Speech and Language processing is assuming a very relevant role in today's industry. Speech recognition, text to speech synthesis, spoken language understanding, speech to speech translation, spoken dialog management, speech indexing, information extraction, and speaker and language recognition are only a few examples of the range of interests in this area of science and technology. Their applications are being adopted in different markets in a variety of industrial, scientific, and commercial contexts. Academic and industrial research is continuously pushing the state of the art forward to reach new heights of performance and accuracy in speech and language processing by machines, and to grow our knowledge of human spoken language.
As part of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Speech and Language Technical Committee (SLTC) promotes and influences all the technical areas of speech and language processing. Besides the typical activities in which all IEEE Technical Committees are involved, the main focus of the SLTC is the organization of the technical sessions in the related areas at the annual International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP). As an example of the level of interest of the signal processing community in speech and language processing, 24% of the nearly 3000 papers presented at ICASSP 2007 were in technical areas of competence of the SLTC. Other committee activities include the selection of proposals and the organization of technical workshops such as ASRU (Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding), SLT (Spoken Language technologies), and Odyssey, the Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop. Moreover, SLTC is actively involved in establishing liaisons with other non-IEEE organizations in related areas, such as ISCA and ACL.
Members of SLTC are elected by the committee among the most active and accomplished researchers and technologists in the field.
The Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (SLTC) extends its influence to the technical areas of speech and language processing. Besides the typical activities in which all of TCs are involved, the main focus of the committee is the organization of technical sessions related to speech and language technologies at ICASSP. Other activities include the selection of proposals for workshops such as ASRU Workshop (Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding), SLT Workshop (Spoken Language Technologies), and Odyssey, the Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop.