Call for Papers

8th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW8)

Barcelona, Spain - August 31st- September 2nd, 2013

The Eighth ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop (ITRW) on Speech Synthesis will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from August 31st 2013 to September 2nd 2013. It is a satellite workshop of Interspeech 2013, to be held from August 25th through August 29th 2013. The Workshop is promoted by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) and the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech Synthesis (SynSIG).

The workshop is a continuation of the previous ESCA/ISCA workshops, Autrans 1990, Mohonk 1994, Jenolan Caves 1998, Pitlochry 2001, Pittsburgh 2004, Bonn 2007, Kyoto 2010 which aimed to promote research and development of all aspects of speech synthesis.

Workshop topics

Papers in all areas of speech synthesis technology are encouraged to be submitted, including:

  • Grapheme-to-phoneme conversion for synthesis
  • Text processing for speech synthesis (text normalization, syntactic and semantic analysis)
  • Segmental-level and/or concatenative synthesis
  • Signal processing/statistical model for synthesis
  • Speech synthesis paradigms and methods; articulatory synthesis, parametric synthesis etc.
  • Prosody modeling and generation
  • Expression, emotion and personality generation
  • Voice conversion and modification, morphing
  • Concept-to-speech conversion speech synthesis in dialog systems
  • Avatars and talking faces
  • Cross-lingual and multilingual aspects for synthesis
  • Applications of synthesis technologies to communication disorders
  • TTS for embedded devices and computational issues
  • Tools and data for speech synthesis
  • Quality assessment/evaluation metrics in synthesis
  • Special topic: performative speech and singing synthesis.

Call for Demos

We are planning to have a demo session:
If you have some demonstrations of your work that does not really fit in a regular oral or poster presentation, please let us know. Demonstrations on performative speech and singing synthesis are specially encouraged.

The workshop program will consist of invited lectures, oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 4-6 page papers, including figures and references. All papers will be handled and reviewed electronically. The SSW8 website will provide you with further details.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: May 27th, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2013
  • Camera-ready final versions: July 16th, 2013
  • Workshop: August 31st - September 2nd, 2013
  • Blizzard Challenge 2013 WS (Barcelona): September 3rd.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona.

Antonio Bonafonte


International Speech Communication Association.


The aim of SynSIG is to promote the study of Speech Synthesis in general. Its international and multi-disciplinary nature provides a means for sharing information both to and from different research communities involved in the synthesis of various languages.


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