Welcome Message from General Chairs

We are excited to welcome you to the 2022 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (IEEE SLT 2022) held from 9th - 12th January 2023 at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski in Doha, Qatar. It is our immense pleasure to bring an IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) sponsored conference to the IEEE Middle East Section of Region 8 (Africa, Europe, and the Middle East) for the first time in the history of IEEE. The IEEE SLT workshop is a biennial event of IEEE SPS’s Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (SLTC) focusing on various aspects of spoken language technologies and their applications such as Automated Speech Recognition, Text-To-Speech Synthesis, Natural Language Processing of Spoken Audio, Speaker and Language Recognition, Multimodal and Multilingual Speech Processing, Machine Learning for Speech and Language, and much, much more! IEEE SLT 2022 will bring together students, researchers from academia and industry from all over the world addressing these aspects of speech technology for the “languages of the world”. In another first, the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) is a technical sponsor enabling us to expand our outreach to additional languages of the world.

IEEE SLT 2022 attracted 363 paper submissions from over 30 countries, of which 153 were accepted, resulting in an acceptance rate of 42.1%, which makes this edition of IEEE SLT very competitive. The double-blind review process was a great success, with 38% of the submitted papers actively discussed among the reviewers and meta-reviewers to ensure a high quality conference. The technical program will feature the accepted papers in poster session, live demonstrations, keynote presentations, panel discussion, invited talks and updates on key speech and language events.

In yet another first, IEEE SLT 2022 will feature a co-located, two-day, hybrid speech and language technology hackathon (SLT-CODE) to be held in the Qatar Computing Research Institute from 7th - 8th January, 2023. SLT-CODE hackathon is a great opportunity to build a diverse community of people who want to explore and envision how machines understand the spoken languages of the world. With participation from 100 students, over 30 mentors and organizers, we have put together a very interesting program spread across 19 teams to be executed within a two-day period.

IEEE SLT’s YouTube channel will stream live the keynote and invited talks, panel discussions, short videos of the presented posters, opening and closing ceremonies to all SLT registrants. Post conference, these videos will be made available via IEEE SPS Resource Center, to be freely accessed by IEEE SPS members.

A cultural note: Over thousand years ago, Souq Okaz (Okaz market) in the Arabian peninsula served as a hub for poetry competitions and helped formalize syntactic and semantic rules of the Arabic language and its dialects. Modern-day Qatar is a multilingual society: Gulf Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) are the two most commonly spoken languages with English, French, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Malay, Nepali, and others contributing to the multilingualism. It is therefore quite fitting that as part of the workshop experience in the Middle East, we draw attention to the requirements, challenges and state-of-the-art of spoken language technologies in the various languages/dialects of the world.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the 200 registrants, 14 generous financial sponsors, and our IEEE SPS President Dr. Athina Petropolu. We sincerely thank you for your support and participation in helping make SLT 2022 a success!

Welcome to SLT 2022 and Doha!

On behalf of the IEEE SLT Organizing Committee,

Ahmed Ali and Bhuvana Ramabhadran
General Chairs, IEEE SLT 2022