessions
          • Nave Algarici, Ben-Gurion University Domain Adaptation and Speaker Diarization for Speaker Recognition
          • Noam Lotner, ACLP, Afeka College
          Using Word-Classes for Dynamic LM Construction for Decoding Quasi-Structured
          Conversations - Case Study on ATC Communications

12:35   Lunch
14:15   Keynote 2:
          Dr. Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA
          Setting Appropriate Expectations: Are Deep Nets Too Hot? Too Cold? Or Just Right?
15:15   Coffee Break
15:30   Keynote 3:
          Prof. Junichi Yamagishi, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
          Speaker Identity Cloning and Protection
          Panel:
          • Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, University of Southern California,
USA
          • Dr. Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA
          • Prof. Junichi Yamagishi, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
          • Prof. Ingo Steinwart, Institute for Stochastics and Applications, Department of Mathematics,
          University of Stuttgart
          • Prof. Sharon Ganot, Faculty of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University
17:30   Closing Remarks

Conference Keynote Speakers

Conference Speakers

Prof. Junichi Yamagishi
National Institute of Informatics Japan
Dr. Kenneth Church
Baidu, USA
Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan
University of Southern
​California,
USA
Sharon Ganot
Faculty of Engineering
​Bar-Ilan University
Noam Lotner
ACLP, Afeka College
Nave Algarici
Ben Gurion University
Eilon Reshef
Gong.io
Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinwart
Institute for Stochastics and Applications, Department of Mathematics, University of Stuttgart

Panel Participants

Dr. Ron Wein
Head of Voice AI Research,
LogMeIn

Conference Sponsors