This year marks the 12th annual speech conference of the Afeka Center for Language Processing (ACLP) at Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering.
Exemplifying Afeka’s core value of maintaining an active dialog between academia and industry, the conference is the leading gathering of Israel’s speech processing community, providing experts with a platform for discovering trends, raising issues, and forming collaborations.
This year, we are honored to have as our keynote speaker Prof. Helen Meng, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Due to COVID-19, we will switch this year to a virtual platform and hold the conference by video. We hope you’ll join us on cyberspace, and we look forward to seeing you in person again at Afeka next year.
This year, the Afeka Conference for Speech Technologies in Healthcare will be held In conjunction with the main Speech Conference. The Afeka Conference for Speech Technologies in Healthcare session seeks to provide a discussion forum for scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals, regarding the latest discoveries in the foundations, models and applications of speech technologies for healthcare.
The keynote speaker in this session will be Prof. Marcelo Finger from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, who will present his research groups result in Identification of Respiratory Insufficiency via Speech Analysis.
ACLP serves as a unique center for R&D in speech and language processing, with activities that include joint projects with industry and government, grant-funded research projects, specialized courses for speech professionals, and project opportunities for students.
ACLP’s researchers have decades of experience in state-of-the-art speech technologies in industry and academia. At ACLP, they research and develop the most advanced machine learning technologies, applying them to such diverse tasks as speech recognition, keyword spotting, speaker recognition, topic classification, speaker diarization, language identification, and more. These technologies serve numerous applications, such as, including civil and homeland security, healthcare.
Recently, ACLP has enlisted in the national fight against COVID-19, in order to identify coronavirus infections through voiceprint. We hope that ACLP and other groups around the globe will reach this goal in the near future.
ACLP promotes professional excellence by conducting the highest level of R&D activity; educational commitment by training a new generation of speech processing engineers; and social responsibility by taking on projects of social impact.
ACLP: A brief history and a look forward
ACLP was founded in 2009 by Prof. Ami Moyal. In 2014, Dr. Irit Opher took the lead, heading the center until 2018. Currently, Prof. Vered Aharonson, head of the ACLP, has many years of experience of research in speech processing, particularly in speech for healthcare.
As Israel’s foremost center for speech processing, ACLP continues to grow in the spirit of its founding goals: industry collaboration, independent research, and the educating of a new generation of speech technology experts. Our future mission is to become one of the leading global centers for applied R&D in this field.