2016 Speech Processing Courses in Crete
Speech Synthesis: Advancements in Modern Speech Synthesis Engines

25-29 July 2016    University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


The Speech Processing Courses in Crete (SPCC) are targeting to teach graduate students and researchers the latest advancements of speech processing covering theory, hands on, and establishing contacts between the academics and industry. The school will provide the chance to students and professionals to meet world leaders in speech technology, exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and vision.
The Summer School is organized by the University of Crete, Greece, and supported by ISCA. It is also sponsored by Toshiba, Google, and ILSP Athena. We thank our sponsors for their support.

For 2016, the school topic is: Advancements in Modern Speech Synthesis Engines

The topic includes:
  • Advanced Speech Signal Modelling and Modifications
  • Current Acoustic Modelling Approaches
  • Challenges in Fornt-End Processing
  • Listening Context Aware Speech Synthesis Systems
  • Text Normalization and Linguistic Analysis


  • 29-7-2016: Congratulations to the three "Best Poster Award" winners:
    • Erica Cooper, Columbia University, USA, for her poster entitled Data Selection for Naturalness in HMM-based Speech Synthesis.
    • Manu Airaksinen, Aalto University, Finland, for his poster entitled GLOTDNN – Full-band glottal vocoder with DNN-based excitation generation.
    • Pallavi Baljekar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, for her poster entitled RNN Grammars for speech synthesis.
    Winners will receive gifts from Google.
  • 19-7-2016: Poster sessions are available! Please check the programme page.
  • 19-7-2016: School poster available here!
  • 15-7-2016: The two students who are supported by ISCA to attend the school are:
    • Georgia Maniati, University of Edinburgh
    • Jonathan Parker, University of Cambridge
  • 15-7-2016: The bus route maps are available here.
  • 04-7-2016: Preliminary-information e-mails have been sent to lecturers and participants. Please send an e-mail to Dr. G. Kafentzis (kafentz AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr) if you have not received any e-mail.
  • 01-7-2016: Unfortunately, Dr. Richard Sproat from Google USA will not attend the summer school for health reasons. Instead, Prof. Simon King will present the topic of Text Normalization and Linguistic Analysis.
  • Participation in the SPCC 2016 Summer School grants 3 ECTS to students. Please send an e-mail to Dr. G. Kafentzis (kafentz AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr) should you need such a certificate.
  • Invitation for participation (for VISA applications or any other purpose) are available upon request. Please send an e-mail to Dr. G. Kafentzis (kafentz AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr).
  • The new School Announcement can be found here.
  • Preliminary programme available! Check the PROGRAMME link here!
  • We will support 2 ISCA student members to participate to the school by covering their registration fees. A letter from the student's supervisor should be submitted along with the letter of interest. Eligible students must express their interest from March 18 to the end of April. The winners will be announced in time.
  • Registration Info

    Students: €350, Non-students: €500, to cover lunches, coffee breaks, banquet, school materials, bus transfer between city and campus. Limited number of places for highly motivated researchers and students, so reserve your position soon (yannis@csd.uoc.gr).


    Participants, if they wish, are expected to present their work as a poster (119cm width x 97cm height, at most) or demo, during 1 hour in each day (at the mid of each school day). There will be an award for the best student poster/demo which will be announced during the last day (closing ceremony). The three best posters will receive gifts from Google. Theory will be followed by hands on sessions while speech synthesis systems will be demonstrated by the lecturers during the last day of the school.

    School Poster

    Here is the school poster for 2016!