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Special Session
Special Session on
BEyond SPeech Acoustics: Enhancing Communication through Non-acoustic Signals
 - BESPA 2015

12 - 15 January, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal

Within the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - BIOSIGNALS 2015



António Teixeira
University of Aveiro

Brief Bio
António Teixeira received his BSc and Master in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in 1991 and 1993, and his PhD in Electronics Engineering in 2000, all from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the University of Aveiro, and a researcher at the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro - IEETA. He is the Coordinator of the Master in Speech and Hearing Sciences. His main research activity is in the area of Multimodal Human-Machine Interaction and Speech Processing.
James Gilbert
University of Hull
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
James Gilbert received a BSc in Electronics Control and Robot Engineering in 1986, followed by a PhD in robot control in 1989, both from the University of Hull. Since then he has been a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Professor at the same university. He is currently also Head of the School of Engineering. His research is focussed on measurement and instrumentation devices and systems with a particular interest in biomedical instrumentation and speech restoration.


The speech production process can break down in a number of ways due to illness or injury, resulting in poor or lost speech. There may also be circumstances where normal speech communication is not viable or desirable. In these conditions, communication may be enhanced by utilising signals derived from earlier stages in the speech generation process, before the acoustic signal is emitted. Applications which could be enhanced by considering these other sources of information include: speech recognition systems, silent speech interfaces and models for language training and speech disorders. This special session aims at bringing together the increasing number of researchers working in these areas, to present their views, methods and results, from speech production studies to silent speech applications.

Topics: Silent Speech Interfaces, Speech Production models, Acoustic-to-articulatory inversion, Articulatory measurement methods, Technologies and Applications for Speech Disorders


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, and Microsoft Academic.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


BIOSIGNALS Special Sessions - BESPA 2015
e-mail: biosignals.secretariat@insticc.org