Ultimately, the aim of the ISCA Student Section is to put forward ideas for the expansion of student activities within ISCA and to implement them. Some of our projects target the speech and language research community as a whole and are not limited to students. Currently, our mission is three-fold:
- increase interaction among students and senior researchers,
- facilitate access to information,
- raise awareness of speech and language research to students (both undergraduate and graduate) who do not have experience in the speech and language processing area.
To reach these goals, the following projects have been concluded or are currently underway:
- Creation of the ISCA student website. The website is concluded and now hosts a repository of different resources such as a list with upcoming conferences, recently published books and theses, and publicly available source code. The website serves as a digital aid for students to stay updated about the things going on in their research fields.
- Organization of a student session (Educational Series) to be held annually at Interspeech conferences. Senior researchers are invited to talk about diverse topics that are of interest to students.
- Facilitate access to information by making the ISCA Archive available on Google Scholar. This project was carried out by student volunteers working in collaboration with ISCA and the Google Scholar team.
And our activities don't stop here, some of our future endeavors include:
- Organization of a Round Table Discussion and Lunch with Senior Researchers to be held during Interspeech conferences. The event will facilitate the interaction among students and senior researchers.
- Organization of a Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will provide an opportunity for PhD students, especially those early in the process of identifying a thesis topic, to receive feedback on their ideas.
- Organization of a Local Outreach Program. The goal of the Local Outreach Program is to provide undergraduate students with answers to questions such as: what is speech and language research; what is the value of a PhD and how one prepares for graduate studies; and so on. The Program will involve a talk at a local university to focus on general topics of PhD studies in speech and language research.