2018 Speech Processing Courses in Crete
Towards Flexible and Intelligible End-to-End Speech synthesis systems

23-27 July 2018    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.

This year we will enhance and strongly support the hands-on sessions to provide to the participants a good balance between theory and practice. Morning sessions will include lectures on theory while all afternoon sessions will be dedicated solely to the hands-on sessions.

The Summer School is organized by the University of Crete, Greece and Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH). It is sponsored by Google and ILSP Athena. We thank our sponsors for their support.

Co-chairs in this summer school are Prof. Yannis Stylianou (UoC) and Assoc. Prof. Athanasios Mouchtaris (UoC, FORTH).

For 2018, the school topic is: Towards Flexible and Intelligible End-to-End Speech synthesis systems

The topic includes:
  • Modern Acoustic Modelling Approaches (WaveNet, Tacotron)
  • Contemporary Unit Selection: The art of creating thousands of voices in real products
  • Advanced Voice Conversion using Deep Learning (Wavenet, GAN, etc)
  • Intelligibility and Cognitive Effort in Speech Synthesis


  • 8-3-2018: Preliminary programme announced! Check it here!
  • 8-3-2018: School leaflet is ready! Check it here! and feel free to share it among your colleagues!

  • For any questions regarding SPCC18, please send an e-mail to: spcc AT csd.uoc.gr

    Registration Info

    Students: €350, Non-students: €600, 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). 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

    To be announced.