The Hurricane Challenge
Do you have an algorithm for the modification of natural or synthetic speech which improves intelligibility in known noise conditions? If so, you are invited to take part in the Hurricane Challenge, a co-ordinated international evaluation of the intelligibility of modified speech.

You will be provided with a corpus of recorded sentences along with separate noise signals at a number of signal-to-noise ratios. Your task is to modify the speech only in such a way to promote its intelligibility. Modifications will be expected to meet constraints on changes in RMS level as well as durational constraints. Modified speech signals will be evaluated centrally by a large listener sample.

Results of the Challenge will be disseminated either at a Special Session of Interspeech 2013 or at a satellite workshop. Results will be returned to participants well before the Interspeech 2013 paper deadline.

The deadline for expressing your intention to participate is 31st October 2012.

For more details, see the Challenge website:

Martin Cooke, Ikerbasque
Catherine Mayo, University of Edinburgh
Bastian Sauert, Aachen University
Yannis Stylianou, FORTH Institute of Computer Science, Crete
Cassia Valentini-Botinhao, University of Edinburgh
Yan Tang, University of the Basque Country

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 15:40


Project meeting, Crete, 21-22 January 2012
We will meet at ICS-FORTH, starting at 9.30.

A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost about 10 euros

For those arriving in time, meet at the hotel on Friday evening to go for a meal/beer with some of the instructors from the Winter School.


Draft agenda

Sat 21 Jan

AM: Progress reports

PM: Evaluation campaign


Sun 22 Jan

AM: LISTA Workshop detailed planning

PM: Dissemination, website update, joint publications, preparation for review meeting and other business

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:57


LISTA Workshop, Edinburgh, 2-3 May 2012
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 17:59


Project meeting, Stockholm, 4-5 November 2011
The next LISTA project meeting will take place at KTH during 4-5 November 2011.

Location: Osquldasväg 10

Getting there: One way is to hop on the Metro (Tunnelbana) and get to station Tekniska Högskolan. This is on red line north-bound. The least confusing way to get there, if people don’t immediately board the red line, is to change lines at T-Centralen (Central Station). The final station of the red line in the correct direction is Mörby Centrum. At Tekniska Högskolan one should exit going opposite the direction of the train and once outside the gates, make a turn to the left. The map on the link above would then be handy. Alternatively, just give us a call and one of us will meet you.  We are on the ground floor of the building. Once you enter through the gates you will see the elevator door. The door to our part of the floor is on the left-hand side of the elevator. Either ring the bell or just call Gustav or Petko (mobile numbers in email).

Thursday evening. For anyone arriving on Wednesday, it is suggested to meet at Slussen (Metro station of both the green and the red line) at say 7pm. There is a small square there close to the old city and a number of nice restaurants and cafes. Petko will be happy to lead the way. Suggest you contact him in advance to let him know you’re coming.

On Friday we will start at 9.30.


Draft agenda

1. Introduction

2. Progress reports by deliverables

D1.2 Temporal modifications in speakers UPV, UEDIN
D1.3 Effects of modifications on listeners UPV, UEDIN
D2.2 Context estimator for acoustic input KTH, UPV, FORTH
D3.1 Speaker and spectral adaptation UEDIN, UPV
D3.2 Prosodic adaptation UEDIN, UPV
D4.2 Sound class and intonation structure extraction FORTH, KTH, UPV

Discussion of milestones and performance indicators

MS2: Spectral/HMM adaptation
MS3: Prosodic modifications complete
MS4: Showcase specified
MS5: Context estimation

3. Evaluations
3.1 Interim evaluation
D5.1 Interim evaluation UEDIN
3.2 Clear speech challenge

4. Showcase

5. LISTA Workshop Edinburgh

6. Other items:
— Publication plans
— Progress of internships
— COST action
— Consortium agreement
— Next project meeting

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 18:56


Project and review meeting, Prague, 19-20 May 2011


Crowne Plaza Prague | Koulova 15 | 160 45 – Prague 6

18th May, meet Astronomical Clock, 19.30

19th May: Project meeting

9.00-13.00 Review meeting preparation
14.00-18.00 Year 2 project planning

20th May: Review meeting

Provisional agenda

9.30-9.45     Welcome and tour de table
9.45-10.15   Introduction to the LISTA project
10-15-10.30 Management and financial overview


11.00-11.15 Introduction to technical overview
11.15-11.45 Highlight 1: Theoretical framework: context indicators and modification architectures
11.45-12.15 Highlight 2: Candidate modifications/behavioural studies
12.15-12.45 Highlight 3: Modifications to synthetic and natural speech


13.45-14.00 Plans for year 2
14.00-14.30 General discussion
14.30-15.15 Private meeting of review panel
15.15-15.45 Feedback and close

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2011 09:11


Project meeting, Vitoria, 2-3 September 2010

Wednesday 1st September

Welcome meal: meet at the monument in the Plaza del Virgen Blanca
Ver mapa más grande at 8.45 pm. For those staying at Hotel Dato, just turn left out of the hotel and walk to the end of Dato, then walk through the Plaza Espana which faces you and exit to the left onto Plaza del Virgen Blanca (about 5 mins walk in total). We’re eating at the Xixilu restaurant in Plaza de Amarica. Late arrivals ask for “el grupo de Maria Luisa”.


Thursday 2nd September

9.00: Brief introductions

9.15-13.15: Tutorial: Bayesian estimation of context indicators (KTH)

13.15-15.15: Lunch, informal discussions

15.15-19.00: Tutorial: Speech Modifications (Yannis Stylianou, FORTH)

21.00: Dinner (tba)


Friday 3rd September

9.00-13.15: Work package presentations

13.15-15.15: Lunch, informal discussions

15.15-17.30: Discussion topics:

What is a context indicator and how will it be used?
What integrated demonstrator do we develop?
Simple scenarios for active listening
Speech corpora for TTS adaptive to listening context
Tools for sharing data, software, scripts
Progress updates between physical meeting
External people to give tutorials at future meetings
+ others

17.30-18.30:  Business meeting

19.00-20.30:  Vitoria tour/cathedral visit, followed by informal dining



Facultad de Letras
Paseo de la Universidad, 5
01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz

The venue is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

From the Hotel Dato, walk down Dato towards the railway station. Enter the station, go on to platform 1 and take the underpass right through to the other side. This is Paseo de la Universidad. Turn left, and after about 50 m you’ll see the Facultad de Letras on your right.

For those in the Hotel Dato, which doesn’t do breakfast, we can recommend the cafe Casablanca 3, which is on the RHS of Dato as you walk towards the station. Ask for a desayuno, which gives you coffee/tea/chocolate + fresh orange juice + any of the things you can see on the counter. The stuffed omelette is very good (“tortilla rellena”). Alternatively, the bar in the faculty (ground floor, turn left after the entrance vestibule) does a similar breakfast deal but with fewer choices.

Getting to Vitoria-Gasteiz

The local airport is about 10 minutes from the city by taxi and has flights to Madrid and Barcelona. The nearest airport with international connections is Bilbao, which is about 1.5 hours away by public transport. You can find a list of airlines flying into Bilbao.

To reach Vitoria-Gasteiz from Bilbao airport, you should catch a bus from the one and only bus stop just outside arrivals. Just stay on the bus until the final stop (Termibus, the Bilbao bus terminal). Buses run every 15-20 minutes and the journey takes about 20-25 minutes. At the Bilbao bus terminal, take a bus run by the company La Union

Vitoria-Gasteiz has good train connections. Check the RENFE website.