Call for Papers

18th International Conference
on Speech and Computer
(SPECOM 2016)

Budapest, Hungary, August 23-27, 2016


Specom 2016 Call for Papers


The International Conference on Speech and Computer - SPECOM is a regular event organized since 1996 and attracts researchers in the area of computer speech processing, multimodal interfaces and applied systems for telecommunication, robotics, intelligent and cyberphysical environments.


The conference is organized by Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapest, Hungary) and Scientific Association for Infocommunications (HTE, Hungary), in cooperation with Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU, Moscow, Russia), St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Science (SPIIRAS, St. Petersburg, Russia) and St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia)


The SPECOM conference is devoted to issues of human-machine interaction, particularly:

Applications for human-computer interaction
Audio-visual speech processing
Automatic language identification
Corpus linguistics and linguistic processing
Forensic speech investigations and security systems
Multichannel signal processing
Multimedia processing
Multimodal analysis and synthesis
Signal processing and feature extraction
Speaker identification and diarization
Speaker verification systems
Speech and language resources
Speech analytics and audio mining
Speech dereverberation
Speech driving systems in robotics
Speech enhancement
Speech perception and speech disorders
Speech recognition and understanding
Speech translation automatic systems
Spoken dialogue systems
Spoken language processing
Text-to-speech and Speech-to-text systems
Virtual and augmented reality


The official language of the event is English. However, papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.



Rodmonga Potapova
Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia
General Conference Co-Chair

Andrey Ronzhin
SPIIRAS, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
General Conference Co-Chair

Géza Németh
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Organising Committee Chair


Etienne Barnard, North-West University, South Africa
Laurent Besacier, Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble, France
Vlado Delic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Olivier Deroo, Acapela Group, Belgium
Christoph Draxler, Institute of Phonetics and Speech Communication, Germany
Thierry Dutoit, University of Mons, Belgium
Nikos Fakotakis, University of Patras, Greece
Peter French, University of York, UK
Hiroya Fujisaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Todor Ganchev, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
Ruediger Hoffmann, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Oliver Jokisch, Leipzig University of Telecommunication, Germany
Slobodan Jovicic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dimitri Kanevsky, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Alexey Karpov, SPIIRAS, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Heysem Kaya, Bogazici University, Turkey
Irina Kipyatkova, SPIIRAS, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
George Kokkinakis, University of Patras, Greece
Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Lin-shan Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Boris Lobanov, United Institute of Informatics Problems, Belarus
Elena Lyakso, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Konstantin Markov, The University of Aizu, Japan
Yuri Matveev, ITMO University, Russia
Péter Mihajlik, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Konstantinos Moustakas, University of Patras, Greece
Iosif Mporas, University of Patras, Greece
Heinrich Niemann, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Alexander Petrovsky, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Belarus
Dimitar Popov, Bologna University, Italy
Elias Potamitis, University of Patras, Greece
Lawrence Rabiner, Rutgers University, USA
Gerhard Rigoll, Munich University of Technology, Germany
Murat Saraclar, Bogazici University, Turkey
Jesus Savage, University of Mexico, Mexico
Tanja Schultz, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Milan Secujski, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Pavel Skrelin, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Viktor Sorokin, Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russia
Yannis Stylianou, University of Crete, Greece
György Szaszák, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
László Tóth, University of Szeged, Hungary
Klára Vicsi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Christian Wellekens, EURECOM, France
Csaba Zainkó, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Milos Zelezny, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic



The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

Details about the social events will be available on the web page.


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either orally or as posters. The decision on the presentation format will be based upon the recommendation of three independent reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the on-line submission system

Papers submitted to SPECOM 2016 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the SPECOM review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

The paper format for the review has to be the PDF file with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, speakers will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format see


Oral presentations will be 15+5 minutes long.
Projector (1024 x 768), laptop will be at presenters service.
Presenters are kindly asked to upload the final version of their presentations in the morning of the day of their presentation or at the latest before their session. 


