7th Doctoral Consortium @ Interspeech 2021
Date: August 29th, 2021 (tentative)
Panel of Experts: TBA
The Student Advisory Committee of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA-SAC) is pleased to announce its 7th Doctoral Consortium. This event gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their research with a panel of experts. The discussion includes feedback on the evolution and progress of the students, in order to help them identify a road-map towards refining their thesis. All doctoral students from speech-related disciplines are invited to apply! Participants will be selected based on their submitted abstracts.
Similar to last year’s edition, this year, the Doctoral Consortium will be held online just before the beginning of Interspeech 2021.
Guidelines for Abstract Submission
Applicants should submit a two-page extended abstract, briefing the research pursued towards their thesis. It may incorporate published and in-progress work. The abstract must highlight the following points:
- Research motivation;
- Key issues that have been identified and/or addressed;
- Discussion of results;
- Plans for the future and thesis road-map;
- Major contributions of your research.
- Abstracts should have a maximum of two pages including all text, figures and tables, plus an additional page for references.
- Abstracts should follow the Interspeech 2021 template provided in the author's kit.
- Abstracts must have the applicant as the sole author. Acknowledgements towards supervisors, supporting agencies, and contributors to the work, can be made in a dedicated section of the extended Abstract.
- Submit your abstract in PDF format through Sessionize. Please note that:
- In the platform, Session Name corresponds to the title of your Extended Abstract, and Session Description corresponds to a short description of your abstract.
- In the speaker information-related fields, feel free to ignore the speaker photo box.
- Accepted submissions will be published on www.isca-students.org. A submission inherently indicates consent for ISCA-SAC to publish the abstract.
- June 7th, 2021 - Submission portal opens
- June 30th, 2021 - Abstract submission deadline
- July 15th, 2021 - Acceptance/rejection notification
- July 30th, 2021 - Camera-ready abstract due
- August 29th, 2021 (tentative) - 7th Doctoral Consortium
8th Students meet Experts @ Interspeech 2021
Panel of experts: TBA
After successful editions in Lyon (2013), Singapore (2014), San Francisco (2016), Stockholm (2017), Hyderabad (2018), Graz (2019), and virtually in Shanghai (2020) we are excited to announce that the Students Meet Experts event is now coming to Interspeech 2021 in Brno. We will have a panel discussion with experts from academia and industry. Depending on the format of this year's conference the event will be either virtually or in a hybrid format.
You are welcome to submit questions. A selection of the submitted questions will be answered from the panel of experts. Please keep in mind that the experts and the audience are coming from different fields, so field specific and technical questions are less likely to be presented to the panel. To submit your questions and/or register for this event, we ask you to fill in this Application Form.
All students participating in Interspeech 2021 are invited to register!
3rd Mentoring @ Interspeech 2021
Mentors/Discussion Leaders: TBA
After two successful editions of the mentoring event, at Interspeech 2019 in Graz and Interspeech 2020 in Shanghai (online), the Student Advisory Committee of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA-SAC) joined forces with ISCA’s Diversity Committee to organize the third Mentoring Event at Interspeech 2021 in Brno (online).
In previous editions, PhD students were given the opportunity to engage in a discussion with early-career and senior researchers from academia and industry, in a warm environment. This year, we will extend the Mentoring event to the entire community, i.e., we invite all researchers in any stage of their career. We will have two types of mentoring: round tables and one-on-one mentoring.
Round table discussions:
To cater for potential different needs and wishes, we will have round tables only for PhD students and round tables for a mix of people at different career stages. The PhD round tables will have two mentors and 6-8 PhD students; the mixed career round tables will have one discussion leader and 6-8 participants. Each table will have an assigned topic and the mentors/discussion leaders will be chosen and invited accordingly.
The topics we propose for discussion are presented below. This list is only tentative and we may change it depending on the interests of the participants and mentors/discussion leaders. We are open to suggestions for other topics, during the application process (see below)!
1) Successes, failures and imposter syndrome
2) Time management: work-life balance, combining academic career with side-projects or jobs, ...
