From Sound to Sense: 50+ Years of Discoveries in Speech Communication :: Production—Acoustics—Perception—Processing & Lexical Access—Technology :: June 11—June 13, 2004 at MIT
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The From Sound to Sense Conference was held June 11-13, 2004 at MIT. Three-hundred participants from over 15 countries attended. The Conference Proceedings are available on-line, and include both invited and contributed papers.

To provide a single venue in which a broad spectrum of scientists can gather to review significant research progress from the past 50 years, assess the current state of the art, and promote cross-fertilization among the sub-disciplines in this very wide-ranging field to benefit future work.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Survey the past fifty years of speech research in six different areas:
    • Phonetics and Phonology;
    • Acoustics of Speech;
    • Planning and Production of Speech;
    • Speech Perception;
    • Development, Pathology and Remediation of Speech; and
    • Technology: Speech Synthesis and Speech Recognition.
  2. Present examples of interesting current work in each of the six areas.
  3. Stimulate future cross-fertilization among the six areas.

Scientific Program
Includes invited oral sessions and contributed poster sessions.

Celebratory Banquet
A New-England style clambake was held at Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, and served as an occasion to honor Professor Kenneth N. Stevens.


The Conference Proceedings are available online.

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Janet Slifka (chair)
Sharon Manuel (co-chair)
Joseph Perkell
Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

Partial financial support has been provided by:

Link: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT Link: National Institutes of Health Link: National Science Foundation Link: CSAIL Link: EECS Link: HST

Link: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT Link: MIT