[Oct 5, 2016] Candidates for officer election for the term 2017-2018

Chair: Helen Meng

Helen Meng is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and former Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering at CUHK. Her research interests include multilingual speech and language processing, multimodal human-computer interaction, multimedia search and retrieval, as well as Big Data decision analytics. She is the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-centric Computing and Interface Technologies in 2005 which was later recognized as a Ministry of Education Key Laboratory (2008- ); Tsinghua-CUHK Joint Research Centre on Media Sciences, Technologies and System (2006- ) and the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center (2013- ).  She was elected Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2009-2011), and subsequently into the IEEE Board of Governors (2012- ).  She is a former ISCA Board Member and has supported SIG-CSLP for many years.  She was Technical Chair of INTERSPEECH2014 and O-COCOSDA 2012, Vice-Chair and Secretary of ISCSLP 2004 and General Chair of ISCSLP 2012.  Helen serves in HKSAR Government appointments including former membership in the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, current memberships in the Research Grants Council, Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Group and Coordinator of the Working Group on Big Data Research and Applications, and Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). Helen received all her degrees from MIT. In previous years, she has received the CUHK Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Service Award and Young Researcher Award; Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award 2009, inaugural HKCS Outstanding ICT Women Professional Award 2015, ICME Best Paper Award 2016 and Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award 2016. She was elected Distinguished Lecturer of APSIPA in 2012 and ISCA in (2015-2016).  Helen is a Fellow of HKCS, HKIE, IEEE and ISCA.

Vice Chair: Bin Ma

Bin Ma received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Shandong University, China, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS), China, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, in 2000. He was a Research Assistant from 1993 to 1996 at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in IACAS. In 2000, he joined Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific as a Researcher working on speech recognition. From 2001 to 2004, he worked for InfoTalk Corp., Ltd, as a Senior Researcher and a Senior Technical Manager for speech recognition. He joined the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore in 2004 and is now working as a Senior Scientist and the Lab Head of Automatic Speech Recognition. He has served as a Subject Editor for Speech Communication in 2009-2012, the Technical Program Co-Chair for INTERSPEECH 2014, Area Chair for INTERSPEECH 2013 & 2015, and is now serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. His current research interests include robust speech recognition, speaker & language recognition, spoken document retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning.

Secretary: Yao Qian 

Yao Qian is a Senior Research Scientist of Dialogic, Multimodal and Speech Group at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where the research of automatic scoring for spoken and multimodal test responses is conducted. She received her Ph.D in the Dept. of EE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. Right after that, she joined Microsoft research Asia (MSRA), worked there for 10 years. In MSRA, she had worked on various aspects of spoken language processing, including speech synthesis, voice transformation, speaker recognition, speech recognition and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Her most recent research work focuses on deep learning and its application in language proficiency assessment, speech synthesis and speaker identification. She is a senior IEEE member.

[Dec 30, 2015] ISCSLP 2016, Tianjin, October 17-20, 2016

The 10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP 2016) will be held on October 17-20, 2016 in Tianjin. Website:

 ISCSLP 2016

The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
November 28 - 30, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2017) invites the submission of long and short papers reporting substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
  • Dialog and interactive systems
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
  • Generation
  • Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
  • Machine learning in NLP
  • Machine translation and Multilinguality
  • Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
  • Resources and evaluation
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Social media
  • Speech
  • Summarization
  • Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Long and Short Papers: July 7, 2017
  • Author Response Period: August 7-9, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: September 1, 2017
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: September 30, 2017

IALP 2017:
International Conference on Asian Language Processing
December 5-7, 2017, Singapore

The International Conference on Asian Language Processing (IALP) is the flagship conference of COLIPS. It is a series of conferences with unique focus on Asian Language Processing. The conference aims to advance the science and technology of all the aspects of Asian Language Processing by providing a forum for researchers in different fields of language study all over the world to meet.

The first meeting of the series was held in Singapore in 1986 and was called the "International Conference on Chinese Computing (ICCC)". This meeting initiated the study of Chinese and oriental languages processing in Singapore and contributed to the establishment of the Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS)  in Singapore in 1988, as well as the publication of the journal "Communications of COLIPS" in 1991. The journal is now known as "International Journal on Asian Language Processing". The early ICCC conferences were held in Singapore and attracted researchers working on Chinese information processing from Asia and other part of the world. In 2007, the main conference of ICCC was held out of Singapore for the first time.  In response to the rapid progress of research on other Asian languages, in 2008 COLIPS re-branded ICCC conference into IALP conference so as to better cater to the needs of researchers working on Asian language processing. IALP has now become an annual event that rotates among Asian cities. COLIPS has a long term collaboration with IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. The proceedings of IALP were published by IEEE Xplore digital library. In 2017, IALP will be held in Singapore.

