Co-organised by

FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler Povo - Trento, Italy.
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen - Nuremberg, Germany.

First Announcement

The Joint Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays will be held on May 6-8, 2008, at Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento, Italy. It follows the HSCMA held at Rutgers University in 2005, and continues the tradition of previous workshops on Hands-free Speech Communication (HSC) and Microphone Arrays (MA). The HSCMA 2008 workshop is mainly devoted to presenting recent advances in speech and signal processing techniques based upon multi-microphone systems, and to distant-talking speech communication and human/machine interaction. It brings together researchers and practitioners from universities and industry working in robust speech recognition, speech enhancement, high-quality sound capture, or multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) acoustic signal processing. It should also serve as a platform for presentations on: integration of multi-microphone technologies with other sensing devices (e.g., vision, haptics, etc); applications in related fields such as ambient intelligence and smart environments; and, common frameworks for evaluation of technologies at the international level. Demonstrations of experimental systems and prototypes are especially welcome. The technical program will be scheduled to assign one day to multi-microphone processing methods, one day to hands-free speech communication issues, and one day to topics which are relevant either to both areas, or to new research directions.

For further details, please contact:
Maurizio Omologo (omologo AT
Walter Kellermann (wk AT