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NATO ASI summer school



NATO Science Programme
Bringing Scientists together for Progress and Peace


Dynamics of Speech Production and Perception

June 24 to July 6, 2002

Il Ciocco, Italy

Also supported by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

Applications to the ASI are no longer accepted.


The motivation behind holding the ASI is that, to date, there has been no international workshop organized for the study of speech as a dynamic process. Beyond leading to a deeper understanding of speech, the study of speech dynamics is expected to provide a broad view of a critically important auditory and motor function. The twelve-day ASI represents the first attempt to have internationally known experts expose a selected audience to theories, results, and problems of this area. Lecturers will present speech dynamics from various standpoints, such as acoustics, signal processing, articulatory and perceptual phonetics, psychophysics, and neuroscience.
The workshop will be attended by about 80 participants-mostly young scientists who have recently completed their doctoral (or equivalent) studies and some advanced students who are close to obtaining their doctoral degrees, although a select group of senior academics and scientists will be also included.
There is no registration fee. Participants in financial need may apply for partial subsidy to defray their accommodation and/or travel costs.

Tentative Program

Click HERE to view the program (.pdf file)

The program will include lectures by the faculty, general discussion periods, as well as poster presentations by the attendees. The scientific program will be presented over ten working days. The tentative program will consist of presentations by the following lecturers:

René Carré (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications and Centre National do la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France) - Speech gestures and their perception
Valeriya V. Lublinskaya (Pavlov Institute of Physiology, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation) - Early work on auditory dynamics at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology
Pierre L. Divenyi (East Bay Institute for Research and Education and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinez, CA, USA) - Segregation of simultaneous signals with dynamic frequency characteristics
Steven Greenberg (International Computer Sciences Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA) - Dynamics of spoken language and the auditory system
Hynek Hermansky (Oregon Graduate Institute and Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) - Signal processing tools for dynamic acoustic signals
András Illényi (Georg von Békésy Acoustics Laboratory, Budapest, Hungary) - An acoustic primer on time-varying signals
Björn Lindblom (Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden) - Development of speech viewed from the production and perception standpoints
Georg Meyer (MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience, Keele, U.K.) - Psychophysical and computational investigations on the auditory scene analysis of speech- and speech-like sounds
Israel Nelken (Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel) - Cortical responses to time-varying auditory stimuli
Roy Patterson (Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K.) - Modeling the perception of dynamically changing auditory signals
Louis Pols (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Dynamics at the intersection of production, acoustics, and perception
Elliot Saltzman (Boston University, Boston, MA, USA) - Complex motor control systems in speech
Shihab A. Shamma (University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA) - Cortical and subcortical time-frequency fields identified with time-frequency grating signals
Victor N. Sorokin (Institute of Information Transmission Problems, Moscow, Russian Federation) - Source identification: the problem of acoustics-to-production inversion
Klára Vicsi (Budapest University of Technology, Budapest, Hungary) - The auditory production-perception feedback loop

Interspersed with the working days, there will be two free days that the participants can spend either exploring Tuscan towns, hiking in the mountains, or taking advantage of the rich recreational opportunities at the hotel. The venue, the "Centro Internazionale Il Ciocco" (http://www.ciocco.it/) situated in the Apennines north of Lucca (Tuscany), is an ideal venue for intensive workshops. It is a quiet mountain resort with first-rate conference facilities, comfortable rooms, excellent Italian food, as well as modern recreational and sport amenities. The hotel is located in the proximity of two international airports (Pisa and Florence) and near major railway lines. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently far from urban and tourist areas to offer a calm atmosphere necessary for learning and professional interactions to be undisturbed.

For the Organizing Committee:
Pierre L. Divenyi, Director
Klára Vicsi, Co-Director

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