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: October 13, 2017
Early registration deadline: October 23, 2017
Regular registration deadline: November 20, 2017
Conference: December 5 - 7, 2017

ICOT 2017:
2017 International Conference on Orange Technologies
December 8-10, 2017, Singapore

The first ever World Happiness Report has been published by the United Nations, which reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as criteria for government policy. This also calls upon science and technology in both natural and social domains to be developed for promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle in our modern society. Orange technology is a newly defined interdisciplinary research area for integration and innovation of health, happiness, and care technologies in order to meet this world trend. The research scope includes computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, psychological/physiological science, cognitive science, social science, and dechnology (design + technology). The representative color of orange technology originates from a harmonic fusion of red (representing brightness of health and happiness) and yellow (representing warming care). Instead of emphasizing the relations between environments and humans, as proposed by green technology, the objective of orange technology aims to bring more health, happiness, warming care, and more mental wellness to the society.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Orange Technologies (ICOT 2017) will be held in Singapore during 8-10 December 2017. The objective of this conference is to stimulate the establishment of Orange Technologies and to bring together scientists, engineers and other interdisciplinary professionals to share innovation ideas. With keynote, invited, special, and regular sessions, the ICOT 2017 aims to promote the research, development and applications of bio-medical innovation and intelligent computing for orange technologies. Authors are encouraged to submit original papers in any area related to orange technologies, including but not limited to the following topics:

Health Technology

  • Biomedical Engineering and Applications
  • Information Technology in Biomedicine
  • Medical Imaging Processing
  • fMRI-Based Neuro-Computing
  • Biomedical Sensors, Transducers, and BioMEMS
  • Biomedical informatics, Brain informatics, Imaging informatics
  • Biomedical Circuits and Systems
  • Intelligent Health Instrumentation
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Telehealth and Telecare

Happiness Technology and Index

  • Affective Computing for Happiness Detection
  • Long-Term Positive Emotion Detection
  • Smiling Faces and Laughter Detection
  • Happiness Detection from Psychological/Physiological Bio-Signals
  • System Design for Happiness Promotion
  • Theory and Measurement of Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index
  • Cultural Difference and Cross National Comparison in GNH
  • Intelligent Health Instrumentation
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • National Policy Making and Strategies for Enhancing GNH

Warming Care Technology

  • Information Technology in Health and Mental Care
  • Friendly and Affordable Human-Machine Interface for Senior and Children Care
  • Cloud Health and Mental Care Services
  • Assistive Technology and Senior Companion Robot
  • Smart Living for Elderly and Children Care
  • Body-Mind Fitness Care

Important Dates:

  • Regular and special session paper submission deadline   August 14, 2017
  • Notification of paper acceptance/rejection      September 20, 2017
  • Camera-ready paper due  October 9,2017
  • Author’s registration and early registration deadline   November 6, 2017
  • Conference dates        December 8-10, 2017

ASRU 2017:
IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
December 16-20, 2017 Okinawa, Japan

The biennial IEEE ASRU workshop has a tradition of bringing together researchers from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of common interest in automatic speech recognition, understanding, and related fields of research.  The workshop includes keynotes, invited talks, poster sessions and will also feature challenge tasks, panel discussions, and demo sessions.

We invite papers in all areas of spoken language processing, with emphasis placed on the following topics:

- Automatic speech recognition (ASR)
- ASR in adverse environments
- New applications of ASR
- Speech-to-speech translation
- Spoken document retrieval
- Speaker/Language recognition
- Multilingual language processing
- Spoken language understanding
- Spoken dialog systems
- Text-to-speech systems

The ASRU workshop will take place in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa is a subtropical island located roughly 640 kilometers (400 mi) south of the main islands of Japan. It is one of Japan’s main tourist destinations because of its warm weather, its rich natural resources, and its unique blend of cultures that evolved through centuries of trade with China, Korea and other Southeast Asian countries.

The workshop features one keynote and one or two invited talks a day.
Regular papers are presented as posters. ASRU 2017 will also include challenge tasks, panel discussions and demo sessions.


  • Paper Submission............. June 29, 2017
  • Paper Notification........... August 31, 2017
  • Early Registration Period:... August 31 - Oct 5, 2017
  • Camera Ready Deadline........ Sept 21, 2017
  • Workshop..................... Dec 16-20, 2017


[Oct 1, 2014] COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund
COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund was announced at ISCSLP 2014 on 14 Sep 2014.

  • The COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund will receive donations from SIG-CSLP Members, Industry, Societies, and ISCSLP Conferences.
  • The COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund will be managed by COLIPS.
  • The disbursement of COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund will be approved jointly by COLIPS President and SIG-CSLP Chairperson.
  • The COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund will be used for CSLP Awards Program and other CSLP community development activities.
  • The audit report will be announced at  every SIG CSLP GA.

COLIPS CSLP Endowment Fund received the following fund as seeding fund

  • COLIPS, US$5000.0 
  • Chiu-yu Tseng, US$1000.0
  • Haizhou Li, US$1000.0
  • Helen Meng, US$1000.0
  • Chin-Hui Lee, US$1000.0 

[Jul 1, 2014 ] SIG-CSLP officer election for term 2015-2016 We are glad to announce that we have concluded the nomination of candidates for the term 2015-2016. Three officers to be elected are: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. According to the constitution, a candidate must be nominated by at least two members and the candidate must agree to the nomination. Next are the qualified candidates:

Chairperson: Helen Meng,
Vice Chairperson: Bin Ma
Secretary: Yao Qian


On-line ballot collection will start from 1 July 2014 and close on 31 July 2014. Please click for more details.

[Sep 25, 2013] Professor Li Haizhou and his team received President’s Technology Award 2013. Congratulations!
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Professor Li Haizhou (ISCA SIG CSLP President) and his team, Dr Ma Bin, Ms Aw Ai Ti and Dr Su Jian, from Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) of Singapore made a remarkable breakthrough in speech recognition and machine translation.  

For their outstanding contributions to human language technology that have empowered the industry and benefited the Asian society, they are awarded the President’s Technology Award 2013. The President’s Technology Award (PTA) is the highest honour bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology.

Professor Li and his team received the Award from His Excellency Dr Tony Tan, the President of the Republic of Singapore, on 25 September 2013. They are the only award winner of PTA in 2013.