Workshop on Innovation and Applications in Speech Technology (IAST)
Thanks to Amelie Dorn for kindly sharing this photo of Dublin

Welcome to the IAST workshop page!
Looking forward for your participation!

The aim of the IAST workshop is to bring together people from different research groups in academia and industry to discuss the present and trends of speech technology as well as the research behind it.


  • Check the updates on the technical programme of the workshop here
  • The deadline for registration to the workshop is 15/02/2012
  • Authors have the option to submit a full-paper version until 22/02/2012 (click here for more information)
  • The IAST workshop is supported by ISCA
  • Updates on the social programme: Guided tour of Wicklow Mountains
  • Updates on Accomodation
  • Click here to download the proceedings

Topics of Interest

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The topics of interest are the following but not limited to:

  • Text-to-speech synthesis
  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Speech analysis
  • Speech technology applications in general, including mobile application, video games, speech learning systems, speech-to-sign language translation, etc.
  • Social aspects of human-computer spoken interaction
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • Spoken dialogue systems
  • Speaker and language identification
  • Speech-to-speech translation
  • Voice transformation
  • Speech databases
  • Speaker characterisation and identification

Important Dates

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Workshop: 9/03/2012 - 10/03/2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15/01/2012
Extended deadline for submission of abstracts: 29/01/2012
Notification of acceptance: 05/02/2012
Deadline for registration: 15/02/2012
Deadline for submission of full-paper version (OPTIONAL): 22/02/2012


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For registration, please send email to
Registration is free of charge!!!!


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Please submit abstracts for demonstrator or poster/talk by email to Abstracts should be around 200-1000 words long (about one page long).

Authors are invited to submit a full-paper (up to 4 pages) until the 22nd of February, if they are interested to include a detailed description of their work in the workshop proceedings. Note that the submission of the full paper version is OPTIONAL and that an abstract has to be first submitted by the 29th of January. Please, use the Interspeech template if you are interested in submitting the full-paper version.

Keynote Speakers

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  • Prof. Steve Renals, from the University of Edinburgh
    link to speaker's web page
    Title of talk: Towards Natural Speech Technology

  • Dr. Nicolas d'Alessandro, from the University of British Columbia
    link to speaker's web page
    Title of talk: Performative Speech Synthesis

Please, download here the programme of the workshop to read the abstracts of the keynote talks.

Session Chairs

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  • Prof. Petra Wagner, from University of Bielefeld
  • Prof. Julie Berndsen, from University College Dublin
  • Prof. Nick Campbell, from Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Christer Gobl, from Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, from Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Junichi Yamagishi, from University of Edinburgh


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Click here to download the programme.
Note that this is a preliminary programme and it might be subject to small changes. A confirmation of the programme will be sent to registered participants in advance to the workshop.

Social Programme

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Guided tour of Wicklow Mountains on the 10th of March

The Wicklow Mountains are within one hour’s drive of Dublin city and offer the most breathtaking beauty. This region has earned the title "The Garden of Ireland". The tour includes:
  • Pickup from UCD around 12:30pm.
  • Bus tour along Dublin coast to Wicklow Mountains.
  • Activities include hill walking (around 2h duration suitable for beginners) or opportunity to visit the Powerscourt Gardens (8 EUR entrance to the gardens not covered in the cost). Participants should bring approriate equipment for hill walking (boots/trainers, jacket, warmth clothing, water/snacks).
  • Scenic bus tour in Wicklow Mountains.
  • Stop at Johnnie Foxes Pub (Highest and one of the oldest Pubs in Ireland) for dinner/drinks (not covered in cost).
  • Return to Dublin.

The cost of the tour is 27 EUR and it will be payable on the day itself.
Please, indicate in the registration mail if you are interested in participating in this social event or not.

This photo of Wicklow Mountains was taken from

Soccer match

We are organising a soccer match on the 11st of March at 10:30am at UCD (7-a-side synthetic grass pitch). Although this activity is the day after the workshop, it is open for participants in the workshop. If you are in Dublin on this date and wish to participate in this sports activity contact


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The workshop will take place at the lecture theater C006 (ground floor) in the Health Sciences Building of the University College Dublin (UCD).
Belfield, Dublin 4

The Health Sciences Building is represented by the number 26 (position C5) in this map of UCD.

The main UCD gate is indicated in the map as N11 entrance (position B8). There are several bus services from the city centre that stop near this entrance at N11 and take around 15 to 25 minutes. For more information about how to get to UCD please follow this link.

When you enter the Health Sciences Building, turn right and then left. Continue along the corridor and you will find the theater C006.


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Suggestion of useful links for finding accomodation in Dublin:

Organisation and Contacts

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