Monday, August 25, 2003


Welcome to the sixth  IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech Technical Committee (STC) newsletter.    This edition contains an announcement of a  Franklin Institute Medal of Engineering being awarded to Bishnu Atal,  one of the speech and signal processing  community's most distinguished contributers.  As always we would like to invite contributions of events, publications, workshops, and career information to the newsletter.   Topics for issue number six ...

Major Award Presented to Speech/Signal Processing Luminary  (Rick Rose, Rich Cox, and Larry Rabiner) 
New IEEE Transactions and On-Line Journal Services 

IEEE Trans. on SAP Special Issue on Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation (G. Riccardi)
IEEE Trans on SP Supplement on Secure Media
EURASIP Journal on ASP Special Issue on Anthropomorphic Processing of Audio and Speech
EURASIP Journal on ASP Special Issue on Neuromorphic Signal Processing and Implementations

DAFX-03 International Conference on Digital Audio Effects  (Mark Sandler)
EUSIPCO-2004 European Signal Processing Conference
ITU Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunications for Motor Vehicles

Links to conferences and workshops organized by date  (Rick Rose)

Dr. Bishnu S. Atal
2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal Laureate in Engineering

Bishnu Atal was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering by the Franklin Institute in April, 2003.   The award honors Dr. Atal for his contribitions to the field of speech coding.   The legacy of this medal includes such famous names as Alexander Graham Bell, Guglielmo Marconi, and John Pierce.  The Franklin Institute has presented science awards to great scientists in many fields  including Marie Curie, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.   There were 11 medalists overall honored at this year's ceremony.  The other medalists included Jane Goodall in life sciences for her chimpanzee research and John Mcarthy in computer and cognitive science for his work in artificial intelligence and computer science.
You can find out more about the Franklin Institute and their awards programs by visiting
Workshop Program Honoring Bishnu Atal as the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Institute Medal Laureate in Electrical Engineering
Selected Photos of Bishnu Atal
Award Citation

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The Franklin Institute Workshop on Voice Coding

Dr. Bishnu S. Atal

SPONSORED BY:  The Franklin Institute, the Center for Advanced Communications, College of Engineering, Villanova University, and the IEEE Philadelphia Section

LOCATION: The Cinema Theater, Connelly Center, Villanova University

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

MODERATOR: Roy Privett, Hitech Associates (Award Sponsor)


Opening Remarks:

Moeness Amin, Center director
John R. Johannes, VP for Academic Affairs
Barry C. Johnson, Dean of Engineering
Dennis Wint, President, The Franklin Institute

Invited Speakers:

Dr. John Makhoul, BBN Technologies,  "The Field of Speech Processing"
Dr. Rich Cox, AT&T,   "Research and World Standards in Voice Coders"
Mr. Gene Frantz, TI,  "Breakthroughs in DSP Cores and Algorithms"
Dr. Bishnu Atal, (the medalist),  "History of his Speech Coding work"


Bishnu Atal AT&T staff photo
Bishnu Atal AT&T staff photo
Bishnu Atal award ceremony
Bishnu Atal from Bell
Labs staff photo
Bishnu Atal from (a more
recent) Bell Labs staff photo
Bishnu Atal at Franklin
Institute Award Ceremony


Award Citation:

Dr. Atal is awarded the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering in recognition of his important work on voice coding, including the concept of speech analysis-by-synthesis coding, leading to the CELP (Code-excited Linear Predictive) Coder.

The next time you make a call on your cell phone, think of Bishnu Atal, who is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on Linear Predictive Coding (LPC) methods that analyze and synthesize speech signals, which provided not only higher quality digital speech, but also dramatically expanded the benefits of cellular phone technology to millions of users.

His invention reduced the bandwidth required to send high-quality speech signals on narrow-band channels. By reducing the size of the bandwidth, Atal dramatically expanded the carrying capacity of the limited area of the electromagnetic spectrum used by the cellular users.

Atal holds 16 U.S. and numerous international patents in speech processing. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Signal Processing Society Award and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the R&D Council of New Jersey.

Born in India, Atal earned his B. S. in physics from the University of Lucknow, India, in 1952; a diploma in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1955; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York in 1968.