Poster presentations are an excellent mechanism to facilitate the rapid communication of scientific ideas. Poster presentations should visually guide viewers through the basics of the study displayed on the poster board while the presenter focuses on explanation and clarification of the key elements of the work and answers viewer questions. The poster presentation format is less formal and more interactive than an oral seminar because it provides the opportunity for viewers to engage in discussion and to have one-on-one interactions with both fellow viewers and the presenter.

The poster sessions will take place on the Mithras Gallery in the Aquincum Hotel, building of the conference venue. Details about the location of presenters individual posters will be available on the poster area at the conference venue. To find the location of poster easily please keep the personal poster ID ready at the conference venue.

The posters can be mounted already from the 10.00 each day and posters are meant to be on display until 17.00 on the afternoon. After that you can take your posters down. If any posters are left after the end of the conference, they will be removed. Poster presenters are only required to be present at their poster board during the assigned time of their poster presentation.

Poster walls will be available for presenters at the conference venue. Boards are made of cork with aluminum frames. Each board will have pushpins available for presenters to secure their poster. A small table will be at presenters service, too.

The poster walls fit posters with a maximum size of 85 x 100 cm - upright. Presenters can use A0 format, too but in this case 20 cm will be out of the poster wall (downwards). It is recommended that poster presenters use thin, lightweight poster paper for their poster. Heavier paper or cardboard may be difficult to keep in position on the board.


SPECOM Proceedings will be published by Springer as a book in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, COMPENDEX. SPECOM Proceedings are included in the list of forthcoming proceedings for August 2016.


April 08, 2016

Submission of full papers
The title, the authors and the abstract should be final

April 15, 2016 Submission of final papers upload
All parts of the paper should be final
April 22, 2016 Submission of final paper (extended deadline)
May 15, 2016 Notification of acceptance
June 01, 2016 Final papers (camera ready) and early bird registration
August 23-27, 2016 Conference date


The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.


The registration fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. The registration fee includes the admission to all scientific session and poster area, program book, one copy of the conference proceedings, refreshments/coffee breaks, Gala Dinner, organizing costs. The accommodation and the conference trip are not included.

Full participant:
  early registration by June 01, 2016
  late registration by  July 01, 2016
  on-site registration

380 EUR
420 EUR
470 EUR

Student (reduced):
  early registration by June 01, 2016
  late registration by  July 01, 2016
  on-site registration

300 EUR
330 EUR
370 EUR

Extra fees
   page charge
(each page exceeding the limit of 8 pages or additional paper pages)

  45 EUR per page

The payment may be refunded up until July 01, at the cost of 60 EUR. No refund is possible after this date.

At least one of the authors has to register and pay the registration fee by June 01, 2016 for their paper to be included in the conference proceedings. Only one paper of up to 8 pages is included in the regular registration fee. The additional paper and page charge is 45.00 € per page. Any additional paper is treated as extra pages. An extra page charge is 45.00 € per page. An author with more than one paper pays the additional paper rates unless a co-author has also registered and paid the full registration fee. In the case of uncertainty, feel free to contact the organising committee for clarification. 


The conference will be organized in the Aquincum Hotel Budapest, Hungary (
Budapest, "the pearl of the Danube" is one of the truly historic European capitals with its past stretching back over one thousand years. The picturesque bridges spanning the river Danube, the Castle Hill, the churches and architecture, the sculptures, the wooded hills, the Hungarian cuisine and wine, and the warm hospitality of Hungarian people all ensure that no guest can leave here without longing to return.


The organising committee has arranged accommodation for reasonable prices in hotels, which are situated near the city center. The rooms with sufficient discount are reserved for the conference days.
More information


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:

SPECOM 2016 Secretariat:
Scientific Association for Infocommunications, HTE, Hungary
Phone: +36 1 353 1027
SPECOM 2016 conference web site: