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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   LIPS 2008: Visual Speech Synthesis Challenge
Email:   sascha.fagel_(on)_tu-berlin.de
Date received:   12 Dec 2007

(apologies for multiple postings) LIPS 2008: Visual Speech Synthesis Challenge LIPS 2008 is the first visual speech synthesis challenge. It will be held as a special session at INTERSPEECH 2008 in Brisbane, Australia (http://www.interspeech2008.org). The aim of this challenge is to stimulate discussion about subjective quality assessment of synthesised visual speech with a view to developing standardised evaluation procedures. In association with this challenge a training corpus of audiovisual speech and accompanying phoneme labels and timings will be provided to all entrants, who should then train their systems using this data. (As this is the first year the challenge will run and to promote wider participation, proposed entrants are free to use a pre-trained model). Prior to the session a set of test sentences (provided as audio, video and phonetic labels) must be synthesised on-site in a supervised room. A series of double-blind subjective tests will then be conducted to compare each competing system against all others. The overall winner will be announced and presented with their prize at the closing ceremony of the conference. All entrants will submit a 4/6 (TBC) page paper describing their system to INTERSPEECH indicating that the paper is addressed to the LIPS special session. A special edition of the Eurasip Journal on Speech, Audio and Music Processing in conjunction with the challenge is also scheduled. To receive updated information as it becomes available, you can join the mailing list by visiting https://mail.icp.inpg.fr/mailman/listinfo/lips_challenge. Further details will be mailed to you in due course. Please invite colleagues to join and dispatch this email largely to your academic and industrial partners. Besides a large participation of research groups in audiovisual speech synthesis and talking faces we particularly welcome participation of the computer game industry. Please confirm your willingness to participate in the challenge, submit a paper describing your work and join us in Brisbane by sending an email to sascha.fagel_(on)_tu-berlin.de, b.theobald_(on)_uea.ac.uk, gerard.bailly_(on)_gipsa-lab.inpg.fr Organising Committee Sascha Fagel, University of Technology, Berlin - Germany Barry-John Theobald, University of East Anglia, Norwich - UK Gerard Bailly, GIPSA-Lab, Dpt. Speech & Cognition, Grenoble - France _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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