Workshop on Current Issues and Methods in Speaker Adaptation (CIMSA)

April 6-7, 2013

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH


Some presenters have agreed to share their slides and posters. We thank you for this! Links to these slides and posters can be found on the Program page, and they can be downloaded by right-clicking on the link to [slides] or [poster] following the title.

Thank you to everyone in attendance for making this such a successful, productive, and inspiring workshop!

Invited Speakers

- Ann Bradlow (Northwestern University) - Lynne Nygaard (Emory University)
- Delphine Dahan (University of Pennsylvania) - Meghan Sumner (Stanford University)
- Frank Eisner (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) - Joe Toscano (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
- Keith Johnson (University of California - Berkeley) - Katherine White (University of Waterloo)


Listeners show remarkable plasticity in understanding spoken language, despite the lack of invariance problem, and familiarity with particular talkers or accents is known to improve comprehension. Speaker adaptation refers broadly to such familiarity effects, including the perceptual adjustments, architectural changes, and processing benefits that result from experience with particular linguistic variation.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from diverse perspectives---including phonetics, (laboratory) phonology, psycholinguistics, speech science, brain and cognitive science, computational linguistics, and sociolinguistics---to pursue a holistic understanding of speaker adaptation. Specifically, this workshop has the following goals:

1. To integrate theoretically and methodologically diverse research on how listeners with varying experiences and abilities (e.g., mono- and bilinguals across the lifespan) accommodate linguistic variation from a range of sources (e.g., variation due to anatomical, idiolectal or dialectal, or social factors).

2. To examine the power and limitations of existing methods for studying speaker adaptation by discussing the theoretical underpinnings and architectural assumptions of these methods.

3. To inspire inter-field collaborations between/among attendees that will transform the conversations that take place at the workshop into sustained lines of new research.

We hope that we attained all these goals. Thank you for attending.

January 11: Abstracts due

January 22: Notification of acceptance

February 1: Registration opens

April 6: Workshop begins!