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New IEEE Transactions and On-Line Services

The following announcements were obtained from the "What's New @ IEEE for Libraries" newsletter  You can subscribe to this newsletter or any of the other What's New @ IEEE newsletters at

The IEEE has approved five new technical periodicals in a range of technologies for publication in 2004. Included are: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; IEEE Distributed Systems Online; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters; IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. All will be available through IEEE Xplore and various IEEE online collections. More information on these journals, including how to subscribe, will be available soon. For more information on IEEE publications, please go to:

Guest users of the IEEE Xplore® online delivery platform can now access free abstracts to all articles, and current subscribers can utilize new linking features to make research faster and more efficient than ever before. Version 1.5 of IEEE Xplore, which powers IEEE online collections for institutions, was released this month with the following enhancements:

For more information on this release, visit:

To start using these new features, visit IEEE Xplore:

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Call for Papers
Special Issue of
The IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing
Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation

Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation (SSMT) is a multidisciplinary research area that addresses one of the most complex problems in speech and language processing. The challenges posed by SSMT have been the subject of several collaborative research projects across universities and laboratories around the world. Over the last decade SSMT has benefited from advances in speech and language processing as well as from the availability of large multilingual databases. These advances have spurred research on statistical machine translation and on exploiting machine translation for cross-lingual information retrieval. There have also been substantial efforts towards automating and evaluating a variety of metrics that are relevant to SSMT systems.

The purpose of this special issue is to present recent advances in Speech-to-Speech Machine Translation. Original, previously unpublished research is sought in all areas relevant to the field. In particular, submissions on theory and methods for the following areas are encouraged:

Guest Editors:

Dr. Giuseppe Riccardi AT&T Research Labs, Florham Park, USA

Dr. Yuqing Gao IBM TJ Watson Research, Yorktown Heights, USA

Prof. Helen Meng Chinese University of Honk Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Satoshi Nakamura ATR Research Labs, Kyoto, Japan

Prof. Alex Waibel Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Submission procedure:

Prospective authors should follow the regular guidelines of the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing for electronic submission via Manuscript Central ( Authors must enter the title of the special issue into the field labeled “Please enter any additional keywords related to this submitted manuscript in order for the paper to be properly assigned to a Guest Editor.” In addition, the title of the special issue should be referenced again in the field marked “Comments to Editor-in-Chief” along with any other pertinent information. You are required to provide a properly executed copyright form to be faxed to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Publications Office (via +1 732-562-8905) at the time of submission. An 8-page limit will be enforced on papers published in the special issue and all papers are subject to the published policy for overlength page charges and color charges.


Submission deadline: 1 June 2004

Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2004

Final manuscript due: 31 January 2005

Tentative publication date: June 2005

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                            CALL FOR PAPERS
                IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

                       Supplement on Secure Media
The enormous growth of digital media is raising complex intellectual property, authenticity, and other security issues. The field is expanding in terms of fundamental research, applications, and connections to other areas.  However, the scattering of quality papers among a dozen journals and compartmentalizing of research have been obstacles to the advancement of secure media research. This supplement to the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing is the first of a series intended to create a focal point for research and technology in secure media.
The scope of this first IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing supplement on secure media is all aspects of secure media, including: acquisition, processing, storage, and communication. Emphasis is on fundamental contributions and their applications. Technical topics include information-theoretic analysis, coding, signal modeling, (insecure) channel modeling, pattern recognition, decision and estimation theory, game theory, cryptography, cryptanalysis, complexity analysis, system architecture, quality metrics, and benchmarking.
Manuscript submission deadline:      1 November 2003
                              ** Early submission is encouraged **
Notification of acceptance:          1 March 2004
Final manuscript due:                1 June 2004
Publication date:                    October 2004

Authors must prepare their manuscripts according to the information for authors provided through Manuscript Central on the web at On that page, authors must select the Journal: Transactions on Signal Processing. In addition, ?Supplement on Secure Media? should be referenced in the field marked ?Comments to Editor-in-Chief? along with any other pertinent information. Please enter any additional keywords related to the submitted manuscript in order to facilitate assignment of the paper to the appropriate Editor. All requirements detailed in the information for authors shall be operative, including overlength page charges and color charges.  Note that you are required to provide an appropriately completed and signed copyright form faxed to 732-562-8905 at the time of submission.
Ton Kalker
  Philips Research and Technical University of Eindhoven
  The Netherlands
Pierre Moulin
  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing

Anthropomorphic Processing of Audio and Speech
Call for Papers

Anthropomorphic systems process signals "at the image of man." They are designed to solve a problem in signal processing by imitation of the processes that accomplish the same task in humans. In the area of audio and speech processing, remarkable successes have been obtained by anthropomorphic systems: perceptual audio coding even caused an MP3 hype.

