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[AUDITORY] 2nd Cfp: HSCMA 2014 (4th Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays)

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  4th Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication
            and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA 2014)

              May 12-14, 2014, Nancy, France


We are proud to announce our three keynotes:
- Marc Moonen (KU Leuven, Belgium): Distributed adaptive node-specific signal estimation in wireless acoustic sensor networks - Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom): Neural networks for distant speech recognition - Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg, Germany): Modeling auditory processing of complex sounds

The workshop will feature a special event on multichannel speech processing in domestic environments proposed by the DIRHA consortium (http://dirha.fbk.eu/). More to be announced soon.

The best student paper will be offered a 500$ award.

The deadline for special session proposals is November 8, 2013. We are looking forward to your proposals!

*Call for Papers*
HSCMA 2014 will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of interest in the capture, enhancement, and recognition of far-field speech signals. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, speech or speaker recognition in noisy or reverberant environments, single or multi-channel speech enhancement, dereverberation, microphone array processing, source separation, and multiple input/multiple-output (MIMO) acoustic signal processing. Interdisciplinary work that crosses multiple technical areas is especially encouraged. Demonstrations of experimental systems and prototypes are also welcome.

HSCMA 2014 is being held in conjunction with ICASSP 2014 (http://icassp2014.org/) and the REVERB challenge (http://reverb2014.dereverberation.org/).

*Workshop Topics*
Papers in all areas of distant-talking human/human and human/machine interaction are encouraged, including: - Multi-channel and single-channel approaches for speech acquisition, noise suppression, source localization and separation, dereverberation, echo cancellation, and acoustic event detection - Speech and speaker recognition technology for hands-free scenarios, including robust features, feature-domain enhancement and dereverberation, and model adaptation - Microphone array technology and architectures, especially for distant-talking speech recognition and acoustic scene analysis - Speech corpora for training and evaluation of distant-talking speech systems
 - Applications based on microphone arrays and hands-free speech systems.

*Paper & Demo Submission*
The workshop technical program will consist of oral presentations, poster sessions, and demonstrations. Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers up to four pages, with a fifth page permitted for references only. Submissions for proposed demonstrations may be up to two pages in length.

*Special Sessions*
The program will also feature special sessions on new or emerging topics of interest. Proposals for special sessions must include the session title, rationale, outline, and a list of four invited papers.

*Important Dates*
Submission of special session proposals: November 8, 2013
Special session decisions announced: December 6, 2013
Submission of papers & demos: January 24, 2014
Paper & demo decisions announced: March 12, 2014
Submission of camera-ready papers & demos: April 4, 2014
Workshop: May 12-14, 2014

*Organizing Committee*
Emmanuel Vincent (Inria, France)
Dietrich Klakow (Saarland University, Germany)
Hiroshi Saruwatari (Nara Institute of Technology, Japan)
Mike Seltzer (Microsoft Research, USA)
Bhiksha Raj (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

*Supported by*
Microsoft Research
Honda Research Institute - Japan
Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi
MH Acoustics