NIST I-VECTOR CHALLENGE
NIST SPECIAL SESSIONS: I-VECTOR CHALLENGE & NIST SRE-2012 FOLLOW-UP
In addition to regular and industry paper submissions, Odyssey 2014 features two special sessions co-organized with National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST). NIST SRE-2012 special session focuses on extended analyses on the latest, NIST 2012 speaker recognition evaluation (SRE) benchmark, and is targeted for the participants of NIST SRE 2012.
The i-vector challenge is a new type of challenge targeted for anyone interested for a 'quick start-up' in speaker recognition. Building modern speaker and language recognition systems requires a lot of preprocessing, corpus engineering and computations, making it challenging for newcomers to enter the field. This prohibits piloting of possibly promising modeling ideas developed outside of speaker recognition community (e.g. machine learning and image processing communities). To bridge this gap, NIST organizes a new type of benchmark, i-vector challenge, synchronized with Odyssey 2014.
Preliminary due-date for paper submissions to both special sessions is February 2014. Submissions by this deadline will undergo review both by NIST and by the scientific review committee, and will be included to the conference proceedings if accepted. Late challenge submissions (without a paper) are also encouraged; they can be presented as posters, but will not undergo peer review nor will be included to the conference proceedings.
To ensure smooth organization, early (non-binding) preliminary sign-up is required. More details and registration for the i-vector challenge will be available in November 2013.