At first sight, it could seem obvious that the performance of audio processing systems should benefit from taking into account the perceptual properties of human audition. For example, front-ends that extract perceptually meaningful features currently show the best results in speech recognizers. However, their features are typically used for a stochastic optimization that is itself not anthropomorphic at all. Thus, it is not obvious why they should perform best, and perhaps the truly optimal features have not yet been found because, after all, "airplanes do not flap their wings."

In general, we believe that there are several situations when an anthropomorphic approach may not be the best solution. First, its combination with nonanthropomorphic systems could result in a suboptimal overall performance (the quantization noise that was cleverly concealed by a perceptual audio coder could become unmasked by subsequent linear or nonlinear processing). Second, other than anthropomorphic approaches might be better adapted to the technology that is chosen for the implementation (airplanes do not flap their wings because it is technically much more efficient to use jet engines for propulsion). Nevertheless, a lot can be learned from imitating natural systems. As such anthropomorphic and, by extension, biomorphic systems can be considered to play an important role in the process of developing new technologies.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together papers from different areas of audio and speech processing that deal with aspects of anthropomorphic processing or in which an anthropomorphic or perceptual approach was taken. Papers with a research nature, review papers, and tutorial papers will be considered, provided that they are unpublished.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Speech and Audio Coding
  • Audio Measurements and Speech Analysis
  • Objective Quality Measures for Audio and Speech
  • Speech Synthesis (Rule-based, Articulatory, ...)
  • Audio Virtual Reality
  • Content-Based Music Search
  • Music and Instrument Recognition
  • Audio Classification and Retrieval
  • Speech and Speaker Recognition

Authors should follow the EURASIP JASP manuscript format described at the journal site Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the EURASIP JASP's manuscript tracking system at, according to the following timetable.

Manuscript Due November 1, 2003
Acceptance Notification   April 1, 2004
Final Manuscript Due August 1, 2004
Publication Date 4th Quarter, 2004

Guest Editors:

Werner Verhelst, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Jürgen Herre, Fraunhofer IIS-A, Germany

Gernot Kubin, Technical University Graz, Austria

Hynek Hermansky, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

Editorial Board Representative:

Soeren Hold Jensen, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, A3, DK-9220 Aalborg Oest, Denmark

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   EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing
Special Issue on

   Neuromorphic Signal Processing and Implementations

EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing has published a special issue online.  Visit the journal's web site for links to abstracts and full-text articles:
 o Best Paper Award 2001/2002
 o Editorial, Shihab A. Shamma and Andre van Schaik
 o Analog VLSI Circuits for Short-Term Dynamic Synapses,
   Shih-Chii Liu
 o An FPGA-Based Electronic Cochlea, M. P. Leong,
   Craig T. Jin, and Philip H. W. Leong
 o An Analogue VLSI Implementation of the Meddis Inner Hair
   Cell Model, Alistair McEwan and Andr? van Schaik
 o Analog VLSI Models of Range-Tuned Neurons in the Bat
   Echolocation System, Matthew Cheely and Timothy Horiuchi
 o Sparse Spectrotemporal Coding of Sounds, David J. Klein,
   Peter K?nig, and Konrad P. K?rding
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 o Joint Acoustic and Modulation Frequency, Les Atlas
   and Shihab A. Shamma
 o High Fill-Factor Imagers for Neuromorphic Processing
   Enabled by Floating-Gate Circuits, Paul Hasler,
   Abhishek Bandyopadhyay, and David V. Anderson
 o Phase-Based Binocular Perception of Motion in Depth:
   Cortical-Like Operators and Analog VLSI Architectures,
   Silvio P. Sabatini, Fabio Solari, Paolo Cavalleri,
   and Giacomo Mario Bisio
 o A Vision Chip for Color Segmentation and Pattern Matching,
   Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Philippe Pouliquen,
   and M. Anthony Lewis
 o Joint Time-Frequency-Space Classification of EEG in
   a Brain-Computer Interface Application, Gary N. Garcia
   Molina, Touradj Ebrahimi, and Jean-Marc Vesin

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6th International Conference
on Digital Audio Effects

8-11 September, 2003
Queen Mary, University of London

The 6th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, DAFx-03, will be held at Queen Mary, University of London, organised by the Digital Music Laboratory of the Department of Electronic Engineering.

