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Important Dates
• Special session/challenges proposals due: Friday, November 29, 2019
• Notification of pre-selection: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
• Final list of special sessions: Monday, June 15, 2020

Special Sessions & Challenges
Submissions of Special Sessions & Challenges proposals are encouraged for INTERSPEECH 2020, covering interdisciplinary topics and/or important new emerging areas of interest related to the main conference topics. Submissions related to the special focus of the conference, Cognitive Intelligence for Speech Processing, are particularly welcome. Apart from supporting a particular theme, special sessions may also have a format that is different from a regular session.


Each special session proposal must contain the following information:
Title of the proposed special session,
Names and affiliations of the organizers (including contact information and a brief biography for each organizer),
Up to five bullet points on what makes the session special,
A summary (up to one page) stating the importance of the session’s topic and objectives. Furthermore, the session format should be clearly defined (panel, oral, posters, etc.). The summary should also explain why the topic cannot be properly covered by regular conference sessions,
A tentative list of researchers who could contribute papers to the session. Note that with a nominal 50% acceptance rate for Interspeech papers, this means that special sessions should have a minimum of 12 anticipated submissions, unless their format allocates time to something other than paper presentations,
Additional or non-standard resources (e.g., data, equipment, poster stands, etc.) required for organizing the special session.
 
Proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee for relevance and significance. Papers for approved Special Sessions have to be submitted following the same schedule and procedure as regular papers; the papers will undergo the same review process by anonymous and independent reviewers. Special session organizers will be involved in the reviewer assignment and in the final decisions.
 
Special session proposers are invited to submit a proposal via email to the Special Session Chairs Zhiyong Wu (Tsinghua University), Yongguo Kang (Baidu), Pengyuan Zhang (IOA, CAS) at Special-sessions@interspeech2020.org no later than Friday, November 29, 2019. Please do not hesitate to ask before submitting your proposal if something is not fully clear to you. Notification of pre-selection is scheduled for Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Final acceptance will take place shortly after paper decisions are completed, depending on the number of accepted papers submitted to each special session.
Important Dates
• Special session/challenges proposals due: Friday, November 29, 2019
• Notification of pre-selection: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
• Final list of special sessions: Monday, June 15, 2020

Special Sessions & Challenges
Submissions of Special Sessions & Challenges proposals are encouraged for INTERSPEECH 2020, covering interdisciplinary topics and/or important new emerging areas of interest related to the main conference topics. Submissions related to the special focus of the conference, Cognitive Intelligence for Speech Processing, are particularly welcome. Apart from supporting a particular theme, special sessions may also have a format that is different from a regular session.


Each special session proposal must contain the following information:
Title of the proposed special session,
Names and affiliations of the organizers (including contact information and a brief biography for each organizer),
Up to five bullet points on what makes the session special,
A summary (up to one page) stating the importance of the session’s topic and objectives. Furthermore, the session format should be clearly defined (panel, oral, posters, etc.). The summary should also explain why the topic cannot be properly covered by regular conference sessions,
A tentative list of researchers who could contribute papers to the session. Note that with a nominal 50% acceptance rate for Interspeech papers, this means that special sessions should have a minimum of 12 anticipated submissions, unless their format allocates time to something other than paper presentations,
Additional or non-standard resources (e.g., data, equipment, poster stands, etc.) required for organizing the special session.
 
Proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee for relevance and significance. Papers for approved Special Sessions have to be submitted following the same schedule and procedure as regular papers; the papers will undergo the same review process by anonymous and independent reviewers. Special session organizers will be involved in the reviewer assignment and in the final decisions.
 
Special session proposers are invited to submit a proposal via email to the Special Session Chairs Zhiyong Wu (Tsinghua University), Yongguo Kang (Baidu), Pengyuan Zhang (IOA, CAS) at Special-sessions@interspeech2020.org no later than Friday, November 29, 2019. Please do not hesitate to ask before submitting your proposal if something is not fully clear to you. Notification of pre-selection is scheduled for Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Final acceptance will take place shortly after paper decisions are completed, depending on the number of accepted papers submitted to each special session.
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