Project Mélange @ Interspeech 2017

Interspeech is the annual conference of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). This year, Interspeech was held in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden in August 2017 and saw a record participation of over 2000 attendees!

Project Mélange members Sunayana Sitaram and Kalika Bali co-organized a special session on code-switching with Prof. Alan Black from CMU, Prof. Julia Hirschberg from Columbia University, Prof. Thamar Solorio from University of Houston and Prof. Mona Diab from George Washington University. The special session was in the pre and post-lunch sessions on the first day of the conference, and we were very excited to see the room full of people for most of the session!

Topics in the special session ranged from data collection and resource building to applications such as Automatic Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis. The session covered various language pairs – French-Algerian Arabic, Dutch-Frisian, Hindi-English, isiZulu-English and Spanish-English. At the end of the 9 oral presentations, we had an interesting and engaging panel discussion on techniques, applications, data and resources for code-switching in speech and language.

Take a look at the special session website for the full list of papers and more details!


Interspeech Special Session on Code-switching

We are very pleased to announce the Interspeech 2017 Special Session on Speech Technologies for Code-Switching in Multilingual Communities.

Code-switching provides various interesting challenges to the speech community, such as language modeling for mixed languages, acoustic modeling of mixed language speech, pronunciation modeling and language identification from speech. The special session focusing on speech processing of code-switched speech will include oral presentations and a poster session. We expect participants from academic and industry spanning a wide variety of language pairs and data sets. We also expect discussions on how to create speech and language resources for code-switching and sharing of data.

For more details about the special session, please see