DAFx grew from a very successful COST action in Europe and has established a reputation for the excellence of the papers and its open, friendly atmosphere. It's an event where everyone is involved in some aspect of music and information technology, from new ways to play electronic instruments to music information retrieval.

DAFx appeals to researchers and practitioners in digital audio and digital music processing with poster and spoken presentation sessions over 3 days. Topics include:

Compositional uses and issues Performance and gesture control
Filtering and Modulation Delays and Spatialisation
Time-frequency & Spectral Processing Audio Coding & Sound Modeling
Perceptual Issues and Psychoacoustics Software and Hardware Implementations
Music Information Retrieval systems Automatic Transcription and High-level features
Audio analysis and low-level features Auditory Displays and installations
Source Separation Audio Restoration
Internet Audio and Internet Acoustics Audio for Multimedia

Queen Mary is about 15 minutes east of Central London. It is a multi-faculty university on a campus site bordered by Regents Canal and close to Docklands.

Accommodation will be offered on-site at modest cost (from €50 per night including breakfast) though for those who prefer, hotel accommodation will be arranged in Central London.

The social programme is planned to include a concert, go-karting and a banquet. The Department will offer meeting rooms, by prior arrangement, for any projects (EU or otherwise) on the Monday and Friday either side of DAFx. There will also be Tutorials on the Monday.

For information about registration, travel, accommodation etc. see the
general information page

Important dates

25 July 2003 Final paper submission deadline;
Early registration closes
8 August 2003 Accommodation booking deadline (St Giles Hotel)
28 August 2003 Accommodation booking deadline (On-Campus)
31 August 2003 Advance registration closes
8 September 2003 DAFx-03 begins

Latest news

Concert details available: Free to delegates (but booking required).

Registration and is now open, and Accommodation Forms are available.

Tutorials (8 Sept)

Keynote speakers

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2004 European Signal Processing Conference
The 2004 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2004) is the twelfth biennial
conference promoted by EURASIP, the European Association for Signal, Speech, and Image
Processing (, and organized by the Institute of Communications and
Radio-Frequency Engineering at Vienna University of Technology (
and the ftw. Telecommunications Research Center Vienna ( EUSIPCO-2004
aims to cover all aspects of signal processing theory and applications. Sessions
will include invited presentations with review character in addition to presentations
of new research results. An extensive technical exhibition will also be organized.
Camera-ready, final papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas
listed below. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of EUSIPCO-2004.
Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance, and originality. A Contest for Best
Paper Awards will be held and awards will be given at the banquet. Proposals for
special sessions and tutorials are also invited.
Areas of Interest
- Digital Signal Processing
- Statistical Signal Processing
- Sensor Array and Multichannel Processing
- Signal Processing for Communications
- Speech Processing
- Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing
- Video and Multimedia Signal Processing
- Nonlinear Signal Processing
- Wavelet and Time-Frequency Signal Processing
- Audio and Electroacoustics
- DSP Implementations and Embedded Systems
- Rapid Prototyping and Tools for DSP Design
- Signal Processing Applications
- Signal Processing Education and Training
- Emerging Technologies
Best Paper Awards
Three Best Paper Awards, of 300 EURO each, will be given to young authors (under 30).
The young author?s name must appear first on the paper.
To submit a paper or a proposal for special sessions or tutorials, follow the
electronic submission procedure on the web-site
Submitted papers must be camera-ready, final, of length no more than four pages
including figures and references, and conforming to the format specified on the
EUSIPCO web-site. No more than four submissions are allowed per contributor, as
author or co-author.
Important Dates
Proposal for Special Sessions and Tutorials: November 28, 2003
Submission of Camera-Ready, Final Papers: January 16, 2004
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2004
Authors? Registration: April 26, 2004

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ITU Workshop 


Standardization in Telecommunications for Motor Vehicles

International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication Standardization Sector is planning to hold a workshop for offering the opportunity to the Automotive and Telecommunication Industries to exchange ideas on the future of communication technologies and standards in motor vehicles The workshop, planned for 24-25 November 2003, ITU Headquarters, Geneva, will address in particular the resulting needs in telecommunication standardisation. The goal is to create a better understanding between the two industry sectors, and to combine efforts and skills to create standards for the mutual benefit.