3) Starting a family during my career
4) Doing research in academia vs doing research in industry
5) Professional development: planning ahead
6) Essentials of publishing
7) Competitive academic environment, publishing pressure and slow science
8) Being the “odd one out”: only woman, only person of color, only person in your research field
9) Plagiarism, harassment and other unethical behaviour
10) Creating/maintaining your own research line/group
Parallel to this event, we will start enabling one-on-one mentoring sessions. If you would feel more comfortable discussing certain topics in a one-on-one session, you can also register for it in the application form, and we will do our best to find a mentor matching your needs. We will then introduce mentor and participant pairs, and let you arrange the best time/place for your conversation.
Application: Anyone participating in Interspeech 2021 is invited to apply via this Application Form. Depending on the registrations, we will assign topics mostly to PhD students, to mid-career researchers, to senior researchers or to any participant in general. We will do our best to have a place for everyone, but in case that is not possible, participants will be selected according to availability of mentors/discussion leaders and topics on a first-come first-serve basis. We will contact you via e-mail, after registration.
Hello, goodbye - 2021
It is a new year and a new season for ISCA’s Student Advisory Committee (SAC). As every year we would like to thank our outgoing members, welcome our incoming members and introduce this year’s SAC board.
We say goodbye to Grandee Lee (National University of Singapore), Haala Deeba Abbas (IIIT, India) and Harish-Chandra Dubey (Microsoft, USA). Thank you very much for your work with SAC!
We welcome our new volunteers Lei Xi (LPP, CNRS - Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Tina Raissi (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Omnia Ibrahi (Saarland University, Germany) and Sebastião Quintas (IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier, France). We look forward to working with all of you!
We would also like to thank the active volunteers that are staying with SAC from last year, Mariana Julião (INESC-ID & IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal), Nils Westhausen (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and Thomas Rolland (INESC-ID, Portugal).
On the SAC board, Jasper Ooster (University of Oldenburg, Germany) takes over the role of SAC’s general coordinator from Iona Gessinger (Saarland University, Germany), who remains an advisor to the board. Catarina Botelho (INESC-ID & IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal) succeeds Jasper Ooester as event coordinator, and Francisco Teixeira (INESC-ID & IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal) succeeds Gabriel Mittag (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany) as media coordinator. Gabriel will also remain as an advisor to the SAC board. Yaru Wu (MoDyCo-CNRS/LPP-CNRS, France) will move from her volunteer alumni position to become a SAC board advisor.
We are glad to announce that this year SAC members have created a podcast, SpeechPitch. Each episode will feature an interview with a different guest, mostly from the speech community, as to allow them to share their work, stories and ideas for the future.
We hope this podcast can help bring students and the overall speech community closer together, which we think is especially important in pandemic times, where we lack presential conferences and other social interactions. This podcast will have a new episode out every 2 or 3 months. You can now listen to the very first episode featuring Iona Gessinger, the previous SAC general coordinator, and winner of best student paper award at last year's Interspeech! We hope you enjoy it!
6th Doctoral Consortium abstracts now online
The abstracts from the 6th Doctoral consortium have now been uploaded and are available here.
ISCA-SAC: 7th Students Meet Experts
At the 7th Students Meet Experts event organized online by ISCA-SAC at Interspeech 2020 in Shanghai/China, our panelists Sunayana Sitaram (Microsoft Research), Jon Barker (University of Sheffield), Tara Sainath (Google), and Björn Schuller (University of Augsburg; Imperial College London; audEERING) shared their insights on questions from the student audience.
Thank you for joining the event and supporting ISCA-SAC's activities!
Some take-aways to remember:
- Learn to think independently and critically during your PhD.
- Keep in touch with your mentors!
- Do not compare your thesis with the top doctoral theses in your field and try at all costs to achieve the same level.
- A good way to start the career? Organize a challenge at Interspeech!
- Your career is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
- Sometimes the much-praised freedom in the academic world seems a bit of a fantasy.
- In academia it is easier to start collaborations - more restrictions in industry.
- Don't forget to invest time in writing journal papers.
- In the future, we will have to take ethical aspects such as data protection, fairness and accountability more into account in our research work.
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