Date: Aug 6, 2012 8:15 AM
Author: patrick.demaziere@med.kuleuven.be
Subject: 2nd CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge

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2nd CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge
Supported by IEEE AASP, MSLP and SLTC Technical Committees

Deadline: January 15, 2013
Workshop: June 1, 2013, Vancouver, Canada

http://spandh.dcs.shef.ac.uk/chime_challenge/

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Following the success of the 1st PASCAL CHiME Speech Separation and
Recognition Challenge, we are happy to announce a new challenge
dedicated to speech recognition in real-world reverberant, noisy conditions,
that will culminate in a dedicated satellite workshop of ICASSP 2013.

The challenge is supported by the IEEE SPS Technical Committees AASP, MSLP
and SLTC, and by an Industrial Board.


FEATURED TASKS

The challenge consists of recognising distant-microphone speech mixed in
two-channel nonstationary noise recorded over a period of several weeks
in a real family house. Entrants may address either one or both of the
following tracks:

Medium vocabulary track: WSJ 5k sentences uttered by a static speaker

Small vocabulary track: simpler commands but small head movements


TO ENTER

You will find everything you need to get started (and even more) on the
challenge website:
- a full description of the challenge,
- clean, reverberated and multi-condition training and development data,
- baseline training, decoding and scoring software tools based on HTK.

Submission consists of a 2- to 8-page paper describing your system and
reporting its performance on the development and the test set. In
addition, you are welcome to submit an earlier paper to ICASSP 2013,
which will tentatively be grouped with other papers into a dedicated
session.

Any approach is welcome, whether emerging or established.

If you are interested in participating, please email us so we can
monitor interest and send you further updates about the challenge.


BEST CHALLENGE PAPER AWARD

The best challenge paper will distinguished by an award from the
Industrial Board.


IMPORTANT DATES

July 2012 Launch
October 2012 Test set release
January 15, 2013 Challenge & workshop submission deadline
February 18, 2013 Paper notification & release of the challenge results
June 1, 2013 ICASSP satellite workshop


INDUSTRIAL BOARD

Masami Akamine, Toshiba
Carlos Avendano, Audience
Li Deng, Microsoft
Erik McDermott, Google
Gautham Mysore, Adobe
Atsushi Nakamura, NTT
Peder A. Olsen, IBM
Trausti Thormundsson, Conexant
Daniel Willett, Nuance


WORKSHOP SPONSORS

Conexant Systems Inc.
Audience Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories


ORGANISERS

Emmanuel Vincent, INRIA
Jon Barker, University of Sheffield
Shinji Watanabe & Jonathan Le Roux, MERL
Francesco Nesta & Marco Matassoni, FBK-IRST