Despite extensive work in the field of telematics and other related areas, there has been little effort so far to create standards that allow manufacturers to enjoy a truly open market. The workshop will be a first attempt to bring all interested parties together from around the world to forge standards that will promote innovation and ensure that in-car communication technology moves forward at a rapid pace.

The following areas will be covered by the Workshop:

Area 1: Communications (voice and audiovisual services)
Hands-free kit (built-in or installed after)
Communications inside the vehicle, including voice synthesis and voice recognition
Audiovisual equipment - screens and audio/video equipment (for passengers)
Speech recognition for car control functions
Area 3: Diagnostics and Telematics
Car navigation
Location based services
Integration of mobile equipment into the car infrastructure
Mobile maintenance of cars
Area: 2 Mobile office (data and multimedia services)
What kind of information will be transmitted or exchanged?
Internet access
Future of telematics in motor vehicles
In-vehicle data buses
Entertainment in motor vehicles
Telepayment applications


Area: 4 Safety (vehicle and passenger safety, emergency services)
What are the specific needs of ETS (Emergency Telecommunications Services)?
What information needs to be communicated to the emergency services?
Links with telemedicine and experimental psychology
Issues to be solved in relation to frequency allocations for information transmission and the use of radars, and data transmissions between cars (car-to-car communications)
Impact of regulation on the services

Presentations in all areas should focus on: Contacts:

Mrs J. Katona-Kiss, Counsellor to ITU-T SG 12
International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication
Standardization Bureau
Place des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel:+41 22 730 57 80
Fax: +41 22 730 58 53

Mr V. Androuchko, Project Administrator
International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication
Standardization Bureau
Place des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel:+41 22 730 63 11
Fax: +41 22 730 58 53

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Links to Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

(Organized by Date)

IEEE 2003 International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
Baltimore, Maryland, July 6-9, 2003

7th World Multi Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics
Orlando, Florida, July 27 - 30, 2003

15th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences
Barcelona, Spain, August 3 - 9, 2003

Voice and Speech Recognition Technology for Healthcare 
Boston, MA, August 18-19, 2003

ISCA Workshop on Voice Quality: Functions, Analysis, and Synthesis
Geneva, Switzerland, August 27-29, 2003

ISCA Workshop on Error Handling in Spoken Dialog Systems
Chateau-d'Oex-Vaud, Switzerland, August 28-31, 2003

EUROSPEECH 2003 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
Geneva, Switzerland, September 1-4, 2003

DAFx-03 International Conference on Digital Audio Effects
Queen Mary, University of London, September 8-11, 2003

An International Conference on Text, Speech, and Dialog
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, September 8-11, 2003

Voice for Finance 
New York, NY, September 15-16, 2003

2003 IEEE International Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing
Toulouse, France, September17-19, 2003

New York, NY, September 29 - October 2, 2003

2003 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York, October 19-22, 2003

ASRU2003 Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, November, 2003

ITU Workshop on Standardization in Telecommunications for Motor Vehicles
Geneva, U.S. Switzerland, November 24-25, 2003

Workshop on Multimodal User Authentication
Santa Barbara, CA,  December 11-12, 2003

International Conference on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications
Firenze, Italy,  December 10-12, 2003

International Conference on Speech Prosody
Nara, Japan, March 23-26, 2004
mail to:

ICA2004 18th International Congress on Acoustics
Kyoto, Japan, April 4-9, 2004

Montreal, Canada, May 17-21, 2004

Vienna, Austria, Sept. 7-10, 2004

ICSLP2004 - INTERSPEECH 8th Biennial International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
Jeju Island, Korea, October 4-8, 2004

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May, 2005

EUROSPEECH 2005 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
Lisbon, Portugal, September 4-8, 2003

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