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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   Speech Separation Challenge Part 2. Eval data now available.
From:   Mike Lincoln
Email:   mlincol1_(on)_inf.ed.ac.uk
Date received:   14 Mar 2007
Deadline:   01 May 2007
Start date:   28 Jun 2007

Dear all, Further to my previous announcement concerning the Speech Separation Challenge Part 2, please note that the final evaluation data set is now available from the challenge web site. For full details of the challenge see below. Please note the extended deadline for paper submissions of May 1st. Regards, Mike Lincoln -- Speech Separation Challenge 2! As a follow on to the highly successful PASCAL Speech Separation Challenge (http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~martin/SpeechSeparationChallenge.htm) we are pleased to announce the Speech Separation Challenge Part 2! The new task addresses the problem of separating and recognising overlapping speech from multi-channel recordings made in realistic environments. Results will be presented at a special session of MLMI07 (http://www.mlmi07.org/index.php?id=home) taking place in Brno in the Czech Republic from 28-30 June 2007. The task is to separate the speech of 2 overlapping speakers recorded in a real meeting room using two eight element microphone arrays, and subsequently recognise each speaker. Large quantities of development data are provided. The speakers read Wall Street Journal sentences, and a standard WSJ recogniser is provided for recognition of the separated speech, although participants are welcome to use their own recognition systems if they wish. Contributions are welcomed from a variety of different approaches including well-known existing algorithms such as blind source separation and beamforming, as well as novel techniques. Full details of the challenge plus downloads for the data and default recognition system are available from the challenge website : http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/mlincol1/SSC2/ * Submission deadline for MLMI07 papers for the SSC2 special session is May 1st 2007 (note, this is later than the standard MLMI paper submission deadline) Best regards Mike Lincoln -- Mike Lincoln Centre for Speech Technology Research University of Edinburgh www.cstr.inf.ed.ac.uk _______________________________________________

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